Man’s Best Friend (1993) (Blu-ray Review)
DIRECTED BY: John Lafia
STARRING: Ally Sheedy, Lance Henriksen, Fredric Lehne
RATED: R/REGION A/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Scream Factory
Pulse-pounding action and spine-chilling thrills put the bite into this sci-fi shocker starring Ally Sheedy (X-Men: Apocalypse, The Breakfast Club) and Lance Henriksen (Pumpkinhead, Aliens). When an ambitious news journalist (Sheedy) breaks into a genetic research facility, she uncovers the biggest story of her career and unleashes the lab’s most dangerous experiment: Max – a genetically enhanced guard dog with a vicious killer instinct. Superior sight, hearing, strength, and intelligence make him faster, stronger, and smarter than almost any other animal alive – and deadlier. Without the neuropathic drugs needed to curb his aggressive nature, his predatory urge runs out of control … and once he tastes blood, nothing can stop him.
Before I even get started on 1993’s Man’s Best Friend here, let me just take a moment to talk about how awful the cover for this movie is. Yes, that is the original artwork for the movie and thank God Scream Factory did give us a reverse cover because that is an eye-sore if there ever was one. Now, on to the actual movie that most of you probably saw in Friday when Craig’d daddy was watching it on TV. Basically, we have a snooping reporter and her friend sneaking into a lab to see just what is going on. They find lots of odd stuff but end up having to run and taking a dog named Max with them. She doesn’t know what Max can really do but the dude doing the lab work on him played by Lance Henriksen does and gives chase as the dog starts doing more and more evil things. I also want to point out that Lance Henriksen seems to be on his last care here as he makes his way through this one. At times he seems to be giving it a little too much and at times seems to be hardly giving it a thing. The dog in question probably is worthy of some sorta doggy Oscar for his work here.
Funny things happen, violent things happen, and the dog even finds time to have sex with a female dog. Some scenes of which comes with some surprisingly bloody moments. If nothing else we have a movie here with some good effects and gore work. Honestly, you can barely tell when the real dog is being switched out for whatever fake prop version of him they had in the movie. The rest of everything is watchable but still just sort of there most of the time. The ending is still kind of fun regardless of whatever else you might think about the movie as a whole. But man, what an awful movie cover huh? You get a new 2K scan here and you get a new audio commentary with director John Lafia. This isn’t anywhere near the level of Cujo, but I like I said before it still remains watchable.
– NEW 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements
– NEW Audio Commentary With Writer/Director John Lafia
– Theatrical Trailer
– Teaser Trailer
– TV Spots
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 94%