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101 DALMATIANS Diamond Edition

Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  79 minutes, new animated short, DisneyView, featurettes, making-of documentary, music videos, deleted and alternate songs, trailers, TV spots, DVD, digital HD copy

VIDEO:  1.33:1 1080p High Definition (movie)

AUDIO (blu-ray):  English 7.1 DTS-HD MA, French 5.1 DTS-HD HR, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 1.0 original theatrical mix

AUDIO (DVD):  English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 DD, Spanish 5.1 DD, English 1.0 original theatrical mix

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

 

STUDIO: Disney

RELEASE DATE: 2-10-2015

Pongo and Perdita are two Dalmatians, who have a liter of 15 puppies, and they live with their human family, but the puppies get stolen by the evil Cruella De Vil and the adventure is on for Pongo and Perdita to rescue and save the puppies.

 

101 DALMATIONS is a fun contemporary Disney animated film which thankfully doesn’t rely on being a musical and it is a drama/ mystery/ family film.   You care about the variety of animals in this movie including the delightful trio of the horse, the Colonel dog, and Sgt Tibbs the cat.   The animation is very stylized and it was done quicker due to being able to Xerox the animation to speed up the process of getting the film animated which saved the Disney animation business at a time of crisis for Walt Disney as television was growing in popularity, but 101 DALMATIANS turned into one of Disney’s biggest animated hits of all time.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

The Diamond Edition blu-ray includes all of the old DVD extras and some new blu-ray extras including:

THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THUNDERBOLT- a new two minute animated short of the Thunderbolt character that the Dalmatians would watch on TV in one scene during the movie

DALMATIANS 101- Disney Channel’s Cameron Boyce hosts this new featurette that gives a few facts about the movie

LUCKY DOGS- this featurette has conversations with the surviving members of the Disney animated team who worked on 101 DALMATIANS as hey talk about the movie and their time working for Disney

WALT DISNEY PRESENTS “THE BEST DOGGONED DOG IN THE WORLD” (1961 VERSION) is a black and white episode of the TV series as Walt Disney talks about 101 DALMATIANS, the history of dogs, and a certain herd dog.

DisneyView is an enhanced viewing mode which you can play with the movie

 

The old DVD extras include

A 45 minute making-of retrospective documentary

A featurette about the correspondence between Walt Disney and the author of 101 DALMATIANS

A featurette on the animator who drew Cruella De Vil

 

Music videos, deleted and alternate songs, TV spots, and various theatrical trailers for the original release and the re-releases

 

The movie in standard definition on DVD and the Digital HD copy code for streaming and/ or downloading a copy of 101 DALMATIANS

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  101 DALMATIANS is a Disney animated classic for the whole family with a great selection of extras if you want to know about dogs and the making of the movie.

 

This review is 2-10-2014 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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