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Eight Below (Widescreen)

 

Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Film: C-

 

 

Frank Marshall has made interesting films like Arachnophobia and produced many hits, but a film like Eight Below could have been directed by anybody.  The film stars the eight husky dogs of the title and Paul Walker as their guide.  The dogs have far more personality and as it turns out, acting ability than Walker and when the dogs are stranded, a rescue team is gathered to save them.  Of course, if Walker were the one stranded, the rescue would be less likely.

 

This torture test runs two hours and feels like it is never going to end.  Walker is shot in a way that tells us “we should give him a chance” or that “we need to like him” and the more that happens, the more repulsed saner viewers become.  Like Vin Diesel, doing a kid’s film seemed like a good commercial move, but Walker is a very poor man’s Diesel and he is sickening.  Add his long line of bad films and you wonder why this man keeps getting cast in anything.  If this were not a kid’s film, the smarter dogs might have thrown him off of a glacier, then we’d have a movie!

 

The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image was shot in Super 35mm film and looks generic, with the transfer here even worse with washed out detail, bleaching white and bad form.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is fair and has some surround moments, but is not that impressive.  Extras include deleted scenes with audio commentary option, two full-length audio commentaries and a making-of featurette, which add up to more entertainment than the clichéd picture.

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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