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Audio/Video total rating:

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80






Studio and Year: Warner - 2000
MPAA Rating: PG
Feature running time: 95 minutes
Genre: Family/Drama

Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: VC-1
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, English/French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Frankie Muniz, Diane Lane, Kevin Bacon, Luke Wilson
Directed by: Jay Russell
Music by: William Ross
Written by: Gail Gilchriest based on the book by Willie Morris
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: January 4, 2011







"Who says best friends have to be human?"



Film Synopsis:

Who says best friends have to be human? Not Willie Morris (Frankie Muniz), who receives a talented terrier named Skip for his birthday. With Skip's remarkable and unconventional help, Willie and Skip turn bullies into friends, tangle with hapless moonshiners and even win the affections of the prettiest girl in school. Shining with warmth and humor, My Dog Skip unleashes a story that will have the entire family begging for more!



My Take:

I have loved this film since seeing it for the first time nearly ten years ago. For me it is a movie that I can revisit over and over and never grow tired of. I find its true story of devotion, love and friendship to be uplifting and timeless. Every child should have a friend like Skip, that brings out the best in them and loves them unconditionally. The screenplay is a little on the traditional side but the endearing nature of the characters and touching quality of its composition resonates. The wonderful assemblage of actors (meaning the entire cast) is perfectly in tune with the story which lends an air of authenticity to it. Frankie Muniz truly shines in the lead role as does Kevin Bacon in his strong supporting turn as Willie's stern, overprotective and loving father. My Dog Skip is one of those rare films that strikes the same emotive chords each and every time I watch it. I find it to be pitch perfect family entertainment that is heartwarming, funny and genuine.



Parental Guide:

The rating is for some violent content and mild language






AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


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Audio: 82



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Video: 78


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My dog Skip comes to Blu-ray Disc from Warner featuring 1080p VC-1 encoded video that has an average bitrate of 19 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 4.3 Mbps.

This high definition video presentation delivered satisfactory overall quality that included appreciable refinement and varying degrees of delineation that were scene and lighting dependent. Sharpness wavered on occasion but fidelity didn't egregiously suffer as a result. It appears that this high definition release shares the same master as the DVD and has retained some of its inherent drawbacks. Edge enhancement is noticeable and low level backgrounds can be a little noisy but I have certainly seen worse cases. Colors looked natural with ample saturation and vivid textures and fleshtones were vibrant, warm and lifelike. Black levels were respectable and depth of field/delineation during low light sequences was rarely a problem. The video had a visible layer of grain which provided texture without overstatement. Closer inspection might reveal minor artifacts but I never found them problematic. I found this to be a pleasing presentation that easily bests the standard definition DVD and should look fine to all but the most discerning viewers.

The DTS-HD MA soundtrack is a nice upgrade over the lossy Dolby Digital track on the DVD. The film utilizes the music score to help drive the story and William Ross' beautiful compositions sound incredible. I noticed improved presence, smooth, strident free treble and refined articulation that enhances its orchestrated elements. Dialogue is rich in clarity, and prominently positioned within the soundstage. This is essentially a dialogue driven film however there are instances where the entire platform is effectively used to draw us in. I found the cemetery sequence to be a good example. Dynamics and low frequency impact are noteworthy, as is the light atmospheric ambience bled through the surrounds that extends the soundstage to enhance effects such as the rustling of leaves in the breeze, chirping birds and the simulation of open exterior venues. This film's soundtrack particularly its music is essential to the story and it has never sounded more open, detailed or expressive.



Bonus Features:


  • Commentary by director Jay Russell

  • Commentary by Frankie Muniz and animal trainer Mathilde de Cagny

  • 5 deleted scenes with director commentary

  • Theatrical tralier
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Final Thoughts:

My Dog Skip is pitch perfect family entertainment about the love, devotion and endearing friendship between a boy and his dog. I find its wholesome, genuine and timeless story strikes the same emotive chords each and every time I watch it. I am glad that it has made its way onto to Blu-ray Disc and I am pleased to report that the results offer a noticeable upgrade over any previous home video release version. If you're a fan this is a must have addition to your collection. If you have never seen My Dog Skip this Blu-ray release from Warner Home Video is the best option available. Enjoy.









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I wish the pq was better but I will be thrilled to add this fantastic family film to my collection. By the way, thanks for another great year of blessing us with you reviews Ralph. You are the best!

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I wish the pq was better but I will be thrilled to add this fantastic family film to my collection. By the way, thanks for another great year of blessing us with you reviews Ralph. You are the best!

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Greetings,

Thank you for your continued support Tom. If you love this film I suspect you will be pleased with this Blu-ray release.


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I saw this on TV awhile ago and thought it was really good.

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I too liked this "nice" film.

And I will add it to my bluray collection for two words...

DIANE LANE

Thanks for another truthful and detailed review Ralph!
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A friend of mine rented this from Netflix and it wouldn't play on either his Samsung BDP1500 or my Sony 470. I may try a regular Blockbuster rent to check it out though since it's been reported that occasionally Netflix discs have problems.
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