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 A Dog's Purpose [Blu-ray]

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 5/10/17

I wasn't sure if I wanted to see this movie, back when I first saw the previews for it, last year when we saw "Rogue One."  I was worried that it was going to be too sad, like "Marley & Me" (a movie I will never see!). But it was a good film.

The movie follows a dog, who goes through many lives and is reincarnated each time he dies. He's voiced by Josh Gad, who you may recognize as the voice of the snowman from "Frozen."

They do a good job of showing what might be in a dog's mind as he wonders what life is all about.  Now, the dogs do die, and some of their lives are very sad. Some of them are mistreated. However, the movie is PG, so they don't go into a lot of details or show too much that's disturbing. It's not like they're going to show dog-fighting or anything.

Most of the movie is great to watch because it shows the dogs playing and having fun with the kids or adults.  Mostly we see him as this one dog, Bailey, who's beloved by the boy Ethan and his family.  Later, Bailey goes back to Ethan's home when he's an older man (played by Dennis Quaid, whom I love), even though he's a different dog. It's mostly a very fun and heartwarming movie. Sure, it has some sad scenes that might make you cry. However, it's all worth it in the end. I really enjoyed it.

The DVD has the unusual extras: Deleted Scenes, outtakes, and a couple of behind-the-scenes features that tell about making the movie. One is told from the point-of-view of the dog actors in the movie, so that was cute.

MORE INFORMATION:

BASED ON THE NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BEST-SELLING NOVEL 

A DOG'S PURPOSE 

"AN ADORABLE AND HEARTWARMING FILM" - JACLYN ROTH, LIFE & STYLE 

AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL HD APRIL 18, 2017 
BLU-RAY, DVD AND ON DEMAND MAY 2, 2017 

FROM AMBLIN ENTERTAINMENT AND UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT 

 
Universal City, California, March 2, 2017 – An uplifting and inspirational look at life through the eyes of man’s best friend warms hearts this spring when A Dog’s Purpose arrives on Digital HD on April 18, 2017 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on May 2, 2017, from Amblin Entertainment and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.  An empathetic and relatable drama, this sentimental film takes viewers on a powerful journey to experience the relationship between dogs and their owner – to love, protect, comfort and always find a way back home.  A Dog’s Purpose on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD includes deleted scenes, outtakes, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, and more! 

Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad – Frozen, Angry Birds) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. A narrative with “genuine heart, humor and a real message of love” (Michael Heaton, The Plain Dealer), the family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland, The Longest Ride), KJ Apa (“Riverdale”), John Ortiz (Silver Linings Playbook, American Gangster), Juliet Rylance (Sinister, “The Knick”), Luke Kirby (“The Astronaut Wives Club”), Peggy Lipton (When in Rome, Twin Peaks), Pooch Hall (“The Game,” “Ray Donovan”) and Dennis Quaid (Far From Heaven, The Rookie).      

BONUS FEATURES on BLU-RAYTM and DVD
  • Deleted Scenes 
  • Outtakes 
  • Lights, Camera, Woof! - A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film. 
  • A Writer’s Purpose - Learn the story behind W. Bruce Cameron’s beloved best-selling novel.

The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™.
  • Blu-ray unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away.
  • Digital HD with UltraViolet lets you watch movies anywhere, on any device. Users can instantly stream or download movies to watch on iPad®, iPhone®, Android™, smart TVs, connected Blu-ray™ players, game consoles and more.

FILMMAKERS:
Cast: Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, John Ortiz, Dennis Quaid, Josh Gad
Music By: Rachel Portman
Music Supervisor: Liza Richardson
Costume Designer: Shay Cunliffe
Edited By: Robert Leighton
Production Designer: Michael Carlin
Director of Photography: Terry Stacey
Executive Producers: Alan Blomquist, Mark Sourian, Lauren Pfeiffer
Produced By: Gavin Polone
Based On The Novel
By: W. Bruce Cameron
Screenplay By: W. Bruce Cameron, Cathryn Michon, Audrey Wells, Maya Forbes, Wally Wolodarsky
Directed By: Lasse Hallström


TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY:
Street Date:
May 2, 2017
Copyright: 2016 Universal Studios and Storyteller Distribution Co., LLC. 
Selection Number: 61184389 (US)/ 61184393 (CDN)
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: Rated PG for thematic elements and some peril
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles 
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish and French DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Run Time: 1 hour 40 Minutes


TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
Street Date: May 2, 2017
Copyright: 2016 Universal Studios and Storyteller Distribution Co., LLC. 
Selection Number: 61184385 (US)/ 61184391 (CDN)
Layers: Dual
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: Rated PG for thematic elements and some peril
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French  
Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1/Dolby Digital 2.0 DVS2, Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1
Run Time: 1 hour 40 Minutes

About Amblin Entertainment
Amblin Entertainment is a production label of Amblin Partners, a content creation company formed by Steven Spielberg, the former DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment and Entertainment One (eOne). The company develops and produces films using the Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks Pictures and Participant banners and includes Amblin Television, a longtime leader in quality programming. The company’s first film, “Bridge of Spies,” was released to critical acclaim in October 2015.  Other projects in various stages of production include: “Ghost in the Shell,” scheduled for release on March 31, 2017; “Thank You For Your Service,” scheduled for release in 2017; and “Ready Player One,” scheduled for release inMarch, 2018.  Upcoming shows from Amblin TV include the 5th season of the Emmy nominated series, “The Americans” on FX and “Five Came Back” which will premiere on Netflix on March 31, 2017.  Current shows include the top-rated new drama of the season, “Bull,” airing on CBS.
 
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