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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Tommy Blu-Ray Review

Tommy Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: This classic rock opera is brought energetically to life by an outstanding cast including many stars of the rock music industry. Told through the remarkable music of The Who, this is the story of Tommy, who, when just a boy of six, witnessed the murder of his father by his mother (Ann-Margret) and her lover (Oliver Reed). They command him, “You didn’t hear it, you didn’t see it, and you won’t say anything to anyone…” As a result, the traumatized boy retreats into the shadows of his mind and becomes deaf, dumb, and blind. Growing into manhood, Tommy (Roger Daltrey) is subjected to several bizarre cure attempts by The Acid Queen (Tina Turner), the Preacher (Eric Clapton), and the Specialist (Jack Nicholson). In spite of his handicap, Tommy defeats the Pinball Wizard (Elton John) and becomes the champ, attaining a devoted following. When he is finally cured, he is hailed by his fans as a “Messiah.”

Review: Tommy is a trippy cult-classic hit!  It has seen a few releases, including superbit, but this is the first time is will be seen on blu-ray.  This is one of those films where you love it or you hate it, there isn't much in between.   The film is based on the music of the WHO and features a great peformance by Elton John.

The only downside to this release is a complete lack of extras.   The blu-ray transfer looks really fantastic, especially considering the age of this film.  At a low price-point, its definately worth the purchase!

Interest Range: Cult Classic, Elton John