“Lady Bird” & “Lady and the Tramp” Come Home On DVD

By Chris Narloch

With the 90th Academy Awards airing on ABC this Sunday evening, March 4, now is the perfect time to put the spotlight on a trio of Oscar-caliber films that were recently released on DVD (or will be available for home viewing very shortly).

Sacramento’s hometown hit “Lady Bird,” which is nominated in five categories at this year’s Oscars, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray this coming Tuesday, the same day that “Faces Places,” one of my other favorite Oscar-nominated films from 2017, comes home on DVD.

I round out my update on DVD releases with the recent Walt Disney Signature Collection Blu-ray of “Lady and the Tramp” which should have received an Oscar nomination for Best Song in 1956, for Peggy Lee’s “Bella Notte.”

Lady Bird
By now most locals have heard of this movie, the Sacramento-set and Sacramento-inspired, semi-autobiographical story of Greta Gerwig’s last year at St. Francis Catholic High School.

Saoirse Ronan is deservedly Oscar-nominated as Best Actress this year for playing a character inspired by the Sacramento youth of actress-turned director Gerwig, who is only the fifth woman ever to be Oscar-nominated in the Directing category.

If you haven’t already seen the movie – and even if you have – you’ll want to purchase this DVD of the ultimate Sacramento story about a vivid young woman whose complicated love-hate relationship with her mother is the beating heart of the film.

Sacramento natives can enjoy spotting the various locations from around town that were used during filming, including the Fabulous Forties, the Tower Theatre, the Crest, and many more.

“Lady Bird” is available on DVD this Tuesday, March 6 and includes a featurette about the making of the movie, as well as audio commentary with writer/director Greta Gerwig and cinematographer Sam Levy.

Lady and the Tramp
This Disney classic surely would have won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film if there had been such a category in the 1950s, but that award, believe it or not, has only been in existence since 2002, when “Shrek” won the first Oscar for Animated Feature Film.

“Lady and the Tramp” follows a pampered cocker spaniel named Lady (voiced by Barbara Luddy) whose comfortable life slips away once her owners have a baby. When, after some tense circumstances, Lady finds herself on the loose and out on the street, she is befriended and protected by the tough stray mutt Tramp (Larry Roberts)

The film features the iconic scene in which the two pooches eat spaghetti together, and this latest release includes three versions of the film, three all-new features, and plenty of other bonus material.

Kids should love the sing-along version, and anyone who has never seen “Lady and the Tramp” is urged to own this timeless tale of “puppy love,” which was released on Blu-ray on Feb. 27 of this year.

Faces Places
This fascinating film received a well-deserved Oscar nomination in the Best Documentary Feature category this year for its extremely moving and entertaining depiction of a beautiful friendship and collaboration that developed between director Agnes Varda and photographic artist JR during their road trip through rural France.

The 89-year-old Varda and the 35-year-old JR are such an odd couple that the movie works on several levels, and the resulting installations captured by the film -- of huge photographic portraits of the strangers they meet during their travels -- are nothing short of inspired.

“Faces Places” is available on DVD this Tuesday, March 6.

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