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Eight Below

Esteemed director/producer Frank Marshall (director on "Alive," producer on "Raiders Of The Lost Ark") successfully retools a story suggested by the Japanese movie "Nankyoku Monogatari" ("Antarctica"). At a bottom-of-the-world U.S. National Science Research Base in Antarctica, resident guide Jerry Shepard (Paul Walker – "2 Fast 2 Furious") cares for his prized team of 8 sled dogs—6 Huskies and 2 Malamutes. The dogs’ remarkable acting abilities admirably serve the bulk of the movie after a severe blizzard sends Jerry and his research team comrades on an evacuation that necessarily leaves the dogs behind to fend for themselves. Special features include a commentary track with director Frank Marshall and producer Pat Crowley, a commentary track with Paul Walker and director of photography Don Burgess, a making-of featurette, and five deleted scenes. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1, with sound quality processed in Dolby Digital 5.1. (Movie – Four Stars, DVD features – Three Stars) Rated PG, 120 mins. (Disney)

July 1, 2006 in Drama | Permalink