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A Belle For Christmas DVD Review

A Belle For Christmas DVD

“A Belle For Christmas” is strictly for the kids.

Now that November has rolled around, Christmas movie season is in full swing. One of the latest holiday titles is “A Belle For Christmas” which appears to be a puppy centric tale. Unfortunately for everyone, that DVD cover is highly misleading.

In this family oriented holiday flick, Dean Cain stars a widowed lawyer/father (Glenn Barrows) who is raising two kids (Elliot and Phoebe). The children desperately want a dog, but Glenn doesn’t because he doesn’t think the kids are responsible enough. Eventually, he gives in and adopts a Shepard mix pup (Belle) much to the kids’ delight. Alas, Elliot and Phoebe’s joy is soon ruined by Glenn’s snooty and cruel new girlfriend (Dani). Not only do the kids despise her, but Dani also loathes Belle. In an effort to rid her life of Belle, the heartless Dani secretly takes the dog to the pound. From there on out, the kids are essentially on a rescue mission to find Belle, but can they find her before it’s too late?

“A Belle For Christmas” is not going to become a Christmas classic. When the titular cute eared pup is on screen, the movie works like a charm, but sadly, she’s barely in the movie. For the most part, this well intentioned holiday movie is primarily a family drama about responsibility, grief, family, love, selflessness, and working through problems. That’s all well and good, but it’s not exactly the movie that is advertised.

The biggest detriment to this kiddy X-Mas adventure film is the acting. While it may be rude to criticize the child actors, their performances certainly make you appreciate the talented child actor casts of films such as “The Sandlot” or “A Christmas Story.” The adult cast is not much better here. Dean Cain, who seems to be a staple of made for DVD Christmas movies now, looks entirely bored. The most bizarre performance, however, comes from Kristy Swanson (of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” fame) who is overacting like mad here as the film’s villain Dani.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? B+ worthy.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? The music and dialogue are effective (which is all you can ask for).

The only extras are Anchor Bay and Starz trailers.

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November 15, 2014 - Posted by | DVD review | ,

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