, the character Michael Dorsey lands the role of a lifetime—as does the actor playing him, Dustin Hoffman. This multilayered comedy from director Sydney Pollack follows the increasingly elaborate deception of a down-on-his-luck New York actor who disguises himself as a woman to get a coveted soap opera gig; while his female persona skyrockets to fame, he finds himself learning to be a better man. Hoffman's ball-busting yet disarmingly sweet Dorothy Michaels is a sensational comic creation, given support by a stellar cast including Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning, Teri Garr, George Gaynes, Bill Murray, and, in her first Oscar-winning role, Jessica Lange. Imbued with poignant drama, Tootsie
is a funny and cutting film from an American moment defined by shifting social and sexual identities.
• New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Audio commentary featuring director Sydney Pollack, taken from Criterion's 1991 laserdisc edition of the film
• New interviews with actor Dustin Hoffman and comedy writer Phil Rosenthal
• Interview with Dorothy Michaels by film critic Gene Shalit, from the film's production
• Making of "Tootsie,"
a 1982 documentary directed by Rocky Lang
• A Better Man: The Making of "Tootsie,"
a 2007 documentary directed by Charles Kiselyak and featuring interviews with Pollack; actors Dabney Coleman, Teri Garr, Hoffman, and Jessica Lange; and writers Larry Gelbart and Murray Schisgal
• Screen and wardrobe test footage of Hoffman
• Deleted scenes and trailers
• PLUS: An essay by critic Michael SragowCriterionforum.org user rating averages