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All Dogs Go to Heaven Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, French Dolby 2.0 Stereo, Spanish Dolby 2.0 Stereo
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French
  • Region: A (B? C?)
  • Rating: G
  • Discs: 1
  • Studio: MGM
  • Blu-ray Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • List Price: $19.99

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Overall
[Rating:2.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:3.5/5]

Video Quality
[Rating:3/5]

Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]

Supplemental Materials
[Rating:0.5/5]

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(Screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG  thus are meant as a general representation of the content and do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

The Film

[Rating:3.5/5]

Another Don Bluth (The Secret of NIMH) animated feature from the 80’s that sort of looks like a Disney classic but isn’t, this musical canine adventure, All Dogs go to Heaven, is set in 1930’s New Orleans and features a star-heavy voice cast.

Casino and nightclub owning dog Charlie (Burt Reynolds) is double-crossed by his partner Carface (Vic Tayback) and ends up in heaven, since “all dogs go to heaven,” but Charlie is obsessed with getting his revenge, so he finds a way back to the living, despite the warning that he can never go back. Teaming up with his old partner Itchy (Dom DeLuise), Charlie begins plotting his revenge, even while he has nightmares about being sent to hell. Soon, however, he stumbles across what could be his redemption, the little orphan girl Anne-Marie, voiced by Judith Barsi, who was tragically murdered along with her mother by her own father at the tender age of 10. Anne-Marie sort of looks like a, young raggedy version of Snow White and she has the ability to talk to animals, which Charlie can use as an advantage to get inside information on horse races so he can build up his finances to take on Carface. He frees Anne-Marie from Carface’s clutches and takes off with her, but soon what starts out as purely business, becomes a real, affectionate relationship, when Charlie has to help Anne-Marie find a home and keep her from falling into Carface’s grasp.

The jazzy songs aren’t necessarily memorable and I’m not sure that mom and dad will find All Dogs go to Heaven as enjoyable as the younger ones, but kids are sure to enjoy these lovable canines and sweet little Anne-Marie.

Video Quality

[Rating:3/5]

Like The Secret of NIMH, All Dogs go to Heaven does not look like much effort went into bringing it to Blu-ray. Scratches, dirt, speckles and noise abound. Grain is heavy and there is a bit of video noise harshness here and there. Detail is a bit soft, and colors look a little faded. Even with all of that, it still looks a bit better than Secret of NIMH, but only offers minor upgrades to previous editions.

Audio Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

The soundtrack is a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo mix that offers clean dialogue and a good spread of sound. Dynamics are good and high frequencies are airy, but other than that, it isn’t particularly engaging.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:0.5/5]

All that’s supplied is the theatrical trailer (1.85:1; 1080p/24)

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:2.5/5]

All Dogs go to Heaven is wholesome family fun that is still enjoyable to watch, even 22-years after its initial release. It may not be as memorable as some other animated features, but it is still well worth watching. I recommend renting this one.

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BestBuy.com:
All Dogs Go to Heaven - Widescreen

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Overall
[Rating:2.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:3.5/5]

Video Quality
[Rating:3/5]

Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]

Supplemental Materials
[Rating:0.5/5]

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