Almost 57 years after its theatrical release, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment issued a fresh new Diamond Edition Blu-ray release for Lady and the Tramp on February 7th, 2012.
The movie was the 15th animated film in the series and was the first animated feature formatted for the CinemaScope widescreen process.
Lady and the Tramp is the story of a female Cocker Spaniel and her adventures with a male stray mutt called the Tramp.
Lady and the Tramp the Movie
Our story opens on Christmas morning in the early 20th century, when Jim Dear surprises his wife Darling with a cocker spaniel puppy disguised in a hat box.
They call the puppy Lady, and she enjoys a happy life with the couple.
She is also friends with a pair of dogs from the neighborhood – a Scottish Terrier named Jock and a bloodhound named Trusty.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the tracks, a stray dog referred to as The Tramp lives the independent life.
Some time passes, and Lady is sad and shocked that Jim Dear and Darling begin treating her rather coldly.
Jock and Trusty surmise that this is due to Darling expecting a child.
As Jock and Trusty attempt to explain what a baby is, Tramp shows up and offers his negative opinions on the situation.
Jock and Trusty take an instant disliking to the Tramp, and order him out of the yard.
Once the baby arrives, Jim Dear and Darling introduce Lady to the newborn, and all is fine.
Soon after though the couple go out of town, leaving their Aunt Sarah to look after the baby and the house.
Aunt Sarah is a cat person and won’t let Lady near the baby, and after trouble with her Siamese cats, takes Lady to a pet shop to get a muzzle.
Lady escapes the pet store with the muzzle attached, and fate brings her back to the Tramp who rescues her.
This gives the Tramp the perfect opportunity to help Lady experience the leash free life.
But can the two escape the wily Dog Catcher, who has had his eye on the Tramp for years?
To my mind, Lady and the Tramp is one of the better Disney animated films.
It is perfectly paced and the songs work seamlessly with the story.
Not only is the animation of the dogs excellent, the film goes the extra mile to capture recognizable dog behaviours for its canine stars.
The movie is ageless and will continue to be loved by all ages for years to come.
The voice cast includes Barbara Luddy as Lady and Larry Roberts as The Tramp, with additional voices from Peggy Lee, Alan Reed, George Givot and Dal McKennon.
The film was met with strong reviews, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 87% and an IMDb score of 7.4/10.
Lady and the Tramp has been a big success in the cinema over the years, earning $93.6M at the US box office with multiple releases.
Lady and the Tramp on Blu-ray Disc
The video on the disc is an AVC 1080p encode at 30 Mbps, and is presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.55:1.
The image quality is as good as you could possible expect here.
Colours are vibrant and strong and the animation is crisp, though it retains the character of a classic.
For full resolution PNG screen captures taken directly from the disc, check out the details page for Lady and the Tramp.
The main audio is lossless DTS-HD Master Audio remastered to 7.1 channels – 24 bits resolution at 48 kHz.
The disc is a dual layer BD50, with 40.5 GB used and is coded for All Regions.
Lady and the Tramp on Blu-ray Disc – The Bonus Features
You can load up the Second Screen application on your PC/Mac or on an Apple iPad.
The movie will sync to the application via BD Live if both the Blu-ray player and second screen are on the same network.
Actually this worked great on my PlaySation 3 though it would not work with my Oppo Blu-ray player – I guess I need to look into that.
In any case, once it is synchronized via the network, the second screen tracks the movie and can actually control the player.
If you find something extremely interesting, the you can pause playback while you investigate it.
If you get distracted and miss some of the movie, you can sync the movie back to the timeline on the app.
Alternatively you can sync the app back to the movie though then you will miss out on some of the app timeline.
If you don’t have BD Live hooked up, you can use the audio to sync the app to the movie.
The movie plays with a commentary style of conversation, which is actually actors voicing the notes from Walt’s story meetings about the movie.
It is pretty interesting to hear this, especially the amount of detail and consideration given to every aspect of the story and scene.
Note that if you have no access to the second screen content, this dialog is also available as an audio commentary.
As the film plays, the second screen app cycles through all kinds of story art, photos, videos, fun facts, and biographies of the folks involved in the story meetings.
In some cases there are more than one piece of art for a given page and you can interactively select each image in the set.
A couple of the more interactive features are the Flip Book, Ink and Paint and Scene Scramble screens.
The Scene Scrambles are puzzles where you have to reorganize the 4×4 segments in order recreate the frame.
With the Ink and Paint feature you can either draw a specific frame or colour a specific frame.
You can save the pictures you create if you like.
My favourite though is the Flip Book where you can interactively slide the animation back and forth on the iPad.
You can choose between the finished animation or the original pencil sketches and it is pretty fascinating to play with these.
You might want to pause the movie before playing with it though, or else you will get left behind!
Perhaps needless to say there is a LOT of material and activities in the second screen app, and you could literally spend hours going through it all.
There is also a social aspect to the app, where you can share on Facebook and Twitter as you like activities and features in the second screen app.
If you like you can even browse the content on the run without the movie playing.
There is a second aspect to the app which is not synchronized to the film – an interactive look at the apartment Walt Disney kept above the fire house at the Disneyland Park.
There are also of course a number of regular supplemental features included on the disc.
The extras are divided into Backstage Disney, Music and More, and the Classic DVD Bonus Features.
Backstage Disney includes Diane Disney Miller: Remembering Dad, where Diane discusses her father Walt, with a focus on Walt Disney’s office above the fire house at the Disneyland park.
The Disneyland Park was opened around the time when Lady and the Tramp was in production.
Lots of wonderful remembrances here including pictures and video from the early era at the theme park.
The Disney museum also gets a mention in the 8 minute segment.
There are also a set of three never-before-seen deleted scenes, which are presented in rough sketches and a read through of the screen play.
The scenes include the introduction of a deleted character, waiting for the baby and a dog show.
Music and More contains a short, never-before-heard Deleted Song, that was written but never recorded for the original movie.
The song was written very early in the development and expresses Tramp’s philosophy and attitude.
I’m Free as the Breeze has finally been recorded now and presented with concept art from the movie.
The classic DVD features were pretty extensive in and of themselves, though naturally these are presented in standard definition.
Perhaps the highlight is Lady’s Pedigree: The Making Of Lady And The Tramp, which has many chapters and runs over 50 minutes.
This is certainly an extensive documentary with a lot of information about Walt and the development of the film.
There is also archival footage of Walt Disney talking about the movie.
The craft of the story board artist is discussed in the Finding Lady: The Art of the Story Board featurette.
The story line of a very early development of the movie is presented in the Original 1943 Storyboard Version of the Film.
Puppypedia: Going To The Dogs is a 10 minute mini documentary about dogs, largely presented by Fred Willard.
The song Bella Notte gets a music video with a fresh performance by Steve Tyrell for the Once Upon a Dream CD.
The Theatrical Trailers selection offers trailers for the original 1955 release, as well as the 1972 and 1986 theatrical reissues for the movie.
It is intriguing how trailers have changed over the years.
Excerpts from Disneyland TV Shows includes segments from The Story of Dogs, including introductions from Walt himself.
The Classic DVD Deleted Scenes are a pair of scenes again presented as story boards, one showing the potential role reversal of dogs and people, and the other is another take on the arrival of the baby.
Lady and the Tramp on Blu-ray – Final Thoughts
Lady and the Tramp is a simply wonderful film that will be a treasure for the whole family for years to come.
This Diamond Edition Blu-ray release from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment pulls out all the stops with a large selection of extras.
The second screen material can be viewed on a computer or an iPad and offers a seemingly endless array of art and activities.
The retail price for the Blu-ray DVD combo is $39.99, though right now it is only $24.99 at Amazon, saving 38%!
For a Digital Copy included, the retail price becomes $44.99 – at Amazon for $27.99.
- Second Screen Feature Including Inside Walt’s Story Meetings
- Diane Disney Miller: Remembering Dad
- Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes
- Never-Before-Heard Deleted Song
- Lady’s Pedigree: The Making Of Lady And The Tramp
- Finding Lady: The Art of the Story Board
- Original 1943 Storyboard Version of the Film
- The Siamese Cat Song: Finding A Voice For The Cats
- Puppypedia: Going To The Dogs
- Bella Notte Music Video
- Theatrical Trailers
- Excerpts from Disneyland TV Shows
- Classic DVD Deleted Scenes
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” – now more beautiful than ever through the magic of Blu-ray high definition!