Blu-Ray Review: Tommy Boy

Blu-Ray Review: Tommy Boy....

Paramount Home Entertainment/ 1995/ 97 min./PG-13

Release Date: December 16, 2008
Format: Blu-Ray
Price: $29.99

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Chris Farley, David Spade, Rob Lowe, Bo Derek, Dan Aykroyd & Brian Dennehy

Peter Segal

Plot Synopsis:
The boys are back and bigger than ever ub tge gut bustring, Holy Schnike Edition! Crack-up comedians Chris Farley and David Spade star as two ne’er do well traveling salesman who hit the road in order to save the family business in this infectiously funny larger than life movie.


So many people complain about the seemingly never-ending development of technology and merely a means for companies to profit from consumers having to continually purchase the latest and greatest technology and a new version of their favorite films when the old platform worked fine. One thing that is missing from this debate is the ability to introduce old classics to a new generation. Tommy Boy just that.

This film holds a special place in my heart, and not just because it is probably the best film Chris Farley made in his short life, but because this film to me at least was a fantastic mix of a very very funny film with deep emotion. We saw more than the funny guy from Chris Farley in this film, we saw he actually had some acting range. And no matter how many times I watch this film it always seems to like there is someone cutting onions in the room when Tommy and his dad are singing at the wedding and it ends with David Spade’s uncomfortable “Somebody call 911”.

Enough has been said about this film dating back to 1995 when it was released initially to say that this is one of those classic films of the current thirty-something crowd. It has fantastic one-liners and very funny moments I know I still talk about to this day, ex. fat guy in a little coat.

The performances in the film are what you would expect from a film made purely as a stage for Farley to be Farley but both Brian Dennehey and Rob Lowe do provide some good moments. David Spade on the other had is clearly clinging his success to Farley’s coat-tails and Bo Derek looks uncomfortable in every scene other than the one of her getting out of the pool.

The audio and video transfer of the film is okay at best. It is blu-ray technology so it is an improvement but let’s be honest this film is not one to be purchased because of it’s visuals.

Special Features:

The real treats of this disc come with this section of the Special Features. The retrospectives on the film and the making of the film are fantastic. There is plenty to see and laugh at with the four featurettes contained on the disc, and it is this that I believe makes this worth the price of admission.

  • Commentary by Director Peter Segal
  • 4 Featurettes
  • Tommy Boy:
    • Behind the Laughter
    • Stories From the Side of the Road
    • Just the Two of Us
    • Growing Up Farley

· Deleted Scenes

· Alternate Takes

· Extended Scenes

· Storyboard Comparisons

· TV Spots

· Gag Reel

· Photo Gallery

· Theatrical Trailer

Film: 8.5

Audio & Video: 7.5

Special Features: 9.0

Overall: 8.3

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