|Year Released||1955||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||72:54 minutes||Other Extras||Film Recommendations|
Warner Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Pan and Scan||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||No||Dolby Digital||5.0|
||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 5.0, 384 Kb/s)
French (Dolby Digital 5.0, 384 Kb/s)
Italian (Dolby Digital 5.0, 384 Kb/s)
Dutch (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192 Kb/s)
Polish (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192 Kb/s)
Czech (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192 Kb/s)
Hebrew (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192 Kb/s)
Greek (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192 Kb/s)
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Lady (vocalized by the wonderful Peggy Lee) is the latest addition to the household of Jim Dear (Lee Millar) and Darling (Peggy Lee again), a little bundle of cocker spaniel puppy joy for Christmas. Now we all know who really is the lord and master of any house containing a dog, right? The dog, and so it is here that Lady rapidly asserts her dog-given right to rule the roost. Along the way we get to meet her friends Jock (Bill Thompson) and Trusty (Bill Baucon) in this idyllic little neighbourhood. But idyllic little neighbourhoods are boring, especially after a new baby turns up, and Lady is tempted to the wrong side of the tracks by a loveable mutt going by the name of Tramp (Larry Roberts). Discovering a whole different level of existence than what she has known, Lady starts to experience life with Tramp, and a collection of his acquaintances. Okay, since this is basically another variation on the girl meets boy, girl falls in love with boy story, you can probably guess where this is leading- and it does.
This is really a fairly simple and somewhat trite variation of the girl meets boy story, and it is not an especially distinctive one, even by Disney standards. Made famous for perhaps one scene, the infamous Bella Notte sequence (come on, you know it - the doggie meal when Lady and Tramp suck the same piece of spaghetti), the rest of the film has not suffered well at the hands of time and I find this to be one of the least pleasing Disney animated features upon repeated viewings.
The transfer is presented in a Pan and Scan format. This was originally presented upon theatrical release in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and it is criminal that we have been forced to endure a Pan and Scan version of the film - especially as the Region 1 release boasted the widescreen transfer.
This is a fairly typical representation of "traditional" animation, and looks and feels very flat, with minimal depth to the picture. It is not an especially sharp transfer throughout and in general suffers somewhat from a lack of inherent definition. The transfer is not at all clear, and it almost looks at times as if you are watching it through a pane of unwashed glass from a colliery workshed. Thankfully, this does not have much impact on detail, as there is simply not much detail to start with. There do not appear to be any problems with low level noise in the transfer.
The colours are quite muted throughout the transfer and this is a little disappointing, especially as it gives the whole feel of the film a certain blandness. There was an overall lack of depth to the colours to my mind which really hampers the contrast, especially between foreground and background. There was no real hint of any oversaturation of the colours at all. There did not appear to be any colour bleed in the transfer.
There were no apparent MPEG artefacts in the transfer. Film-to-video artefacts were comprised of some minor shimmer, but nothing really significant to distract from the viewing experience, and some minor wobble in the credits that some may find less distracting than I did. Note that this is also a problem on the Region 1 release, so it may be an inherent fault in the original print. Film artefacts were a little more present than the previously reviewed (and younger) releases, but even those that were present hardly detracted from the transfer at all.
This is an RSDL format disc, with the layer change coming at 47:48. This is quite well-handled and is not too noticeable. It is not disruptive to the film at all. It seems most unusual to adopt RSDL formatting for such a short film, but it is welcome in view of the high transfer rate achieved - which must certainly give the film every chance to look its best.
There are eight audio tracks on the DVD: the English, French and Italian audio tracks are Dolby Digital 5.0 tracks whilst the Hebrew, Czech, Polish, Dutch and Greek audio tracks are Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded tracks. I listened to the English default.
The dialogue was clear and easy to understand at all times.
The usual animation sync "problems" exist but who really cares about it?
The musical score comes from Oliver Wallace, and this really sounds like a "music by numbers" approach to film scores. It simply lacks any real distinction and on a number of occasions the derivation of the music becomes a little too present in the brain. Still, it gives the film reasonable support.
This is claimed to be a 5.0 soundtrack, but you would be hard-pressed to really notice the surround channel use at all. This really sounds like a fairly decent stereo effort and nothing more. Obviously the subwoofer gets no use at all during this film. I felt that the sound was a little constricted at times and really needed to be opened up to let some presence into the sound. For instance, the dog quartet at the dog pound just lacked a little in presence and sounded quite flat. Certainly the surround channels could have been given a lot more work, but I suppose that for what it is the soundtrack is not too bad at all.
The Region 4 release misses out on:
A decidedly average video transfer.
A reasonable audio transfer.
An extras package of minimal worth.
© Ian Morris (have a
laugh, check out the bio)
22nd May 2000
|DVD||Pioneer DV-515; S-video output|
|Display||Sony Trinitron Wega 84cm. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in|
|Amplification||Yamaha RXV-795. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Energy Speakers: centre EXLC; left and right EXLR; and subwoofer ES-12XL|