Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
Cast: Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Peggy Lee (VOICES)
Release Date: February 27, 2018
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 8/10
As one of the greatest love stories ever told, “Lady and the Tramp” is sure to melt the hearts of generations with its beloved characters, brilliant animation, memorable music and sweet sentiment. The animated treasure tells the story of Lady, a lovingly pampered cocker spaniel, and Tramp, a freewheeling mutt with a heart of gold. Through the Signature Collection edition, viewers can relive the pair’s thrilling adventures, sing along with the film’s unforgettable songs like “Bella Notte,” and swoon over one of the most memorable movie moments of all time—the iconic scene in which Lady and Tramp share a plate of spaghetti and an accidental kiss.
The sixth entry in Disney’s ongoing ‘Signature Collection’ lineup; the heartwarming ‘Lady and the Tramp’ takes its worthy place in the Walt Disney Signature Collection. Now yet another group of newcomers and young Disney fans can experience this beloved animated tale of two polar opposite dogs that can’t seem to stay away from one another and together end up embarking on an unexpected adventure filled with love, terror and an even some gourmet spaghetti and meatballs that will force each to venture outside of the familiar. Disney’s animated masterpiece ‘Lady and the Tramp’ still delivers the goods after all these years and no Disney fan will want to be missing this beloved animated gem in their Blu-ray collection.
The hardcore Disney fans and fans of ‘Lady and the Tramp’ in particular (as well as those who have young Disney fans at home) who haven’t previously had a chance to add the title to their library on Blu-ray will definitely want to make sure to purchase a copy of the new Signature Collection Blu-ray to add to your collection at last. The release delivers great high definition video and audio presentations on the feature film, along with three different ways to view the film (including a new Sing-Along edition that many kids young and old will surely have some fun with) and a number of brand new extras exclusive to this release including archival interviews/Featurettes such as ‘Walt And His Dogs’ and more (more detailed information regarding the bonus content can be found in the special features section of the technical specification coverage below) that should altogether make this one a definite must own for any fan that doesn’t already own Disney’s ‘Lady and the Tramp’ on Blu-ray. Those on the other hand who already own a copy of a previous Blu-ray edition of the movie and aren’t Disney super-fans intent on purchasing every edition of every title in existence will probably want to take a closer look and determine whether or not the newly included bonus content is worth coughing up the funds on a double dip for your personally. There’s a fair chance that many will be more than content with the Blu-ray edition they already own.
Overall, Disney’s new Signature Collection Blu-ray release of the timeless animated classic ‘Lady and the Tramp’ offers a gorgeous and colorful high definition video presentation and a crisp lossless soundtrack that both hold up magnificently throughout, along with some informative and enjoyable extras featuring some brand new goodies exclusive to this release. Any Disney lovers out there who don’t own a previous Blu-ray edition of ‘Lady and the Tramp’ will almost surely want to make a point of grabbing the Signature Collection release before it’s too late so that they and their family can revisit this heartwarming animated gem time and again in the best quality available. Those who already own at least one previous edition of the animated masterpiece on Blu-ray though will probably want to make absolute certain that the new extras are actually worth double dipping for prior to picking up a copy.
The Signature Collection Blu-ray release of ‘Lady and the Tramp’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.55:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The release also offers the option of 2 additional ways to view the film, a new ‘Sing-Along’ version, and ‘Inside Walt’s Story Meetings’. The video presentation looks phenomenal as a whole and delivers a sharp, detailed and vibrantly colored presentation that looks truly spectacular down to each animated line and suffers no noticeable faults at any point throughout its course. Overall, this is an outstanding high definition video presentation from Disney that should absolutely thrill the fans picking it up on Blu-ray for the first time.
The Signature Collection Blu-ray release features a lossless 7.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack provides a crisp, clean and at times somewhat active audio presentation throughout. While never getting too excessive with the activity in the rear channels, it nonetheless takes advantage of all seven available channels in many instances in order to send the music and some other fitting audio activity throughout the various speakers when appropriate, and never conflicting with any dialogue or other audio elements that may be occurring simultaneously. Overall, this is a wonderful 7.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that delivers in every way required of it (and likely even a bit more) and should easily please fans and newcomers to the film alike.
The Signature Collection Blu-ray release of ‘Lady and the Tramp’ includes a few enjoyable extras for everyone and features some brand new goodies. Included on the release is a collection of behind the scenes Featurettes, archival interviews and other fun videos; they include: ‘Walt and his Dogs’ (running approximately 8 minutes in length), ‘Stories From Walt’s Office’ (running approximately 6 minutes), ‘How to Make a Meatball and Other Fun Facts About Lady and the Tramp’ (approximately 9 minutes) and ‘Diane Disney Miller: Remembering Dad’ (8 minutes). We are also treated to a ‘Song Selection’, plus a few ‘Deleted Scenes’ from the movie (approximately 19 minutes altogether) and the ‘Never Recorded Song – “I’m Free as the Breeze”’ (approximately 1 minute). A ‘Classic Bonus Preview’ (under 1 minute) advertising the additional extras included via Digital is also included although the actual extras from previous editions of the film are not included on the physical disc.
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Disc Rating: 8/10
Disney’s ‘Lady And The Tramp’ is Now Available to Own on Blu-ray Combo Pack (aka the Multi-Screen Edition) as part of the Walt Disney Signature Collection from Walt Disney Home Entertainment