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Friday, March 19, 2010

Ripley's Believe It Or Not DVD Review

Ripley's Believe It Or Not DVD Review

Synopsis: Welcome to the Believe It or Not Hall of Curiosity. Here you’ll find a woman reciting 200+ words in 24 seconds, the world’s smallest book (a 5/16” x 1/8” tome of the Rubaiyat), a 6-year-old lifting 200 pounds, a man-eating tree, a duck teaching chickens to swim, a two-headed turtle, a man with a suit made of Confederate currency and much, much more. You may not believe all you see. But you will be entertained. A little more than a decade after Robert L. Ripley put pen to paper and captured the imaginations of readers everywhere, he brought his knack for finding the unusual to moviehouses with these 24 Theatrical Shorts that are part travelogue, part human interest, part history, part fanciful, all Ripley – believe it or not!

Review: The Warner Archive series has really produced some fantastic vintage releases on DVD.  They have brought us everything from the complete 'Our Gang' to a rarely seen early Johnny Depp performance in 'Arizona Dream'.   The newest addition to the collection is the classic Ripley's Believe It Or Not theatrical shorts.

The host of the strange and bizzare hosted a series of two dozen Believe It or Not! theatrical short films in 1930 and 1931 for theater use by Warner Brothers.  These are being collected for the first time and they're such a gem to see.  The historical aspect of watching the old black and white theater shorts is enough for me, but to see Ripley doing his thing is so much fun.   Ripley specialized in all-things odd and unbelievable, and this was one of the first times that people around the nation could really witness visually what he did.

This is a DVD that you shouldn't miss.  It would make a wonderful addition to anyone's DVD collection.  Another home run from the Warner Archive!

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars