Marmaduke (2010)

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Released 15-Dec-2010

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Family Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio
DVD-ROM Extras-Digital Copy
Deleted Scenes
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-2
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2010
Running Time 84:33 (Case: 87)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Tom Dey
Studio
Distributor

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring Owen Wilson
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Spirit
Emma Stone
Huck
George Lopez
Mai Tai
Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Dolly
Case ?
RPI $39.95 Music Christopher Lennertz


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Catalan Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
Catalan
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Kids movies are pumped out with great regularity these days. Some are instant classics, others are quality films, many are firmly in the middle ground and others are very average indeed. This one is certainly not as bad as some I have seen, however it is no great shakes either. Kids will enjoy its silliness, smart alec dialogue, goofy star (voiced by Owen Wilson) and cute talking animals. Adults will take more notice of the incredibly clichéd plot, the ordinary human acting and the trite story line of needing to work out who your real friends are. But, this is a film made for kids after all, so we should form opinions about it on that basis. The film is loosely based on the cartoon strip of the same name (in that it involves a Great Dane who causes trouble).

     The story such as it is involves a family from Kansas who own a Great Dane called Marmaduke. The father, Phil, is a marketing manager for a dog food company. Early in the film he gets offered a new job for a bigger company based in California and decides to move the family. The family consists of his wife Debbie, Barbara, teenage girl, Brian, a younger boy and Sarah, a toddler. They also have a cat called Carlos. The plot revolves around Marmaduke and the dogs he meets at the dog park including a female mutt called Mazie, the boss dog of the dog park, Bosco, and his pedigree girlfriend, Jezebel (voiced by Fergie). He, of course, chooses the wrong people to be friendly with but it all works out in the end after some dog surfing and other adventures. William H Macy also appears as Phil's new boss in California, although his involvement is pretty much limited to getting knocked over by Marmaduke. Other voices are provided by Steve Coogan, Sam Elliott and Keifer Sutherland.

     My young boys thought this film was a lot of fun and enjoyed the dialogue between the animals. It is certainly not a great film but it is fun for kids.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is quite good, although there were some MPEG compression artefacts. The feature is presented in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio which the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced widescreen.

     The picture was very clear and sharp especially in close up. Shadow detail is very good. There were some MPEG artefacts especially noticeable during motion and some blurring during camera pans. The colour was very good with no issues to report. There were no other noticeable artefacts.

     There are subtitles in English & Castellano which are clear and easy to read.

     There is no noticeable layer change during playback.

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Audio

     The audio quality is decent but at a less than optimal bitrate. This DVDs contain three audio options, an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack encoded at 384 Kb/s, an English Audio Descriptive Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack encoded at 384 Kb/s and a Castellano Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack encoded at 384 Kb/s.

     Dialogue was quite clear and easy to understand. The score by Christopher Lennertz is fine without standing out. The surround speakers provided some mild atmosphere but little more. The subwoofer was used to support action scenes.

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Extras

     Subtitles are available on the extras.

Menu

     The menu included an introduction, music and motion.

Digital Copy

     This disc includes access to a digital copy using a code provided in the retail pack.

Deleted Scenes (1:57)

     Three mildly amusing extra scenes.

Cowabarka! More Surfing Dog Fun (5:17)

     Featurette about Dog Surfing and how the scenes in the film were shot.

Canine Casting (2:49)

     Dog auditions for the movie.

R4 vs R1

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

    The Region 1 release is esssentially the same unless you are looking for either French or Spanish language options. Draw.

Summary

     A film for kids about a Great Dane called Marmaduke.

     The video quality is quite good. The audio quality is decent. The extras are pretty average.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Saturday, February 05, 2011
Review Equipment
DVDSONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplayLG Scarlet 42LG61YD 106cm Full HD LCD. 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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