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Tom & Jerry: Golden Collection, Vol. 1 [Blu-ray] (2011)

Lillian Randolph  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Lillian Randolph
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Blu-ray, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Original recording remastered
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 284 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0058O1FHK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,391 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Celebrate the most enduring team in animation history with a collection fans will want to chase and catch! This highly anticipated release includes over 40 remastered shorts starting with Puss Gets The Boot! Enjoy these highly collectible set with Improved Picture and Audio for the first time ever!

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218 of 228 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The REAL cartoons for serious collectors June 30, 2011
I made no secret of my distaste for the censored version of the Tom and Jerry shorts available on the Tom and Jerry - Spotlight Collection DVD. Not only was history whitewashed to satisfy the PC Brigade (just who ARE these people anyway?) they were also in shocking condition with lots of dirt and scratches and generally terrible picture quality.

All is now fixed for this Blu Ray release from Warner, presenting the first 37 shorts, in chronological order, with brand new 1080p transfers from the best 35mm materials, Dolby 5.1 sound (HD sound is not confirmed at the time of writing, but these cartoons WERE released in Mono anyway and DD 5.1 is still a notable upgrade) and, most importantly, UN-EDITED AND UN-CENSORED. You will finally be able to see the REAL Mammy-Two-Shoes voiced by Lillian Randolph, and various other 'racially inflammatory' visual jokes.

The cartoons included are:

Puss Gets The Boot
The Midnight Snack
The Night Before Christmas
Fraidy Cat
Dog Trouble
Puss N' Toots
The Bowling Alley Cat
Fine Feathered Friend
Sufferin' Cats
The Lonesome Mouse
The Yankee Doodle Mouse
Baby Puss
The Zoot Cat
The Million Dollar Cat
The Body Guard
Puttin On The Dog
Mouse Trouble
The Mouse Comes To Dinner
Mouse In Manhattan
Tee For Two
Flirty Birdy
Quiet Please!
Springtime For Thomas
The Milky Waif
Trap Happy
Solid Serenade
Cat Fishin'
Part Time Pal
The Cat Concerto
Dr. Jekyll And Mr.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Clark Douglas, DVD Verdict --The first attribute is the chronological structure, which I imagine many fans (myself included) will be thrilled about. The first 37 Tom and Jerry theatrical shorts (beginning with their 1940 debut "Puss Gets the Boot" and continuing through the 1948 installment "Professor Tom") are presented in order over two Blu-ray discs, and it finally gives us an easy way to observe the subtle evolution of the characters over the years. The first impression one gets from watching these early Hanna-Barbera installments is that the famously antagonistic dynamic between the characters was firmly in place from the very beginning; there aren't any of those odd early shorts in which the characters feel like mere shadows of the icons they would eventually become (despite the fact that Tom looks a little strange and is named "Jasper" in his very first outing).

Animation purists will be pleased to note that this collection has indeed preserved the shorts as they were originally released, meaning that some of them do indeed contain moments of racial insensitivity. It's a little startling to see occasional gags with the characters in blackface or moments in which cheap shots are taken at other cultures, but as the disclaimer at the beginning of the disc notes, to remove these moments would be the same as pretending they never existed. They also serve as a valuable peek into the era in which the shorts were made; a snapshot of societal norms which we have thankfully put behind us. Parents may want to use discretion before showing some of these shorts to their kids (at the very least, some of this material might serve as a valuable discussion-starter), but it's for the best that these shorts have been preserved in their original form.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How to determine which version you are watching. November 23, 2011
**** - disc #1 (for both quality & content)
***** - disc #2 (for both quality & content)

Unlike Warner Brothers Cartoons that used the "Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodies" logo to tell you that you are watching a re-release print, MGM only put little clues into their titles to give a hint that you are not watching the original.
In this Blu-ray set you will see a variety of logos & title cards which is nice but it also tells us that this is not the way it originally was. Due to a fire in a film archive in the 1970's the original Nitrate Masters are lost, possibly forever. These versions are all that survive.

Here are some clues to look for, the MGM Logo is the biggest clue, followed by the use of the names TECHNICOLOR & PERSPECTA SOUND:

1934 to 1942 = The MGM logo is the regular MGM logo used in feature films,with a BLACK BACKGROUND, followed by a title card that says "AN MGM CARTOON IN TECHNICOLOR". 1960's re-prints dropped the name "TECHNICOLOR" from this title card.
1942 to 1951 = MGM logo has a bright RED background & the ribbon around Leo is BLUE and the name TECHNICOLOR is written out in SCRIPT font. For Tom & Jerry Cartoons, the Tom & Jerry logo varies and the commonly seen one with T&J surrounded by orange & red rings was used in the later 1940's. The early 1940's logo no longer exists in prints, but is pictures in the photo section of this listing.
1952 = MGM logo has a bright RED background & the ribbon around Leo is BLUE and the name TECHNICOLOR is written out in PLAIN font. For Tom & Jerry Cartoons,T&J are surrounded by orange & red rings in their logo.
1953 to 1956 = MGM Logo now has a bright BLUE background. (A few early 1953 cartoons still have the 1952 MGM logo but changed the Tom & Jerry logo.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden oldies!!
I got this set since it was not censured like the others. A petty that it sounds all others are. Will likely just stop with this one.
Published 1 month ago by Steven G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my granddaughter loved it, and I liked it too
Published 1 month ago by MsMouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I loved it. Itd really not that racist at all. More historical than anything else. Mammy two shoes speaks with incorrect grammar as an african maid of the time would, and jerry... Read more
Published 3 months ago by me
5.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous
such an amazing DVD it exceeded all my expectations. the kids and I watched an episode every night by the TV
Published 5 months ago by JJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Great For fans of Tom and Jerry
PRO: These are the original non P/C versions of the cartoons as they where originally released. I say non P/C as the African American "mammy" character is depicted in the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Penny Pincher
5.0 out of 5 stars Encore!
Tom & Jerry are real classics! Remember seeing these cartoons at Saturday movies in the 40's, early 50's. Great for kids and adults of all ages! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Richard C. Alm
3.0 out of 5 stars Tom & Jerry.
Not my favourite cartoons of theirs all seemed to be the same, would have liked to seen something more grabbing.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. Barbara J. Petersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom & Jerry: Golden Collection
This was purchase for a gift for my adult son. It has been enjoyed and watched many times by both of us. A really good buy.
Published 7 months ago by Lesa B. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncensored!!
Great set of old cartoons!! Cleaned up and brilliant. Price wasn't too bad either. Great to see the old ones uncensored.
Published 9 months ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
Blu-Ray version is definitely worth the extra money - the images are great. What's not to love about Tom & Jerry? Great for everybody. Read more
Published 11 months ago by John M.
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languages ? subtitles ?
Hi Def Digest shows English audio with English subtitles.
Aug 9, 2011 by Rushead 2112-Hemispheres |  See all 2 posts
How do these Tom & Jerry's on Blu-ray compare to the Laser disc ?
They don't. Laser disc is still a 480p format, and the cartoons on them were still not issued uncensored. Laser discs are also bulkier, and demand more storage space, and laser disc players suffer from the same issue all CD/DVD/Blu-Ray players suffer from: the life span of the laser lens. Once... Read More
Jul 26, 2013 by KnyteOwl |  See all 2 posts
Slipcover?
Hi, mine came with one and I bought it on February 14, 2012.
Aug 20, 2012 by Canuck |  See all 2 posts
Need help with Looney Tunes Blu ray collections
None are, because they're made by two completely different studios.
Mar 7, 2012 by Robert J. Sharp |  See all 3 posts
Region Free?
So far, all of WB's blu-ray releases has been region free in the US. I see no reason to think that this release will be any different.
Oct 3, 2011 by Trond Michelsen |  See all 5 posts
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