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MPAA Rating: PG (For Brief Mild Language)
Running Time: 98 Minutes
Starring: Michael Jeter, Kevin Zegers, Wendy Makkena, Eric Christmas and Bill Cobbs
Written by: Paul Tamasy & Aaron Mendelsohn
Directed by: Charles Martin Smith
Retail Price: $19.99
Features: Dog-U-Commentary with The Buddies, Theatrical Trailer
Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Surround, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Scene Selection (16 Scenes)
Released: March 3rd, 2009
An English Dolby Surround track is also included, plus subtitles in English and Spanish.
Since Disney has had tremendous success spinning off "Air Bud" into a variety of Direct-to-DVD titles featuring the "Buddies" - the offspring of Buddy - this DVD features a clever way for fans of the Buddies titles to buy the film where it all began. With that said, this "special edition" features a Dog-U-Commentary featuring the Buddies, plus their parents. In some ways, it's kind-of a unique feature since not many commentaries out there are geared toward the youngest of children. Still, this commentary is for children only. The pups, Buddy and his wife make various comments on screen - based on their personalities - that the kids should find cute, and everyone else annoying. But the real surprise to this commentary is that "Buddy" gives some production anecdotes about the making of the movie, perhaps culled from a press release (better than nothing!). It's nothing terribly insightful, but the wee ones will learn about how Buddy moved on the basketball court, that the movie was shot in Vancouver, and other little factoids. I am not the recommended listener for this track, but for a kids commentary, it works.
Also included is the original Theatrical Trailer in full frame, plus a Buddy Dog Tag inside the package.