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My Dog The Champion (2013/Anchor Bay DVD)

Picture: C Sound: B- Extras: D Main Program: B+

Madison (Dora Madison Burge) is sent off to live with her grandfather (Lance Henriksen, Aliens) on a cattle ranch when her mother is deployed overseas. For the next 3 months, she learn what is it to live without modern comforts, wi-fi and technology, and if you want to eat you got to work, but there she meets Scout, an old cattle dog and bonds with her, and believes she still has what it takes to be a blue ribbon champion dog. Together, they aim to win the grand prize and save her Grandfather's farm from foreclosure in The Nations' My Dog The Champion (2013).

Madison, somewhat spoiled, then works with a cute 17 year old dog trainer Eli (Cody Linley), when she finds out her Grandfather has money trouble with the bank. She aims to win the $5,000 grand prize to help save the family farm. Along the way she learns what the meaning of family is, a real life is better than an on-line one. God forbid any child grow up without wi-fi, texting or cell phones, but that is what the character Madison has to learn when she is sent to live with her grandfather in the countryside, but there away from all modern comforts she ironically then starts to learn how to live, and you don't need those things to life a full or happy life.

This is a good family movie, even when we have seen some of this formula before. The cast and pace are a plus, but there are sadly no extras and the anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is too soft for its own good. The lossy Dolby Digital sound is better and as good as it is going to be for the simple drama this is.

- Ricky Chiang


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