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Rock Dog Blu-ray Review

Rock Dog Blu

“Rock Dog” does not in fact rock.

While living in Snow Mountain, a young Tiben Mastiff (Bodi) is being prepped by his father to one day guard the village from the villainous wolves. Bodi, however, feels he has a different calling as his love of music overpowers everything else. Eventually, Bodi goes off to pursue his dream to become a musician, but alas, his journey is filled with peril as he encounters less than hospitable musicians and wolves that are looking to kidnap him. Can Bodi work through the obstacles to make his dream come true? I’m sure you know the answer.

When I first heard about “Rock Dog” I thought it was a joke. It was the type of title that elicited instant groans. Worse still, you could tell this Chinese-American CGI animated film was the type of project that was randomly tossed out into the wild without much fanfare (at least here in the States) because it was disposable entertainment that wasn’t going to make a dent at the box office or receive much in the way of any critical acclaim. As it turns out, “Rock Dog” wasn’t the movie I was expecting it to be.

Going into “Rock Dog,” I was expecting a really dopey movie, but it’s not. It’s not even dumb in a so bad its good way which would have been preferable. Instead, it’s just a boring, generic, unfunny, and weirdly self-serious story about dreams, music, and family that seems to lift clichés and elements from other films such as “Kung Fu Panda.”

The sad thing is there’s a lot to admire about this project. The talented “Toy Story 2” co-director Ash Brannon helmed the project, the soundtrack features some great tunes by Foo Fighters, Beck, and Radiohead and the ensemble voice cast (which features  J.K. Simmons, Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, Keenan Thompson, Sam Elliott, Mae Whitman, Lewis Black, Matt Dillon, Jorge Garcia) is deeply impressive. In fact, everyone in the cast commits to their roles, but they simply don’t have anything to work with here.


Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? Movie quality aside, the transfer provides supreme clarity here as the colors really pop.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? From the music to the dialogue, this 5.1 track delivers.

* Lionsgate trailers.
* DVD copy and Digital copy.
* A music video for the song “Glorious” featured in the film.
* “Finding The Fire: The Making Of Rock Dog” contains film clips, interviews, discussions about the project, and more.
* “Mic Check: Casting The Voices”- A behind-the-scenes look at the voice cast.
* “A Rockin’ New Word: Animating Rock Dog”- A featurette about the 3D animation production.
* “Rock Dog And Roll: Exploring The Music”- This extra covers the score and the original songs that appear in the film.

“Rock Dog” is scheduled to be released on Blu-ray and DVD May 23, 2017

May 8, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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