Barely passable even for the kids 3 Stars

Warner brings the live action-animated hybrid Tom & Jerry: The Movie to Blu-ray after a brief run on HBO Max and theatrical.

Tom and Jerry (2021)
Released: 26 Feb 2021
Rated: PG
Runtime: 101 min
Director: Tim Story
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Colin Jost
Writer(s): William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, Kevin Costello
Plot: A chaotic battle ensues between Jerry Mouse, who has taken refuge in the Royal Gate Hotel, and Tom Cat, who is hired to drive him away before the day of a big wedding arrives.
IMDB rating: 5.3
MetaScore: 32

Disc Information
Studio: Warner Brothers
Distributed By: N/A
Video Resolution: 1080P/AVC
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: Dolby Atmos, English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, English Descriptive Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Rating: PG
Run Time: 1 Hr. 41 Min.
Package Includes: Blu-ray, Digital Copy
Case Type: Blu-ray eco keepcase with slipcover
Disc Type: BD50 (dual layer)
Region: A
Release Date: 05/11/2021
MSRP: $35.99

The Production: 2/5

As I’m sitting here in my office to write my review of Tom & Jerry, I find myself trying to remember what the overall plot was. Tom and Jerry cross paths in Central Park – Tom is trying to earn money as a street musician while Jerry is looking to earn money to afford an apartment in Manhattan. Jerry joins in on Tom’s keyboard act, causing mayhem to ensue, escalating in the destruction of Tom’s keyboard and a chase to the upscale The Royal Gate hotel, where Jerry makes himself at home, furnishing his new digs with items stolen from guests. Kayla (Chloë Grace Moretz) has just lost her most recent job delivering laundry when she crosses paths with Tom and Jerry’s chase to the hotel. Once inside, Kayla finds out the hotel is hiring an event coordinator for an upcoming celebrity wedding, and after stealing one of the top applicant’s resumes, convinces the hotel manager Mr. Dubros (Rob Delaney) and event manager Terence (Michael Peña) to hire her on a temporary basis. Her main duty, though, is to rid the hotel of Jerry Mouse before the celebrity wedding. Colin Jost (Saturday Night Live) and Pallavi Sharda (Lion) play the celebrity couple who have little to no chemistry whatsoever and whose subplot plays like a Hallmark Channel romantic comedy. All of this exists solely to hang more Tom & Jerry antics on that feel like nothing more than weak homages to the classic animated shorts from the 1940s, except that the camera point of view is all wrong – in those classic shorts, the humans were never seen above their knee caps. In this 2021 live action hybrid update, the movie plays like a standard live action film with all animals portrayed by animated characters. There is not a whole lot of story here, and the actors really don’t have much to do but try to ham it up when interacting with the animation. Tom & Jerry is flat out boring, not just for adults, but even the 11 year old that viewed the film with us.

Video: 4.5/5

3D Rating: NA

Warner’s Blu-ray release of tom & Jerry looks exceptional. The movie was captured at 6K resolution on Sony CineAlta Venice cameras and completed as a 4K digital intermediate. The AVC-encoded 1080p transfer replicates the films 1.85:1 theatrical aspect ratio with vivid and well-saturated colors, with excellent detail, deep blacks, and no noticeable compression artifacts.

Audio: 4.5/5

Surprise! Unlike the recent new Warner releases Judas and the Black Messiah and the little things, Warner has included a default Dolby Atmos track for the Blu-ray release of Tom & Jerry. This is a nice expansive mix, offering a wide and deep soundstage with lots of atmospheric street noise all around and above you. LFE is strong, lending support to the film’s hip-hop soundtrack. Dialogue is clear and understandable throughout.

Special Features: 2/5

These are all pretty standard EPK fluff pieces.

Deleted Scenes (1080p; 13:34): Director Tim Story introduces ten scenes cut from the film.

Gag Reel (1080p; 3:01)

Bringing Tom & Jerry to Life (1080p; 14:11): Cast & crew discuss making the film.

Tom & Jerry’s World (1080p; 4:17): The cast and crew discuss what it was like to work with the two leads.

The Feud: #Team Tom vs. #TeamJerry (1080p; 4:15): The cast and crew take sides.

Jerry’s “A House for a Mouse” (1080p; 3:58): A look at Jerry’s hotel room.

The Tom & Jerry Guide to New York City Wildlife (1080p; 4:52): Additional animated characters featured in the film.

Inside the Wedding of Ben and Preeta (1080p; 5:24): A look at the wedding subplot.

A Scene Comes to Life (1080p): A behind the scenes look at Ben and Preeta’s Wedding (5:11) and Animal Lockup (3:54).

Digital Copy: An insert contains a code to redeem a digital HD copy on Movies Anywhere.

Overall: 3/5

Tom & Jerry is flat out boring, even for most kids,, although the presentation on Blu-ray is top notch.

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Thanks for the review. I saw it at the theater with the family. My 9 year old thought it was okay but my 5 year old really liked it. I liked my IPA I had while viewing…

Not sure if the kids want to watch it again or not but the blu ray sounds like a solid presentation.
 

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Saw it on HBO Max and had turned it off within its first 30 minutes
I did the same and then tried to finish it in a 2nd viewing and could only make it to the 45 minute mark. And I like most of the direct to video Tom and Jerry movies from the past 20 years. I just couldn't get into this one and I found the music soundtrack very out of place. It kept taking me out of the movie.