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Tootsie Blu-ray Review

Tootsie Blu-ray

The 80’s comedy classic “Tootsie” is one of the latest films to get the Criterion Blu-ray treatment.

After failing to get any acting work, the talented but notoriously difficult Michael decides to create a female persona named Dorothy in order to nab a soap opera role. Not only does Michael/Dorothy land the role, but his character becomes a big hit. Unfortunately for Michael, becoming Dorothy further complicates his personal life as he gets unwanted attention and becomes attracted to his co-star Julie.

Since its release in 1982, “Tootsie” has been a beloved, crowd pleasing screwball esque comedy about sex, gender, love, and acting. While I enjoy the film myself, I never considered the film to be one of the greatest comedies of all time as it is so often proclaimed. After all, it is essentially a one joke cross-dressing movie that we have seen the likes of before. Still, the film works not because of the story, but the incredible ensemble cast.

In the pantheon of great Dustin Hoffman performances, his dual parts in “Tootsie” rank as some of his very best work. He’s simply at the top of his game here and it shows in his charming and passionate acting. As for Teri Garr, Jessica Lange, Bill Murray, Dabney Coleman, Geena Davis, Charles Durning, and Sydney Pollack, you can’t ask for better supporting players. Bill Murray especially steals the show here as Michael’s roommate.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? This new 4K digital restoration is supremely impressive. You can really see the clarity in this transfer.

Audio Track: Uncompressed Mono. How does it sound? The audio track is equally noteworthy. The audio has noticeably been cleaned up here. This is far and away the best the film has sounded on home video.

Extras:
* A fold out booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Sragow.
* 3 “Tootsie” trailers.
* 9 deleted scenes.
* Screen and wardrobe tests of Dustin Hoffman.
* Newly shot interviews with Phil Rosenthal and “Tootsie.”
* A deleted scene/interview with Dorothy being interviewed by film critic Gene Shalit.
* An interesting 33 minute archival “Making of Tootsie” featurette containing interviews, set footage, pre-production discussions and much more.
* “A Better Man: The Making of Tootsie”- A 68 minute 2007 documentary featuring interviews, footage from the above listed making of, film clips, discussions about key scenes, etc.
* A solo 1991 commentary by Sydney Pollack.

Overall Thoughts: “Tootsie” is a good old fashioned funny comedy. This is bound to be a hot seller for Criterion.

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January 2, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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