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Spooky Buddies

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By Clint Morris

Disney’s modern-day answer to the “Benji” franchise continues with the meekly entertaining “Spooky Buddies”.

This time, the pooches team with a ghost (a friendly one, much like Casper – of course) and new friends Pip, Zelda, Rodney and Skip to stop an evil-doer named Warwick the Warlock from destroying the world. And yes, the unfussy 2-and-a-half-year old hiding inside me was eager to see what happened next.

Whereas most of the ”Bud” and ”Buddies” movies – dating way back to the original ”Air Bud”, which was actually quite a good movie – have played out on the sports field or some sort of far-reaching canvas (like the North pole), ”Spooky Buddies” takes place primarily in a haunted house; the change of locale is the only fresh thing about it though.

Rent the kids the first “Air Bud”, I guarantee they’ll even find it more value than this one.

DVD/Blu-ray Combo Details and Extras :

Not surprising, being that it’s essentially come straight from a warm DVC, “Spooky Buddies” looks and sounds a treat on Blu-ray; thing is, there’s such a thing as looking too good, in that too much detail can expose a film’s otherwise unseen flaws. In this case, it’s the dodgy special effects and cheap stunts that are exposed in all their glory thanks to a sharp-looking print that doesn’t do the low-budget production any favours.

The special features include – and these are extras aimed squarely at the anklebiters, obviously – a music video (‘Monster Mash’), a couple of featurettes (including a preview of the next ‘Buddies’ movie which, sadly, isn’t “F*ck Buddies”) and a behind-the-scenes tour hosted by a dog (No, Lindsay Lohan hasn’t sunk this low; a real K-9 hosts this bit).

Set comes complete with a Blu-ray and DVD. Great barkin’ value, right!?

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About Caffeinated Clint

The writer/publicist/producer who wears the editor hat on Moviehole. Favorite films include "Say Anything...", "The Hunt for Red October", "Jerry Maguire", "Almost Famous", "Die Hard", "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", "Young Guns", "American Psycho", "Back to the Future" and the "Star Wars" series.
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