Written by: George Pacheco on February 18th, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1976
Director: Burt Brinckerhoff
Writer: O’Brian Tomalin
Cast: David McCallum, George Wyner, Sandra McCabe
DVD Release Date: March 11th 2014
Approximate Running Time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Scorpion Releasing
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
This home video release from Scorpion Releasing of the 1976 release of Dogs is a fun throwback to the “animals attack” pictures popular during this decade, owing its stylistic debt to such films as Jaws, Grizzly and Day of the Animals.
Director Burt Brinckerhoff and Co. have a comparatively free hand with the blood here on Dogs, however, showing each scene of canine carnage with increasingly gore and violence. This aspect of the film-combined with the straight faced seriousness with which the crew adhere to writer O’Brian Tomalin’s script of dogs gone berserk-makes Dogs an example of the “killer animal” genre film which probably deserved better during its original, brief theatrical run.
Granted, Dogs does have this “T.V. movie” feel when it comes to flat performances from some of the amateur actors involved, yet the experience of Man From U.N.C.L.E. star David McCallum and future Spaceballs star George Wyner make up for it, despite McCallum’s ridiculous hippie haircut. The cinematography of Robert Steadman is of a similarly professional gauge, ensuring that Dogs looks great throughout, while presenting some scenes which are, in all honesty, better photographed than they even need to be for a drive in picture such as Dogs.
Scorpion Releasing presents Dogs in an anamorphic widescreen presentation which preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. Colors looks great and sound is clear throughout, while the extras menu contains an informative featurette, packed with humorous anecdotes about the film’s challenging production. Overall, Dogs receives a solid presentation from Scorpion Releasing.