Site created 12/15/97.
review added: 8/21/01
2001 (2001) - Columbia TriStar
review by Todd Doogan of
The Digital Bits
Disc Ratings (Video/Audio/Extras): A/A/D
Specs and Features
95 mins, R, letterboxed widescreen (1.85:1), 16x9 enhanced, full frame
(1.33:1), Amaray keep case packaging, single-sided, dual-layered (no layer
switch), theatrical trailers (for Tomcats,
Joe Dirt, Jerry
Maguire, Saving Silverman and
Starship Troopers), cast and crew
filmographies, animated film-themed menu screens with sound, scene access (28
chapters), languages: English (DD 5.1 & 2.0) and French (DD 2.0), subtitles:
English and French, Closed Captioned
"No more redheads. No more
Good advice. Jerry O'Connell stars as Michael, an unashamed womanizer who makes
a bet with his friends: the last man standing (i.e. unmarried) gets a pool of
money they all place in a mutual fund. Seven years later, it's just him and his
best buddy Kyle (Jake Busey), who's even a bigger womanizer than Michael. But
when Mike finds out that Kyle pines for the beautiful "girl that got away"
(Shannon Elizabeth), he makes plans to set-up his friend for marriage and make
off with the kitty - a whopping half-a-million dollars by now. But this is a
brain-dead comedy, so expect things to get out of hand with goofy twists and
turns, and a couple of envelope pushing tasteless visual jokes involving an old
lady dominatrix, a visit to the sperm bank and a amputated testicle.
Tomcats is enjoyable for what it is... and
what it is isn't much. The men are stupid, the women are objects and the humor
is low brow. How can you kick a flick when it's already down? You can't. If you
like stupid films about people doing stupid things - you'll probably have fun
for the 95-minute running time this film will occupy in you life. But if you
like films with something to say, avoid Tomcats
at all costs.
Columbia gives us Tomcats in both full
frame and anamorphic widescreen (at the 1.85:1 aspect ratio) on this new DVD.
You can choose which to watch upon insertion of the disc. Both look great, as is
the standard for most Columbia titles. Colors and detail are rich and blacks are
solid without any hint of artifacting. All in all, it's a great transfer. The
sound is also on par with the Columbia standard. Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0
tracks are included and both sound nice. They're both very centered up front,
but the 5.1 allows for some nice atmosphere in the surrounds. It's nothing that
will give your equipment a workout, but there are a few sound effects and music
cues that play with the environment of your home theater.
Extras include nothing more than a handful of trailers for other Columbia films
featuring members of this cast, along with the usual cast and crew
filmographies. That's it... and I, for one, am thankful of that. I don't think I
could live with myself if I had to listen to a commentary track about the
filming of Tomcats. I'm sure it was fun,
but it's not for me.
If stupid is your bag, then by all means Tomcats
works. It's a good way to satisfy your 30 for 30 at Blockbuster some Saturday
evening before going out with the fellas.