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My Dog

Docurama // 2009 // 50 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Brett Cullum // May 27th, 2010

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All Rise...

Judge Brett Cullum thinks dogs rule and cats drool. Just don't tell his kitty!

The Charge

Forget about Babies, this is way cuter!

The Case

My Dog is a documentary filled with celebrities talking about the one relationship they know is unconditional and true—the bond they have with their canine companions. Ever wondered if Glenn Close from 101 Dalmatians loves her puppies? Well wonder no more; they are spoiled and in no danger of being turned into coats. There's a surprising number of luminaries here that are willing to talk openly about their dogs including: Cindy Adams, Edward Albee, Richard Belzer, Glenn Close, Richard Gere, Didi Conn (Grease), Edie Falco, Christopher Meloni, Isaac Mizrahi, the late Lynn Redgrave, Greg Louganis, and many others. They show a surprising candor in admitting how crazy they all are about dogs, and why not? This is a safe topic that nobody is going to protest. Who doesn't love a sloppy wet kiss from a schnauzer? Of course the real point of all this love and attention is to make you consider rescuing a dog or two from a shelter, and that's easy enough to convince people to get behind. The only way any of this could ever offend you is if you are a dreaded "cat person."

Docurama's DVD presentation is a simple competent transfer married with just a few deleted sequences for good measure. All in all it's perfectly fine for a feature that clocks in just under an hour and one that has no snazzy effects or dramatic lighting. The deleted stuff clocks in at seventeen minutes, and includes more interviews and an explanation of why the film was made. This is simply a disc that would be at home at an animal shelter or in the home of an animal lover. If the idea of Richard Gere telling you that he meditates with his pooch makes you squee a little bit, then this is a great DVD for you to check out. It's simply an hour about a topic most people find irresistible—balls of fur that bark and give kisses. The catch here though is we get to see this all told from famous people who look at their dogs as confidants and the one true relationship they can always count on.

The Verdict

Guilty of playing fetch with cute clips.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 81

Perp Profile

Studio: Docurama
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Subtitles:
• None
Running Time: 50 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genre:
• Documentary

Distinguishing Marks

• Deleted Scenes
• Biographies

Accomplices

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