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EIGHT BELOW

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 120 minutes, two audio commentaries, five deleted scenes, and featurette

STUDIO: BVHE/ Disney/ Spyglass Entertainment

RELEASE DATE: 6-20-2006

EIGHT BELOW is a story of survival for a pack of sled dogs left behind in Antarctica and the man who wants to go back for his dogs. It is a thrilling adventure with beautiful cinematography and dogs with great personalities. Paul Walker leads the cast as Jerry, the guy who has to leave his dogs behind and Bruce Greenwood is the scientist who finds a meteor rock from Mercury. Don't forget Jason Biggs as the comedic relief and the smoking hot Moon Bloodgood as Jerry's on and off sometimes girlfriend. EIGHTY BELOW is what many of today's Disney films should inspire to be. It is destined to be a Disney classic.

VIDEO: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

Image detail is good and the transfer is OK.

AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Surround, French 5.1, Spanish 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

Lots of audio options for 5.1 tracks and two audio commentaries. Dialogue is clear and the sound is OK.

SPECIAL FEATURES: I can see why the five deleted scenes (with optional commentary from director Frank Marshall) were cut despite loving the second scene. The two audio commentaries for the film (the first with director Frank Marshall and one of the producers and the second with Frank, his DP, and actor Paul Walker) provide some interesting info on the production. The second track sound like two tracks were edited together (one with Frank and his DP and the other as Frank talks with Paul). The short making of featurette, RUNNING WITH THE DOGS, focuses on the dogs, promo fluff interviews, and where the movie was filmed (Canada and Greenland (2nd unit)).

FINAL ANALYSIS: EIGHT BELOW is an adventure for the entire family. Rent it or buy if you haven't seen it.

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