All Dogs Go to Heaven (Roadshow) (1989)
Main Menu Audio
Storybook-Movie Picture Book
|Year Of Production||1989|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Charles Nelson Reilly
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Pan & Scan||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.29:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||Yes|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
Don Bluth’s All Dogs Go to Heaven was released in the same week in the US as The Little Mermaid in November 1989. The Little Mermaid was financially successful and revived the Walt Disney animated feature film after the box-office failures of The Black Cauldron, The Great Mouse Detective and Oliver & Company. However All Dogs Go to Heaven met another fate as it was deemed too disturbing to be regarded as a children’s film. In turn All Dogs Go to Heaven found an audience on VHS and remains a cult classic as it is held in the same light as Bluth’s other successful and popular films; An American Tail and The Land Before Time.
Set in New Orleans 1939, Charlie B. Barkin, a rough yet charismatic German Shepherd (voiced by Burt Reynolds) is working at a casino with his business partner Carface Carruthers, a deceitful pitbull. Carface however is unwilling to share the night’s earnings with Charlie and plans to get Charlie intoxicated and killed. Charlie later dies that night as he is violently run over by a car.
“What a selfish, hopeless, callous heel of a cad I've been. Blind to the needs of society's lowly unloved.”
Charlie then finds himself in heaven but he is sorely disappointed with having died before his time. In an attempt to rectify his past, Charlie makes the decision to return to earth but in doing so he has forsaken his place in heaven. If he is to die while on earth, Charlie will end up in hell. Despite this possibility, Charlie returns to earth and reunites with his friend Itchiford, a nervous Dachshund (voiced by Dom DeLuise) and plans his revenge on Carface. All Dogs Go to Heaven is dedicated to the late Judith Barsi who provided the voice of Anne-Marie, a young orphan who has the gift of talking to animals.
The PAL transfer is presented in a Pan and Scan 1.29:1 frame. The film was theatrically exhibited in the ratio of 1.85:1 widescreen. As per site policy, a star has been deducted from the Overall Video rating because of the incorrect aspect ratio.
The single layer DVD transfer features film artefacts (positive and negative film grain) but this is most likely due to the condition of the print.
The opening credits incur heavy telecine wobble and some scenes have obvious chroma noise artefacts.
The picture quality is soft and on occasion there were was a mild combing effect, which was possibly due to changing the transfer from NTSC to PAL.
The bright and earthy colour palette is presented quite well.
The transfer has been encoded at the average bitrate of 6.20 Mbps and MPEG compression artefacts are minimal.
The English for the Hearing Impaired subtitles are true to the dialogue and onscreen action.
The English Dolby Digital 2.0 has no obvious errors and dialogue remains clear and audible.
The film includes a number of songs sung by Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise, and the main title “Love Survives” is performed by Irene Cara and Freddie Jackson.
Unfortunately the soundtrack does not make use of the surround sound but never the less is suitable in respect of the age of the source material.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu features the following options - Play Movie, 17 Scene Selections, Special Features and Subtitle Options.
The film can be accessed as a 14 page story book accompanied with still images.
8 Black and white promotional stills of the film and one of the crew are included.
A still image of the theatrical poster art which also features on the DVD cover art.
4 Print-Outs - 1 Join the Dots, 2 Colour-in pages and 1 Puzzle page. Also a Print-Out Educational Program (Grades 1-6)
The Region 1 DVD has the additional features of Spanish and French subtitles and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. However the local release has the added bonus of extra features.
The cult classic is released in less than average fashion with minimal extras.
|DVD||Denon DVD-1910, using DVI output|
|Display||Panasonic PT-AE 700. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.|
|Amplification||Yamaha DSP-A595a - 5.1 DTS|
|Speakers||(Front) DB Dynamics Polaris AC688F loudspeakers,(Centre) DB Dynamics Polaris Mk3 Model CC030,(Rear) Polaris Mk3 Model SSD425,(Subwoofer) Jensen JPS12|