Owen Wilson plays Marmaduke, a talking dog with attitude and friends to a cat voiced by George Lopez in yet another talking dog CGI kids film filled with the usual corny jokes.
Film making 10/25
Bonus Features 5/25
In yet another expected film about a talking dog Marmaduke hits Blu-ray with the also expected cheesy lines and references to the all too familiar “Who Let The Dogs Out”. Marmaduke is yet another of those CGI enhanced talking dog films that tries so very hard yet falls flat for just about everyone but the younger kids.
Move over Clifford, it’s not your turn, yet, and I hope if you make it on the big screen your chance turns out better than Marmaduke as his shot just did not cut it. While you get the DVD and the Blu-ray edition in this release it just does not matter as the film is not worth a purchase in many people’s opinion.
Surfing dogs and the dog surfing contest are the heart of getting a big account for marketing hopeful Phil played by Lee Pace, owner of Marmaduke. Phil quits his job in Kansas to take on an organic pet food Advertising campaign in the hopes to make it big but he needs a big campaign.
He needs to impress the CEO of the pet food company and use his dog to not only get the campaign but to impress the new boss so he tries to use Marmaduke. Marmaduke just does not cooperate in about everything he does so the fun is on throughout the film with mayhem provided by Marmaduke.
Marmaduke is much like the cartoon in the papers with the big clumsy dog bumbling through his troubles but eventually everything works out. The problems here starts with the dog talking almost nonstop throughout the film while the second billed character Carlos the cat voiced by George Lopez is in maybe 6 scenes of the film.
The film is all about those talking animals getting into and out of trouble while trying their best to help those humans but things don’t work out most of the time. The odd dumb jokes are all here in force and this is another problem, lame jokes we have all heard numerous times.
Marmaduke will go down as just another CGI film with talking animals that may get a few laughs from kids and that’s it. Video and audio are decent enough with good vibrant color and good overall picture quality with also very well done sound.
Video is clear with just a hint of grain but overall a vibrant and almost too clear and crisp looking video with the clarity and color. Audio is in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround Sound but the difference between voice acting and real actors speaking in the same scene is a bit too glaring.
Other than an occasional low use of surround and the mismatched voice the audio is pretty good for Marmaduke so you do have some well done sound for the film. Bonus content is also lacking for anyone above the age of 12 with some very short features that equal about 45 minutes.
The bonus content is all from 2 minutes to nine minutes so nothing is here that even holds interest or lasts long, bonus features lack much in both length and entertainment. Marmaduke has a lack of many things including entertaining and intelligent humor, this film just does not work and I can only hope that sequels are not going to happen.
Marmaduke is just like The Chipmunks and other kid films that are funny enough for kids but adults will only tolerate the humor. Marmaduke on Blu-ray is not really worth the extra cost, the film just does not entertain enough to make it worth a rental unless some child you know just has to watch it.