Tommy Boy (1995) - Holy Schnike Edition [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Adventure / Comedy
Paramount || PG13 - 97 minutes - $29.99 || December 16, 2008
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2008-12-15


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Peter Segal
Writer(s): Bonnie Turner & Terry Turner (written by)
Cast: Chris Farley, David Spade, Brian Dennehy, Bo Derek, Dan Akroyd, Julie Warner


Theatrical Release Date: March 31, 1995


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • 4 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Takes / Extended Scenes
  • Storyboard Comparisons
  • Television Spots
  • Gag Reel
  • Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer (HD)


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

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.::THE FILM::.

First and foremost, Chris Farley was a great actor. David Spade still is a great actor. These two combined had one of the greatest comedies ever, which is more commonly known now as Tommy Boy. Released as the ďHoly Schnike EditionĒ, this is one of the best comedies ever to hit Blu-ray, so read on for more details about a truly fascinating film.

Tommy (Chris Farley) is a mess of a child. Having spent multiple years in college and still not graduating, he rushes to his final exam in college ready to go. In a few hilarious scenes prior, including him sprinting then stopping to act all cool in front of the ladies, he sits down at his desk to the first question of the exam.

He thinks he knows it, thinking that the name of one of the framers of the Constitution was Herbie Hancock. The correct answer for those who think he was right is actually John Hancock, the first person who signed the document. Hopefully you got that one right where Tommy failed. Regardless, Tommy still manages to pass the class with a D+ and graduates from college. The next day he heads out to the airport to head home to his fatherís work where Richard (David Spade), a sarcastic jerk by all natures, greets him with a few quick-witted jokes to lighten the mood. Richard takes him to the factory where Big Tom (Brian Dennehy) presents Tommy his own office with a window.

Big Tom also has even better news for his son: heís getting married to a hot young thing named Beverly (Bo Derek). Sadly though at the wedding he suffers from a heart attack and perishes, leaving the company and house in Tommyís name.

The company is in poor shape, as the bank refuses to support the new brake pads and the workers are in danger of losing their jobs. Tommy takes charge to try and convince manufacturers to buy their brake pads, and forces Richard to come along with him for support. Will Tommy and Richard eventually befriend each other and learn to get along with one another? Can they save the company from going bankrupt?

This is honestly one of the funniest movies ever. Farley and Spade made an amazing team during this film. Some of the stand-out scenes include Tommy trying to pump gas into Richardís car as well as a jaw-dropping hilarious scene at the hotel where Tommy portrays a maid.

Even if you arenít a fan of either of the two, itís still wise to at least rent the film and give it a chance. Iíd find it hard to believe that you wonít be laughing the entire time.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary by Director Peter Segal: Peter Segal flies solo on this track giving people information about some of the shootings at that happened, as well as some of the problems he had with the script and not knowing the location until the day of shooting. Itís an insightful track and worth a listen.

Tommy Boy: Behind the Laughter, Stories from the Side of the Road, Just the Two Of Us, Growing Up Farley (60 minutes): Some background into the movie is given in this extra. While not enjoyable, fans will be happy to watch this as it lets people know how some of the scenes came to be.

Deleted Scenes (7 minutes): A collection of seven scenes that didnít end up in the movie. Some are funny, some arenít.

Alternate Takes (4 minutes): A few scenes shot from different angles.

Extended Scenes (22 minutes): A ton of scenes from the movie extended from the movie.

Storyboard Comparisons (14 minutes): Some of the movie scenes are shown in comparison to the storyboard to see how some of them were close to the drawings. Not really sure why you would want to watch this though.

Gag Reel (4 minutes): A few scenes in the movie where the actors screw up lines.

Finally, the filmís Television Spots, Theatrical Trailer (HD) and a photo gallery are presented.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Presented in widescreen 2.40:1 ratio with an AVC-Codec, Tommy Boy is a mess from the start in terms of video quality. Colors are washed out, grain is rampant, and the characters clothes glisten with sparkles for several moments throughout the film. Itís a constant annoyance that happens far too much during the film. Contrast is also heavily off during some of the scenes, even though you can tell whatís going on during some scenes the darkness sometimes makes it a pain to accurately see the real picture. Granted the movie is rather old, but the transfer is a disappointment for those with the DVD already.

Boasting an impressive Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track, the movie sounds great for a movie more than a decade old. Dialogue is perfect for the flick and is kept in constant check. Levels for the film remain steady with no problems to report. The sub is barely but the rears do come into play at various points during the film. This isnít demo material, but it sounds better than most of the other newer comedies to come out on Blu-Ray recently.



.::OVERALL::.

Tommy Boy will go down in history as one of the greatest comedies ever in the movie industry. With laughter coming at you from all angles and an impressive audio track this is the definitive version for people who donít already own it on another format. Although the video is rather disappointing, itís easy to overlook since the movie isnít about visuals but more listening. This is an easy recommendation for fans of Farley and Spade or people who have never had the chance to see the two in action.