Tom & Jerry appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a positive presentation.
Overall definition looked good. Virtually no softness materialized, so the film appeared accurate and concise.
I noticed no jagged edges or moiré effects, and edge haloes stayed absent. No print flaws cropped up either.
Jerry offered a fair amount of amber, with some teal tossed in as well along with occasional splashes of other hues. The disc made the colors look solid.
Blacks were dark and deep, and low-light shots showed good clarity and smoothness. I felt pleased with this fine image.
Given its slapstick action orientation, the film’s Dolby Atmos opened up pretty well. Though the film didn’t include as many slam-bang set pieces as a typical action flick, it brought out some good sequences. Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, when the track needed to expand during battle elements and the like, it used the full spectrum well.
Elements were properly placed and moved about the setting in a convincing way. The surrounds contributed a nice sense of space and involvement. Music depicted positive stereo imaging and the entire presentation offered a good feeling of environment.
Audio quality fared well. Speech was accurate and distinctive, without notable edginess or other issues. Music sounded full-blooded and rich, as the score was rendered nicely.
Effects showed good range and definition. They demonstrated solid low-end and were impressive across the board. Ultimately, this was an appealing track.
10 Deleted Scenes fill a total of 13 minutes, 34 seconds. Note that sum includes intros from director Tim Story, though doesn’t comment on all of them,
We find a prologue that explains what brought Tom and Jerry to New York, and we see Kayla’s unusual job before she came to the hotel. We get a little more other exposition.
Because the film already runs 101 minutes – a little long for a movie like this – I can’t claim any of these needed to make the end result. Still, some interesting material results.
A Gag Reel runs three minutes, one second. It shows some of the usual goofs, but it adds improv bits and unique – though very rough - -animation. These factors make it above average.
A slew of featurettes ensue, and Bringing Tom & Jerry to Life goes for 14 minutes, 41 seconds. It involves comments from Story, producer Chris DeFaria, costume designer Alison McCosh, animation historian Jerry Beck, film comedy historian Joe Adamson, animator Eric Goldberg, head of story Rob Stevenhagen, story artists Aya Suzuki and Dino Athanassiou, pre-vis supervisor Adam Coglan, animation story artist Phil Vallentin, puppeteer Michael Taibi. and actors Michael Peña, Jordan Bolger, Pallavi Sharda, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ken Jeong, Colin Jost, Rob Delaney, Daniel Adegboyega and Patsy Ferran.
“Life” looks at the original cartoons and their path to the big screen as well as the “hybrid” mix of animation and live action, sets and locations, animation, cast and performances,
Tom & Jerry’s World lasts four minutes, 17 seconds and provides notes from Delaney, McCosh, DeFaria, Story, Moretz, Ferran, Peña, Bolger, Jost, Sharda, and Jeong.
We get a hint at camera techniques used to bring the title characters’ POV, but much of it pretends Tom and Jerry are real. It’s a mixed bag.
Next comes The Feud, a four-minute, 15-second reel that features Story, DeFaria, Jeong, Moretz, Sharda, Delaney, Ferran, Jost, Bolger, Peña, Taibi, director of photography Alan Stewart, puppeteer Robin Guiver, prop dresser Robin Traynor, script supervisor Rowena Ladbury, AD Michael Stevenson, stunt performer Chelsea Mather, and on-set art director Hazel Keane.
This looks at the cast/crew’s preferred character as well as more comments about T&J as actors. The whole “T&J are real” concept didn’t work in the prior featurette, so it doesn’t get better with age.
Jerry’s “A House for a Mouse” spans three minutes, 58 seconds and shows movie clips that focus on Jerry’s domain. It gives us a decent look at the details of Jerry’s small home in the hotel, though it tends to feel like an advertisement.
With The Tom & Jerry Guide to New York City Wildlife, we locate a four-minute, 52-second piece. It offers some basics about the animals featured in the film. This mixes promotion with creature specifics.
Inside the Wedding of Ben and Preeta occupies five minutes, 24 seconds and gives us remarks from Sharda, Jost, Delaney, Peña, Moretz, and Jeong. We find another puff piece that sticks more with movie clips and general notes than actual insights.
Finally, A Scene Comes to Life splits into two segments: “Ben and Preeta’s Wedding” (5:11) and “Animal Lockup” (3:54). Across these, we hear from Story, Jost, Delaney, Moretz, Sharda, Peña, McCosh, Ladbury, Coglan, DeFaria, Mather, Athanassiou and Stevenhagen.
As expected, we get some details about the elements involved with these two scenes. Expect a mix of facts and fluff.
The disc opens with an ad for SCOOB. No trailer for Jerry appears here.
Nothing about Tom & Jerry makes it an embarrassment, but neither does anything here stand out as inspired or memorable. The film provides a passable piece of family entertainment at best. The Blu-ray offers strong picture and audio along with a decent mix of bonus materials. Tom & Jerry doesn’t flop but it doesn’t impress either.