For the Love of Benji (1977) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Joe Camp
Starring: Benji, Patsy Garrett, Cynthia Smith, Ed Nelson
Rated: G/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Mill Creek Entertainment
Benji’s back in this second hit from writer-director Joe Camp! Benji’s family is en route to a vacation in Greece when a fellow passenger “borrows” Benji for just long enough to tattoo a mysterious message on his paw. Separated from the family in Athens, Benji finds himself on the run from an assortment of international spies seeking an energy scientist, who has been working on a secret formula.
Mill Creek has followed up their nice Blu-ray release of Benji with its sequel, For the Love of Benji and this release gets the same love as the original. Yes, that means this one also comes with a slipcase as well. While as our first film was more or less just seeing a cute little dog run around a town causing funny stuff to happen, we’ve upped the ante a little more this time around with the second Benji film. This little dog finds its self in all sorts of trouble this time as it gets mixed up with some bad people, one of which being a bad agent. All this happens when Benji gets a code tattooed on his paw and becomes the focus of a lot of people while he’s lost in Athens. So he’s doing his thing all the while trying to find his way back to his owners. It’s fun stuff if you’re a kid, but we at least have more of a plot if you are an adult as well.
I happen to find Benji movies about as harmless as they come. They make for good clean fun for the whole family and this time around it at least offers up a lot more going on that actually leads to somewhere than in the also fun original movie. From a Blu-ray side of things, you’ll find the transfer on this movie to be right up there with some of the best releases we’ve seen from Mill Creek. The movie looks good in HD with nice color and details, probably even better than the original Benji movie in this format. We’ve also got some extras to go along with things as well. The highlight being an audio commentary with the director and his son. If you dig Benji, you’ll also dig this release of this movie.
– New Audio Commentary with Director Joe Camp and son Brandon Camp
– Benji at the Marineland
– The Double McGuffin
Quality of Transfer: 93%