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Lilo & Stitch / Lilo & Stitch 2

by David Foucher
EDGE Publisher
Thursday Jun 20, 2013
Lilo & Stitch / Lilo & Stitch 2

If you don't love Stitch, you're not human; which is a bit strange to say, since he's a blue alien whose stated intent in his first outing as a Disney character was to destroy the planet. But "Lilo & Stitch" is an unforgettably charming adventure, made more so for the fact that it defied virtually every Disney definition of hero - Stitch is a troublemaker, famously introduced to the world via trailers in which he caused trouble in some of the studio's most famous animated scenes (most memorably, when he was found climbing the chandeliers during the "Beauty & The Beast" ballroom waltz.)

Strangely, it seemed Disney didn't know what to make of the creature. The film opened to $35 million its first weekend, ultimately raking in $273 million worldwide - a triumph for a story that had no previous incarnation. But it took years for the studio's theme parks to fully embrace the misbehaving little creature; he's now one of Disney's most beloved creations.

"Lilo & Stitch" on Blu-ray is a capable transfer, and it's a delight to see the beautifully realized animation in crisp picture. The backgrounds of the film are watercolor, so the Blu-ray permits fans to rediscover the beauty of those images. The sound is superior to the previous DVD releases as well. With all of the unfortunate sequels - one of which is included ("Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch") - it's a wonderful thing to revisit the original picture.

However, Disney failed to include any special features. Yes, you read that correctly: not a single special feature is included in this set. For those who invested in the "Big Wave" DVD release, you'll miss the audio commentary, deleted scenes, featurettes and trailers. In particular, you'll be sorry to miss the extraordinary documentary about the making and the subsequent launch of "Lilo & Stitch" - including the changes made to the picture due to 9/11.

If you love Stitch and simply must have him on Blu-ray, invest. But the lack of extra content suggests that Disney has another Blu-ray release up its sleeve.

David Foucher is the CEO of the EDGE Media Network and Pride Labs LLC, is a member of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalist Association, and is accredited with the Online Society of Film Critics. David lives with his daughter in Dedham MA.


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