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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Shaggy Dog, The
Genre: Family

Reviewed In Issue 111 (Aug 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Tim Allen, Robert Downey Jr., Kristin Davis, Danny Glover, Spencer Breslin, Jane Curtin, Zena Grey, Philip Baker Hall & Cole

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Beware, certain players may automatically select the fullscreen version of the movie. Grrrrr. Anyhow, you will find three deleted scenes, an alternate ending, a two-and-a-half minute unfunny blooper reel that is nothing to bark home about, a bark-along for dogs and sing-along for humans featurette, and the doggoned opportunity to view the film while listening to Director Robbins and Producer Hoberman.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 5107503
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

For some mild, rude humor
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 99
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2006
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/01/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Brian Robbins
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
If you're a sucker for a sheepdog shooting the curl (surfing) and a huge Tim Allen fan, The Shaggy Dog could be for you. Based on the 1959 Disney classic, this updated edition has Deputy District Attorney Dave Dougles (Allen), an ever-away-from-home family man, caught in the middle of a top-secret experiment gone terribly wrong, and is inadvertently mutated into hairy canine. But it while on all fours he discovers the importance of family, and he is doggoned determined to win them back. (Jack Kelley)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced DVD picture generally shows good detail. Colors are nicely saturated with well-balanced fleshtones, rich hues, and deep blacks. Despite the kid-pleasing color palette, some smearing is evident, and apparent pixelization can distract finicky adults. (Suzanne Hodges)

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