From the rear cover:
Warning: Contents are POLITICALLY INCORRECT!
BUY THIS NOW!!!
C'mon, I know you can't stand it.
Put your hand in your pocket -- yeah, that's it.
Now yank out your wallet... good.
Cough up your hard-earned cash and race home to impress your sweetie with this handsome collection of funny looking heads.
Plop these discs into your machine, stack yourself a thick sandwich full of raw meat, push the kids off the sofa and slouch down for some good old-fashioned, American, politically incorrect fun.
Footnote from the bottom of page 10 in the booklet insert:
Last year Fred Seibert, the president of Hanna-Barbera, told Bill Hanna & Joe Barbera he wanted to restore the Flintstones and make a laser disc set that would be a quality benchmark for all of the Hanna-Barbera library. A team of 'film detectives' started tracking down original 35mm cut negative, interpositives and 35mm magnetic audio elements in warehouses in New Jersey, Los Angeles, at a vault constructed in a salt mine in Kansas, and even with our international partners in Europe and South America.
Every element was checked by our staff of editors for quality. When necessary we made new interpositives. The search turned up the never seen, original color main title and textless end credit backgrounds from the first run on ABC. We went to great pains in this project to match the colors as they were originally intended, with production cells from collectors used as reference. A colorist was brought in to hand mix paints to the exact hue and tint from 1960 and new cells were painted.
The 35mm interpositives were transferred at Vidfilm, Los Angeles on an ARCA's color corrector and Rank Cintel secondary color correction to digital Beta cam in both NTSC and PAL. The digital transfer was then processed through a Digital Vision VDNR 1000 Processor to remove any film artifacts including minor dirt and film scratches. Sound went through a sonic solution to remove any tape hiss.
John Forrest Niss
Executive Producer for Hanna-Barbera Cartoons
There are a large amount of "extras" on this laserdisc set that, to the date of the sets release (1997), had not been seen since the original (US) broadcasts plus other segments that had never been seen before - most of these have now been issued on the subsequent DVD & blu-ray releases although the "and now a word from our sponsor" WINSTON cigarette opening & closing bumpers/commercials appear to not be on said DVDs & blu-rays. All the known WINSTON cigarette Flintstones promotional animation material is included on side 8 of this LD set. For a number of reasons now the WINSTON Flintstones promotional footage may not be made available again on future "commercial market" releases.
The rear cover state that "Warning: Contents are POLITICALLY INCORRECT!" but that may apply to the cover notes also - Barney Rubble described as the "retarded neighbour" of Fred Flintstone & the like make for notable cover text.
A number of the episodes included are featured without the "laugh-track" on the analog left audio channel
This was apparently intended to be the first of a series of ongoing sets (if sales justified it & the initial advanced orders were reasonable at the time of the announced release date on this set) but as laserdisc sales were beginning to drop around the time that this set was released & continued to fall quite dramatically over the following months no further sets were issued on the LD format.
The FLINTSTONES COLLECTION ID2818TU ©1995 HANNA-BARBERA Productions
Artwork, Summary & Package Design ©1997 Spumco Incorporated