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From the Disney Vault! The 50th Anniversary 2-Disc DVD

Walt Disney’s

All New Digital Restoration With Enhanced Picture And Sound

Bonus Features Include Never-Before-Seen Deleted Sequences, Newly
Discovered Story Concepts, Virtual Puppy DVD-ROM, Trivia Game and More

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BURBANK, Calif., October 27, 2005 – Walt Disney’s beloved classic, LADY AND THE TRAMP, finally releases from the Disney Vault on a 2-disc SPECIAL EDITION on February 28, 2006 from Walt Disney Home Entertainment. The song-filled adventure about Lady, a lovingly pampered
cocker spaniel, and Tramp, a roguish mutt from across the tracks, will now be available with an all-new digital restoration with enhanced picture and sound. Celebrating its 50th anniversary and beloved by generations, this timeless gem is recognized by audiences and critics alike as one of Walt’s most delightful and captivating animated masterpieces. The Special Edition is an all-new viewing experience with something for everyone. Included are never-before-seen deleted scenes, a newly discovered alternate, original storyboard version of the film; “Finding Lady: The Art of Storyboards;” “Lady’s Pedigree: The Making of ‘Lady and The Tramp’" with rare footage of Walt, his hometown inspirations for the film, and more; “Disney’s Virtual Puppy” a fun DVD-ROM feature where you can create and play with your own virtual puppy; “Disney Dogs Trivia” virtual board game; “Puppy Pedia” dog facts; and MUCH more. (Please read on for details.)

LADY AND THE TRAMP is an iconic Disney classic. The heartwarming “spaghetti scene” with Tramp and Lady is one of the most famous romantic moments in film history. The memorable music of “Bella Note,” “He’s A Tramp,” “The Siamese Cat Song” and more are songs of Hollywood legend. Lady, Tramp, Trusty, Jock and all the other dogs make up one of the most irresistible canine casts ever, and fifty years later, dogs and their celebrity human companions are in vogue once again. For the millions of dog lovers and movie lovers, this is the animated masterpiece that demanded a Special Edition! LADY AND THE TRAMP SPECIAL PLATINUM EDITION is available in both widescreen and fullscreen versions, on 2-Disc DVD for $29.99 (SRP).

Bonus Features


* “Turning the Tables
A story reel presentation of a deleted scene where Tramp describes what it would be like if the tables were turned and dogs were the masters and people their pets.

* “The Arrival of the Baby
A story reel presentation of an alternate version of the preparations for the arrival of the baby includes dialogue and a verse of the song “La La Lu” not heard in the final film.



* The Siamese Cat Song”: Finding A Voice For the Cats
Here is a rare, recently discovered recording of the Siamese Cat Song performed by two male singers, before the decision to have Peggy Lee provide the voices of the cats was determined. This featurette is presented with a montage of concepts for the 2 cats.



* Disney Dogs Trivia: A Virtual Board Game
Test your knowledge of Disney dogs in this fun for the family set top trivia game. Up to 4 teams can play against each other. Be the first to get 8 ribbons and win.

* Puppypedia: Going To The Dogs
Learn all about the history of dogs with funnyman Fred Willard.

* Disney’s Virtual Puppy (DVD Rom)
Adopt your very own virtual puppy straight from the Main Street Pet Shop! Choose a puppy version of Lady, Tramp, Jock or other dogs from the film, complete with their own printable adoption and biography papers. Play with your puppy using a variety of puppy toys, feed it food and treats, even teach it tricks. The more tricks your puppy learns, the more tricks you will unlock. Teach it all the tricks and you’ll receive a special printable certificate congratulating you and your perfect pup.

* Your Inner Bark: Personality Profile



* Lady’s Pedigree: The Making Of Lady And The Tramp
Here is a behind-the-scenes look at this iconic masterpiece. This entertaining featurette includes a glimpse of Walt’s hometown. In rare footage from the Disney archives, Walt tours the small town of his youth, and there is much more on the entire process of the film’s creation.

* Finding Lady: The Art Of Storyboards
Look inside the storyboard process, and explore Walt’s ingenious contributions to the development of this unique filmmaking tool.

* Original 1943 Storyboard Version Of The Film
A unique presentation of the never-before-seen, recently discovered original 1943 storyboards for the film. This exciting and unique bonus feature takes you back in time over 50 years, to the Disney Studio during its creative “golden age” of animation, where you’ll see storyboards that reveal the Studio’s first conception of what would ultimately become the unforgettable classic, Lady and the Tramp.

* Excerpts From The “Disneyland” TV Shows
Introduction to the TV excerpts
“The Story of Dogs” (Excerpt)
Promotional Trailer for “The Story of Dogs”
Cavalcade of Song” (Excerpt)

* Trailers
1955 - Original Theatrical Release
1972 - Theatrical Re-Issue
1986 - Theatrical Re-Issue

* Lady And The Tramp Galleries
Still frame galleries of production art, posters and more



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Walt Disney's beloved classic, filled with memorable music and purebred fun, now shines like never before with an all-new digital restoration! Embark on a thrilling adventure with the most unforgettable characters: Lady, a lovingly pampered cocker spaniel; Tramp, a mutt from across the tracks with a heart of gold; Jock and Trusty, Lady's best friends; and Si and Am, two of the most devious cats to prowl across the screen. The happiest of endings takes place on a lovely bella notte as Lady learns what it means to be footloose and leash-free.

Walt Disney’s LADY AND THE TRAMP tells the endearing “tail” of an uptown Cocker Spaniel named Lady, and a carefree mutt from the wrong side of the tracks named Tramp. When Lady discovers that her beloved human owners Jim Dear and his wife Darling are expecting a baby, she begins to feel left out. She turns to her trusted canine friends, including Jock the Terrier and Trusty the bloodhound, for comfort. But when Tramp invites her to join his world of living “footleash and fancy free,” Lady can’t resist.

The Darlings’ stuffy Aunt Sarah comes to babysit, and her mischievous Siamese cats create a mess that gets blamed on Lady and Tramp. They run away, and via the unforgettable “spaghetti” scene, fall “head over paw” in love. The dog catcher is after them, however, and Lady gets sent home. But when danger threatens the Darlings’ baby, Lady and Tramp band together to save the day.

This Disney masterpiece includes such beloved songs as “He’s A Tramp,” “The Siamese Cat Song,” “La La Lu,” the beautiful Christmas tune “Peace On Earth,” and the romantic ballad “Bella Notte.” Legendary entertainer Peggy Lee composed all five show-stopping tunes, along with Sonny Burke. Lee sang three of them and served as the voices of four characters – Peg, a faded Pekinese showgirl, Darling, and both Si and Am the film’s malicious Siamese cats.

Depicted entirely from a dog’s point of view, LADY AND THE TRAMP was the first Disney animated classic feature filmed in the Widescreen Cinemascope process. The extraordinary animation included work from many of Walt’s fabled “nine old men” of animation, including Disney legends Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston.

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STREET DATE: February 28, 2006
Direct prebook: January 3, 2006
Distributor prebook: January 17, 2006
Suggested retail price: $29.99 2-disc DVD
Rated: “G.” Bonus materials not rated or subtitled.
Bonus materials subject to change.
Feature run time: Approximately 76 minutes
DVD aspect ratio: Both Widescreen and Fullscreen available.
DVD Sound: Dolby® Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Language: French and Spanish audio
Not all technical specifications apply to all elements.

Disc 1 Main Menu Scene Selection Menu
Set Up Menu Audio Menu
Subtitle Menu
Disc 2 Main Menu Deleted Scenes Menu
Music & More Menu Games & Activities Menu
Backstage Disney Menu "Disneyland" TV Show Excerpts Menu
Trailers Menu Galleries Menu

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A Report From Opening Night at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

February 2, 2006

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., February 6, 2006 – I never thought that discovering UltimateDisney.com a few months ago would lead to so much. There was not just the fun of participating in the UD forum and learning from some of the esteemed old-timers, or participating in the Christmas gift exchange, but last week I was given the opportunity to represent the site at the premiere of the new digitally restored version of Lady and the Tramp. The event was being held at the El Capitan Theatre, a legendary Hollywood movie palace built in 1926 and later purchased and meticulously restored by Disney. It was a great opportunity to see this film, soon to be re-released to DVD, on the big silver screen, and although I'm pretty "weak" when it comes to Disney history, lore and trivia, who could refuse such an offer?

The marquee at Disney's El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

Due to Los Angeles's legendary rush hour traffic, we managed to arrive with about 15 minutes to spare before show time, yet it was enough time to catch the performance of "Bella Notte" in El Capitan's lobby by two musical performers dressed as the Italian restaurateurs from the film. This type of special touch at their events is so typical of Disney and one can see why many of Disney's employees are the company's biggest cheerleaders and fans.

The event began with an acknowledgement of the many Disney luminaries who were present in the audience. Standing up to take brief bows were Joe Grant's daughter and granddaughter. Joe Grant (who passed away in May 2005) had worked for Disney Studios since 1933 as a story man and conceptual artist. Also in attendance were Kathryn Beaumont, voice of Alice in Alice in Wonderland and Wendy in Peter Pan; Jeanette Thomas, daughter of Frank Thomas (one of the renowned "Nine Old Men" of Disney animation); and Alice Davis, wife of Disney animator/imagineer Marc Davis (a "Disney Legend" who worked at Disney for 43 years, retiring in 1978). Alice, herself, is part of the Disney family having designed the costumes for the Pirates of the Caribbean and It's a Small World rides at Disneyland.

Renowned animation historian/animator John Canemaker (far left) hosts a discussion panel before the screening, with (from left) Stan Freberg, Richard Sherman, Theo Gluck, and Andreas Deja. Legendary songwriter Richard Sherman talks about "Lady and the Tramp", which predated his long run at Disney by just a few years.

Next, an all-star panel convened with John Canemaker, the noted animation historian, author and interviewer of Disney's "nine old men," emceeing the panel. He was joined by Theo Gluck, one of Disney's trusted restoration team members; Richard Sherman, Disney Legend songwriter; humorist and vocal artist Stan Freberg, voice of the Beaver in Lady; and Disney animator Andreas Deja, whose credits include Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Lilo & Stitch, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Some of the panelists gave presentations, while others (Richard Sherman and Stan Freberg) were interviewed by Canemaker. Gluck gave a presentation on film innovations during the early 1950s and how Lady evolved with those innovations. He explained that the movie was originally to be a flat/mono film before it was okayed by Walt to become a Cinemascope production. Gluck also explained that due to the type of projectors being used by most of the theaters of the day, the audio was imprinted onto the sides of the film. Thus, original audiences of Lady always saw a truncated version of the film (similar to showing a flat widescreen film on a 4:3 format television today). The true widescreen version is now fully restored on the upcoming DVD. Deja showed some wonderful early sketches done by the animators who worked on the movie and demonstrated nicely through the drawings how Disney films were always a team effort. A rare film clip was shown of Peggy Lee recording "He's a Tramp" for the film.

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, Minnie and Mickey entertain the crowd with a little ballroom dancing.

The theme of the evening was Valentine's Day and after the panel adjourned, we were treated to a screening of the Valentine's Day-themed 1933 cartoon of Mickey and Minnie Mouse in "Puppy Love." Following the cartoon, the real Mickey and Minnie came out on stage and ballroom danced to great applause and excitement. Then the moment all had waited for arrived, the showing of the newly-restored print of Lady and the Tramp. I am in no way qualified to comment on the quality of the restoration; I'll leave that for a juicy debate on the UD forums. However, I didn't notice any crackling or popping; the colors of course were vibrant; the cartoon looked very fresh. As most know, the story is of a young cocker spaniel named "Lady" from a respectable neighborhood, and her romantic adventures with Tramp, a "homeless" dog. The movie is set in the late 1800s/early 1900s, which certainly adds to its charm. Lady's four-legged "neighbors" are so endearing; one cannot help but fall in love with the bloodhound who has lost his sense of smell or the Scottish Terrier "old man" dog. According to IMDb, Lady and the Tramp cost $4 million and took three years to complete, but it grossed over $25 million, for Disney, making more money than any other film from the 1950s except The Ten Commandments and Ben Hur.

I was so mesmerized by the spectacle of the evening that I cannot recall if the fireworks came before or after the movie, but we were treated to fireworks inside the El Capitan Theatre, followed by rose pedals falling from the ceiling as if they'd been shot out of a canon! Following the screening of the movie, many attendees (including, no doubt, Disney employees) made a bee-line for the Disney Soda Fountain & Studio Store located next to the theater, to purchase the special "Sweetheart Sundae," or do a bit of souvenir shopping. As I left the store, I noticed a group of about 6 people sitting together in the window eating plates of spaghetti in honor of the movie. It was quite a night and one I won't soon forget.

Lady and the Tramp will be screening as an "exclusive two-week engagement" at El Capitan Theater in Hollywood from February 2 through the 14th. If you are fortunate enough to live in Southern California, I highly urge you to see it on the big screen. Visit the El Capitan Theater website for further information.

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Posted October 20, 2005 / Updated March 2, 2006.