Lady & the Tramp: Diamond Edition [Blu-Ray] Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson & Hamilton Luske

Lady & the Tramp: Diamond Edition [Blu-Ray] Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson & Hamilton Luske
Of note on this HD Blu-Ray presentation of 1955 class system coming-of-age parable Lady & the Tramp is the impressive picture restoration. Despite not having the polished gloss of modern, digitally enhanced animation, the rich colours and depth of image on display make only the antiquated language and morality present stand out as dated. Even the new special features included come in clear HD, giving us a Second Screen look at storyboards, concept footage and behind-the-scenes information while we watch the privileged Lady rebel against her neglectful humans by finagling with the homeless and unlicensed Tramp. It all provides a unique and interactive look at the superficial machinations of this Disney classic, carefully avoiding thematic debate, wherein the central premise of a married couple becoming shockingly solipsistic and inconsiderate after breeding leads to an existential crisis and path of self-degradation for their loyal dog. Also avoided is any self-conscious discussion of the depiction of devious Siamese cats as buck-toothed Asian stereotypes, much like Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany's. It's probably for the best, since deconstructing older Disney films and their eerily racist, rigidly Aryan values and perspectives tends to spoil the goofy musical numbers and plush Hallmark idealizing of their happily-ever-after ideology. And who wants to think anything pragmatic when there's a weathered, heavily eye-shadowed bitch with a smoky voice singing about her past sexual tryst with a potentially syphilitic dog? Also included with the Blu-Ray set is the older DVD version of the film with the original extras, including nearly two hours of behind-the scenes footage and "Making of" speculation. There are also introductions from Diane Disney Miller, along with multiple deleted scenes and a song that never made it beyond pre-production. (Disney)