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NB: As is Amazon's Wont, they've very unhelpfully bundled all the reviews for various editions and formats together. This review refers to the deleted 2-disc DVD.

Still the top dog when it comes to quality canine animation, this now deleted two-disc set of Lady and the Tramp does a nice job of presenting Disney's first CinemaScope animated feature in all its original 2.55:1 glory. Even though it's one of the minor classics, it's still a master class in great animation and economical character-led storytelling. The visual transitions are marvellous, although the Scope frame isn't used as fully as you might expect: perhaps aware of the difficulties of shooting a Scope and a flat version for unconverted theatres from the same cels, a lot of the action is centered to minimise loss of essential information. Better still, all the characters are marvellously delineated and likeable, from the bit-parts to leading lady. Indeed, Tramp is still the benchmark for the greatest screen animated dog. And, of course, the film features what has to be the best movie date ever (who can forget the moment when Tramp noses his meatball to Lady's mouth? Sorry, couldn't resist...).

There's an impressive array of extras on the original 2-disc DVD release too - storyboards of 2 deleted scenes as well as from an abandoned 1943 attempt to bring it to the screen, a 52-minute documentary on the making of the film, featurettes, extracts from black and white episodes of Disneyland promoting the film's original theatrical release, stills galleries and original and reissue trailers. The only disappointment is that it doesn't include the fullframe version that was made at the same time for cinemas that hadn't yet converted to CinemaScope which Disney briefly released separately on laser disc in the US in 1998 but has remained unseen since.
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on 23 July 2012
Having had the opportunity to watch ALL the DVD versions of one of absolutely fantastic animated classics from Disney and as a former (now retired) member of Disney Management staff, it is strikingly obvious that the charm and production of how we (of a certain age) remember so fondly the animation, and it is somehow lost that in the newer Disney releases, albeit digitally remastered, with the loss of widescreen vision, the over emphasis of sharp lines, etc.

Buy the Original Release if possible - you will not be disappointed.

It is a GREAT Story, timeless and for all ages.
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on 21 September 2013
I bought the Lady and the Tramp Diamond Edition Blu-ray for our 2 year old Grand Daughter - and she absolutely loved it as did the whole family across three generations ! As with Cinderella this production is also exquisite - it is from the period when Disney was at its finest and again brought back memories my own delight as a small child on seeing it for the first time. Age has not dimmed the appeal of the story and the characters - they are as fresh and delightful today as they ever were - the characterisation of the various dogs and two wicked Siamese cats is utterly delightful and again the little vignettes of 'evil' are beautifully done and with just enough 'threat' to make the story exciting. Once again - the fabulous work that has been done to restore this enchanting film to the current dazzling condition can only be marvelled at. Buy it ! you will not be disappointed.
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on 19 March 2003
I love dogs, Disney and easy to watch, happy family films. This is all of the above. It's funny, sentimental, well made and downright enjoyable. Classic scenes ("We are Siamese" song and Lady & Tramp sharing spaghetti)stick in the memory forever and seem fresh even 30 years after you first saw it. One of the greatest Disney fims though not as good as Aristocats in my view which has exceptional humour to counterbalance the typical Disney sentiment.
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VIDEO:

This 57 year old film arrives at blu ray with AVC MPEG-4 1080p 2.56:1 encode. This was actually the first Disney feature-length animated film to go widescreen. The video is absolutely stunning. Colours pop vividly. Everything, and I mean everything - every hand-drawn line, splash of colour, subtle personal touch, painted storybook background, and patch of scruffy fur - almost looks as if it were animated yesterday, no small feat when it comes to a fifty-seven year old film. It looked absolutely like brand new. Thanks to Disney for such a tremendous restoration job, and the wait is definitely worth it. (5+/5)

AUDIO:

For a film approaching its sixth decade on Earth, this mix will never compete with the discrete bombast of a modern soundtrack, but we don't really expect it to. In terms of its age, this is a wonderful, wide presentation using DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 lossless soundtrack. Yes, for our dear purists - a much-appreciated DTS-HD Master Audio 3.0 presentation of the film's original mix, restored and rejuvenated but otherwise unaltered - is included also.

Of course, like any other Disney's animated classic, there are many beautiful and memorable songs in this movie, like the famous Peggy Lee's The Siamese Cat Song, Bella Notte and La La Lu. (4.5/5)

INTERESTING TRIVIA:

(1) This movie has a budget of $4 million, but the total gross to date is $93 million. Simply outstanding achievement!
(2) Did you know that the film's opening sequence, in which Darling unwraps a hat box on Christmas morning and finds Lady inside, is reportedly based upon an actual incident in Walt Disney's life. After he'd forgotten a dinner date with his wife, he offered her the puppy-in-the-hat box surprise and was immediately forgiven.
(3) Disney originally didn't want to include the 'Bella Note' spaghetti-eating scene, now one of the most iconic moments in the whole Disney canon.
(4) Barbara Luddy was nearly 50 when she voiced the young Lady.

FACTUAL ERROR:
(1) The calendar showing the passage of time is inconsistent in their dates from one month to the next. First, December 31 and then January 1 are both Thursdays. Next, November 30 is depicted as a Friday, while December 1 is a Tuesday. Finally, both January 31 and February 1 are both Sundays.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Lady And The Tramp (blu ray) is a true testament to the fantastic efforts in frame-to-frame restoration by the team at Disney, restoring this 57 year old film to its majestic glory. It literally looks brand new. This is a movie for the whole family, especially when you have small animals in your house. Highly recommended.
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VINE VOICEon 14 May 2006
A classic Disney film, the viewer finds themselves in small town America, 1910, as Christmas arrives. And the loveable Lady pup is a gift from Jim Dear to his wife Darling to celebrate the occasion.

Lady soon makes good friends with the neighbouring dogs, Jock, and Trusty, and is quite contented. Then Aunt Sarah arrives to help out with the new baby and suddenly Lady is not the centre of her owners world and, added to the fact that she is treated unfairly by Sarah, she feels quite unhappy.

Cue The Tramp! A charming mongrel of a dog, with a 'devil may care' attitude. Lady runs off with him after a nasty moment with Aunt Sarah's 'precious' cats Si and Am.

Lady and The Tramp embark on some adventures together, and go on the world famous candlelit dinner at Tony's restaurant (you know the scene - the spaghetti and meatballs scene on the cover). Unfortunately, this idyllic lifestyle comes to an abrupt halt when Lady is captured by The Pound.

She meets some of Tramp's companions whilst inside the pound and doesn't like what she hears about his reputation. So, upon return to her home she tries to drive him away.

Then Tramp turns up trying to save the baby from an evil rat. The films climax sees Tramp, Jock, and Trusty all trying to save the baby. In doing so Tramp risks his own life...lots of suspense follows....but Disney DO prefer happy endings...

The film is very adult in many respects, but is extremely watchable at any age. It has been extremely well conceptualized but is still, essentially, a love story. And Disney do love stories very well indeed. It has a good sense of humour injected throughout, and some very amusing characters - you really fall for Tramp's 'loveable rogue' personality.

The animation is good, much more delicate than the Disney releases of recent years. Yes, it is an 'old style' animation, but that only adds to the films beauty. It is one of Disney's most sophisticated films.

Lady and The Tramp is much more detailed than you might expect, or remember from when you were a child. The story lends itself so well to animation and helped to guide Disney away from their fairy-tale era.

I feel this is one of Disney's best offerings. I hope you all enjoy it too.
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VINE VOICEon 27 January 2012
I usually go for the 'double play' or 'triple play' blu rays with Disney as it is pretty much a risk free way to invest in the Blu ray version while the format still continues to grow. Our main system in the house (aka the system with the biggest TV) is still a standard DVD player though so the DVD format is still more important in my household. And that is why I have gone with the new DVD edition...

In terms of the movie if you are not familiar with Lady and the Tramp it is one of the classiest of the earlier Disney movies. I remember as a child not ranking it among my favourites but I think when you view it as an adult you take a lot more away from it with the exquisite backdrops and a vintage soundtrack. Not many early Disney films featured such iconic stars but in this we get the singer Peggy Lee who also offers a contribution to the soundtrack. Anyone who has a major love of 50s music is sure to get a kick from this.

This movie is still perfectly suited to children but is more of a mellow, romantic adventure rather than something extroverted and action packed with showstopping musical numbers like Aladdin or The Lion King. If your child is particularly a lover of animals they will be mesmerised by the cuteness and charm of the dogs and other animals. I'm not sure it would hold the attention of a child with a short attention span.

I'm rather happy with the quality of the movie on the DVD. The picture is just glorious; vividly colourful frame after frame with plenty of moments you'll want to pause the movie and wish the image was a painting on your wall. I heavily encourage anyone to play a game of 'what year was this film made?' and see if anyone makes a guess in the 50s (unlikely). I'm not sure how it compares to the Blu Ray edition but I can confirm that the version of the movie you get is the widescreen 2.55:1 version. There was some dispute as to what size the movie would appear on the DVD. This was the first ever animated feature film to be made in widescreen. When released to theatres in 1955, most theatres were not equipt to screen this version and a standard Academy ratio version was more commonly shown. You do get the widescreen here though.

The actual DVD is rather disappointing. The initial DVD release from 1996 included a whole second disk of bonus features. This time Disney have chosen to include that disk with the Blu Ray edition but not the DVD edition. You get a single disk on this new DVD edition with the movie and only a handful of special features, 3 items in total.

Disney is about the only company who 'vaults' its most successful movies and re-releases them around every seven years. I have nothing against this concept but to re-release a movie that is inferior to a previous release does not make the company look all that great. I understand it may be a goal of the company to push the Blu Ray editions but Blu Ray still has a long way to go before it overtakes the standard DVD format. Not a wise decision to release a Blu Ray edition without the inclusion of a DVD.

If Lady and the Tramp is one of your most favorite movies and you anticipate all the 'behind the scenes' extras you will be rather disappointed and I would look at the Blu Ray Version if you have a blu ray player. For anyone not so bothered about the extra features, you'll be pleased with the movie but perhaps a little annoyed you were sold short compared to the 1996 DVD edition.
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VINE VOICEon 22 October 2000
The advent of DVD has re-defined the whole concept of home cinema and nowhere is this more evident than in the Kingdom of the Mouse. The release to DVD of Disney's 1955 masterpiece "Lady and the Tramp" is one of the most exciting opportunities you could wish for to consider this contention. At last the home viewer can see this film as it was intended. The previous video release, whilst welcome at the time, suffered particularly badly from the cropping required to cram it onto the small screen.
This was Disney's first Cinemascope release and the studio aquitted themselves magnificently. The classic scenario of the genteel ingenue (Lady) being swept off her feet by rogueish young dude from wrong side off the tracks (Tramp) is given a momentous treatment and the film still stands as one of the high points of the studio's illustrious history.
Now for the first time outside of the cinema, the viewer can see the full sweep and grandeur of the leafy suburbs that characterise so much of Lady's world. This is very much a dog's eye view of the world and the layouts and exquisitely rendered backgrounds are jaw droppingly stunning when viewed at DVD resolution, in fact after watching this you will be looking for a new home for the video version you've been clinging onto.
The animation, characterisation and songs are all equally memorable and in a way, reflect the mood of optimism and confidence that characterised so much of America in the fifties. Moments such as Peg's (Peggy Lee) memorable rendition of "He's A Tramp" or Aunt Sarah's dreadful Siamese cats intoning "We Urrr Siameez Eeef You Pleeeez" are forever etched into the consciousness of everyone that has seen this film.
A deinite must have for anyone seeking ways to keep smallish children entertained on a rainy afternoon, or anyone with the slightest love of animation and a well constructed story, rendered with style and panache.
Hopefully, it won't be too long before we can see Disney's other great ... Cinemascope venture of the fifties, "Sleeping Beauty" given the DVD treatment it so richly deserves, in the meantime "Lady and the Tramp" is a great introduction to the delights of Disney films on DVD.
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on 29 January 2012
Although it can be argued that Lady and The Tramp is hardly exciting when compared to other Disney movies such as The Jungle Book and The Lion King I think it has faired well over time and still remains a classic love story. I absolutely loved it as a child and I'm thrilled to say I enjoyed it just as much when watching it again on Blu-ray. The animation is fantastic - the colours are crisp, the characters pop from the screen and there's an abundance of bonus features to keep fans happy. There's an introduction by Diane Miller, deleted scenes, a never-seen-before song as well as the classic dvd bonus features. The story itself is simple but incredibly cute and follows the life of Lady, the pampered spaniel from the uptown neighbourhood as she meets Tramp, the street-smart mongrel from the other side of the tracks. Personally, I think the success of the film is attributed to the immense likability of the characters, such as Lady's friend Jock and the siamese cats, rather than the storyline as it might be too basic for some peoples tastes but I imagine any Disney fan will enjoy it for what it is. This is a classic film and a beautiful tale of friendship and love so it's great to see it on Diamond Edition Blu-ray at last. My only complaint is that Disney are no longer releasing Double-Play feature packs so if you want a DVD copy as well you will have to make an additional purchase.
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Continuing the tradition of some excellent hi-def transfers, Lady and the Tramp have skipped onto Blu-ray with some impeccable manners. Just how good is this port of the 1955 classic? It is arguably the best so far, which is amazing considering that the anamorphic process used to 'stretch' the image actually reduced image detail upon presentation. This film was the first animated feature to be photographed in CinemaScope, and the results are breathtaking. With this new restoration, the idyllic environments that Lady and her pals reside in are just beautiful, almost as if someone has just placed the paintings on your TV. All the usual Lowry treatments are here - absolutely no specs, dirt, blemishes of any kind or gate weave. As usual, some production artefacts are removed (such as cel reflections, dust and movement), but when the presentation is this good, you understand what the producers really wanted. Colours are spot on, and you'll notice details that you've never seen before.

When it comes to the film itself, I've found that the visual dimension actually overwhelms the plot; much in the same way that this occurred with 'Sleeping Beauty'. I enjoy Lady and the Tramp very much so, but feel that its animation, acting and artwork will always be the highlights of the film. Because the wide aspect ratio of the photography alters how the characters engage with each other, their surroundings and the audience themselves, the film to me doesn't have the same level of character development or humour as other Disney classics, because the camera can rarely focus on just one character or situation and study them/it. Therefore, I believe that Lady and the Tramp can be enjoyed more from the perspective of looking up at our own world.

The soundtrack is also spot on, and just as good as the 'Sleeping Beauty' transfer from a couple of years ago. I was particularly amazed by the vocal track - it sounds as though it was recorded yesterday!

No DVD is included this time - it seems Disney have, for now at least, dropped the Double Play branding from the Diamond line of product. This could be down to a number of things; customers getting confused as to what 'double play' even means, the ridiculous nature of pricing both the Blu-ray case and DVD case products differently - even though they both contain the same discs, or just to cut down on costs. I'm better on the latter, since Disney have already eliminated the second Blu-ray that used to accompany early Diamond Editions with a bag full of bonus features.

In this instance however, the features are 'OK' (mostly made up of short DVD excerpts) but could have been a lot better, again like the past handful of Diamond Editions (which I might add, cost more). Considering Disney made so much effort to get the early editions right, why are they suddenly slacking? As I said in many of my other reviews, it comes down to them treating all the films differently. It's no coincidence afterall that 'Beauty and the Beast' got hours of bonus features, and 'Fantasia' got a 3-minute documentary advertising a museum.

I think the term these days is "face-palm".

So just as I imagined, Lady and the Tramp has a flawless transfer and will make a damn fine addition to any families film collection. Let's hope Peter Pan and The Rescuers aren't too far behind!
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