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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Ripley's Believe It or Not (1930-32)'
(Various / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2010 / Warner Archive)

Overview: 'Ripley’s Believe It Or Not' is a 2-Disc DVD set that contains all 24 theatrical shorts circa 1930-1932. It also stars Mr. Ripley as your host through the world of “Believe It or Not.”

DVD Verdict: The 2-disc DVD is a good look at Ripley and the legacy he created. We see in these 24 short films the beginning of the latter-day television shows, one hosted by Jack Palance is the one I remember most, which continued to bring these odd feats, strange places, and people right to our doorsteps and into our homes. The major drawback to the two-disc set is that there are no special features at all.

Not even a five-minute look at the life of Robert L. Ripley, which would have been the best part of the set, giving us a bit more information on the man and what he created. It would have been nice to further explore the T.V. shows that came later, the museums and “odditoriums” he opened and which house many of his finds and art work.

If you want to know more you have to search it out which is okay but it seems like a missed opportunity to make this set even better by adding just one more short film on Ripley himself. An interesting note here is that Ripley did have a fact checker, one of the best and most dedicated in a linguist named Norbert Pearlroth, who had been with Rip since his early newspaper days. So I’m sure most of the facts stand true, believe it or not. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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