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Doggy Daycare (Special Interest)


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



Special interest titles on animals have their own loyal niche market, but Doggy Daycare (2005) is actually meant for dogs to watch, though the amount of great dogs and other amusing scenes will please many an animal lover as well.  There is no acting or dialogue per se, just constant images and action that is not the stillborn bore some of the “mood piece” titles have been.  The three sections of the program are:


1)     Nature & Nurture

2)     Socialization & Belly Rub

3)     Puppies & More



Major animal and dog lover Leslie Alexander (owner of the Houston Rockets as this posts) has issued this and you can even play these sections in loops (over and over) without programming your DVD player to do so.  You can tell this was made by people who love animals, accompanied by gentle music, running about an hour altogether.  The connection established between nature, people and dogs is charming and very pleasant.  As I watched, I realized that not enough such programming was available and it is simply something a more commercial venue including the best cable channels (Animal Planet) by their structure are incapable of producing.  That makes Doggy Daycare a nice option in the marketplace.


The 1.33 X 1 image was shot with professional NTSC video, digital or not, with cleanly shot and editing work throughout.  This looks better than like programs we have seen to date.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has some Pro Logic surrounds and is not bad, though human owners saying “good doggy” over and over might get to some people.  Extras include an introduction and producer’s note, which is not text, but Liz Brown doing a voice over explaining the use of the DVD with animals.  All in all, a good show and the profits go to charity to help animals in need.  You can go to www.doggydaycareDVD.com and learn more about it.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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