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Blu-ray Review: 101 Dalmatians: Diamond Edition


101 Dalmatians is back on on video, this time in a Diamond Edition blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD combo pack edition. Now, I've already reviewed Disney's 101 Dalmatians, so there isn't much need to cover the story or my thoughts on it when you could just go read that. So instead I'll just focus on the blu-ray features. First, it looks fantastic. For such an old movie they have really cleaned it up well. There is like no grain whatsoever and it looks like could have been made this year, well except that it uses traditional hand-drawn art and not computers which all animated movies seem to use nowadays. The sound is also great, with a 7.1 surround track. We only have a 5.1 system set up so we couldn't take full advantage of it, but 5.1 sounds great as well. There is also a mono track if you want to hear what it sounded like originally without the multi-channel upgrade.

There are several special features included:

  • New Animated Short -- "The Further Adventures of Thunderbolt" -- Pick Up The Action Where The Movie Left off In The Pups' Favorite Show
  • Dalmations 101 -- Hosted By Disney Channel's Cameron Boyce
  • Lucky Dogs -- Conversations With the Disney Team!
  • Walt Disney Presents "The Best Goggoned Dog In The World" (1961 Version)
  • DisneyView -- Expand Your Viewing Experience!
  • Redefining the Line: The Making of 101 Dalmatians
  • Music & More Bonus Content
  • Cruella De Vil: Drawn to be Bad
  • Sincerely Yours, Walt Disney
  • Trailers, TV Spots, and Radio Spots

That's quite a bit of extras, over two hours in fact. Lucky Dogs is an interesting one where people who worked on the film reminisce about their experiences, and what makes it interesting is the challenges especially since they were cutting costs and laying people off at that time. The Further Adventures of Thunderbolt is a short animated film, about two minutes, about the character Thunderbolt that the dalmatians in the movie like to watch. The Best Doggoned Dog in the World is one of the longer extra features, clocking in at a little under an hour, and is actually an episode of The Wonderful World of Disney. And it's in high-definition, which is amazing! The Making-of and the Music & More content are also enjoyable. The Music section shows deleted songs and some demo recordings. So there's really a lot here to watch after the movie is over.

This is an enjoyable film packaged in another good Diamond Edition release and is worth getting if you're a fan of the Dalmatians.

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Voicing Anita

The Further Adventures of Thunderbolt

About Dalmatians

Synopsis

Pick your favorite spot to watch—anytime and anywhere—and get ready for a fun-filled adventure with the Diamond Edition of 101 Dalmatians! Pongo, Perdita and their super-adorable puppies are in for thrills, hilarious spills and an epic action-packed adventure when they face off with Cruella De Vil, Disney’s most fabulously outrageous villainess. When Cruella dognaps all of the Dalmatian puppies in London, brave animal heroes launch a daring plan to save all puppies from Cruella’s clutches! Unleash all the excitement and suspense of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, a beloved classic you’ll want to share with your family again and again!

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