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Tom & Jerry: The Golden Collection Volume Two Blu-ray

Posted February 5, 2013 10:52 AM by Webmaster

Warner 90th AnniversaryWarner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially announced and dated the Blu-ray release of Tom & Jerry: The Golden Collection Volume Two. The second 2-disc collection of remastered classic shorts arrives on Blu-ray on June 11th. Volume One is already available for purchase.

Official synopsis: Tom and Jerry have chased their way over the funnybones and into the hearts of moviegoers, TV viewers and Internet users for generations, and the iconic team's adventures are unleashed inside this delightful 2-Disc Collection of 42 Remastered Shorts, plus Fun Bonus Features. Created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the beloved cat and mouse appeared in "Puss Gets the Boot" (in which Tom was called Jasper and Jerry went unnamed) and became instant stars whose hilariously diabolical rivalry delighted everyone.

Among these golden nuggets are three are Academy Award winners (Best Short Subject: Cartoons), including "The Little Orphan," in which Jerry takes care of Nibbles, a hungry little mouse who causes chaos at the Thanksgiving table; "The Two Mousketeers," which features Jerry and Nibbles as two mousketeers who try to help themselves to a banquet that Tom is guarding; and lastly, "Johann Mouse," which stars Jerry as a music-loving, little mouse who lives with composer, Johann Strauss in Vienna. The collection also showcases two Academy Award-nominated shorts: "Hatch Up Your Troubles," which features a baby woodpecker who thinks Jerry is his mother, and "Jerry's Cousin," which has Jerry summon the help of his cousin, aptly named Muscles, to show him how to defend himself against Tom.

Other featured cartoons include "Just Ducky," in which Jerry teaches Quacker, a darling baby duckling, how to swim, and "Smitten Kitten," which features Tom, who falls head over heels for a beautiful feline, prompting his losing all interest in chasing after Jerry. The tussling twosome conduct an orchestra in "Tom and Jerry in the Hollywood Bowl." In "Saturday Evening Puss," Jerry's beauty sleep is interrupted when Tom invites his buddies over for a party that includes plenty of loud music. In "Tennis Chumps," all sorts of bad things happen to Tom; his racket catches fire, he becomes tangled in the net and swallows a bunch of tennis balls before he looses the match to Jerry, who wins a trophy.

Bonus materials include six new audio commentaries and an all-new featurette, "Animal Antics: The Friends and Foes of Tom and Jerry." Each cartoon has been re-mastered from the best surviving/earliest generation film elements, in order to create a reproduction that is most faithful to the original. Shorts include:

    Disc 1

    1. Polka-Dot Puss
    2. The Little Orphan
    3. Hatch Up Your Troubles
    4. Heavenly Puss
    5. The Cat and the Mermouse
    6. Love that Pup
    7. Jerry's Diary
    8. Tennis Chumps
    9. Little Quacker
    10. Saturday Evening Puss
    11. Texas Tom
    12. Jerry and the Lion
    13. Safety Second
    14. Tom and Jerry in the Hollywood Bowl
    15. The Framed Cat
    16. Cue Ball Cat
    17. Jerry and the Goldfish
    18. Jerry's Cousin
    19. Sleepy-Time Tom
    20. His Mouse Friday
    21. Slicked Up Pup

    Disc 2

    1. Nit-Witty Kitty
    2. Cat Napping
    3. The Flying Cat
    4. The Duck Doctor
    5. The Two Mouseketeers
    6. Smitten Kitten
    7. Triplet Trouble
    8. Little Runaway
    9. Fit to Be Tied
    10. Push-Button Kitty
    11. Cruise Cat
    12. The Dog House
    13. The Missile Mouse
    14. Jerry and the Jumbo
    15. Johann Mouse
    16. That's My Pup!
    17. Just Ducky
    18. Two Little Indians
    19. Life with Tom
    20. Puppy Tale
    21. Posse Cat



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News comments (26 comments)



BTTF
  Feb 05, 2013
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My initial view was YES!!!!! FINALLY!! Now, however, I am pissed. They skipped over short #38 "MOUSE CLEANING"!!!
It was omitted from Volume 1 and if I remember, I read somewhere an official response was that it was being restored "at great expense" for Vol. 2. My dreams of a complete box set are probably not realistic, but these Volume editions are silly if they don't include ALL of them. If this is some new political correctness crap, then why put "His Mouse Friday" on it unless we are getting a butchered version there too?

Someone at Warner Brothers needs to address this glaring omission- pronto! I see a lot of NO SALES over this. Please let this be an error of early news...

BTTF
  Feb 05, 2013
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SECOND OMISSION: OK folks, it must be official political correctness here... ANOTHER short, #55 "Casanova Cat" has not appeared in the list between "Cue Ball Cat" and "Jerry and the Goldfish"... see Wikipedia's list of T+J shorts here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tom_and_Jerry_theatrical_shorts

BOTH episodes are listed as being left off the Spotlight DVD collections for taboo content. This makes me doubt that "His Mouse Friday" will be uncut as in "full Jerry vocals" and no cropping the native's big lips at the end sequence... it will likely be one or the other like on previous editions.

Let's do this to music next.. No "Brown Sugar" for the Rolling Stones on a complete box set?
genesim
  Feb 05, 2013
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This is really sad because I was really thinking of buying these having them less censored on laserdisc.

If they aren't complete, then I am not buying. It a shame really.

captveg
  Feb 05, 2013
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Hopefully those two shorts are part of the "Fun Bonus Features". I could see WB not wanting them to be on the "main list" and also wanting to have a separate, PC-explanation before those shorts play. *crosses fingers*
Zot!
  Feb 05, 2013
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They make me sit through that minute long scolding about how insensitive I am, every time I watch my first set, and then they're going to further infantilize me. Great.

captveg
  Feb 05, 2013
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You can blame the lawyers, but I'd take it over not having the films at all.
Nailwraps
  Feb 05, 2013
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Best case scenario; Mouse Cleaning and Casanova Cat will be available as bonus features if we're lucky.

Tom Servo
  Feb 05, 2013
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'smacks head'... Casanova Cat is a classic too.
Ironically "Two Little Indians" got by the pc police, amazingly enough.
Leviathan
  Feb 05, 2013
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This is a load of B.S. These Blu-Ray's are supposed to be aimed squarely at collectors (unlike the earlier Spotlights and the glut of Wal-Mart-friendly compilations). We should be over the missing cartoons thing already.
Paul WJM
  Feb 05, 2013
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Apparently history CAN be swept under the proverbial carpet...

Rothwilder Blu
  Feb 05, 2013
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The first one had a warning, but was uncut. Why change it up now?
matt_hargett
  Feb 05, 2013
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The bigger question for me is, did they include better quality audio this time? I waited for the the Looney Tunes and other animated collections to enter the bargain bin before I bought because of the DVD-quality audio. While I don't expect DTS-HD 1.0 on every short, at least 320kbit/sec Dolby Digital mono like Disney does on their "classic" shorts would be better than what we're getting.

I *still* can't believe they released 'What's Opera, Doc?' with such a low quality audio encode.

PeterTHX
  Feb 05, 2013
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@Matt - the recordings of the shorts are not of very high fidelity. Even in lossless, the bitrate required isn't much more than the lossy versions. An example: the movie "Chinatown", recorded in 1974, the 2.0 lossless TrueHD mono track averages only 331kbps! That's with Jerry Goldsmith's evocative score!

Boycotting these releases because of lossy audio isn't a good reason: your ears aren't missing anything. This is important, especially since overall sales count towards Warner deciding whether to continue releasing these cartoons at all. While I prefer lossless, I'd rather have these on Blu-ray in lossy than not at all.

BTTF
  Feb 05, 2013
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Say they add the two omitted shorts as bonus features... THAT would be better than nothing but still it is both further "scolding" to tuck it away and annoying when you want to watch them in chronological order. This continues to encourage end users to take matters into their own hands and rip disc contents to hard drives... chronological episodes, no 1 minute nag screen, etc. Unfortunately, this also then makes it easier to share said content to the rest of the frustrated world... these companies bite the hand that feeds. The "it's better than nothing [regarding the other included 42 shorts]" believers may be the first in line for said sharing. The UK DVDs have them, and people imported them so your hands are clean WB.

I'm NOT buying this otherwise wonderful looking set. WB, here's what you do to fix it... the music world offers an explicit and clean version of albums [i.e. Avril Lavigne] no? Why not release two sets and let the buyer dictate what they want to buy so you don't have to worry about PR, legal, or 1 minute nag screens.

Unless fans refuse to buy and hit them in the wallet, this BS continues... MTV's "The State" DVD debacle was absurd considering what "Freaks and Geeks" paid for music rights, etc. I'm not in the "it's better than nothing" camp. Fans will pay for what they remember...

ACTUAL bonus features I hope for are the two alternate versions of Saturday Evening Puss...they are "less than" to me but for posterity I'd include them:

1. Same animation but re-dubbed Mammy Two Shoes,

2. The reanimated version with the 50's teen white chick babysitter.

Any other hopeful bonus features?
RICKBONDOO7
  Feb 05, 2013
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Why is this being released in canada on march 19 ! and the us version on june 11 ???????? the complete set till 1958 cinemascope shorts should all have been available by now !!!! 2012 nothing why ?????? unhappy collector WB !!!! Boooooooooo!!

Lastchancerecords
  Feb 05, 2013
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I, for one, welcome cleaned up high def versions of these classics and will be pre-ordering. I have a DVD box with all the unedited originals and while I don't agree with the PC crap either I'll be happy to own whatever ends up on this set.
beyondblu
  Feb 06, 2013
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I say release them ALL! Are we that insecure, that everything has to be "sterilized"? These episodes were created in a
different time period, and we can't keep revisiting history. If anything, those episodes will show how far we've come!
JMCurtis
  Feb 06, 2013
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I have the Laserdisc set, and never bought into the DVD's. Glad to see them on BD. I agree about the historic aspect of these shorts. They should be included. I think most people are "adult" enough to know that this is NOT how people think today!!

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Roy Batty
  Feb 06, 2013
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Does anybody here have some e-mail address to ask/complain to Warner about the missing shorts?

Some official confirmation would be useful, and then, if it comes down to it, maybe some petition campaign.

Mike_In_HD
  Feb 06, 2013
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No Pecos Pest?!... Uncle Pecos song "Frog Went-a Courtin" in hilarious.
Paul WJM
  Feb 07, 2013
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I really wanted these BD sets but I'm certainly not buying until Warner wake up to reality - if they're too yellow to release the proper versions of these sets then why don't they sub-license them to a smaller independent company who would be willing to take whatever 'risk' Warner think is associated with this?

Unfortunately here in the UK we got the heavily sanitised versions on DVD - they seem to sell well but mainly because most buyers are ignorant to what they're picking up (or they don't care). I personally left my money in my bank account.

BTTF
  Feb 08, 2013
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Here is a news link that also tells the story that a new print of "Mouse Cleaning" was found and restored at considerable expense...

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Tom-Jerry-Golden-Collection-Volume-2/18039

So.. anyone care to speculate WHY they spent the cash (if they truly did for the print, AND truly restored it), if they don't intend to release it? Is it maybe for some "Censored 11" type of compilation MOD release? Maybe they will call it "The Censored 8"

I love the mentality that studio employees can watch and restore controversial footage but belong to a superhero level of tolerance and understanding that we the collectors couldn't nearly obtain or comprehend.

SERIOUSLY, IS THERE AN OFFICIAL WB REP OR CONTACT WE CAN TALK TO FOR SOME ANSWERS HERE?

Rhymetyme91
  Feb 09, 2013
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Anyone reading this is strongly urged to leave negative feedback on the amazon pre-order page:

http://www.amazon.com/Tom-Jerry-Golden-Collection-Blu-ray/dp/B008POPRS8/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Leave negative feedback on the Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/WBClassicAnimation?fref=ts


And email WB's costumer service:


http://www.warnerbros.com/help/customer-service.html


Your support is much appreciated. Fans are uniting. Together, we can restore these shorts to the adult collector!
Matthew Hunter
  Feb 09, 2013
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UPDATE: If you want to contact Warner Bros. (Hersin Magante in particular), call or write:


Phone Number: 818-954-6000

Address Location:
Warner Home Video, Inc.
4000 Warner Boulevard
Burbank, CA 91522-0001

If calling, press 1 to search for an extension and enter "Magante Hersin". You'll get his voice mail. Leave him a voicemail regarding the absence of "Casanova Cat' and "Mouse Cleaning" on the "Tom and Jerry Golden Collection Blu-Ray". Be polite!
Matthew Hunter
  Feb 10, 2013
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Perhaps the best way to get Warner's attention is to email their marketing director, Hersin Magante, directly. He is the person to contact. I do not know his email address, but if anyone finds it, please reply with it here. It is important to contact anyone at Warner Bros. Entertainment who will listen, and the only way to make SURE they listen is to bombard them with feedback. The bottom line? We need to let Magante and others at WB know, loudly but politely, that we care about these classic animated films and want them released properly for us to enjoy. Find his contact info, and we may find our solution.
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BTTF
  Feb 10, 2013
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A search of Hersin's name showed 1st a political donation against Prop 8, then a Linken In profile with direct contact:

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/hersin-magante/20/155/692

After sifting through the first batch of 34 or so Amazon pre-order comments, I found this interesting tidbit:

"contact Jerry Beck on facebook and send him a message"

" S. A. Costa says:
I did contact Jerry via his e-mail. he told me that he wrote the liner notes for both cartoons and that they were supposed to be included in the set. Apparently someone at Warner Home Video has appointed themself "political commissar" and INTERFERED with the production of this set by omitting the two cartoons in question. BIG corporate mistake and it will cost them big too. I am boycotting this set until it is made right. "

The combination of this info and contacting Hersin Magante (THANKS FOR THAT CONTACT!!!) should be a step in the right direction. Though many want to vent, I second the request to please be respectful. Hersin may likely NOT be "the one" that made the decision making. Still, I would:

1. Make you points firm and clear.

2. ASK questions to prompt action... "When can we expect an update on our request?" "Who are the direct people to contact?"

3. The pressure should also be high in REQUESTING INFORMATION ON RETURNS/REFUNDS for VOL. 1. There should be a return program on the basis of false/misleading promises.

THAT might get them to throw their hands up and say "Fine.. give them what they want." I'd like to think MOST companies are not George Lucas. I still feel bad for those in the Rhino days who bought the GI Joe sets and got left hanging with no final set(s). If I find out more I will continue to update.


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