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THE PLOT THUS FAR

Get ready to howl with laughter in this all-new family comedy starring America’s favorite St. Bernard, the one and only Beethoven! After a doggone disaster of a movie shoot, the big-hearted pooch and his trainer, Eddie (Jonathan Silverman, Beethoven’s Big Break), are heading home when they get stranded in a small coastal village. When Beethoven befriends a local boy (Bretton Manley, Ted), he helps him find a pirate map to lost treasure and together they em-bark on an adventure that brings the whole town together. Co-starring Morgan Fairchild (Flamingo Road), Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator), it’s a heartwarming “tail” about finding fun wherever your nose leads you.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“Beethoven’s Treasure Trail” is the eight Beethoven movie. I just want everyone to sit back and ponder that one. Jonathan Silverman now owns the dog and they leave Hollywood following a disaster that led to the dog being fired. Eventually, they find a treasure map. The dog makes friends with the kid from Ted and now we have a huge event around a local town hunting for treasure. Jeffrey Combs shows up to bring the dog movie street cred. That being said, it’s not going to happen for this canine.

Dog movies have been a staple of the American cinema since the dawn of sound. That being said, they know their audience. You don’t get character work or detailed plotting. You get a dog doing cute stuff and it appeals to kids. That might’ve been too much for Charles Grodin and the original cast. I like to imagine that Charles Grodin ate the original dog. Take that for what you will, but it entertained my 6 1/2 month old daughter.

The Blu-Ray comes with a DVD copy, Digital HD and no other special features. The A/V Quality is pretty clean. The 1080p transfer is sharp for a DTV film. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track has strong definition. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to parents of young kids.

RELEASE DATE: 10/28/2014

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