Evidently some folks here don't have the historic grudge against Warner's home-video neuroses that, ahem, SOME
Let's take it a step at a time for the naives and noobs:
1) Warner has always had a bit of a trauma-bug that makes them whimper and crawl into a fetal position at the idea of a mass-market "4-disk collectors' edition" of classic toons, ever since they couldn't sell enough classic Yogi Bear sets on retail.
2) That's why their their retail classic Chronological Fleischer-Popeye sets were eventually reduced to three disks, and then two, and then they pretty much stopped bothering with it, except for releasing the 60's toons to the Archive.
3) It didn't help that not enough "collector fans" bought "The Mouse Chronicles" on 2-disk Blu-ray, https://www.amazon.com/Looney-Tunes-Mou ... 0081LTBR8/
, a too
-niche collectors' title coming too
soon on the heels of their first mass Golden Collection Blu boxsets (and which even I wouldn't have bothered with if it hadn't had "Hush My Mouse" and "Cheese Chasers" in hi-def),
4) Which, along with not selling as many retail Looney Golden Collection Blu's as they imagined
they would, created the new studio mindset that "Audiences have forgotten Bugs!
" (As at Warner, it's always
the fault of ungrateful audiences' whims, not bad marketing, heaven forbid)
5) Which, as usual, causes Warner to resent their "ungrateful" collectors' audience, sell them down the river, and try to sell the mass market instead on cheap one-disk DVD "kids" collections for the Target and supermarket shelves, which don't really move now that Target barely sells DVD's anymore except for the checkout lines, and few Blu-enabled parents still buy DVD's "for their kids" now anyway, now that kids in the backseat watch streaming,
6) And creates a vicious spiral when Warner tries to franchise-jumpstart the Looney label with obnoxious new CN series that fans STILL don't watch, and by trying to reduce the entire house-franchise brand to just 90's-legacy mass-crossover reissues of "Space Jam" and "Back In Action", two movies of which most true collector Looney fans want to see every print burned and the ashes fed to wolves.
7) So now, they're back in Popeye/Hanna-Barbera's court of "exiling" good exhaustively academic chronological-complete boxsets to the "limited niche" Archive, even if it is just for DVD and we haven't gotten the Blu upgrades yet. At least getting chronological sets at all
again is one more breakthrough step in their therapy.
And don't ask me to go into why Warner's been giving us so many danged "Collector figurine" Blu boxsets of Batman or Tolkien in the retail market lately, or I could rant for thirteen more paragraphs that would completely confuse the folks' poor little studio-naive minds.