Max Keeble's Big Move (2001)

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Released 29-Jan-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Family Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-Alex To The Max
Game-Max's Hall Of Knowledge & Stuff
Audio Commentary
Deleted Scenes-12
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 82:52
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (71:50) Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4,5 Directed By Tim Hill
Studio
Distributor

Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
Starring Alex D. Linz
Larry Miller
Jamie Kennedy
Robert Carradine
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $29.95 Music Michael Wandmacher


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Czech Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Hungarian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures Yes
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
Dutch
Czech
Czech Titling
Danish
French
Croatian
Icelandic
Hungarian
Hungarian Titling
Norwegian
Portuguese
Russian
Slovak
Slovenian
Finnish
Swedish
Bulgarian
Greek
Hebrew
Swedish Audio Commentary
Norwegian Audio Commentary
Danish Audio Commentary
Finnish Audio Commentary
Dutch Audio Commentary
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

    Another in the long line of 'kids outwit evil adults' comedy movies, Max Keeble's Big Move is the evil offspring of Dennis the Menace and Home Alone. Not as funny as Home Alone, and not as annoying as Dennis the Menace, Max Keeble falls somewhere in the middle and should appeal to children under 12. The story revolves around Max Keeble, played with enthusiasm by newcomer Alex D. Linz, and his attempt to get even with bullies, a corrupt school principal, and an evil ice cream vendor before his family moves to Chicago. What follows is a series of slapstick sight gags involving cafeteria food fights, rampaging barnyard animals and blossoming young love.

    Running for about 80 minutes, the film doesn't outstay its welcome, and does carry the messages of responsibility and standing up for what is right. The performers seem to be having fun and make the most of the material they are given. Production values are fine for this type of film and the soundtrack is littered with the latest chart-toppers. So, at the end of the day, Max Keeble's Big Move should be fun for pre-teens and not too painful for adults.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    As should be expected for a new film, this transfer is flawless.

    Max Keeble's Big Move is presented at an aspect ratio of 1:85:1 and is also 16x9 enhanced.

    The image is as sharp as a tack, with near-perfect shadow detail. There is no sign of grain throughout the movie and low level noise is non-existent.

    The colours are extremely natural and in some cases quite spectacular, especially during Max's dream sequences.

    There are no MPEG artefacts or other blemishes throughout the transfer.

    The disc is dual layered with the RSDL change at the 71:50 mark. The change is not intrusive.

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Audio

    Max Keeble's Big Move has a dynamic soundtrack that enlivens the on-screen mayhem.

    The disc provides a Dolby Digital 5.1 track in both English and Czech as well as an English Dolby Digital 2.0 audio commentary.

    Dialogue at all times is clear and there are no audio sync problems that I could detect.

    The musical score by Wandmacher is not intrusive and adequate for this type of film. The soundtrack is mostly made up of recent pop songs so the actual score is minimal.

    Surround channel usage is effective when the need arises, such as during the food fight sequence and it is amply backed up by the subwoofer.

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Extras

Main Menu Audio & Animation

    The menu is animated and suits the film well. The menu revolves around a school locker room and is easy to navigate

Featurette - Alex To The Max (7:55)

    This featurette revolves around young star Linz's day on the set and what the experience is like. It is a glamorised feature and not to be taken seriously. The kids will love it.

Game - Max's Hall Of Knowledge and Stuff

    This is your standard trivia game with a twist - instead of just taking a quiz you search the locker room for clues. Not bad. Once again, the kids will love it.

Audio Commentary - Featuring cast members Alex Linz, Jamie Kennedy, Larry Miller, Producer Mike Karz and Director Tim Hill

    Not a bad commentary, with all the participants enthusiastically providing on set stories and other production information. Star Linz comes across quite well and never pretentious and obviously had a blast on the set. A welcome addition.

Deleted Scenes

    There are 12 deleted scenes of varying quality. The film did not suffer from their omission. All told, the scenes run for about 18 minutes.

R4 vs R1

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

    The R4 version of this disc misses out on:

    The R1 version of this disc misses out on:

    The Region 4 versions is the winner. I can't tolerate full frame transfers.

Summary

    Max Keeble's Big Move is not a film for adults. It is, however, an enjoyable movie for the under 12 brigade. The transfer is terrific and the disc has plenty of extras for the kiddies. Great entertainment for the little rug rats over the school holidays.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Greg Morfoot (if interested here is my bio)
Thursday, December 05, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-535, using S-Video output
DisplayLG 76cm Widescreen Flatron Television. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderSony HT-K215.
AmplificationSony HT-K215
SpeakersSS-MS215

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