Lady and the Tramp Signature Edition Blu-ray Review
Fall in love with Walt Disney’s Beloved Classic, Lady and the Tramp! Experience the thrilling adventures of Lady, a lovingly pampered cocker spaniel, and Tramp, a freewheeling mutt with a heart of gold. This heartwarming tale now charms a new generation of families and fans with its exquisite animation, unforgettable songs and one of the greatest love stories of all time. This is the night to share a special bella notte with your family and introduce to them to the film Janet Maslin of the New York Times News Service hails as “one of Disney’s most enduring classics!”
Studio: Walt Disney Video
Release Date: February 27, 2018
Run time: 76 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 7.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.56:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50/1 DVD
Lady and the Tramp is probably most recognized for the song “Bella Notte” as Lady and the Tramp eat their Italian meal. The funny thing is I always used to hate that scene, but now I realize its significance. Lady and the Tramp as we all know is the story of lady who lives with a refined high class family and the Tramp who is a stray. If you own a dog, I think you would appreciate this movie, I was noticing the Tramp’s facial expressions and movements and while yes it’s an animated cartoon they were life like. But this movie really is memorable for the great voice talents of Barbara Luddy (voice of lady) and Larry Roberts. (Voice of the Tramp) The score is fantastic, and the song “He’s a Tramp” which is sung by Peggy Lee is memorable as well. My favorite scene from Lady and the Tramp is when we first meet the Tramp, as he’s waking up by the train tracks and walks around the town. I love this scene because the background paintings are wonderful, and his boastful pride is amusing.
If you own the VHS, DVD, etc. do yourself a favor and upgrade. To see Lady and the Tramp in its original format cinemascope is just amazing. You get to see so much more and the detail is wonderful. Also, Lady and the Tramp has been re-mastered, the original images have been cleaned of grain and dirt, and Lady and the Tramp heard on stereo is incredible. This two disc special edition set also includes the full-screen version of the film but I’d recommend watching Lady and the Tramp in its original format, it’s a whole new experience. Also, the platinum edition is packed with extras.
There is an hour long documentary called “Lady’s Pedigree”, I learned so much about how Lady and the Tramp was created and you’ll just be fascinated. Another great feature is “the Art of the Storyboard”, it shows you the storyboarding process. Also included is the Lady and the Tramp original storyboard version of the film. If these features haven’t satisfied you there also are two deleted scenes, and let me tell you I’m really glad these two scenes are not in the movie. I was also intrigued to know that there were excerpts from “Disneyland” TV shows, and some old Lady and the Tramp theatrical trailers. Most of the other features are very short, there is a “Bella Notte” music video and a interesting feature about “the Siamese Cat Song”, it’s about how they found a voice for the Siamese cats.
Movie Content: 10/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2.56:1 aspect ratio. ‘Lady and the Tramp” is another classic restored to all its beauty. With a strong color palette, it brings out the fine details. And as anyone who have watched any of the Walt Disney animated classics on Blu-ray, knows that Disney’s treatment has been nothing short of perfect. And because this classic is known for its colors, its animation and presentation, the picture quality of “Lady and the Tramp” is magnificent. Disney has done such a great job with this film that it has aged very well. ‘Lady and the Tramp’ looks absolutely beautiful! Colors are vibrant and really come out with clarity and as always with Disney, their frame-by-frame restoration shows as there is not one blemish at all.
Video Quality: 9.5/10
The audio mix is presented in DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio lossless track. While this film is not going to shake the room or shatter your windows, it does an excellent job providing a rather crisp sound. The lossless track sounds exquisite and because this film does feature a lot of music, this is the best I have heard of “Lady and the Tramp”. Dialogue and music is crystal clear, I didn’t notice any hissing, crackle or pop despite this animated film being 57-years-old. The dialogue is at the right mix which sounds very clear. The soundtrack does sound good and the sound effects are also great but are a bit on the lighter side.
Audio Quality: 9.5/10
- Walt & His Dogs [HD] NEW
- Stories From Walt’s Office [HD] NEW
- How to Make a Meatball and Other Fun Facts About Lady and the Tramp [HD] NEW
- Song Selection [HD] NEW
- Sing-Along Mode [HD] NEW
- Classic Bonus Preview [HD] NEW
- Disney Second Screen Featuring “Inside Walt’s Story Meetings” [HD]
- Inside Walt’s Story Meetings: Audio Commentary
- Introduction with Diane Disney Miller[HD]
- Backstage Disney: Diamond Edition [HD]
- Music & More [HD]
- Classic DVD Bonus Features [HD]
Special Features: 7/10
One of the best movies Disney has ever made. Good for even toddlers; only one scary bit where Tramp chases off some mean dogs (lots of growling). There is a worrisome moment at the end with Trusty, but all ends well. Actually, there’s a lot of possibilities for discussion with kids in this movie!
Overall Rating: 8.5/10