Lady and the Tramp / Platinum Edition : 4 of 5
Yes, I'm incredibly late watching this DVD, but this weekend I made some time to really enjoy this heartwarming classic again, as well as all the amazing bonus material. Lady and the Tramp was the first animated feature in CinemaScope, and every time I watch it I'm surprised at just how wide it is, which makes the backgrounds so spectacular. I'm always amazed at the beauty of these paintings, and every time the scene changes (frequently!) I think about the hours of hand-painting that went into each one. I've never really liked Lady's voice (I wish it were more pure and girlish), but that doesn't stop me from crying during the romantic moments with the Tramp. The bonus disc starts off with a great hour-long documentary that spins the movie as a tribute to Walt's nostalgia for his boyhood home of Marceline. There are lots of great interviews, and they even touch on the subject of what happened between sunset and sunrise after that famous spaghetti dinner (which makes the neighbor dogs' proposals much more interesting!). There's a great segment on storyboards and film making in general (including discussions of their use in other genres such as Hitchcock movies), and the well-known Disney TV show episodes that discuss the movie (and several times walk through the entire plot, giving away the whole story!). Lady and the Tramp is always a joy to watch (even if it doesn't move me as much as other Disney classics), so once again these Platinum Editions are entirely welcome!