Remember Me? Who could forget?!
The first of two big releases on home video today is Disney-Pixar’s Coco. Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Animated Motion Picture, the film tells the story of an aspiring musician who crosses over into the land of the dead to find his ancestors. It’s the closest Pixar has ever come to a musical, and is packed full of fantastic songs – like the Oscar-nominated “Remember Me.”
It is no surprise that the Blu-ray looks stunning in full 1080p, capturing every detail from the beautiful landscape of the land of the dead – to the smallest of the vibrant orange leaves that lead the way for Miguel on his journey. Animated films have long made the best reference material for testing the quality of your television, and Coco is possibly the best option available right now.
The disc is also packed with special features, which are also included in the digital copy that comes with the “Multi-Screen Edition” Blu-ray pack. Thanks to the recent Movies Anywhere platform, it couldn’t be easier to watch the film on whichever device or platform you wish. In addition to the feature, you get:
- 8 behind-the-scenes featurettes – taking a look at the creation of the film, the music, and the inspiration behind story and characters. There’s an especially touching video called “You Got The Part!” where director Lee Unkrich gives Anthony Gonzalez (Miguel) a present revealing he landed the role.
- 7 deleted scenes, with an introduction by Lee Unkrich and Co-Director / Writer Adrian Molina.
- 4 trailers for the film from 4 different countries, a web exclusive about Dante, and a promotional video called “Un Poco Coco” featuring several new animations.
Lady and the Tramp
First, I love that I can see the film with the highest quality visuals available. This new Walt Disney Signature Collection release does not disappoint, capturing the beauty of the company’s first CinemaScope filmed feature.
Second, as a life-long Disney fan, I can’t wait to watch all of the new special features.
Lady and the Tramp features three ways to watch the movie: the theatrical version, a sing-along version, and with a look inside Walt’s story meetings. In that third version, transcripts of actual pre-production meetings are re-enacted as you watch the scenes being discussed. It’s a very cool feature for any Disney fan!
There are several fascinating featurettes available on the disc, including:
- “Walt and His Dogs” – A journey through the Walt Disney family museum, while archival recordings of Walt Disney and his daughter Diane Disney Miller from 1956 are played. Learn about the dogs of Walt’s childhood, how he finally convinced his wife to let him get a dog, and Diane’s memories of the family dogs growing up.
- “Stories From Walt’s Office” – After Walt’s passing in 1966, his brother Roy closed his offices. A year later, Disney archivist Dave Smith spent a year inventorying everything from paperclips to memorabilia. And in 2014, the Disney Company put the offices back to the way they were – opening them a year later to employees and special tours in honor of Walt’s birthday. Take a fascinating tour of Walt’s offices.
- “How to Make a Meatball and Other Fun Facts about Lady and the Tramp” – Learn how to make a meatball, as well as fun facts about Lady and the Tramp. Did you know that Walt almost didn’t include the now-famous spaghetti scene in the film? He didn’t see how it would work, but luckily animator Frank Thomas drew storyboards that changed his mind. This and much more trivia is waiting in this featurette.
- “Diane Disney Miller: Remembering Dad” – Archival footage of the construction and grand opening of Disneyland in 1955. His daughter Diane talks about memories from the time period, which was taking place around the release of Lady and the Tramp.
You can also quickly navigate to all of the songs in the film, and view three deleted scenes.