After FOX released such an arguably "great" film like "MARLEY AND ME," it's just really sad to find them willing to tie their new straight to blu-ray release, "MARLEY AND ME: THE PUPPY YEARS" in any way to the great film. Even being targeted at the youngest audiences, made obvious by the ridiculous idea of having the dogs talk with horrid CGI, and far too many "fart" jokes(not kidding!), isn't the worst thing about this release. But, just the idea of trying to make some kind of tie to the original film, just feels really shameful. They couldn't have just released it with another crappy title built on a crappy FOX film?
The main characters from the first film have been conveniently written out of this as being out of town due to the job, meaning their young dog, "MARLEY," is under the care of a a poorly stereotyped teen named "Bodi." Bodi's mom, another cliche, is busy with work, leaving room for his grandfather, an ex-marine, to fill the void with potential humorous scenarios, eg. getting his dentures stolen by the dog, etc. It's just awful!!! As bad as the storyline is, the intrusion of the dog speaking, let alone all the other pets being able to talk(really!)is just annoying throughout. "MARLEY AND ME: THE PUPPY YEARS" is easily one of the worst blu-ray titles of 2011! While some(7 and younger) may enjoy it, the abundance of farting would likely negate the otherwise harmless attempts at humor targeting them.
FOX has provided a 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this AVC MPEG-4 1080p blu-ray release. While never coming close to the perfection of the original film in even its image, what's presented is adequate for HD. Colors are natural throughout. Depth is typically impressive, although there are a number of scenes appearing flat. Detail varies in quality, particularly in darker scenes due to uneven contrast.
FOX has provided a DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix. While surrounds are rarely utilized, there are sporadic ambient effects. The front soundstage is where most of the discrete effects are focused and dialogue is always intelligible and free of distortion. Nothing remarkable here, but at least it's not as awful as the film.
A featurette, needless behind-the-scenes footage and a short cast featurette(all in HD)are included as extras.BLECH!