DVD Review: ROBO-DOG

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ROBO-DOG was directed by Jason M. Murphy from a screenplay by Anthony Steven Giordano and stars Patrick Muldoon, Olivia d’AboMichael Campion, Tara McDonald, Kenny Beaumont and Wallace Shawn.

The movie follows genius scientist Tom Austin (Patrick Muldoon) who sees that his son Tyler (Michael Campion) needs a new best friend after he loses his dog in an unfortunate accident at home, so he takes it upon himself to create a fury new friend for his son. He locks himself in their garage and creates a Robo-Dog out of spare parts and it ends up being the most incredible canine the world has ever seen. Robo-Dog has super strength and abilities plus it can talk.

There’s also Tom’s greedy ex-boss, Mr. Willis (Wallace Shawn) who finds out that Robo-Dog is powered by a technologically advanced super battery that Tom was working on when he was an employee, so he plots to steal it for himself. Mr. Willis does end up getting his hands on the battery from Robo-Dog who offers it up as a sacrifice so Mr. Willis will leave Tom and his family alone. What Mr. Willis doesn’t know is that the technology isn’t stable and could turn into a bomb and blow the entire town up. With a little surprise help from his dimwitted former coworker Barry (Kenny Beaumont), who retrieves the battery, it’s up to Tom and company to stop Mr. Willis. In the end they succeed and it’s Robo-Dog that comes through saves the day.

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Okay, the story for this family adventure was about as cheesy and corny as it gets. The cast was impressive and all but some of the acting wasn’t very good and looked really silly on screen. Sure it’s a comedy but it just looks like they were trying to hard to come up with some cheap laughs. There’s a few special effects thrown in as well but nothing crazy or too impressive so don’t expect too much. The dog’s battery acts as its heart which also resembles Tony Stark’s Arc Reactor in Iron Man. The fact that I didn’t care for this movie much doesn’t mean that there isn’t an audience out there for it because I think the younger audience will probably like it.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details and some images. The DVD disc also features matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good.

Bottom line is, Robo-Dog was as cheesy of a watch as it sounds but as silly as it was, it’ll make a good watch for the younger audience. The story was silly, the acting was dialed in, there wasn’t a lot of special effects, and the villain was a dimwit – so that’s pretty much the ingredients of this silly family adventure. This DVD releases on January 5th and is a movie that the entire family can sit down and watch together. It’s family approved and if you enjoy it then get ready because Anthony Steven Giordano and company are working on Robo-Dog: Unleashed that we’ll get in 2017.

Distributor: Image Entertainment

Run Time: 90 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: N/A

Special Features: N/A

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