Arctic Dogs

Featured In Issue 249, April/May 2020

WSR Score3
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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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Some mile action and rude humor
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Aaron Woodley & Dimos Vrysellas
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"Arctic Dogs" follows the hilarious misadventures of Swifty the Arctic Fox (Renner), who stumbles upon a dark scheme by the villainous Otto Von Watrus (Cleese) to melt the Arctic. To stop this sinister plot, Swifty enlists the help of his ragtag group of friends: PB (Baldwin), a neurotic polar bear; Lemmy (Franco), a scatterbrained albatross; Jade Fox (Klum), a brainy engineer; Leopold (Sy) and Bertha (Klum), two conspiracy theorists otters; and Magda (Huston, his grouchy boss. (Gary Reber)

There are no special features.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was animated digitally and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The animation is basic and generally lacking in complexity and nuance. Color fidelity is excellent with nicely saturated hues with the occasional pop. Of course, being an Arctic backdrop, white levels predominate with snow galore. Contrast is excellent. Black levels are deep and shadow delineation is decent. White bright levels are strong. Resolution is good and at times fine detail is nicely rendered. This is a generally good visual experience that will captivate young people. (Gary Reber_

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused, and, of course, ADR vocalized. Dialogue is clean and articulate, but rather forward-sounding. The orchestral and pop score is quite active as a background sound element and occupies a wide and deep soundstage that extends to envelop the soundfield. Sound effects and Foley comprise major support. Fidelity is excellent. Deep bass provides occasional emphasis. At times, surrounds are directionalized with dialogue. Overall, this is a decent soundtrack that is effectively crafted. (Gary Reber)