102 Dalmatians

One of my roommates really wants a dog.  I understand the attraction, but I don’t want one for myself.  They’re fine and everything, but they get in the way.  The pee on stuff, they drop their hairs all over the place, it’s awful.  It’s like having a girlfriend or a child – they stifle both your dreams and your freedom.  But, if you like dogs, here’s a new chance for you to see a movie about them.

Starting this September 16th, now available on DVD from Edward Feldman Productions and Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment comes the live-action sequel to the zaniest story about 101 dogs ever written.  102 Dalmatians is ready to explode into your living room with a bowl full of outrageous plans and a hope to put in your heart.  Bring home this sequel today!

This film seeks to build upon and maybe even take advantage of the popularity of the first film about 101 dogs of a certain breed.  Glenn Close reprises her role as the unabashedly evil Cruella De Vil and brings the same chill to the character.  This film is about the adventures of Oddball, a poor Dalmatian who just happens to not have any spots on him at all.  He hooks up with Waddlesworth, a remarkably wordy and crazy macaw who just happens to think that he himself is a Rottweiler.  These two unlikely friends seek to lead a whole crew of puppies from the clutches of Cruella towards freedom in a quest that takes them from London all the way over to Paris.

The special features included in this DVD are one deleted scene about Cruella De Vil’s release, three featurettes about the character of Cruella, animal actors and the Dalmatians, an optional audio commentary from director Kevin Lima and the animal trainers, a music video about the puppies, the original theatrical trailer, some great interactive features and a featurette about picking the right type of dog for you and your lifestyle.

This film is not as heartwarming or as wonderful as the original live-action film.  That was near perfection, when it comes to a remake of a cartoon film.  This go around was true to the heart and sense of adventure and wonderment of the original, but it strayed in quality and the power of the story as a whole.  Glenn Close was still wonderful and it is completely hilarious to see none other than Ioan Gruffudd (my personal favorite role of his would be Horatio Hornblower on the A&E series) in this film as well.  If you liked the first one, I’m sure you’ll like this one too, although just a little bit less.

This film will give you 102 more reasons to like dogs.

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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