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(Dr. Dolittle) Ė "Million Dollar Mutts"-{Blu-ray}
Reviewer:
Taylor Carlson
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre:
Comedy
Release Date:
5/19/09
Special Features:

Featurettes, DVD copy

Review:

Dr. Dolittle Ė Million Dollar Mutts is directed by Alex Zamm. The film stars Kyla Pratt as Maya Dolittle, Tegan Moss as Tiffany Monaco, Karen Holness as Lisa Dolittle, Brandon Jay Mclaren - Brandon Turner, Jason Bryden as Rick Beverley, Doron Bell as Ridiculz, Curtis Caravaggio as Chase, Sarah Deakins as the Vet, Greg Ellis as Dave the Dove, Matthew Harrison as Paul Furhooven, and Elizabeth Thai as Reporter. ***

Million Dollar Mutts is the latest in a long line of direct-to-video sequels to 1998ís Dr. Dolittle adaptation that starred Eddie Murphy. The doctorís daughter abandons her idea of being a vet and heads for Hollywood, where she opts to use her talent for talking to animals to gain fame. She ends up on a talk show with a famous heiress, but isnít long before she begins disagreeing with her co-host about the way she treats animals, and begins questioning this new life path. ***

This is a kids movie, nothing more. While I will admit that this film is far better than the Dr. Dolittle direct-to-video sequels we have seen in the past, itís really only children who are going to get a kick out of it. The plot is predictable, the characters stale and one-dimensional, the humor juvenile, and letís be realistic Ė how many sequels did we need to a movie that wasnít that great to begin with? ***

The biggest problem with the direct-to-video sequels in this franchise is that the y all lack Eddie Murphy, who more-or-less made the first theatrical movie his own. Heís one of the truly great comedy actors out there, and doing sequels without him has been a tragic misstep. There isnít anyone in the rest of the cast that can fill Murphyís shoes, and these sequels take a hit for it. ***

Still, despite its shortcomings, thereís at least enough entertainment value and substance here that it will make a good kids movie. If youíve got children, this movie is at least going to make sense as a weekend rental. ---

Image and Sound:

I wasnít expecting a direct-to-video film to look as good as this one does. The cinematography features some memorable locales, and they all look great in this 1080p Blu-Ray transfer. Itís a shame not every direct-to-video movie can look as good as this one; this transfer is well above average for a movie of this sort. Audio is lossless, but front-heavy, as would be expected from a movie such as this. All in all, though, this is an above-average transfer.

Special Features:

The only bonus features on the Blu-Ray are a few behind-the-scenes featurettes. Like the film, these bonuses are very juvenile, and are mostly just going to appeal to the children who will watch the movie. These explore the cast and crew, as well as how the movie was made. ---

Final Words:

This is an average direct-to-video film, but if nothing else, it is better than the other direct-to-video sequels this series spawned. I donít recommend it as a purchase, but if youíve got kids, then rent it for the weekend. Itís a worthwhile way to kill a couple of hours for your young ones.

 

 
 
 
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