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20th Anniversary Edition
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 84 Minutes
Starring: Joey Lawrence, Billy Joel, Cheech Marin, Richard Mulligan, Roscoe Lee Brown, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Dom DeLuise, Robert Loggia, Natalie Gregory, Bette Midler
Screenplay by: Jim Cox, Timothy J. Disney, James Mangold
Directed by: George Scribner
Retail Price: $29.99
Features: Sing-Along Songs, Oliver's Big City Challenge, The Making Of Oliver & Company, Disney's Animated Animals, Oliver & Company Scrapbook, Original Theatrical Trailer, Re-release Trailer, TV Spot, Return Of A Classic, Fun Film Facts, Bonus Shorts
Specs: 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Scene Selection (24 Scenes)
Released: February 3rd, 2009
Subwoofer use is pretty good, too. It's never overwhelming, but when it comes to some of the action, it pounds appropriately. Dialogue is always clear and easy to hear too (even with a lot of action is transpiring), while dynamic range is nice and tight. This is a very solid mix that really makes the most of the film's wide and varied soundscape.
Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks in French and Spanish are included, as well as subtitles in English, French and Spanish.
All the supplements from the original DVD release of "Oliver and Company" are included, plus a few new goodies. Unfortunately, the new supplements aren't terribly exciting. There are two Sing-Along Songs - for "Why Should I Worry?" and "Streets Of Gold." That, of course, is a glorified karaoke feature. For the kids, there's Oliver's Big City Challenge. As per usual, it's a simple set-top game.
What's relevant to the film's production doesn't amount to much, and is all the hold over stuff from last time. The Making Of Oliver & Company is a short look at the making of the movie. Director George Scribner is interviewed, plus there's footage of Billy Joel doing Dodger's voice - and how he got the part. But most fascinating is the footage of the classic hand-drawn techniques, and the emerging technological advances at the time that helped the film's production. One of the last lines delivered in this short (5-and-a-half minutes) piece is pretty priceless when it comes to computer graphics - and woefully ironic, given how Disney closed the door on 2-D animation several years ago (and is now due for a comeback thanks to John Lassetter and Ed Camtull).
Disney's Animated Animals is really just an extended promo piece meant to highlight the movie's 1996 re-release (check out Cheech Marin though in the original recording sessions, with his Sid & Nancy t-shirt). The Oliver & Company Scrapbook has a nice array of art, while Fun Film Facts gives a few tidbits about the movie and the Dickens source material. Under Publicity Materials, there's the film's Original Theatrical Trailer, the 1996 Re-release Trailer, a TV Spot and Return Of A Classic - another promo piece from 1996 that plays up the film's supposed legacy.
Rounding the disc out are two Bonus Shorts: "Lend A Paw" and "Puss Cafe."