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"The Little Rascals Save the Day" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

The Little Rascals are back in an all-new movie! Join the fun with Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla, Buckwheat, Petey the dog and the whole gang as they are up to their usual mischief! The Rascals try anything to raise the money needed to save their grandma’s (Doris Roberts) bakery. The only trouble is – they just can’t seem to do anything right! From botched pet washes to terrible taxi service, they can’t raise a penny. Their only hope is to win prize money from the local talent show – but have you ever heard Alfalfa sing?

Specifications

  • Universal
  • 2014, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hrs 26 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • English, 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Jet Jurgensmeyer, Drew Justice, Connor Berry, Jenna Ortega, Camden Gray
  • Directed by Alex Zamm
Rating
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  • Violence: Comedic
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Having grown up watching the original Rascals(in syndication…I’m not THAT old), I’ll admit that these kids look a lot like their original counterparts. They also have about the same degree of acting skills, which is to say, not very good. However, they do follow the tried and true formula of getting into trouble ever time they try to do something right. In the end, they (quite inexplicably) win the talent contest and save Grandma’s bakery from being foreclosed on. I found the entire film to be tough to sit through as an adult…but kids 8 years and younger may find it more entertaining than I did. Having to sit through several forced previews did not put me in a good mood either. I still don't know why Hollywood would use kids from a by-gone era. Why not just create a contemporary group of kids so a younger, modern audience could relate to them? Overall, this movie is just barely "O-tay!"-

Technical

The overall picture quality is good. Most of the filming was on the Universal back lot (ala Back to the Future) with good lighting control. You can even tell the building at the end of the street is canvas! Colors are strong, flesh tones are accurate and I did not notice any aliasing or digital artifacts. Sound quality is a mixed bag. I found some of the dialog to be difficult to understand, either because perhaps the kids did not articulate well or the miking was not up to snuff. Kids lip syncing songs is not a fun thing to watch either.

Extras

Theatrical trailers (forced), deleted scenes, bloopers and animatics are included. A Digital Copy is also added.