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Clifford Blu-ray Review

The cult comedy “Clifford” will have its fans. 

In “Clifford,” a future version of the titular character tells a potential runaway kid (Roger) the story of his youth. As a 10 year old child, Clifford is obsessed with going to the Dinosaur World theme park. Desperate to go to LA. where the park resides, the little hellion Clifford causes the Hawaii bound plane to make an emergency landing in Los Angeles. Since his parents need to go to Hawaii, they decide to dump him off at his Uncle Marvin’s place in L.A.. Marvin initially vows to take Clifford to Dinosaur World, but things go awry in Marvin’s life. A very angry and greedy Clifford makes Marvin’s life a living hell for breaking his promise.

Clearly inspired by “Problem Child” (and “Jurassic Park” with the whole dino theme), 1994’s “Clifford” is a very 90’s comedy. Not only does it have a gimmicky premise with Martin Short playing a kid (and an old man), but it feels like a stretched out “Saturday Night Live” sketch. It also comes across as a product of its time when comedians and comedy actors could get their own theatrical starring vehicle. They certainly don’t make many movies like this anymore. While there are undoubtedly folks out there who are nostalgic about this movie or are enamored by this slapstick cult comedy, it suffers from being a one joke movie. While there is a message in the end and a neat little theme park sequence (which no doubt ate up the budget), the collective talent is so much better than the material we are given by director Paul Flaherty and writers Jay Dee Rock and Bobby Von Hayes.

Speaking of the talent, there’s a fantastic cast here with Martin Short, Charles Grodin, Mary Steenburgen, Dabney Coleman, Richard Kind, and Ben Savage. Short is the titular star and he certainly commits to the role (however you may feel about his character). He does have his moments (like the “Look at me like a human boy scene” and his undying love for his toy dinosaur) and his chemistry with the late Charles Grodin is fun. Speaking of Grodin, he steals the movie here as an Uncle who becomes increasingly unhinged by Clifford’s antics. 


Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? There are noticeable print defects, but this catalogue title  gets a nice crisp transfer with colors that are noticeably sharper than past releases.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This is an all-around solid 2.0 track.

The only extras on this Scorpion Releasing disc are trailers for “Clifford,” “The Heavenly Kid,” “California Dreaming,” “Fraternity Vacation,” “Record City,” and “Grunt! The Wrestling Movie.”


June 26, 2022 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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