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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2014
This is a TWO DISC set. Each disc contains one of the movies.

I don't usually bother writing reviews, because it always opens a can of worms and reviews can eventually become a boxing match for the righteous. I don't have time for nit picking and nonsense. However, I wanted to write this one to help others in the US avoid any stress in case they decide to buy this Blu Ray version, as it is a UK import. Until my purchase arrived, I was unclear, because most reviews of the Blu Ray import are lacking in this basic, clear statement: IT WORKS.

So then, I will happily repeat myself for your benefit and will say that, first and foremost: IT WORKS IN US BLU RAY PLAYERS without a hitch! There are no PAL/NTSC issues. Also, as stated in the listing, it contains several languages including Spanish (which the Aladdin Import Blu Ray does not).

The video and audio quality are what you'd expect from a US Disney Blu Ray release, so I won't go into detail other than to say it both are excellent.

And while the Magic Code will not work in your US Disney rewards account, sadly, the bottom line is there is no need for you to wait for Disney to decide that Americans are finally ready for the honor and blessings of these wonderful films (I include Aladdin in this sarcasm) to be released domestically on Blu Ray. You can get them now. I did the same with Dumbo, when Disney kept postponing the Blu Ray release date and when, two years later, they finally did release domestically, I didn't even flinch. I thought I might, but I did not.

I will post this review as well in the Aladdin import Blu Ray page to help anyone trying to decide if they should get that one also. If you want it, you should get that one as well.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2008
This animated sequel to Disney's 101 Dalmatians (Two-Disc Platinum Edition) is a very cute movie; very much at home on a video release, the animation and vocals are definitely above what you'd expect for a direct to video film. This tale begins where the first movie left off; Cruella de Vil is out on parole while her two flunkies are stuck in the slammer. She hooks up with a beatnik artist, Lars (voiced by Martin Short), who also likes spots. She hires him to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece just for her. Meanwhile, Anita (voiced by Jodi Benson, best known as Ariel in The Little Mermaid (Two-Disc Platinum Edition)) & Roger are moving to the country. Patch accidentally gets left behind, which is just fine with him, as it allows him to go to London and audition for his TV Hero's show, the Thunderbolt Adventure Hour. When Lars is unable to satisfy Cruella with his art, she decides to go after the Dalmatians again and have Lars use their fur coats as a canvas!

There are some life lessons for the kids as you would expect; Thunderbolt's (voiced by Barry Bostwick) thirst for fame and vanity are not very admirable traits. Naturally, when he teams up with cute little Patch, he realizes (and hopefully the kids watching will too) that there are more important things in life.

Overall, this film is fine for children, other than some off-camera violence where Cruella knocks out a dog (who eventually wakes up unharmed) and the fact that Cruella actually does smoke in the film. The smoking shouldn't be a big deal as she is so over the top and nutty that it is obvious that she is not a person to be looked up to or imitated!

The backgrounds and animation style do a very good job of trying to follow the same stylings of the original. Although they lack the amazing artistry of animator Marc Davis & art director Ken Anderson, they are definitely better than most of the TV animation you find today.

This DVD also has some nice extras:

*A 7 minute behind-the-scenes "Dog-umentary," which is a look at how the movie was made, hosted by a group of dogs who are being given a tour of the Disney Studio. It shows Bostwick, Jason Alexander (voice of Lightning, Thunderbolt's sidekick), Susanne Blakeslee (Cruella), and Martin Short recording their parts. It's also interesting to see art director Bill Perkins create the backgrounds and how the unique hand-drawn/xerox style is achieved.

*"Try Again" & "You're The One" music videos

*3 games: "Patch's Twilight Adventure" in which the player looks for keys to help free the dalmatians from their cages; "Lost in London" is somewhat of a travelogue of London complete with footage of famous landmarks as players (once again) try to track down the dalmatian puppies; and "Thunderbolt: A Look Inside" lets you tour the canine star's trailer.

Specs for the movie are Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound with French & Spansih language tracks, and Widescreen (1.66:1). Approximately 71 minutes.

Overall, an enjoyable family film to watch with your children.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2003
This is one of the better Disney sequels.The animation, voices, and music have more thought behind them than previous sequels. The plot is good and and full of humor. ( Martin Short is very funny as Lars the artist as is Barry Bostwick as Thunderbolt.) Patch is feeling lost in a sea of puppies becomes a hero in the end saving his family from Cruella. The story has something for adults as well as kids. If you and your children enjoy the original then this one will be enjoyable as well and worth the money.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2005
I expected this movie to be a lame sequel, since I really hadn't heard anything about it. But I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it made me nostalgic about the original which was my favorite movie growing up. I really felt for Patch, who had to deal with being not one of a kind as he liked, but 1 of 101, which is clearly intense competition. He gets himself seperated from the rest of his family and into cahoots with Thunderbird, the "wonder-dog" from his favorite TV show. They both have to find the true hero within and once again save the puppies from the clutches of madwoman Cruella Devil. The original characters all come back, from Pongo and Perdita, Roger and Anita, Cruella and her goons, the feisty nanny and of course the puppies. The new characters blend in perfectly; Lars the artist who paints spots and is quickly discovered by Cruella, and the dogs from the Thunderbird show. The animation was done in a similar fashion as the original, which made it seem more closely linked. In general an enjoyable movie and a stronger urge to own a dalmatian myself. :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2005
I like this particular Disney sequel a lot--and that's not a commonly stated thing. Lars and Little Lightning are easily two of the best newer Disney characters. And the entire film is well-made and enjoyable. However, my one issue with the movie is that Lightning the pembroke corgi is made out, just a little bit, to be a sort of 'bad guy.' He isn't in the least. He didn't start out as a treacherous little dog looking to outshine the 'hero,' Thunderbolt. Au contraire, he spent a lot of time just trying to make the best of being in that ham's shadow. Lightning was a great dog, from the beginning and through to the end. Is it any wonder that at one point he would try to take the TV show for himself? After being treated as an underdog, a mere sidekick, receiving no attention, having to watch the girls swoon over Thunderbolt and shun him? Hardly. Yet this means the movie is successful in creating a character inspiring sympathy. So bravo, Disney; if you could turn out a few more sequels on this level it would be a whole lot nicer!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2004
You just can't beat the original. The original flowed, this one doesn't. In the original Pongo was a dad that was looked up to and he was a hero, in this one Pongo is a dad looked down on . Thunderbolt has to "find himself", with all the emotional conflict of whether or not he wants to be a real hero or not is too much for a kid to enjoy, much less the adult having to watch this nonsense. Stick to the original.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2003
Finally, a part II that lives up to the classic! Why the four starzzzz???? It still has it's ups and downs! I feel the voices should have matched a little better. I felt that the animation was a little better than other Disney Part 2s! It adds up to being one of the top five best part lls so far! :)
GREAT JOB DISNEY! FINALLY LOL!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2003
This movie is a step above most Disney sequels. It actually captures the look and feel of the original, and expands greatly on the humor. Clever dialogue, cute puppies, and a lightening fast pace make this one of the few Disney sequels that can stand up to its original. Recommended for kids and their parents!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2003
In the past, Disney has produced some... let's say less-than-perfect sequels. They were lousy, horrid, and much disliked, until...
YES!!! Even though this movie shares the same storyline as Lady and the Tramp II, this sequel actually represents the storyline correctly. It also does something that no other sequel has done, it accurately imitates the look and feel of the original. The only thing I missed was the Cruella de Vil song. They should've had it.
If you hadn't already guessed it, the storyline is that Patch, one of the 99 dalmatian puppies, feels like one of many puppies, and he wants to be a one-of-a-kind wonderdog like his TV hero, Thunderbolt. (C'mon, who didn't want to be Roy Rogers, the Lone Ranger, or Annie Oakley when they were kids?) Anyway, it's Patch's dream to go and meet his superhero, Thunderbolt, who just so happened to be coming to London.
Anyway, Roger and Anita Radcliff have wanted to move to a bigger place, because the number of dalmatians is overwhelming for the small house they live in. During the move, Patch gets left behind accidentally. Confused and alone, Patch then seeks his hero.
Meanwhile, Cruella discovers an artist who's artwork consist of, yes, spots. She also bails out Jasper and Horace (who were terrified to be under Cruella's command again) to snatch the puppies away.
One more thing. My favorite character is Little Lightning. In the story, you'll see that Thunderbolt is a bit, ahem, stuck on himself. He has a real ego trip. Little Lightning, who is jealous of living in Thunderbolt's shadow and is constantly ignored by Thunderbolt, plots a way to get rid of Thunderbolt and make himself the star. I feel sorry for him.
Anyway, the only problem I found with this sequel was that Pongo always counted the puppies as 101, but at the end of the movie, 99 puppies were mentioned. HA HA HA HA HA!!! I guess that there will never really be a truly perfect Disney cartoon sequel, but this certainly came as close to perfection as possible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2004
This is one of the better Disney sequels, and Thunderbolt and Lil Lightning is stealing the show!
I thought that this will be another typical animation sequel, but I got surprised, and it doesn't get overwhelmed by CGI.
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