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"Lady and the Tramp" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by John Johnson

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Synopsis

A well-to-do businessman gives his wife a puppy for Christmas, and they name her Lady. She grows up in the wealthy neighborhood with other dogs as friends. On the other side of the tracks, literally, there is a mongrel dog named Tramp. At a chance meeting, Lady and the Tramp hit it off and fall in love. Meanwhile, back home, a new baby in Lady's home is threatened by rats who make their way inside. Tramp saves the day, and soon, a basketfull of puppies play together with the baby who is now a young child.

Specifications

  • Disney
  • 1955, Color, Rated G, 1 Hr 16 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • 1080p
  • English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring the Voices of Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Peggy Lee
  • Directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
Rating
  • Entertainment:
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  • Audio:
  • Extras:
  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Ah, the old days when the plots were simple and the good guys always won. Now, you have to check to see that a movie is rated G rather than PG so you can be sure your kids won't hear at least one "F" bomb.

Technical

The techniques for restoring old film must be advancing at breakneck speed, because the transfer is flawless on the visual side. No scratches, dust, or anything else to give away the fact that the camera negative is more than half a century old. It was shot at 2.55:1, which was in the very early days of Cinemascope®. A few others were also filmed at this high aspect ratio, including Demetrius and the Gladiators, and another Disney classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Things settled quickly, however, and 2.40:1 became the standard. The audio is 7.1, taken from the original stereo sound track. The stereo effect is good, but the sound recording had some distortion that could not be corrected in the restoration.

Extras

These include Deleted Scenes, Deleted Song, Lady's Pedigree, The Siamese Cat Song, Going to the Dogs, the SD-DVD version, and some other things.