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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Benji: Off the Leash!' (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital)
(Nick Whitaker, Nate Bynum, Chris Kendrick, Randall Newsome, et al / Blu-ray+DVD+Digital / PG / (2004) 2018 / Mill Creek Entertainment)

Overview: Three unlikely, unsuspecting souls who come face-to-face with that moment in their lives when they must stand and be counted.

For Sheldon, it's difficult because he doesn't appear to be the brightest guy in the world (although he might be the funniest). For Colby, it's even more difficult because he's only 14 years old, and up against enormous odds.

For Benji, it's almost impossible - because, after all, he's just a dog, lost and alone, with nothing but a belligerent bird and a bungling stray mutt to help!

Blu-ray Verdict: This is a good old fashioned family movie about a boy and a dog, and of course, like all shaggy dog tales, the mutt is the star.

Celebrity dog Rexxx (note the x's) chucks in his glamorous poodle-filled life to become a house dog, the only fringe benefits being that he can chase the fire-engine and investigate a lot of hydrants.

He adopts a young boy named Benji, who is rather unwilling at first, but after some aerial acrobatics, a few search and rescues and a lot of canine flatulence, Benji finally gets around to appreciating Rexxx; even though he mistakenly believes his name to be Dewey.

"Dewey" soon rises to the rank of mascot, and is duly appreciated by the humans, especially the inhabitants of the Dogpatch Dog Kennel, who although friendly enough, don't seem to be the sharpest tools in the shed.

There are two other stories filling out the movie, one being the relationship between Benji and his feline father, and the other being the mystery of the curiously contagious conflagrations in the Dogpatch area.

Corny and cheesy in places, but never whiny, this is a movie you can watch with small kids (your teenagers may be otherwise occupied), but as you will see, the star of this movie is undoubtedly the hot mutt!

In closing, and just to sum things up, 'Benji: Off the Leash!' tells the story of two dogs - neither of which is named Benji - a smart-aleck boy named Colby, his sociopath father, his mentally withdrawn mother, a nutty old guy who talks to himself (and dogs, to a degree that seems unhealthy), and two bumbling dog catchers with hearts of gold! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

All-New Widescreen HD Restoration!
Audio Commentary with Director, Producer, Composer & Editor
Behind the Scenes Featurette