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THE SHAGGY DOG

Review by Chastity Campbell

Starring: Tim Allen, Jane Curtain, Kristin Davis, Zena Grey, Danny Glover, Robert Downey Jr., Philip Baker Hall, Spencer Breslin, Joshua Leonard, Craig Kilborn
Director: Brian Robbins
Video: 2.40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen & 1.33:1 Fullscreen
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
Studio: Walt Disney
Extra Features: See Review
Length: 99 Minutes
Release Date: August 1, 2006

Film ***

The Shaggy Dog, starring Tim Allen, is a very fetching remake of the original classic.

The Shaggy Dog made his big screen debut in 1959.  This original  incarnation of a boy turning into a dog was Disney's first live action comedy.  Little did they know that this one film would bark it's way to sequel after sequel.  I can say without question that this addition to the Shaggy Dog franchise is definitely worthy of being branded with the name Disney!

Workaholic Dave Douglas is almost at the end of his rope.  He needs to 'paws' and look beyond his job as a lawyer before his family puts him in the doghouse permanently!  Unfortunately, it will take getting bitten by a 300 year old dog and taking a walk in his Shaggy shoes for this lawyer to gain a new leash on life!!

Ok first of all let me do my normal spouting about family friendly movies.  The name Disney is synonymous with family friendly entertainment.  This version of The Shaggy Dog is an update in terms of technology and filmography but it managed to maintain it's family friendliness without sacrificing pop culture.  A lot of sequels have trouble updating themselves to this century without adding in vulgarity or bad language.  However, this Shaggy Dog is as family friendly as the original!

Tim Allen can be extremely funny, or extremely boring.  Lucky for him this film helps to showcase his funny side.  His slap stick style of acting, and comedic timing worked really well for him this go round.

Robert Downey Jr. is a name frequently associated with tabloid stories of bad boy behavior.  However, as the zany head of the laboratory trying to harness the fountain of youth, we get a chance to see the actor hidden behind the headlines.

The judge overseeing the trial on animal cruelty is played by my favorite Conehead, Jane Curtain!  I haven't seen her in many films or on TV lately, but she definitely has not lost her touch!

This movie was fun, family friendly, and easy to watch!   Grab your furry family friends, oh, and your dogs too, and sit down to watch The Shaggy Dog leap into this century, Disney style! 

Video ***

Holy Mickey Mouse on a hot tin roof, this DVD comes with both Fullscreen and Widescreen Anamorphic formats!  The video quality of this DVD is extremely pleasing to the eye.  The lighting was used to good effect along with nature shadows and good camera angles.  The colors were vivid, and the both the 2.40:1 Widescreen and the 1.33:1 Fullscreen were clean as a whistle.  Exactly how clean is a whistle?

Audio ***

The 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround mix on this DVD is pretty darn spiffy!   The audio levels flow easily from one section of the DVD to the other.  The dialogue and back ground effect blend together effortlessly.  Then again, this is the type of high quality you can expect from a Disney DVD!

Features **

Bone tickling bloopers and deleted scenes will have you in stitches. 

There is audio commentary by director Brian Robbins and producer, David Hoberman.  However, this extra is only available if you are watching the widescreen version!  (Sorry fullscreen fans!)

A bonus sing a long feature lets you choose human version, or canine version! (my dogs barked themselves silly listening to the canine sing along!)

This DVD also has the added bonus of both a Fullscreen and Widescreen anamorphic transfer.  Audio is available in English, French, and Spanish.  Subtitles are available in French and Spanish also.

Summary:

A nicely put together DVD that will bring big fun to the entire family!  Leash your inner shaggy dog, and take it for a walk down to the local video store to pick up this DVD.

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