Because their films keep returning to that imaginary vault, Disney classics come with an upgrade each time they are released into the wild once again. Lady and the Tramp was last seen with the Platinum Edition, but now we have been given the Diamond Edition in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. No matter how you watch it, Lady and the Tramp is one of the great accomplishments of Disney’s past. On high definition Blu-ray it is even easier to see why.
The story itself is an ingenious use of the classic star-crossed lover storyline, only with the use of dogs instead of humans in true animal loving fashion of Disney. Lady is a pampered cocker spaniel with owners and a warm bed each night. Tramp is a street mutt who lives free with the risks that it entails. These two have absolutely nothing in common, but still manage to find a way to love each other. The spaghetti eating scene alone makes this one of Disney’s most cherished love stories, and a perfect release in time for Valentine’s Day.
This isn’t the type of film I need to sell to anyone, however. It is the Blu-ray combo pack which makes the latest release so spectacular. There are few genres which look as good in high definition as animation does. This 1955 has a breath of new life in high definition, looking more vibrant than ever. It also comes with many never-before-seen special features, including deleted scenes and even a deleted song.
The DVD includes a feature with Diane Disney Miller talking about her father, and a Puppypedia feature which is cute. The Blu-ray disc has these as well as many more. There is a featurette about Walt Disney’s story meetings, as well as one about the casting of the voices for the Siamese cats. There are also many classic features from past releases and a generic making-of featurette.