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Eight Below
DVD disk
Jun 29, 2006 By: Sturdy
Eight Below order
Director:
Frank Marshall

Actors:
Paul Walker
Bruce Greenwood
Jason Biggs

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Eight dogs are stranded in Antarctica during a blistering winter. However, through teamwork and perseverance, they must find a way to survive until their determined owner discovers a way to come back for them.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Its Disney. Its dogs. Its cute. You wont find any surprises with EIGHT BELOW, but what you will find is a warm-hearted tale with adorable dogs. Of course, it takes more than cute dogs to make a movie good and this one hits on all cylinders to deliver a top-notch family film.

Im a dog person, so I was hooked from the start. I was very pleased to see that Frank Marshall was more interested in telling a story than just showing a bunch of dogs acting cute. He does a fine job of interweaving the story of the dogs survival with that of Jerrys (Paul Walker) story of finding a way back to save them. Both stories were important to the film and a lesser director/studio mightve taken the easier route of showing two hours of dogs playing in the snow. It is a great and remarkable story and one that I enjoyed watching on film.

The film stuttered when the attention was taken off of the dogs or Paul Walker. Im still not sure what Jason Biggs was doing in this film other than to confirm he has absolutely no comedic timtitimitiming whatsoever. I dont really care for Paul Walker, but after this and RUNNING SCARED, I might have to rethink that. He does a decent job of showing the range of emotions required for his character.

All in all, I think most families will enjoy this film. It has a great story and eight of the most loveable dogs youll see. However, be warned that youll need to keep the tissues close by because this one will make you cry. If it doesnt, then I can only assume you have coal where your heart should be.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Paul Walker, Frank Marshall and Don Burgess: Mr. Burgess didnt show up until the 37th minute, so I dont know why they even let him in the room. Other than that, this track is pretty good even though it has moments that slow down. Frank keeps it rolling and Paul actually seems like a decent guy.

Commentary with Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley: This one overlaps quite a bit, but its definitely the more interesting of the two. They offer a ton of interesting tidbits that keep you hooked. For example, did you know that there is actually such a thing as a stand-in stunt-dog? Crazy.

Running With the Dogs (10:41): Finally, a featurette that doesnt waste half the time with movie clips. Theres a lot of behind the scenes footage and interviews with the cast. Of course, many more shots of the dogs being cute.

Deleted Scenes (9:30): Mr. Biggs was in a lot of these scenes, so I can only assume that the director felt the same way about him that I did. Youll recognize some clips from the trailer in here. Theyre all pretty decent, but its easy to see why they got cut.

There are also some Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This is a good, wholesome film that people of all ages can enjoy. Its sad at times, but it still manages to be uplifting. If you love dogs and survival stories, then this DVD will fit right in with your collection.
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