Treasure Buddies (2012)

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Released 4-Jul-2012

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette
Music Video
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2012
Running Time 89:04
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (60:31) Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Robert Vince
Studio
Distributor

Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
Starring Tucker Albrizzi
Adam Alexi-Malle
Tim Conway
Mason Cook
Arthur Corber
Nikki Emamialagha
Einaz Farahmand
Mo Gallini
Case ?
RPI ? Music Brahm Wenger


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Dutch Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
French
Dutch
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

How good could the twelfth film of a series which started with a run of the mill children's film be? Did I mention this is a straight-to-DVD release? Well if you keep your expectations in line with those questions, this film is actually not too bad. Don't get me wrong, it should be a direct-to-DVD release but it is quite a passable children's film and both my pre-teen sons enjoyed it.

     This film can probably be best described as a children's version of Indiana Jones combined with The Mummy starring Labrador puppies. For those who don't know (or care I suppose) the buddies are a group of five Labrador puppies who go on adventures, having previously been to space and the snow. In this film, their master's grandfather, Thomas Howard is an archaeologist who has been searching for the lost necklace of Cleocatra (no, not a typo). The baddie, Dr Phillip Wellington (Edward Herrmann) turns up to offer Grandpa a clue to find the necklace and takes Grandpa and his grandson off to Egypt to search for the necklace. Of course, the puppies tag along and lead the chase for the necklace. There is also an evil cat, owned by the baddie, who plans to take over the world. The story is mostly told in flashback by a monkey called Uncle Babi to his nephew Babu. Along the way they meet new friends and have various adventures quite reminiscent of the movies mentioned above.

     This movie is competently made and tells its slight story quite well, adding humour and mild thrills to the mix. I could go on about the sometimes annoying voices or the lame jokes but that is to be expected in this type of film. If your kids enjoy films with talking animals or have enjoyed previous films in this series, this will certainly entertain them.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is very good.

     The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced.

     The picture was clear and sharp throughout, affected a little by blur during motion but no worse than normal for DVD.

     The colour was generally excellent for DVD, bright and cheery as would be expected.

     There were no obvious artefacts.

     There are subtitles available in English which are clear and easy to read. There are also tracks in English for the hearing impaired, French & Dutch.

     There is a layer break at 60:31 which was not noticeable during playback.

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Audio

     The audio quality is very good.

     This disc contains a English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 5.1 plus other Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks in French & Dutch.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand throughout.

    The music is cheesy.

     The surround speakers were well used in action scenes without setting the world on fire.

     The subwoofer was also used quite well for action scenes.

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Extras

Menu

     The menu is straight forward but does its job well. Fast Play is available as an option.

DIGS - B-Dawg Edition (4:24)

     Tour of one of the puppies’ houses hosted by a young girl. The kids liked it but adults should avoid.

'Roam' Music Video (2:58)

     Video of remake of B-52s song by Caroline Sunshine.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This DVD seems to be very similar globally.

Summary

     A minor but entertaining entry into the long running 'Bud' series.

     The video quality is very good.

     The audio quality is very good.

     There are two minor extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Friday, June 29, 2012
Review Equipment
DVDSONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into BD player. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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