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Tom and Jerry - Spotlight Collection (2004)

Tex Avery , Joseph Barbera , Tex Avery , Joseph Barbera  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Tex Avery, Joseph Barbera, Billy Bletcher, Daws Butler, Bill Cole (III)
  • Directors: Tex Avery, Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Michael Lah
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2004
  • Run Time: 322 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002MFGCI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,846 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tom and Jerry - Spotlight Collection" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 40 restored and remastered shorts
  • "Behind the Tunes: The MGM Orchestra" {new documentary on the music of Tom and Jerry) (20 mins.}
  • "How Bill and Joe Met Tom & Jerry" {new documentary on the origin of the series} (27 mins.)
  • Jerry Dances with Gene Kelly {excerpt from "Anchors Aweigh"}
  • Tom and Jerry Swim with Esther Williams {excerpt from "Dangerous When Wet"}

Editorial Reviews

Tom and Jerry, the animation franchise, lasted six decades and saw several geniuses of the form--Chuck Jones, Tex Avery, and Friz Freleng--have a hand in updating and refreshing the series in later years. But Tom and Jerry: The Spotlight Collection, Premiere Volume celebrates the original mastery of producer-directors William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, who took the familiar cat-chases-mouse concept and slowly turned it into witty, unpredictable, and sometimes ironic entertainment. The Spotlight Collection offers 40 restored, remastered shorts beginning with 1943's handsome, Oscar-nominated "Yankee Doodle Mouse" and ending with the fantastic, widescreen 1956 "Blue Cat Blues," very similar to the exaggerated look and feel of former cartoonist-gagman Frank Tashlin's live-action comedies (Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?) from the same period.

What strikes one about every episode on these discs is the lavish care Hanna-Barbera paid to Tom and Jerry, not only drumming up new, sometimes exotic settings (such as the swashbuckling "The Two Mousketeers," or for the Old West adventure "Texas Tom") but also consistently turning out gorgeous and wildly creative backgrounds, where straight lines rarely exist and the palette of a night sky includes multiple, dreamy shades of blue and green. Technicolor and novel visual ideas (e.g., shooting a scene through the tunnel-like view of a hollowed-out bread loaf) are sometimes more pleasing than the combative relationship between the two leads. But their rivalry is often renewed in very interesting ways, such as the wonderful "Tom and Jerry in the Hollywood Bowl," in which the pair play competing conductors against a lovely backdrop of L.A. landmarks. Special features include the Anchors Aweigh dance sequence featuring Jerry and Gene Kelly, and a featurette, "How Bill and Joe Met Tom and Jerry." --Tom Keogh

Product Description

The Tom-and-Jerry legacy chases through every nook and cranny of the classic animation pantheon, spanning six decades and several famous directors. Looney Tunes icons Friz Freleng, Tex Avery and Chuck Jones all played their part. But the enduring cat-and-mouse team was the brainchild of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Their first short Puss Gets the Boot (in which Tom was called Jasper) was released with little fanfare. Fellow animators did not consider a cat-pursuing-mouse scenario too exciting or original. But when unleashed on exhibitors and audiences, their hilariously diabolical rivalry delighted everyone. This 2-disc set of 40 restored and remastered shorts (along with fabulous celebratory bonuses) includes nine Academy Award nominees and seven winners. And with this in hand, you're a winner too!

Customer Reviews

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142 of 148 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ALL EDITING ASIDE..... November 5, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
First of all, I agree with many of the reviewers, posted here, that the advertising of these cartoons as unedited while presenting edited material is terrible! However, this could have been a mistake and I think we should be willing to give WB the benefit of the doubt on this one, provided they make good and get us the replacement discs as soon as possible. However, if what the other reviewer says is true and WB does NOT intend to replace the Disc with the correct material, then they open themselves up to a law suit for advertising the set as one thing but delivering something else.

Now, I would like to start by commending WB and the forces and talents behind the scenes who have worked long and hard to get this classic material out there on DVD. It is great to be able to own them in this format and the extra materials, such as the Bill and Joe Story and the Scott Bradley piece are very interesting and informative. This is true, particularly, of the Scott Bradley piece, in which Mr. Bradley regales us, in his own words, (dramatized from an article he wrote for a magazine in the 1940s) of his process and thoughts on scoring these wonderful shorts. It was very detailed and specific; intelligent and fascinating. I also enjoyed the stereo title that was very nicely presented. So let me say thank you, here, to all involved in the process of getting these cartoons released on DVD and PLEASE keep the classic titles coming! We love them, we want them and we thank you for them!

That aside, I have to say, particularly with these "Tom and Jerrys", these prints are NOT recently restored, (with the exception of the Cinemascope prints, which are gorgeous!).
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108 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE EDITS ARE AN ERROR October 28, 2004
Apparently, the edits in this collection were a mistake, and the first disc can be replaced. I found the following on tomandjerryonline:

I was searching, today the 21st, on one of the forums below and happened upon Jerry Beck's (Cartoon Historian who worked on the DVD) post:

Warner Bros. Home Video is very, very upset over the edited cartoons that made their way into the TOM & JERRY SPOTLIGHT COLLECTION.

This was a mistake made at the servicing level. Warner Home Video and I became aware of the error only ten days before the official release date - and by then, the dvds were on their way to the stores.

It is part of Warner Bros. Home Video's marketing plan not to release edited or censored cartoons because they know that collectors want them complete.

The company is taking immediate steps to correct the situation. The proper digital masters of all three cartoons have been located and are being prepared now for replication. It may take as long as six to eight weeks to have a corrected disc ready for replacement.

From what I've been able to gather, the intention is for fans to be able to replace Disc 1 at no charge to them. I know from personal experience that Warners had a problem a year ago with the film KISS ME KATE. The transfer was not done correctly and fans were upset. Warners responded immediately, created a new transfer and eventually fans recieved replacement discs. It was not an overnight process. But it all worked out in the end.

Those of you waiting for the uncut disc 1 to appear on store shelves, I cannot say when that will happen. It will not happen soon. The quickest way to get the set the way you want it is to buy it now and go through the replacement process.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Version is Unedited December 5, 2007
OK, I've been reading the reviews on this set since it was released over 3 years ago. I was disappointed, like many others, when I read about the editing cuts on Disc 1, #11 - The Milky Waif, #16 - The Truce Hurts, and #19 - The Little Orphan. So I never purchased this set, hoping there would eventually be a unedited version.

Well I received a nice birthday surprise from my son a couple of days ago. He purchased this collection as a gift for me. He didn't purchase it from Amazon but from our local outlet of a national chain whose logo is a bright yellow tag with their name written boldly in black. Anyway, the version he purchased was unedited. I didn't have to return any discs. Before the menu appears on Disc 1, there is a disclaimer about how wrong the ethnic stereotypes were then and still are today. I didn't get to finish the disclaimer because it was quite long and didn't stay on the screen long enough. This disclaimer doesn't appear on disc two.

People have asked how they can tell if their version is edited or not. Here are the scenes that were included on my DVD that are missing from the edited versions. On "The Milky Waif", there is a brief scene where Jerry and the baby mouse cover their face with shoe polish to fool Tom and escape. On "The Truce Hurts", there is a scene where the Bulldog (Spike usually but I'm not sure if that was his name in this episode), Tom and Jerry are going to cross a street with a mud puddle at the curb. A car splashes the mud on their faces and they take on features to imply they are African American. On "The Little Orphan", there is a brief 5 second scene or less of the mammy bringing food to the table.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome product!!!
Published 11 days ago by Shallimar T.
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very nice
Published 14 days ago by julio
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my kids love it...saves our butts on road tripps
Published 1 month ago by Sissy
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My husband loves it! !
Published 2 months ago by Jennifer Lenell Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This could have been much better if not for the error in editing. Also, why were the episodes so random? Read more
Published 2 months ago by JoB
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Cartoons
One of my favorites has always been Tom & Jerry7. They get into some of the most hillarious scrapes any pair of rascals can. It's a lovely bit of innocent fantasy. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Daring Di
2.0 out of 5 stars top 10 reasons why 2 stars only
I've always loved tom and jerry ...but... when it comes to the "tom and jerry spotlight collection," it lowered my opinion. Read more
Published 3 months ago by jet10
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic Comedy
I love buying these movies for my kids. These days too much weird stuff is in cartoons and I wanted my kids to enjoy the simple humor that comes from Tom and Jerry. Read more
Published 4 months ago by C. D. Eccles
This Tom and Jerry volume one set had some very bad press because it had some edited cartoons when first released to DVD, but thankfully MGM issued a free replacement by calling... Read more
Published 4 months ago by DR SHOCK
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love it
I love it because I'm a very old Fan from from Tom & Jerry. That's it folks. And I'm searching a complete remasterized collection in Blu-ray Disc.
Published 5 months ago by Walter Menz
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