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"Dog City: The Movie" (DVD) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Dog City: the Movie is an Emmy® award-winning Jim Henson’s Comedy Classic. Directed by Jim Henson, this parody of the film noir gangster films takes us through the busy but dangerous town of Dog City, teeming with colorful Muppet Dog characters. Rowlf the dog is your guide through the underside of canine life during the 1930s in Dog City. Our hero, Ace, enters the world of bulldog gangsters and terrier molls when he inherits a saloon, “The Doghouse,” from his late Uncle Harry. Unwilling to pay protection money, Ace finds himself the target of Bugsy, a bulldog bully who owns most of Dog City, and also happens to be one of the foremost proponents of senseless violence. Ace also comes nose to nose with a beautiful runaway collie named Colleen. Colleen and Ace team up to take on Bugsy and his thugs in the tumultuous, dog-eat-dog world of Dog City.

 

Specifications

  • Lionsgate
  • (1989) 2010, Color, Rated PG, 40 min
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Screen
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Starring Voices: Ron White, Elizabeth Hanna, Stuart Stone, John Stocker, James Rankin
  • Directed by John van Bruggen
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

First aired in 1989, Dog City is wholesome family fun. As with most Muppet shows, it is imbued with humor for the adults as well as the kids. Dog jokes abound. The one-liners from Rowlf will make you grin and groan…which is good. At 40 minutes of length, it will not wear thin too quickly, and should hold the attention of all but the very youngest. Jim Henson said he enjoyed the production of this show and the care that was put into the production and set pieces really shows.

Technical

Just a few years ago we were all amazed at the picture quality that was DVD. Now, it just seems soft and lack-luster... like VHS looked after DVD came onto the scene. Certainly viewable, but not very solid. Colors are OK, but edge enhancement can be seen throughout. Picture is flat with only a hint of the detail you know must be  there. Shadows are murky. Sound is intelligible, but not enveloping. However, a young audience will be delighted with the characters and less critical of the overall picture and sound. Still, a blu-ray transfer would have brought a lot more detail to these furry actors.

Extras

Extras include a few stills from the set.