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Lady and the Tramp – Diamond Edition (1955/Disney Blu-ray + DVD)


Picture: A/B     Sound: A-/B     Extras: B+     Film: B+



It was 1955 and the American animated classic Lady and the Tramp hit theaters.  The 15th film in the Disney animation catalog features a purebred cocker spaniel named Lady falling in love with a street dog, mutt named Tramp.


The plot is simple enough.  Lady is a house dog that lives a lavishly pampered life, her only interaction with the world being a couple of other dogs in the neighborhood; Jock a Scottish Terrier and Trusty a Bloodhound.  On the other side of town we are given a glimpse into the life of Tramp, who could not be more different than Lady as he is a rough street dog who spends his days scavenging for food and protecting his comrades from the dog catcher.


Lady and Tramp’s paths eventually cross as Lady is being educated by Jock and Trusty what a baby is and concurrently what it means for her.  Her owners are having a baby and Tramp quickly informs her that “when baby moves in, dog moves out.”  Tramp is quickly chased off by the snooty Jock and Trusty, but after Lady escapes from home when her owners’ aunt attempts to muzzle her, their paths meet again.


Tramp gets Lady unmuzzled and shows her what life of a street dog is like, “footloose and collar free.”  Eventually this all leads to the famous Italian dinner scene.  The evening is cut short as Lady is taken by the dog catcher, leaving Tramp to scamper off.  At the pound Lady is widely admired by the other dogs, having a tag meaning an owner is certain to come and get her.  But while there she quickly learns that her love affair with Tramp will be short lived as he has many girlfriends and she is not his one and only.


Not before long Lady returns home and has the chance to confront Tramp in person about his exploits and “abandoning” her at the pound.  Lady demands Tramp leave her be, but when a family member is in trouble love may have a chance to shine through.


Lady and the Tramp is undoubtedly a classic.  I would not considerate it to be one of my favorite films, but the concept, animation, and music is out of this world.  Lady and the Tramp is classic Disney through and through; standing the test of time, inspiring and entertaining each coming generation.  I feel the artistic direction of the film is not my favorite either, in comparison to films like Snow White or The Lion King, as it was in this in between stage for Disney that can feel quite flat at times.  Who am I to criticize a classic (nobody) and it is just that, a classic.  From character development to the smallest detail the film is amazing, an enduring film that is a standard to strive for.


The technical features of this Blu-ray release for Disney are of the highest quality.  The picture is a High Definition 2.55 X 1 AVC MPEG-4 Encoded Wide Screen (the first CinemaScope animated feature ever made) that stuns from beginning to end.  The hand painted backgrounds come to life with rich textures and fine detail.  The colors explode off of the screen and only enhance the crisp, clean animation.  The film has many changes between day and night, with each being equally grand.  The film is bold and brilliantly rendered here on Blu-ray; I would venture to say it is even passable as being a new to the world release.  The sound is nearly as perfect as the video in its 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track.  The DTS track uses the full speaker range for the panning effects and especially the outstanding musical scores.  For the most part (outside of the panning) most of the dialogue comes from the front, though I would still say the track is dynamic.  I have never seen this movie sound or look so good.


The DVD included in this set is slightly improved over the Platinum release, but not by much.  It does not stand up to the Blu-ray by any means, though the video remains a 2.55 X 1 Widescreen and a 5.1 DEHT restored audio track.


Disney again doesn’t disappoint on the extras; piling on some bonus material you can’t find anywhere else.  Extras include:


  • Never Before Seen Deleted Scenes
  • A Never Before Deleted Song
  • Inside Walt’s Story Meetings
  • Inside Walt’s Story Meetings: Audio Commentary *NEW*
  • Diane Disney Miller: Remembering Dad *NEW*
  • Lady’s Pedigree: The Making of Lady and the Tramp
  • The Siamese Cat Song: Finding a Voice for the Cats
  • Puppypedia: Going to the Dogs
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Original 1943 Story Board
  • Music and More


Not much here is new as most has been ported over from the DVD Diamond Edition, but I am glad it is all here.  There are some new features (noted above) that are excellent and truly add a lot to the experience.


Lady and the Tramp is excellent here on Blu-ray and is truly worth owning.




The film’s Platinum DVD release has been reviewed previously on this site. For a more detailed look into the film, please follow the link below:





-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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