As a mega-fanatic of the Lilo & Stitch franchise most of my life, I was extremely pleased with news of the film finally making its way to Blu-ray. Both Lilo & Stitch and Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch were released for the first time on Blu-ray in a combo pack on June 11th. Both the original and the sequel have been the best Disney movies since they first came out. Both are a rare case of movies that only get better the more you watch them.
The first installment is a classic Disney film, filled with witty jokes, heartbreaking situations, and the cutest animated protagonist ever created (trust me, that goes a long way.) A film aimed towards children with jokes adults can bust a gut to is always the way to go with a film kids will be watching with their parents if it is going to be well-received. Another goal to aim for is to make a serious climax that tugs at audience heart strings. Lilo & Stitch is a fairly sad movie — from two sisters being left parent-less to the main character having no family, no friends, and no purpose. With both Lilo and Stitch looking for their place in the world, the film easily gains audience sympathy. Finally, Lilo & Stitch perfects the excellent Disney movie formula by presenting a main character who is delightful to the eyes. Who doesn’t want a perfect movie with an extremely adorable protagonist to be followed three movies, two seasons of an American TV show, three seasons of anime, video games, and copious amounts of merchandise? Obviously enough people received the movie well enough for all this success to occur.
The second movie in the combo pack (though the third one created,) Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch is equally as great as its predecessor. Although it isn’t overflowing with witty jokes like the first, the ending manages to bring me to tears no matter how many times I’ve seen it. Don’t get me wrong, all the movies and episodes are intelligent and filled with great jokes, but this installment of the series takes the cake for the most sad.
Regarding the Blu-ray release itself, it’s pretty impressive considering the age of these movies. There’s only so much you can do with a movie that was released before high definition was a thing people coveted. The characters are bolder but it is the details that really pop out on Blu-ray. I saw things in the background on the Blu-ray edition I have never noticed before. Not just once or twice, but throughout the films I kept feeling shocked at how much I had not seen before over the years I had rewatched them on DVD. The audio was transferred over well and is easy to understand. The Blu-ray packaging is quite nice and looks lovely as an addition to one’s collection. The only thing wrong with the Blu-ray release is the lack of special features. Only the DVD discs in the combo pack comes with special features, which is a bit of a let down, but better than nothing. Overall, I am extremely satisfied with the release.
Lilo & Stitch: 100.
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch: 100.
Lilo & Stitch Blu-ray release: 3.5 out of 4. – Film-social.com