WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

All Dogs Go To Heaven 2

Reviewed In Issue 22 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
The Voices Of Charlie Sheen, Sheena Easton, Ernest Borgnine, Dom DeLuise, George Hearn, Bebe Neuwirth & Adam Wylie

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM
(Catalog Number): ML105491
(MPAA Rating): G
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 83
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 8/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Paul Sabella & Larry Leker
(Screenplay/Written By): Arne Olsen, Kelly Ward & Mark Young
(Story): Mark Young & Kelly Ward
(Music): Mark Walters
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(Production Designer): Deane Taylor
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(Editor): NA
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Paul Sabella, Jonathan Dern, Kelly Ward & Mark Young

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.82:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital Surround
(Theatrical Sound): DTS Digital Sound
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
All Dogs Go To Heaven 2 is the musical animated sequel to the family original. The story finds our canine hero Charlie (voiced by Charlie Sheen) in dog Heaven—literally—where he should be enjoying his afterlife. At heart he’s a con-mutt and he’s decided that, though his reward may be in Heaven, it’s a lot more fun on Earth. Charlie gets his chance at a return trip to Earth when Gabriel’s horn is stolen and falls from Heaven, and Charlie is sent to retrieve it. If the horn falls into the paws of the foul feline Red (voiced by George Hearn), he’ll use it to ensure that all dogs (and their souls) will be stuck on Devil’s Island. Reunited with his old dachshund pal Itchy (voiced by Dom DeLuise), Charlie begins his mission and is soon joined by a beautiful and sexy chanteuse pooch named Miss Sasha La Fleur (voiced by Sheena Easton) and a young human runaway named David (voiced by Adam Wylie). Charlie proves to be more worthy of his wings than even he imagined as he battles Red and the traitorous bulldog Carface (voiced by Ernest Borgnine) to regain the precious horn and save Heaven.

LaserDisc Picture:
While the rendering is not in the distinctive style of the Disney animation features, some sequences are visually appealing. The picture is matted at 1.82:1. The picture is rendered in muted and pastel colors in the heaven scenes and rich and vibrant colors in the scenes on Earth. Blacks are deep and solid and the picture exhibits excellent contrast with images that are sharp and detailed. Minor artifacts are apparent but otherwise the picture is noiseless.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is delightful and effectively uses the split surround capability of the 5.1 discrete format to deliver aggressive surround envelopment. The music is terrific and a reminder of the best cartoon scores. Beautifully recorded, the sound is expansive and dynamic. Even the ADR-dialogue is effectively balanced. The differences between matrix and discrete are subtle, though the discrete’s .1 bass and dimension is better.
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