Marley & Me

Featured In Issue 140, May/June 2009

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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Based on the book by John Grogan, Marley & Me is a tale about a family who learns important life lessons from their adorable, but naughty and neurotic dog. John and Jenny Groan (Wilson & Aniston) are a young couple contemplating the decision to have a baby. Then came Marley, an adorable Labrador pup who flunks obedience school and quickly turn his new home into a disaster area. Marley sees the Grogans through the ups and downs of life and the countless challenges that come with it. During their time with Marley, the Grogans come to realize that "the world's worst dog" truly brings out the best in them. (Gary Reber)

Special features on the Blu-ray Disc™ include 19 deleted scenes with optional audio commentary with the director (HD 25:58); five featurettes: Finding Marley (HD 07:48), Breaking The Golden Rule (HD 08:02), On The Set With Marley: Dog Of All Trades (HD 02:36), Animal Adoption (HD 05:09), and When Not To Pee (HD 02:17); a gag reel (HD 05:40); a dog-training trivia Bonus View picture-in-picture track; plus up-front previews. Disc Two contains the DVD edition of the film, and Disc Three contains a digital copy of the film.

The 2.35:1 1080p AVC picture quality is very natural in appearance, with no really outstanding or striking imagery. Fleshtones are perfectly natural throughout. Contrast is well balanced. Colors are nicely saturated, with pleasant hues. Overall, this is a pleasant picture that nicely supports the storytelling. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is conventionally produced, relying heavily on production sound and ADR. Dialogue is wanting in spatial integration and is generally disconnected with the scenes. The soundfield is frontal oriented, with atmospheric sound effects mainly limited to the front channels, with occasional surround envelopment. The music score is nicely recorded, with a wide soundstage that spreads to provide surround envelopment. But there is no soundfield consistency, with the sound primarily focused in the front channels. This is basically a mediocre soundtrack experience but serviceable for the story. (Gary Reber)