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“In the whole history of the world there is but one thing that money can not buy…to wit-the wag of a dog’s tail”
Lady and the Tramp is the latest addition to the Walt Disney Signature Collection. The follow up to the recent Diamond Edition releases on Blu-Ray, this is Disney’s second release on the Blu-Ray format.
This film has a special place in the collection, as it connects to Walt Disney in a very personal way, which is touched upon in the features list. The set brings Walt front and center, partnering directly with the Walt Disney Family Museum to remind us what it means to be part of the Signature series.
The first feature, “Walt and His Dogs”, highlights the strong connection Walt had with his family and his four legged companions. From his earliest days, to the front lines of WWI, to his final moments, Walt couldn’t imagine a world without a dog by his side. It’s a heartwarming segment that features Walt himself as well as beautiful shots and clips provided by the Walt Disney Family Museum. Lady and the Tramp becomes that much more of a personal story, which many hardcore Disney fans will love and appreciate.
Walt’s presence can also be felt through a special feature that takes you through his famed office at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. Recently restored to its former glory, we get to see the delicate and painstaking work at recapturing the creative energy and atmosphere of Walt’s most influential moments. Every item was reviewed and catalogued with the help of the Disney Archives, bringing us all back to the days of Lady and the Tramp, Mary Poppins, and so much more.
In previous releases, the focus has been more on the feature elements and behind the scenes. This set still possesses that, but the nods to Walt really make the difference in making this a valuable addition to the collection. For those who do not currently own the Diamond Edition version, the digital copy of the feature includes all previous features, which creates a wide array of additional content.
Here’s a look at some of the unique features added to this release along with a full list of digital and classic content available:
Blu-Ray and Digital
- Original Theatrical Edition – Enjoy this cherished Disney classic that captivates audiences of all ages.
- Sing-Along Mode – Sing along with all your favorite songs as you watch the movie.
- Inside Walt’s Story Meetings – As you view the film, hear reenactments of Walt’s story sessions with animators and see how their ideas were realized on-screen.
New Signature Bonus
- Walt & His Dogs – Through archival recordings and photos, hear the tales of the dogs Walt Disney owned and loved over his lifetime.
- Stories from Walt’s Office – Take a tour of Walt’s office suite on the Studio lot, carefully re-created to look just as it did when he occupied it.
- How to Make a Meatball and Other Fun Facts About “Lady and The Tramp” – Watch a delicious lesson on how to make perfect meatballs with teen chef Amber Kelley and Oh My Disney Show Host Alexys Gabrielle.
Sing Along Songs
- “Peace on Earth”
- “What Is a Baby/La La Lu”
- “The Siamese Cat Song”
- “Bella Notte”
- “He’s a Tramp”
Classic Bonus Features
- Diane Disney Miller: Remembering Dad – Walt’s daughter shares memories of her father and Disneyland’s early days, as well as a look at his apartment above the firehouse.
- Never-Recorded Song – “I’m Free as the Breeze” – Take a listen to a song originally meant to be sung by Tramp.
- Introduction of Boris – Tramp wasn’t always meant to be Lady’s only suitor. Meet Boris the aristocrat and Homer the peasant in this deleted scene.
- Waiting for Baby – Lady watches as Jim Dear plans out his new son’s future in this early storyboard.
- Dog Show – See the storyboards for this deleted scene in which Lady and Tramp unexpectedly find themselves in the middle of a dog show.
Classic Bonus Features on Digital Only
- Lady’s Pedigree: The Making of “Lady and the Tramp” – A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Walt Disney’s first feature-length animated film based on an original story.
- Finding Lady: The Art of the Storyboard – Explore the origins of the storyboard and how they’re used by filmmakers today.
- Original 1943 Storyboard Version of the Film – View a unique presentation of the original 1943 storyboards for “Lady and the Tramp.”
- PuppyPedia: Going to the Dogs – Wild and wacky comedian Fred Willard takes us on an outing to the dog park to learn all about dogs and their owners.
- Turning the Tables – In this story-reel presentation, Tramp dreams of a world where dogs run the show and humans are on the other end of the leash.
- The Arrival of Baby – In this alternate scene re-created from original storyboards and with original voice talent, Lady makes way for a new arrival.
- Baby Arrives – Lady is baffled by the strange goings-on in the house—the arrival of a squealing bundle only deepens the mystery.
- Lady’s Sweater – Lady gets a new sweater for her birthday and must figure out an ingenious way to lose it for good.
- 1955 Original Theatrical Trailer – More than just a trailer, this preview features several minutes of footage from the film and introduces each major character.
- 1972 Theatrical Re-Issue Trailer – This trailer from the 1972 rerelease heralds Disney’s “happiest motion picture.”
- 1986 Theatrical Re-Issue Trailer – Released theatrically for the 1986 holiday season, this trailer highlights the love story between Lady and the handsome Tramp.
To find your copy of the film, please check out Disney’s official link below!