Monday, June 1, 2009

Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts Blu-ray Review

Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
Disc Size: 20.8 GB
Film Size: 19.4 GB
Film Rating: PG
Region: A

Million Dollar Mutts barks to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The film looks quite nice, and is a significant upgrade from the included DVD version. Colors were richer and more vibrant, detail and objects were sharper, and black levels were quite solid as well. While the content is not demo material, there is no way one could be disappointed with the high-def quality of this release compared to the DVD. 8.5/10.

A 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included, and is fairly decent. I wasn't expecting much, and I didn't get much. The dialogue is clear and center, while the effects and music used tend to stay within the front left and right speakers. It did it's job nicely, but it was far from impressive. 7/10.


Tiffany's Tricked Out Cell Phone (SD)
Tiffany introduces the feature, and allows you to select featurettes from her cell phone. They include animal fashion, human fashion, and storyboards.

No Business Like Show Business (7:56) (SD)
The making of featurette for the film, included is a nice amount of behind-the-scenes footage and cast and crew interviews.

Star Tours: Dolittle Style (5:09) (SD)
Take a tour of the sets for Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts

DVD Copy of the film
A DVD copy of the film is included, making the Blu-ray version a no-brainer for those thinking of which to get.

Blu-news Summary
Million Dollar Mutts was definitely a mixed bag, the film is clearly aimed at kids and tweens, mixing a bit of both styles into the film. The animals are there mostly to keep the kids entertained, with the addition of a Maya Dolittle romance for tweens to enjoy. The film is quite cheesy at times, but it is definitely better than I had expected.

The Blu-ray release is a must own compared to the DVD version, with both featuring similar pricing. The video and audio are improved, as well as the addition of a DVD copy with the Blu-ray release. There is not enough content for kids and families on Blu-ray, and I'm glad Fox gave this a Blu-ray release. In the end though, I would say 'Give It A Rent First.'

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