Tom and Jerry: Spotlight Collection, Vol. 1

Tom and Jerry: Spotlight Collection, Vol. 1

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The first of two volumes of MGM'sTom & Jerry cartoons from the early 1940's thru the mid-1950's, this double-DVD set -- which is simply titled "The Spotlight Collection" with no volume number attached, but was followed by a second volume labeled as such -- has just about everything that the casual fan might want in the way of the cartoon duo's antics. The…  See more details below

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The first of two volumes of MGM'sTom & Jerry cartoons from the early 1940's thru the mid-1950's, this double-DVD set -- which is simply titled "The Spotlight Collection" with no volume number attached, but was followed by a second volume labeled as such -- has just about everything that the casual fan might want in the way of the cartoon duo's antics. The film-to-video transfers are excellent, displaying a clarity that makes the opening credits on even the earliest titles seem almost like they're in 3-D. Most of these cartoons look extraordinary, in the depth and richness of their color and their detail, whether they're the 1940's and early '50's "academy ratio" (i.e. full-screen, 1.33-to-1) releases or the mid-1950's CinemaScope (2.55-to-1, 2.35-to-1) widescreen cartoons. And if the visual treats aren't enough, there's a ton of special features tacked on that, for once, are almost as entertaining as the cartoons themselves. This includes some very engaging commentary tracks by writer/historian Jerry Beck on three of the best cartoons -- ones that define the different aspect of the appeal of Tom & Jerry -- plus a well-detailed (and very entertaining) documentary on how Tom & Jerry-creators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera came to MGM and also came to be working together, and how various highlights of the animated shorts came about. That same documentary gets us into a highly illuminating story of the evolution and presentation of the first Tom & Jerry cartoon to win an Academy Award, Cat Concerto, and some unexpected competition that came from Warner Bros. in that same year. There's also a documentary tribute to the MGM Studio Orchestra and its role in the Tom & Jerry cartoons, and the work of music director Scott Bradley (he wasn't quite Warner Bros.' Carl Stalling, but he had his own impressive and distinctive creative flourishes); and we get clips from MGM feature films of Jerry the Mouse dancing with Gene Kelly and Tom and Jerry dancing with Esther Williams. Each disc opens automatically to a simple, easy-to-use menu that offers quick access to the special features -- which are spread among the two discs -- and the full range of cartoons, in addition to having a "play all" feature. And it's all great fun as well as being highly informative.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/2004
UPC:
0012569587823
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
5:22:00
Sales rank:
11,400

Special Features

Two all-new documentaries: "How Bill and Joe Met Tom and Jerry," and "Behind the Tunes: The MGM Orchestra"; Commentary on three key cartoons by animation historian Jerry Beck; Anchors Aweigh dance sequence with Jerry and Gene Kelly; Dangerous When Wet swimming sequence with Esther Williams; Subtitles: English, Français, and Español

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Tom and Jerry, Disc 1
1. Yankee Doodle Mouse [7:29]
2. Sufferin' Cats [7:53]
3. Baby Puss [7:57]
4. The Zoot Cat [7:04]
5. Million Dollar CAt [7:08]
6. The Bodyguard [7:22]
7. Mouse Trouble [7:23]
8. Tee for Two [7:02]
9. Flirty Birdy [7:18]
10. Quiet Please [7:36]
11. The Milky Waif [6:44]
12. Solid Serenade [7:23]
13. Cat Fishin [7:42]
14. The Cat Concerto [7:28]
15. Kitty Foiled [7:22]
16. The Truce Hurts [7:55]
17. Salt Water Tabby [7:17]
18. The Invisible Mouse [7:19]
19. The Little Orphan [7:45]
20. Heavenly Puss [7:47]
Side #2 -- Tom and Jerry, Disc 2
1. Texas Tom [6:44]
2. Jerry and the Lion [7:05]
3. Tom and Jerry in the Hollywood Bowl [7:22]
4. Jerry and the Goldfish [7:23]
5. Cueball Cat [7:02]
6. Slicked-Up Pup [6:20]
7. Jerry's Cousin [6:44]
8. Cat Napping [7:00]
9. The Flying Cat [6:46]
10. The Two Mouseketeers [7:22]
11. Smitten Kitten [7:38]
12. Johann Mouse [7:53]
13. Two Little Indians [6:44]
14. Baby Butch [7:01]
15. Mice Follies [6:57]
16. Designs on Jerry [6:39]
17. Pecos Pest [6:40]
18. Touché Pussy Cat [:00]

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Tom and Jerry: Spotlight Collection, Vol. 1 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Somedayyoumay More than 1 year ago
This was by far my favorite cartoon as a tot. However, I could not STAND the episodes when they were 'friends'. It made me very uneasy and distrustful of the world.

My favorite episodes were when Tom (however fleetingly) had the upper hand. THOMAS!!!
Robert-Long More than 1 year ago
Tom and Jerry is in general one of the best of all cartoon series. It's similar in many ways to Looney Toons (especially Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote), but different also. It's "silent", in that there's little or no dialogue. Tom and Jerry almost never speak. However, they scream a lot, usually in pain but sometimes in fear. There's also a lot of good music (much of it classic or from other MGM movies) and excellent sound effects. You moderns who grew up on Itchy and Scratchy should watch Tom and Jerry; they were the inspiration for Itchy and Scratchy (the main difference is the violence is toony rather than graphic/bloody). Cat chases mouse. It sounds formulaic, and it is--osrt of. There's several variations and additions--a second mouse or a bird or a duck or a bulldog (he's almost the third main character, he shows up so much). On occasion Tom and Jerry will be friends for a while (I think they actually like each other underneath). Sometimes Jerry takes advantage of the situation (need for quiet, can't break anything, etc.). Whatever the premise, it's fun to watch. Buy it end enjoy it. Then get Volumes Two and Three and enjoy them, too.
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