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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Family

Reviewed In Issue 55 (Dec 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Michael Moriarty, Blake Heron, Scott Wilson, Ann Dowd, J. Madison Wright, Bonnie Bartlett & Rod Steiger

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: NR
DD Sound Rating: NR
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes a nearly three-minute introduction by Roger Ebert (selectable in the menu, but is shamefully FORCED before the start of the movie, you cannot jump past it...this being a family movie, kids will likely want to watch repeatedly), a useless list of the cast and crew (why not just watch the end credits), a public service announcement encouraging kids to read, a trailer, and a 14-minute interview segment.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 36200
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Mild violence
(Retail Price): $14.95
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Single Layer (DVD10)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 91
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1996
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/23/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Dale Rosenbloom
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A loveable young beagle escapes his abusive master

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture is very nicely rendered. Images are smooth, sharp, and nicely detailed. There is some occasional pixelization. There are some scenes that are softly focused. Colors are easy-on-the-eyes, with accurate fleshtones, natural hues, and deep blacks. Contrast and shadow delineation exhibit good balance. There are occasional source element artifacts. (Suzanne Hodges)

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