Clifford The Big Red Dog

Featured In Issue 259, January/February 2022

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Paramount Home Entertainment
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In "Clifford The Big Red Dog," when Emily (Darbey Camp) discovers her little red puppy named Clifford has grown ten feet overnight, she turns to her eccentric Uncle Casey (Jack Whitehall) for help. But when a mad scientist tries to capture the larger-than-life playful pup, it takes the entire neighborhood to hide Clifford as they race across the city. Based on the scholastic book series "Clifford The Big Red Dog" by Norman Bridwell. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurettes: "Part Of The Pack" (HD 06:34), "Acting Is For The Dogs" (HD 03:20), "The Magic Of Bridwell" (HD 07:11) and "Tips & Tricks For Taking Care Of A 10-Foot Dog" (HD 02:28); three deleted scenes (HD 02:50) and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 2,00:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally using the Panavision Millennium DXL2 | Red Monstro camera systems and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture exhibits a digital quality with a layer of fine noise. Otherwise the color palette is nicely saturated with hues that pop, such as reds and greens. Clifford is a bright red dog and when in a scene he is the center of attraction. Flesh tones are naturally hued, Contrast s excellent with most scenes set in bright conditions. Black levels appear natural as well as shadows. Bright highlights are nicely illuminated. Resolution is revealing of fine detail in Cliffords hair and eyes and in facial features, clothing and object textures. Overall, this is a brightly colorful picture that lights up the screen to register joy to kids and the entire family. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 5.1-channel soundtrack has a very active dialogue element, often ADR, but always intelligible with narration as well. Atmospherics nicely complement the urban settings and enhance realism. Sound effects enforce the action and ruckus created by Clifford. The music score is very active with a wide soundstage and extension to the surrounds, and nicely recorded with excellent fidelity. Bass extension throughout sounds natural.

The Immersive Sound element is comprised of the extension of the music to the height layer and Bridwell's narration. Though limited and absent of other sound elements, the music is virtually constant and nicely creates an enveloping height effect.

This is a really fun holosonic® spherical surround soundtrack
that will thrill the young and old. (Gary Reber)