DISNEY has been pumping out direct-to-video "family" films around animals that have been short on quality, but big on profit. While "young" children will certainly enjoy watching this short-on-plot film revolving around cute golden retriever puppies, finding their way to Alaska on a dog-sled team, the narrative getting them there is so dumb, it's hard for adults to watch without feeling really dumbed down. Kris Kristofferson, Whoopi Goldberg and James Belushi provide voices for animals, but they fail to add much personality. The kids(4-9) watching this one loved it, and the adults....? Well, we've sat through worse.
BUENA VISTA has provided a 1.78:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. For a film of this kind, the image is surprisingly sharp! Colors are rich and vibrant throughout, with hues tending to veer to extreme, without succumbing to over-saturation. Contrast is flawless and bright whites and deep blacks make this a terrific looking dvd!
BUENA VISTA has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. While surrounds enhance the musical score throughout much of the film, there is little in the way of ambient or discrete effects. Most of the front stage is limited to minor separation effects. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion. The mix falls far short of the image in quality.