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Air Bud – Golden Receiver: Special Edition (aka Air Bud 2/1998/Disney DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Film: D



In their zeal to be #1 in the children’s market, the Air Bud franchise quickly led to an unnecessary sequel that was really pushing it with Air Bud – Golden Receiver (aka Air Bud 2) and killed it as a theatrical film entity.  That did not stop several straight-to-video releases since, but of all the obvious installments, this is the dullest, putting too much weight on the dogs and running them with no good script.


This time, the title canine gets involved in football, but this “Air Dud” can’t even achieve a field goal and this odd re-release is oddly packaged with the film in a slender case inside a paperboard shell that includes a metal whistle as a bonus in what is dubbed a Special Edition.  Talk about bells and whistles to make a product look better than it does.  Not even Tim Conway (a live-action Disney alumni of much better films with them) can save this, so only dog-fanatic children should even begin to consider bothering.  The rest of us can skip it


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is surprisingly soft through in what looks like slight image enhancement throughout and is likely an older, low definition video master.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 chops up the advanced analog Dolby SR (Spectral Recording) mix and it sounds weak and dated all around.  Besides the whistle, the only extra is all-new Sports Channel commentary by The Buddies, completing this releases obsession with its case of the cutes.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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