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Air Bud: Golden Reciever
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted December 19, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

Although I can't say I've sat through the original "Air Bud", which went on to become a success, the third film in the series was actually not tedious to sit through. It turns out that the second time is not the charm, as this follow-up to the 1997 original is something I doubt children or adults will find entertaining.

Where the whole deal with the first and third films was that the dog is actually good at sports, it takes a bit of a backseat here to a dull drama as the dog's owner goes through some hard times getting used to the fact that his mother has moved on to a new guy. It's strictly a TV-movie-of-the-week subplot that drags the film down. The film, of course, ends in the big game, but the film hasn't engaged us up to this point, so it doesn't provide much tension.

Like the third film in the series, the movie is weakened by the addition of some weak villians, who are so thinly written that they make little difference to the story and would almost be better left out. The performances are flat and uninteresting, especially Cynthia Stevenson as the mother, who becomes irritating at times. In fact, the dog is probably the best actor in this edition. A pretty dull children's film overall.


The DVD

VIDEO: Although "Air Bud 2" also provides a full-frame presentation, unlike "Air 3", the picture quality is rather bland in comparison to the newer feature. The image looks soft and even rather hazy at times. Some of the outdoor scenes look passable and bright, but the more dimly lit scenes are not as well-defined. Colors are rather pleasant at times, such as the outdoor sequences, but often the picture doesn't look as bright or vibrant as the third film.

Although flaws in the presentation are not terribly distracting, they are sometimes noticable in the form of some shimmering and a few light traces of pixelation. Print flaws are sometimes visible, but not major - just a few marks and scratches that occasionally appear. Overall, a pretty mediocre viewing experience.

SOUND: The audio is, like the third film, in Dolby 2.0. The presentation isn't quite as entertaining, mainly focusing on the dialogue and the sappy score. Not a very full presentation, the audio often seems rather mono-ish in nature, also sounding rather flat. Dialogue is easily understood, but slightly muffled sounding at times.

MENUS:: Menus are non-animated, with very basic images serving as backgrounds.

EXTRAS: A short production featurette.

Final Thoughts: If you're looking for an "Air Bud" movie out of the two new DVD releases, the 3rd film "World Pup" is better, but not by much. The 3 films are also now available in a box set.

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