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Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts (aka Dr. Dolittle 4/2009/Fox Blu-ray)


Picture: B-/C+     Sound: B-     Extras: D     Feature: D



It was enough that Fox took a big budget musical bomb like Doctor Dolittle (1967) and revive it into a non-musical comedy, but after three releases, including a third without Eddie Murphy, why continue it?  Greed?  Well, a fourth installment has now arrived and to say it is unnecessary is an understatement.  The animals still talk, but they are not cute if they ever were, just very, very, very annoying.  Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts (aka Dr. Dolittle 4/2009) is an empty check with an empty script among other emptiness.


“It’s for children/teens” is no valid argument when this is so bad.  Maya (Kyla Pratt) is back and heading for Hollywood and Beverly Hills, where she becomes tired (she was never that interesting to begin with) and goes on a narcissistic trip that includes clothes shopping, a TV show and other self-centered endeavors with another female friend.  After this, you will realize having young ladies go around splurging and encouraging them to be shallow is as abusive as other negative portrayals.  It runs 87 minutes and that is too long.  Skip it!


The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image has motion blur and even noise throughout indicating a poor HD shoot, made more apparent by the anamorphically enhanced DVD with plugged-up, strained colors and generally bad shooting that looks more like a bad toy ad than anything with a story.  The DTS-HD Master Audio (MA) lossless 5.1 is also weak, with a limited use of the surrounds, also obvious on the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix on the DVD.  While the DTS is fuller than the Dolby, it also shows many flaws and limits to the point that they are about even.  Extras include the bonus DVD, a map you can follow of where this takes place and two very short making-of featurettes.  None of them are interesting either.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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