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Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Blu-ray Review

Diary Of A Wimpy Kids- Dog Days Blu-ray

The third time is not the charm for “Diary Of A Wimpy Kid.”

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” the third film based on Jeff Kinney’s popular book series, takes place during the summer. While the bulk of the story is about Greg’s irresponsibility and selfishness, there are many mini-events and subplots stuffed in here about Greg and his father, Greg lying, Greg falling for a girl named Holly, Greg taking advantage of Rowley, Greg getting a new dog, camping trips, a theme park visit, pool trips, and a birthday celebration where Rodrick’s lousy band plays.

Going into “Dog Days,” I have to say I was looking forward to the further adventures of these characters as I enjoyed the first 2 films. The first one was a charming school/friendship tale and the second flick was a touching story about brothers (Greg and Rodrick). The third film, however, is a bit of a mess. As you can no doubt tell from the synopsis above, the story definitely meanders and is piled with far too many events. While all of the stories and subplots eventually tie-in, the material was nowhere near as funny as the first 2 films.

The biggest problem though is that Greg is a brat here. While the point of the film was for his character to learn and grow, I would have liked Greg to perhaps be a bit more likeable. He may redeem himself by the end of the film, but you have to endure A LOT of obnoxious behavior from him here. Here’s hoping the fourth film (if there is one) is more entertaining and that Greg has changed for the better.

Video/Audio:

The film, which is presented in 2.35:1 1080p, may be a tad bit grainy for some, but the sharp looking colors more than make up for it.

I didn’t detect any problems with the 5.1 DTS-HD audio track. It’s as good as you would hope it would be for a comedy film like this.

Extras:
* DVD copy, Ultraviolet digital copy, and digital copy.
* Fox trailers (including one for “Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days”).
* BD-Live capabilities.
* 10 deleted scenes with optional commentary by director David Bowers. An alternate ending is also included here.
* A gag reel.
* “FX Movie Channel Presents: Wimpy Empire”- A standard featurette that sells the movie and talks about Jeff Kinney’s book series.
* “Class Clown”- An animated short about Greg told via Jeff Kinney’s illustrations style.
* Commentary by director David Bowers. It would have been nice to have more commentators, but Bowers does a fine job of breaking down the material and the production.

December 22, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review |

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