Beethoven

Beethoven

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Director: Brian Levant

Cast: Brian Levant, Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Dean Jones

     
 

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The family comedy Beethoven comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but this disc should satisfy those looking for family friendly viewing fare.See more details below

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The family comedy Beethoven comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but this disc should satisfy those looking for family friendly viewing fare.

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Don't be confused by the numerous sequels; Brian Levant's Beethoven is no classic. In fact, its only classic element is the classical composer referenced in the title. Otherwise, Beethoven is just a collection of cornball moments and clichéd scenes from other family movies in which a cute kid begs "Can I keep him, Dad? Can I?" As the paterfamilias du jour, Charles Grodin seems to have been hired solely for his ability to contort his face into exaggerated shock and frustration. The fact that the titular dog is Dennis the Menace to his Mr. Wilson gets old after about a scene and a half. Playing his wife, the terrific comic actor Bonnie Hunt seems embarrassed to be involved with such obvious humor and reheated conventions. Those who should really be embarrassed are screenwriters John Hughes (under the pseudonym Edmond Dantes) and Amy Holden Jones. When they're not dwelling in the obvious, they're trafficking in the preposterous. The primary dramatic conflict involves a malevolent veterinarian (Dean Jones), who wants to steal Beethoven so he can use him for black market animal testing. See, the vet wants Beethoven for his "large skull," so he can determine the splatter capacity (not in so many words) of a certain type of handgun. Besides the fact that this is way too dark for children, it's absurd that the villain would fixate on this one dog, since there should be many available avenues for acquiring test subjects that don't involve stealing them from nuclear families. Beethoven's greatest curiosity may be its early appearances by future stars: David Duchovny and Patricia Heaton as insufferable businesspeople, and Stanley Tucci and Oliver Platt as bumbling henchmen. Having been instructed by Levant to chew the scenery, they must have been truly relieved when they were cast in their next roles.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2002
UPC:
0025192002724
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
21,595

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Grodin George Newton
Bonnie Hunt Alice Newton
Dean Jones Dr. Varnick
Oliver Platt Harvey
Nicholle Tom Ryce Newton
Christopher Castile Ted Newton
Stanley Tucci Vernon
Sarah Rose Karr Emily Newton
David Duchovny Brad
Patricia Heaton Brie
David Cale Actor
Steve Jacobs Actor
Laurel Cronin Devonia Peet
O-Lan Jones Biker Woman
Nancy Fish Miss Grundel
Craig Pinkard Homeless Man
Sherri Paysinger Reporter
Patrick LaBrecque 1st Bully
Matthew Brooks 3rd Bully
Cory Danziger Mark's Friend
Maxine Hicks Old Woman
Melora Walters Maria
Holly Wortell 2nd Nurse
Joseph Gordon-Levitt 1st Student

Technical Credits
Brian Levant Director
Charles William Breen Art Director
Edmond Dantes Screenwriter
Randy Edelman Score Composer
Gary Fettis Set Decoration/Design
William D. Gordean Editor
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael J. Gross Producer
Amy Jones Screenwriter
Sheldon Kahn Associate Producer,Editor
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
Joe Medjuck Producer
Ivan Reitman Executive Producer
Gary Ross Screenwriter
Alex Tavoularis Production Designer
Stan Tropp Set Decoration/Design
Gordon A. Webb Co-producer
Charles Wilborn Musical Direction/Supervision

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter List
1. Main Titles: The Purloined Pup [1:16]
2. A New Family [4:51]
3. Name That Dog [4:51]
4. Roll Over, Beethoven [4:51]
5. Breakfast With The Newtons [2:24]
6. A Day In The Life [6:41]
7. The Family Helper [1:31]
8. In Bed With Beethoven [:04]
9. The Dognapping Doctor [3:06]
10. Beethoven The Baby Sitter [3:11]
11. The Dog Closes The Deal [3:48]
12. Dangerous [5:55]
13. Put Down [4:59]
14. The Newtons To The Rescue [4:22]
15. The Dognappers Done In [2:23]
16. Good Night, Beethoven! (end Titles) [3:39]

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