While having to confess at never having been a fan of Chris Farley, this reviewer admits to being pleasantly surprised after viewing the newly released blu-ray of "TOMMY BOY." Farley stars as Thomas R. Callahan III, a recent college graduate, returning home to work at his dad's auto parts company. Unfortunately, his father(Brian Dennehy)dies of a heart attack at his own wedding, and Tommy Boy is suddenly forced to run and save a company from failure, or worse, take-over. Along with side-kick, fellow-employee, David Spade, the duo trek across the country, hoping to succeed in making a brake pad the father just developed a huge hit and saving grace for the company and Tommy's job.
The entire cast is terrific, including smaller roles by Rob Lowe and Bo Derek, but it's Farley and Spade carrying most of the film, and carrying it well. Some jokes are predictable, but the duo has charisma and there are some great laughs popping up here and there. More importantly, the film carries a real sentimentality to it, that doesn't feel forced, and ends up leaving the viewer charmed as much as laughing.
PARAMOUNT has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. While the image is notably better than its dvd counterpart, "TOMMY BOY" lacks the consistent depth found on many superior PARAMOUNT transfers. Signs of age show up, including scratches, sporadically, but it's never intrusive enough to diminish the overall quality of the blu-ray. Still, it demonstrates that this doesn't rank with releases like "INTO THE WILD" for overall depth quality. There are some moments with great detail, but just as many that fall flat.
PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. A typical comedy mix of the era, most of the film is front, and even center-channel focused. However, separation effects show up, and the music is boosted through all speakers. Fidelity is quite good, and notably better than the dolby digital 5.1 mix of the dvd.
In addition to deleted scenes, a fine commentary and various featurettes are included, all in standard resolution.