One of Disney's best-ever animated features, 101 Dalmatians
arrived at a time when the studio's output was getting a second wind. Made just after Lady And The Tramp
and Sleeping Beauty
, and with The Jungle Book
not far away, it was a rich time for Disney, and fans of animated movies.
101 Dalmatians is simply wonderful in its own right, though. In Cruella De Vil, Disney put on screen one of its finest ever villains, and its charming collection of characters are a joy to spend time with.
There's lot to enjoy on the disc, and as always, Disney has provided something for all ages of viewers. The making-of piece in particular is of interest, given that it brings modern-day Disney talent together to look back at what makes the film so special. Unsurprisingly, Cruella gets a special feature all of her own, too. But if you're looking for an archive treat, the correspondence between Walt Disney and the book's author, Dodie Smith is just lovely.
Finally, there's the film itself, cleaned up and looking utterly pristine in 1080p, with a sparkling audio mix accompanying it. It's incredible that a film made so many decades ago maintains such a spring in its step, and it's with good reason that 101 Dalmatians remains one of the most popular, and best, movies that Walt Disney Studios has every produced. --Jon Foster
has charmed audiences for generations with its irresistible tailwagging stars, memorable story and wonderful blend of humour and adventure. Cruella De Vil, Disney’s most outrageous villain, sets the fur-raising adventure in motion when she dognaps all of the Dalmatian puppies in London — including 15 from Pongo and Perdita’s family. Through the power of the “Twilight Bark,” Pongo leads a heroic cast of animal characters on a dramatic quest to rescue them all in a story the whole family will enjoy again and again.Special Features:
- Music Video
- Music & More: Abandoned Songs; Deleted Songs, Demo Recordings & Alt Versions
- Backstage Disney: Redefi ning the Line; Cruella Devil; Sincerely Yours; Trailers & TV Spots; Promo Radio Spots