New Release: Tommy Blu-ray

Filmmaker Ken Russell’s (Altered States) ultra-extravagant Tommy, the 1975 film based on The Who’s rock opera and best-selling album of the same name, came out to Blu-ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for the first time on Sept. 7, 2010, carrying a suggested retail price of $24.95.

Tommy, which features The Who frontman Roger Daltrey in the titular role, is about a psychomatically deaf, dumb and blind boy who becomes a master pinball player and object of a cult.

The musical film won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress for a Musical or Comedy (Ann-Margret) and was nominated for two Oscars: Best Actress (Ann-Margret) and Best Music (Pete Townshend).

Digitally restored, the Blu-ray disc offers the original theatrical trailer and Sony’s branded MovieIQ+sync, which allows users to access real-time information on the cast, music, trivia and more via BD-Live while watching the movie.

The Blu-ray also has a remastered 5.1 soundtrack in addition to the original 5.0 Quintaphonic track, the one and only cinematic example of a then-revolutionary format that used five discrete channels of sound to deliver the music of the film, including hit “Pinball Wizard,” in a “Sound in the Round” manner.

A guilty 1970s pleasure if there ever was one, Tommy offers such aural delights as Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, Elton John and even Jack Nicholson and Oliver Reed covering a handful of classic tracks by The Who, along with the undeniable pleasure of watching Ann-Margret rolling around in a zillion gallons of soap bubbles, baked beans and milk chocolate during her infamous nervous breakdown scene.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.