Ben, Ben, Ben...
You're talking too rationally!
Remember, the MBA's that run the entertainment companies always know better
than the talent or person on the street!
At any rate, yeah, I'd agree with you on the disc formats and how these things should be approached.
I still prefer the Blu ray with everything on it, though. Even though most of the "previously released" extras (Timm's Choice Episodes" are NOT in Hi-Def. It's still a good way to get people on board with character histories and introduce them to concepts and characters they don't know anything about. It's also a good way to remember and view the better episodes of the past, too. I don't always like to dig through Season Sets to watch one particular episode...
(The Red Hood BD I bought last week had a GREAT selection of Batman: TAS episodes. It had two part origin of Robin episode as well as "Mad Love" from Batman: TAS. Couldn't ask for a better selection!)
Oh, and the main point of me popping back into this thread was an announcement about the Compilation Shorts disc.
Go to http://blog.newsarama.com/2010/08/05/su ... ollection/
It has an image of what Captain Marvel looks like in the 22-minute short. He's voiced again by Jerry O'Connell who did the honors in the JLU Episode, "The Clash." Tara 'the Gender Bender' Strong does the vocal honors as Billy Batson from what I've read.
(Little joke at Strong's expense. She's one of the go-to people in the US animation industry who does the voices of little boys. She was the voice of 10-year-old Ben Tennyson in the Ben 10
animated series. In real life, she does not
look anything like a little boy!)
I'm hoping there's a Blu ray release, too, but so far no word...
The announced DVD version is scheduled for November 9th.
There's supposedly some new extras for the disc (besides the Captain Marvel short) and talk of "extended versions" of the preceding shorts that have already been released on previous DC animated product.
Honestly, the shorts have been the best part
of every main feature they've been partnered with. The Jonah Hex and Spectre shorts in my opinion qualified my purchases of their respective BD main features...
I seriously doubt there won't be a BD release of the Showcase shorts. The Hi-Def transfers already exist for all the completed shorts and there's been no indication the Captain Marvel/Shazam short will get released with a future main feature.
Confirmed the BD release at http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/ ... /index.htm
There's also an image of Black Adam from the new short, too.
I'll try and see if there's any word about "extended" versions of the previous shorts but I have my doubts about it. I've only read about it in a thread from the Newsarama post.
WB Home Video Release with Technical Specs => http://theflickcast.com/2010/08/05/warn ... d-blu-ray/
No word on "extended versions" of the previous shorts. I think someone in the Newarama thread I alluded to misread something...
The previous shorts average to about 11-13 minutes apiece with credits. That's still under an hour even with the Captain Marvel short. 62 minutes seems approximate.
Both BD and DVD releases have the same features. No 2-disc DVD planned...
I'm hoping for a decent deal on the BD version. $20, no more than that! No mass chain seller is going to sell the BD for $30 release day!