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“Old Dogs” - {Blu-ray}
Reviewer:
Zena
Studio: Disney
Genre:
Comedy
Release Date:
2/23/10
Special Features:

Commentary track, gag reel, deleted scenes

Review:

There was a time when Robin Williams name on the marquee meant something good. The same with John Travolta his name actually meant you’d SEE a good movie. That hasn’t happened consistently for a long time for either one of them. Seth Green well it’s too soon to say but this isn’t promising. “Old Dogs” could be charming, could be funny IF it were a different film. ***

Dan (Williams)discovers that he has kids from a very brief spur-of-the-moment marriage that was annulled when he was young. Dan and his wealthy business partner buddy Charlie (Travolta) are stuck trying to entertain and keep Dan’s newly discovered kids out of trouble for two weeks while his ex spends two weeks in jail on a trespassing charge. Jokes about being old alternate with the jokes about which pills they have to take now that they’re “Old Dogs”. ***

That isn’t to say that “Old Dogs” might not have entertainment value. I’m sure it does as a fourth or fifth choice on a lonely Saturday night. ---

Image & Sound:

“Old Dogs” proves that just because something is bad that it doesn’t have to look bad. Disney has done a marvelous job in transferring the film although the skin tones are off (but that could be due to the film itself—I can’t say because I avoided seeing this in theaters). Detail is remarkably sharp throughout the film. ***

Audio sounds quite nice with a 5.1 lossless transfer with plenty of life. ---

Special Features:

We get a good audio commentary featuring the director Walt Becker (not to be confused with Steely Dan’s Walter Becker) and the writers. No one apologizes for this film and how they could sit through this is beyond me. ****

We get a blooper reel and deleted scenes round out the flick. We get BD Live access but nothing was up when I tried to access it. ---

Final Words:

Sometimes it’s better to let sleeping dogs lie and sometimes that includes NOT watching a movie like this. Robin and John that also extends to NOT sometimes making a commitment to really, really bad material even if it is the only thing being offered at the time and you need the work.

 

 
 
 
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