101 Dalmatians (1996)

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Released:  Wednesday, November 27, 1996  
Length:  103 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Genre: Animation/Family
Rating: 101 Dalmatians is rated G by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaGeneral audiences. All ages admitted.


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Unleashing every ounce of Disney magic, 101 Dalmatians thrilled audiences of all ages with fast-paced adventure and comedy featuring a brilliant performance by five-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close as Cruella De Vil. Achieving new heights of hilarity, Disney s all-time classic puppy tale came to life as a worldwide box office sensation. In their small London flat, Dalmatians Pongo and Perdy, and their human pets Roger and Anita, are overjoyed by the arrival of 15 puppies. But when the spotted-fur-loving Ms. De Vil and her clumsy cohorts, Jasper and Horace, dognap the litter along with every other Dalmatian pup in London Pongo and Perdy must rally the town s animals to their rescue. The plan hurls them towards a thrilling climax filled with uproarious moments as the puppies attempt to outwit their captors and bring on a final showdown with Cruella!

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101 Dalmatians DVD Review


The world has "gone to the dogs" in the live action retelling of Disney's classic 101 Dalmatians --   starring five-time academy winner, Glenn Close, Jeff Bridges, and Joely Richardson and directed by Stephen Herek.

In their small London flat, Dalmatians Pongo, Perdy, and their human "pets" Roger and Anita welcome a litter of 15 adorable puppies.  But their joy turns to dismay when fur-loving Cruella De Vil dispatches her clumsy cohorts, Jasper and Horace, to "dognap" every Dalmatian pup in London.  As Pongo and Perdy rally the city animals for a daring rescue, the pooches manage to outwit their captors long enough to bring on a thrilling final showdown with Cruella and her henchmen!

Even though taking a beloved animated Disney classic to the big screen is a risky move, Disney put the film in the well-skilled hands of Director Stephen Herek (Mighty Ducks), and screenwriter John Hughes (Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, and Home Alone).

While Herek and Houghes could have made your typical family fair with talking dogs, and a nonsensical story, they decided to take the high road and put to life a story featuring all of the ingredients both children and adult audiences need to enjoy a film.

The cast is top notch and provides the perfect ingredients for a great film.  Although not being a fan of Jeff Bridges' work, I was so engrossed in his character, Roger, that I hardly noticed him. Roger's leading Lady, Anita (Joely Richardson), was also superbly cast and brought a great sense of homeliness to her role.

However, all of these performances compare to the main villain herself, Cruella De Vil (Glenn Close).  Not only did Glenn Close take the animated Cruella De Vil and keep her as menacing as ever, she even went beyond that and made her the perfect villain for a Disney film.

The newly recreated 101 Dalmatians DVD is presented in its original aspect ratio of Widescreen (2.35:1), and has a Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound Track.

The only thing lacking on the DVD is the bonus feature -- simply because it contains only the theatrical trailer of the film.

If you are a Disney fan or a dog lover, this is one title that should be in your home video library. However, I truly hope Disney releases another version in the next couple of years that will possibly contain a second disc that includes their normally wonderful behind-the-scenes features.

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