101 Dalmatians-Signature Collection [Blu-ray]
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|Contributor||Micky Maga, Hamilton Luske, Lisa Davis, Rod Taylor, Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman, Fred Worlock, Martha Wentworth, Dave Frankham, Betty Lou Gerson, Cate Bauer, J. Pat O'Malley, Ben Wright See more|
Dalmatians is probably the most misspelled Disney word, with most people spelling it "Dalmations." Dalmatia, however, is a place (in Croatia), so people and dogs from there are Dalmatians.This was the first feature in which the Xerox process alone was used to transfer animators' drawings to cels. Prior to this, each one of the animators' drawings had to be hand-traced in ink onto a cel. The new process sped up production greatly, especially in a film that had so many dogs -- and so many spots!Disney Feature Animation later adopted the name "Twilight Bark" for its newsletter.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Language : English, Spanish
- Product dimensions : 1.52 x 13.72 x 17.02 cm; 81.65 Grams
- Item Model Number : B07TKNGMKQ
- Director : Wolfgang Reitherman, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi
- Media Format : Blu-ray
- Actors : Rod Taylor, J. Pat O'Malley, Betty Lou Gerson, Cate Bauer, Ben Wright
- Subtitles: : Spanish, English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Walt Disney Video
- ASIN : B07TKNGMKQ
- Number of discs : 2
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Although I originally owned a twenty minute Super-8 film version produced by Disney in the late 70s/early 80s, which replicated the closest I could get to the "big screen" experience at that time, this DVD looks absolutely stunning on my 50" Panasonic Viera television. In fact it looks as good as it did in the cinema. (Bear in mind that I am writing about the DVD version here and have not seen the latest Blu-ray version, which will have to be pretty exceptional to supersede the quality evident in this DVD (viewed via an upscaling DVD player).
Modern audiences are used to extremely sophisticated animation techniques and their 3D variants, which are far removed from the traditional approaches which were applied in the making of this film (and which make it a true classic of its time).
It therefore may not appeal to those who have been weaned on the highly imaginative and successful animated box-office blockbusters of today, who may feel that it is rather dated when seen against the current competition.
However traditionalists and those with fond memories of this film from the past will, I am sure, find this to be an excellent purchase and a valuable addition to their collection.
One useful thing about DVDs is the ability to move back or forward to different scenes and I have found that on this DVD, as with some of the other children's DVDs - certain scenes are watched over and over, while she watches something she particularly enjoys. This also seems to be good for learning about life and motivations.
The villain, Cruella is an absolutely amazing creation. Her driving skills, the car, and her characterisation are all fantastic and the scene near the end where she is driving after the lorry with the pups in it is absolutely fantastic. Some of the puppies, especially Rolly, are also memorable. Some other great characters are Sergeant Tibbs and the Colonel.
Pongo and Perdie are of course the stars of the film and some of the scenes are particularly appealing to children, especially near the start, where Pongo manages to tip both his "pets" into the pond while trying to get them to meet. Another good scene is where Pongo and Perdie are struggling through the snow with the puppies. While I have mentioned these scenes in particular, the whole film is really enjoyable.
The film is now, of course, quite old and the only negative aspect is that Roger smokes a pipe. I mention this only because it is so surprising to see that, these days.
My daughters loved this movie and so do my granddaughters and I must admit that it is no hardship to sit through it again with them when the come to visit.