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Care Bears – To The Rescue Movie (2009/CG Version) + Clifford – The Big Red Dog: Best Buddies (Lionsgate DVDs) + Sisters & Brothers (Nickelodeon DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C/C-/D     Episodes: C/C+/C



The latest DVD releases of some children’s favorites have arrived offering more of the same, but for a child audience that is all child safe for them.  Care Bears – To The Rescue Movie (2009) is the latest Computer Animated variant of the 1980s franchise that makes it seem less dated, but has not done the trick of making them as contemporary as their current owners would like them to be.  Still, it is pleasant enough and lightly amusing.  This only runs 65 minutes and bonus episodes from the previously reviewed Care-A-Lot show version are here with an interactive game.


Clifford – The Big Red Dog: Best Buddies continues the entertaining adventures of the famed giant hound with six shows on DVD for the first time, but this time, it is in a regular case and not a red case with a built-in handle.  Though interchangeable, they are all pleasant and sometimes funny, so this is a good addition to the series.  6 Speckles Stories are the only extras.


Finally we have an unusual Nickelodeon DVD called Sisters & Brothers, which samples single episodes of five other shows we have seen and covered plenty of with Dora, Diego, Blue The Dog, Wonder Pets! and Ni Hao, Kai-lan.  If the singles of each did not drive you up the wall enough, here is a new twist on their singles.  It is a good intro disc for those not familiar with the line-up, but may also seem like too little to some.  Two Music Videos added do not make any difference either.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on Bears is not bad, but has some detail limits and softness a newer production should not have, while the Dolby Digital 5.1 is only a little better than the Dolby 2.0 Stereo.  The 1.33 X 1 on the rest are more predictably that way, though color in all cases can be pretty good for this format.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on those discs are simple and good as was the case in previous releases.  Nothing here is a standout, but it is at least consistent.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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