Tom and Jerry Golden Collection was a series of two-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets, produced by Warner Home Video, it was supposed to be collecting the theatrical Tom and Jerry cartoon shorts released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer from the 1940s through the 1960s. The releases were expected to be uncut, uncensored and in chronological order, but due to complaints from Tom and Jerry fans and cartoon collectors for the omission of two cartoons, the series was postponed indefinitely.
The first volume was released on October 25, 2011, and features 37 shorts (roughly one-third of the 114 Tom and Jerry shorts directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera from 1940 to 1958).The second volume, containing 42 shorts, was initially scheduled to be released on June 11, 2013, but was later postponed indefinitely, resulting in the cancellation of Golden Collection series altogether.
Differences with Spotlight Collection
Warner Home Video had previously released the majority of the original 114 Hanna-Barbera-directed shorts in the Spotlight Collection over three volumes. The primary differences between the Spotlight Collection and the Golden Collection is that the latter was intended to feature the shorts in chronological order and completely uncensored. Also, because most of the original pre-1951 MGM cartoon negatives were destroyed in the 1967 MGM Vault fire, the Golden Collection features new, restored transfers from CRI negative elements, as opposed to the Turner broadcast television prints previously used. The Golden Collection is being released on both DVD and Blu-ray (the latter restored to HD quality), whereas the Spotlight Collection was only available on DVD.
Lastly, according to animation historian Jerry Beck on his March 2012 appearance on Stu’s Show, the Golden Collectionseries will feature the later, 1960s shorts directed by Gene Deitch and Chuck Jones in addition to the Hanna-Barbera shorts. Although the shorts are presented digitally restored (just like how it was shown in theaters), however, because many of the original pre-1951 MGM cartoon negatives are destroyed in the vault fire in 1967, not all the pre-1951 Tom and Jerry cartoons could be presented in pristine condition. In the first volume, a handful of shorts appear with washed out colors and grainy picture although digitally remastered; Puss n’ Toots, The Bowling Alley Cat, Sufferin’ Cats!, The Lonesome Mouse, The Zoot Cat, The Million Dollar Cat, Puttin’ on the Dog, Mouse Trouble, Quiet Please!, and The Milky Waif.