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Old Dogs (2009/Disney Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)


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



Wow! What happened to Robin Williams and John Travolta?Seriously, two of the biggest names in Hollywood have both decidedly given up on making quality films to make serious bank.Now I understand John Travolta has made some major cash on films like Wild Hogs, but this is just horrible.Meanwhile Robin Williams canít even hold his head high after disasters like RV and Man of the Year; granted he has also made bags of cash of films like Happy Feet and Night at the Museum (both of which spawned sequels).So it comes down to making money I guess; for every 3 flops they make, if they make bank on one, that is good enough to stay afloat.I hope selling your Ďactingí soul is worth it.


The film Old Dogs stars Robin Williams (as Dan) and John Travolta (Charlie), two life long friends who founded a Sports Marketing Company together and are now ubber rich.The film goes with the premise that the two best friends arenít young anymore and will find that out the hard way.Apparently years ago when they were young and wild, Dan got married for a period of a couple hours, but quickly had the marriage annulled.Sadly it turns out that in the heat of passion Dan also managed to get that lover pregnant.Dan and Charlie are now in charge of two kids that Dan never knew he had, while their dear old mom goes to jail for two weeks for trespassing (no, its ok I donít get it either).The film diverges into a host of wild situational humor, site gags and overall idiotic insanity.


The film was directed by Walt Becker of Wild Hogs fame and apparently John Travoltaís check writer.He managed to create a film that was insanely boring even with countless gags and putting the characters in stupid situations.Uninteresting and uninspired is the best way to put it.


The technical features arenít even all too great for being a newer film.Disneyís 1080p AVC encoded feature slides by as adequate as there is not enough fine detail and the colors arenít nearly vivid enough.The skin tones are slightly off as the stars seem to have an orange hue about them.The image is pretty crisp and clean with blacks that frame the picture nicely.Overall it is a nice presentation, but far from the best Blu-ray out there.The sound is nicer as the Disney DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track is well balanced and clean.There is a fair bit of jumping around and action on the screen, but besides the heightened musical scores I donít feel the sound presentation was immersive enough to knock my socks off.Dialogue is wonderfully done as it is crisp and clean, but nothing else was too impressive though nicely done.


The extras include an Audio Commentary; Deleted Scenes; Blooper Reel; Music Videos; Old Dogs Learn New Tricks.The bonus features are pretty much waste of time (as was the film) I even begrudgingly took a gander at the Audio Commentary that was just as sad as the film.


If I could teach an old dog new tricks it would be for Williams and Travolta to stop doing films like this. Sit. Stay. And please play dead.



-†† Michael P. Dougherty II


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