Disney’s mission to release its entire catalog on Blu-ray continues with the “Lilo & Stitch 2 Movie Collection” 3-Disc Special Edition. It includes the original 2002 theatrical feature and the direct-to-DVD film “Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch.” “Stitch the Movie” is actually the second entry in the franchise, but is obviously left out here because it was considered to be a sort of backdoor pilot for “Lilo & Stitch: The Series.”
In “Lilo & Stitch,” a lonely Hawaiian girl looks to fill the void in her life with a pet she adopts from an animal shelter. Little does she know that she hasn’t taken in any ordinary dog. What she’s brought home is a mischievous alien who’s an escaped fugitive from another galaxy. Can Lilo tame the little creature before he complicates life for both her and her sister?
“Lilo & Stitch” is one of my favorite “new” Disney classics. What’s not to love about a terrorizing extraterrestrial that has no sense of self-control and acts like an untamed beast? Add to that his love for classic rock ‘n roll and you’ve got the equivalent of E.T. on crack. The rotten little brat inside me loves the little monster with all my heart.
The other reason I adore “Lilo & Stitch” is because it’s not littered with characters breaking out in song in awkward places. There’s music worked into it, but they’re believable parts like a dancing number, a surfing scene, and a couple of songs Stitch performs for people or dances to with Lilo. Let’s just sum it up by saying this isn’t a typical musical.
“Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch” finds the cuddly rascal from another planet helping Lilo get ready for the big island hula contest. When there’s a malfunction, his destructive programming is restored and he goes back to acting the way he did before he was “tamed.” Will Stitch glitch out for good, or will he recover and repair his friendship with Lilo?
This sequel might not be quite as good as the original, but it still has a lot of going for it. As a direct-to-DVD project, you can’t expect the same animation quality as you get from a theatrical release. “Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch” is still a charming and thoughtful follow-up.
It’s always nice to see movies the whole family can enjoy together. Sure, there’s some rude humor. It’s nowhere near as crude as what we get from the “Shrek” movies or others of that nature. I also like the way the “Lilo & Stitch” movies promote the significance of family and friendship. They show viewers the importance of being compassionate and accepting people for who they are no matter their appearance or actions.
Both movies look and sound great after getting a quality high definition transfer by Disney. The picture is clean and the colors are more vibrant than they’ve ever looked. The 5.1 DTS Master Audio immerses the viewer in the bizarre dins of space and an alien environment as well as the natural sounds of Hawaii.
There’s no bonus material included on the Blu-ray of the “Lilo & Stitch 2 Movie Collection” 3-Disc Special Edition. All of it is found on the two standard DVDs for each movie. Why would someone who bought the high definition upgrade of a film want to put in the standard DVD just to hear the commentary, play one of the games, or watch one of the featurettes or music videos? It’s a shame that most people will never even see any of the special features. Take note that the “Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch” DVD features a bonus short entitled “The Origin of Stitch.”
The “Lilo & Stitch 2 Movie Collection” 3-Disc Special Edition will no doubt please most normal Disney collectors. However, its lack of special features on the Blu-ray will frustrate many consumers looking to get everything they want on one disc. That doesn’t change the fact that the movies are enjoyable and family-friendly with great messages.
The “Lilo & Stitch 2 Movie Collection” 3-Disc Special Edition is available now on Blu-ray.
For more articles by Eric Shirey, check out:
Blu-ray Review: “Mulan / Mulan II” 3-Disc Special Edition
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Blu-ray Review: “Peter Pan: Diamond Edition”