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review added: 1/5/00
Lady and the Tramp
1955 (1999) - Disney
review by Todd Doogan,
special to The Digital Bits
Disc Ratings (Video/Audio/Extras):
Specs and Features
76 mins, G, letterboxed widescreen (2.35:1), single-sided,
single-layered, Amaray keep case packaging, film-themed menu
screens, scene access (22 chapters), languages: English, French and
Spanish (DD 5.1) and French (DD 2.0), subtitles: English, Close
One of Disney's most
beloved classics has recently been released on DVD, and I have to
say I'm sitting on middle of the fence with this disc. The reason
I'm not as excited as I should be, is because it's not a special
edition. And when it comes to the titles released in the first wave
of the Disney DVD animated classics, this is the film that I think
should had been done up first class.
First off, it's not anamorphic, and considering that Lady
and the Tramp was the first widescreen animated film from
Disney -- that's a big disappointment. A full frame transfer of the
film is also noticeably absent from the disc. You would think that
because Disney realized what they had with A
Bug's Life, they'd have made that same effort with Lady
since it was originally animated at both 2.35:1 and 1.33:1. It's
also missing the "Cavalcade of Song" excerpt featuring
Peggy Lee, and the behind-the-scenes recording The
Siamese Cat Song that was on the CAV laserdisc edition
put out last year. Aside from those oversights (which will most
likely be rectified by a future Disney "Platinum" edition
of Lady and the Tramp) the
transfer is very nice. This colorful film is very nicely represented
on DVD. The lack of 16x9 treatment doesn't detract too much from the
picture, because the colors are bright, solid and free of any sort
of artifacting. The sound is also pretty good, in an unassuming DD
5.1. The French and Spanish tracks are also 5.1, but the dialogue on
the foreign language tracks seems more center channel focused, and
it gets distracting. There are really no extras, and that's
insulting - especially for the price.
I'm excited that this is on DVD, but I'm not ecstatic. And I should
have been. For fans of Disney, I suppose this is still a must buy.
But I can't help but think a special edition is already planned.
There's no one quite as good as Disney at making you re-buy the same
films again and again...