Blu-Ray Review: Lady & the Tramp Walt Disney Signature Collection

Hi everyone!

Lady and the Tramp is out of the vault and available again – this time as part of the Walt Disney Signature Collection. If you already have the last version, not a lot has changed as far as bonus features. There are a few brief, new features here but by far, the best extras have been from previous releases. The movie looks great, it’s over 60 years old and the story has a timeless quality – along with the romantic Tony’s spaghetti scene that Walt was unsure about until legendary animator Frank Thomas took it upon himself to animate to prove the scene would work. That is something from one of the older bonus features, with Lady’s Pedigree: The Making of “Lady and the Tramp” from 2006 being the longest classic feature at 52 minutes long. That is nearly a full-length documentary, and I recommend it if you haven’t seen it. Longtime animators like Eric Goldberg, Andreas Deja and Ollie Johnston are part of the classic features, and the newer features include Becky Cline from the Walt Disney Archives and a feature about Walt and his dogs. It may sound like a complaint to not have newer bonus features, however…I honestly am not sure what more they could add without repeating what is already available.

For those who already have the Lady and the Tramp Diamond Edition, I am not sure I’d recommend going to the newest version unless you want to be a completist and have all of the versions. The Walt & His Dogs feature is nice and the tour of Walt’s office is also a decent feature. But the bulk of the features have been on the Diamond and Platinum Editions. If owning Lady and the Tramp new for the first time, the compilation of the bonus features will be a very nice look back historically at the movie making process from storyboards to music and so much more. The late Diane Disney Miller hosts a feature that talks about Walt’s apartment at Disneyland and has a lot of wonderful vintage Disneyland footage. I hadn’t watch the extras in years and re-discovering them was a very nice bonus for me.

Here is what you can find on the Lady and the Tramp Walt Disney Signature Collection Blu-ray, with some of the content being available on digital only:

Original Theatrical Edition – Enjoy this cherished Disney classic that captivates audiences of all ages.

Sing-Along Mode – Sing along with all your favorite songs as you watch the movie.

Inside Walt’s Story Meetings – As you view the film, hear reenactments of Walt’s story sessions with animators and see how their ideas were realized on-screen.

New Signature Bonus features

Walt & His Dogs – Through archival recordings and photos, hear the tales of the dogs Walt Disney owned and loved over his lifetime.

Stories from Walt’s Office – Take a tour of Walt’s office suite on the Studio lot, carefully re-created to look just as it did when he occupied it.

How to Make a Meatball and Other Fun Facts About “Lady and The Tramp” – Watch a delicious lesson on how to make perfect meatballs with teen chef Amber Kelley and Oh My Disney Show Host Alexys Gabrielle.

Songs

“Peace on Earth”

“What Is a Baby/La La Lu”

“The Siamese Cat Song”

“Bella Notte”

“He’s a Tramp”

Classic Bonus Features

Diane Disney Miller: Remembering Dad – Walt’s daughter shares memories of her father and Disneyland’s early days, as well as a look at his apartment above the firehouse.

Never-Recorded Song – “I’m Free as the Breeze” – Take a listen to a song originally meant to be sung by Tramp.

Deleted Scenes

Introduction of Boris – Tramp wasn’t always meant to be Lady’s only suitor. Meet Boris the aristocrat and Homer the peasant in this deleted scene.

Waiting for Baby – Lady watches as Jim Dear plans out his new son’s future in this early storyboard.

Dog Show – See the storyboards for this deleted scene in which Lady and Tramp unexpectedly find themselves in the middle of a dog show.

The Digital-only version includes:

Lady’s Pedigree: The Making of “Lady and the Tramp” – A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Walt Disney’s first feature-length animated film based on an original story.

Finding Lady: The Art of the Storyboard – Explore the origins of the storyboard and how they’re used by filmmakers today.

Original 1943 Storyboard Version of the Film: View a unique presentation of the original 1943 storyboards for “Lady and the Tramp.”

PuppyPedia: Going to the Dogs – Wild and wacky comedian Fred Willard takes us on an outing to the dog park to learn all about dogs and their owners.

Deleted Scenes

Turning the Tables – In this story-reel presentation, Tramp dreams of a world where dogs run the show and humans are on the other end of the leash.

The Arrival of Baby – In this alternate scene re-created from original storyboards and with original voice talent, Lady makes way for a new arrival.

Baby Arrives – Lady is baffled by the strange goings-on in the house—the arrival of a squealing bundle only deepens the mystery.

Lady’s Sweater – Lady gets a new sweater for her birthday and must figure out an ingenious way to lose it for good.

Trailers

1955 Original Theatrical Trailer – More than just a trailer, this preview features several minutes of footage from the film and introduces each major character.

1972 Theatrical Re-Issue Trailer – This trailer from the 1972 rerelease heralds Disney’s “happiest motion picture.”

1986 Theatrical Re-Issue Trailer – Released theatrically for the 1986 holiday season, this trailer highlights the love story between Lady and the handsome Tramp.

 

DISC SPECIFICATIONS:

Product SKUs:                Multi-screen Edition (Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy), Digital HD/SD, DVD
Feature Run Time:            Approximately 76 minutes
Rating:                        G in U.S. and Canada
Aspect Ratio:                    2.55:1
Audio:                                Blu-ray = English 7.1 & 2.0 DTS-HDMA, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks
DVD = English, Spanish, and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Language Track.
Digital = English, Spanish, and French 5.1 or 2.0 Dolby Digital Language Tracks (platform dependent)
Subtitles:                    Blu-ray = French, Spanish, English SDH, English ESL
                            DVD = French, Spanish, English SDH, English ESL, English Closed Captions
Digital = French, Spanish, English SDH, English Closed Captions

 

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