NEW ON HOME VIDEO (DVD)


In 1981, Tom and Jerry, Hanna-Barbera's Oscar-winning cat-and-mouse team, saw home video release for the very first time when MGM/UA Home Video distributed the first of a seven-volume set on VHS, Tom & Jerry Cartoon Festival. Its contents comprised of the following shorts: The Flying Cat, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse, The Cat and the Mermouse, the Academy Award winner The Cat Concerto, The Bodyguard, The Little Orphan, Jerry's Cousin, and Mice Follies. In the 28 years since, numerous other releases have followed suit, on VHS, Beta, videodisc, laserdisc and digital video disc, yet focus has been largely put upon the theatrical shorts, the 1990-93 Tom & Jerry Kids Show, and the recent Tom & Jerry Tales. Not much stock has been placed upon the Hanna-Barbera's 1975 made-for-TV T&J shorts (or even Filmation's from 1980), since these aren't very fondly remembered (or liked!) by devout classic cartoon fanatics.

Finally, word broke in the spring of 2009, that, in spite of the massive undertow of criticism, H-B's 1975 incarnation of Tom & Jerry (my all-time favorite!) was deemed worthy of DVD release. (Pigs have flown! Heck has frozen over!) And so it was that, on Tuesday, October 27 of that year, cartoons from the premiere telecast of The New Tom & Jerry/Grape Ape Show (show #TJGA-1, originally aired on ABC September 6, 1975) were officially released as part of Disc 2 of Warner Home Video's Saturday Morning Cartoons - 1970s Volume 2. Not only are the original New Tom & Jerry/Grape Ape Show interstitials included on the set (much to the unbridled delight of this happy camper of a webmaster!), the entire show is restored, with crisp and clear quality, from the original 35mm interpositive masters, despite all rumors to the contrary that they were lost! (As ye seek, so shall ye find.) Also, mini-previews of what episodes are to come preceding commercial breaks are been included. The original Main Title itself boasts a backing track which was later used for The Mumbly Cartoon Show syndicated Main Title in 1977. New Tom & Jerry episode 80-15, "Cosmic Cat And Meteor Mouse," was later released on WHV's Tom & Jerry Deluxe Anniversary Collection on Tuesday, June 22, 2010, representing T&J "Through The Decades."

Which brings us to the focus on this very page you see here. This details every official release of Hanna-Barbera's 1975 made-for-TV incarnation of Tom & Jerry on DVD and provides a vessel for ordering said items online via Amazon.com, though they can also be purchased from other online outlets (i.e. Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Borders, DVD Empire, etc.). Let's hope that Complete Series set is just around the corner!

Official 1975 New Tom & Jerry DVD Releases
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Saturday Morning Cartoons:
1970s Volume 2

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Tom & Jerry: Deluxe Anniversary Collection
Distributor Warner Home Video, Inc. Warner Home Video, Inc.
Availability Currently Available
(released October 27, 2009)
Currently Available
(released June 22, 2010)
Run Time 210 minutes 316 minutes
Number of Discs 2 2
Contents Disc 1:
    Help! It's the Hair Bear Bunch - Keep Your Keeper
    New Adventures of Gilligan - Off Limits
    Sea Lab 2020 - Deep Threat
    Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan - The Mardi Gras Caper
    Shazzan - The Living Island / Master of the Thieves
    Yogi's Gang - Mr. Bigot
Disc 2:
    The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour - For Scent-Imental Reasons/Stop, Look and Hasten/Hare-Way to the Stars/Duck! Rabbit, Duck!
    Valley of the Dinosaurs - Forbidden Fruit
    Tom and Jerry/Grape Ape Show - No Way, Stowaways / That Was No Idol, That Was My Ape / The Ski Bunny / The All-American Ape / Stay Awake Or Else...
    The Banana Splits Adventure Hour - Joining the Knights/The Littlest Musketeer/Danger Island
    Inch High Private Eye - Diamonds are a Crook's Best Friend
    New Adventures of Batman and Robin - Sweet Joke on Gotham City

Special Features:

  • The Power Of Shazzan - Learn the Backstory of the Adventures that Cross the Arabian Nights with Teenage Detectives - and Set Up the Template of Scooby-Doo

  • Saturday Morning Wake-Up Calls

  • Disc 1: Oscar Winners and Classics
    • Puss Gets the Boot
    • Midnight Snack
    • Dog Trouble
    • Fraidy Cat
    • Puss 'n' Toots
    • The Lonesome Mouse
    • Yankee Doodle Mouse
    • Mouse Trouble
    • Mouse in Manhattan
    • Quiet Please
    • The Milky Waif
    • The Cat Concerto
    • The Little Orphan
    • Saturday Evening Puss
    • Two Mouseketeers
    • Johann Mouse
    • Touche Pussy Cat
    • That's My Mommy
    • The Egg and Jerry
    • Tops With Pops

  • Disc 2 - Through the Decades
    • Excerpt from Anchors Aweigh
    • Excerpts from Dangerous When Wet
    • Penthouse Mouse
    • The Cat Above the Mouse Below
    • The Cat's Me-Ouch
    • Cosmic Cat And Meteor Mouse
    • Jerry's Country Cousin
    • Flippin' Fido
    • Mansion Cat
    • Karate Guard
    • A Game of Mouse and Cat
Special Feature:
  • Much Ado About Tom & Jerry - A Retrospective Look at One of Animation's Greatest Teams - from Early Days to Oscar-Winning Glory

Pricing/Online Ordering:
Suggested Retail Price:
$26.98


Suggested Retail Price:
$26.99




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