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Loud House: Welcome To The Loud House - Season One, Volume One (Nickelodeon DVD Set)/Max 2: White House Hero (Orion/Warner Blu-ray w/DVD)/A Mermaid's Tale (Lionsgate DVD/all 2016)

Picture: C+/B & C/B Sound: C+/B & C+/C Extras: D/C-/C Main Programs: B-/D/C+

Now for a new set of child-aimed releases...

Loud House: Welcome To The Loud House is the introductory set to a new Nickelodeon Network series they hope to have as the next big hit with Lincoln Loud having to deal with his house full of sisters, parents, other family, plus his friends, wacky life and adventures. With this being the first half of the debut Season One, we get 2 DVDs with 27 tales that add up to no less than 305 minutes!

If that's not a strong, thorough introduction, nothing will be, but the show is not bad. It is much of what I expected and has some amusing moments, though I don't know if it can do well in the long term just having him stuck in these semi-familiar situations. Still, it has the energy of the network's better shows and at least they are trying.

There are no extras.

Brian Levant's Max 2: White House Hero is a highly unnecessary sequel to a barely existent franchise about the title German Shepherd who is better at protecting people and the country than actual human agents apparently. This is one of the oddest things of any kind I have encountered in a long while, never bought it and have no idea what the makers thought they were doing. It is a bizarre mess, seeing any of the previous material would not make any difference and the acting's dullness is only outdone by the awful script.

A sadly-revived Orion via MGM is doing this one with Warner Bros. to no avail and the child actors even overact or just come across as mechanical and odd. This runs 85 LONG minutes and is not worth your time.

Digital Copy and two featurettes are the extras.

A Mermaid's Tale

Ryan and her father just moved to live and help with her grandfather in a coastal town and the very first friend she makes turns out to be a mermaid, Coral. As the two girls becomes BFFs they learn about each other's worlds, hanging out, shopping and just having fun. But how long can they keep their friendship a secret? Can they bridge the gap between the humans and the mermaids?

In A Mermaid's Tale (2016), Ryan is a young girl who accidentally meets Coral a mermaid teenager like her. After freeing her from a fisherman's net, they become fast friends and share a forbidden friendship against the all the rules they were taught to grow up with. Coral is able to change into a human form and she learns about life on the land and Coral takes Ryan to see her undersea world and powers of the mermaids. Once again, they open the possibility of humans and mermaids co-existing, but there are reasons why they remained myth and legend, to protect their secret. Can Ryan and Coral convince their parents, their family the power of friendship can overcome any obstacles?

This was a heart warming and feel good chick flick with girls and mermaids. It plays with the idea of what if mermaids were REAL? (Honestly, telling girls to keep secrets is like saying water doesn't get you wet.) And if it was real, I can't imagine the government and scientists not getting involved (fortunately they weren't part of the story). It is about friendship and what it means to be a friend and the importance of family. Extras include making of the film, behind the scenes, 'Beneath the Waves' featurette and trailers.

Everything here is presented in a 1.78 X 1 frame with the 1080p digital High Definition image in the Max Blu-ray just surpassing the anamorphically enhanced Mermaid DVD, which is better than the too-soft, anamorphically enhanced Max DVD and slightly better than the anamorphically enhanced House DVD. The Max Blu-ray has lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix that is the best sound performer here, but barely so with nothing much special sonically to offer. All three DVDs have lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, but the Mermaid DVD is a little more inconsistent than expected.

- Nicholas Sheffo & Ricky Chiang


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