Country Bears

The Country Bears

5.0 3
Director: Peter Hastings

Cast: Christopher Walken, Stephen Tobolowsky, Daryl Mitchell

     
 
The Country Bears comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by director Peter Hastings and the characters Ted and Zeb, a music video, karaoke capabilities, a

Overview

The Country Bears comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by director Peter Hastings and the characters Ted and Zeb, a music video, karaoke capabilities, a television special featuring the Bears, and a mockumentary about them as well. This is a fine family friendly release from Disney/Buena Vista.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Paws down, The Country Bears is the best live-action comedy ever based on a Disney theme-park attraction -- a sweet, cleverly cast surprise that's a subversively funny cross between The Jerk and The Blues Brothers. Taking its cue from the Disneyland original, the film relies on costumed characters rather than ursine computer-generation. Haley Joel Osment is the voice of Beary Berrington, a cub who worships the Country Bears, a legendary band that broke up a decade earlier following its "Hiber Nation" tour. When Beary, who has been adopted by humans, leaves home to find his birth parents, his pilgrimage takes him to venerable Country Bear Hall, the venue where his beloved band got their start. Discovering that it's about to be destroyed by a banker (a hilarious Christopher Walken) with a surprising old score to settle, Beary has an inspiration: reunite the long-estranged Country Bears for a benefit concert that will save their former stomping grounds. The film boasts a honey of a soundtrack: John Hiatt, Bonnie Raitt, and Don Henley all lend their voices, and Brian Setzer participates in a "Devil Went Down to Georgia"-type battle of the bands. From slapstick comedy to sly and surreal humor, The Country Bears is all-ages fun.
All Movie Guide
Don't believe the critics. With songs by John Hiatt, vocals by Hiatt, Don Henley, and Bonnie Raitt, and appearances by Christopher Walken, Queen Latifah, and rockabilly hero Brian Setzer, The Country Bears is far hipper than the animatronic troupe of fuzz balls from the old Disneyland theme show. The fantasy story plays out like a fur-covered The Commitments, with a bright dose of the old "let's put on a show" plot twist, but the young target audience won't find the familiar story line tiresome in the least, and parents will be relieved to see the Bears have soul, not just in their tunes but also in their intentions as well. Only the crustiest curmudgeon will complain that none of the humans in the film question the fact that the bears talk, walk upright, wear clothing, and can play guitar. This warm and fuzzy winner was drummed out of theaters by tepid reviews (a situation which unfortunately may preclude sequels), but the small screen at home may be the best place to watch this anyway. The Country Bears deserves an audience.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/17/2002
UPC:
0786936202137
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
22,953

Special Features

Closed Caption; Director's commentary with special guests Ted and Zeb; The Country Bears: Out of the Woods" featurette; Music video MixMaster Jamboree; The Country Bears Concert for America (ABC Special); Sing-along viewing option; Krystal music video; Dolby digital 5.1 surround sound; THX-certified; Fullscreen (1.33:1); French language track

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher Walken Reed Thimple
Stephen Tobolowsky Norbert Barrington
Daryl Mitchell Officer Hamm
M.C. Gainey Roadie
Diedrich Bader Officer Cheets,Ted Bedderhead
Alex Rocco Rip Holland
Meagen Fay Mrs. Barrington
Eli Marienthal Dex Barrington
Queen Latifah Cha-Cha
Krystal Harris Herself
Don Henley Himself
Wyclef Jean Himself
Elton John Himself
Willie Nelson Himself
Bonnie Raitt Herself
Brian Setzer Himself
Don Was HImself
Xzibit Xzibit
Haley Joel Osment Beary Barrington
Candy Ford Trixie St. Clair
James Gammon Big Al
Brad Garrett Fred Bedderhead
Toby Huss Tennessee O'Neal
Kevin Richardson Henry Dixon Taylor
Stephen Root Zeb Zoober
Richard Kind Actor
Charles S. Dutton Actor
John Hiatt Actor

Technical Credits
Peter Hastings Director
C. Mitchell Amundsen Cinematographer
Maria Baker Art Director
Dan Bishop Production Designer
George Bowers Editor
Jeffrey Chernov Producer
Nora Felder Musical Direction/Supervision
Mary Finn Set Decoration/Design
Seth Flaum Editor
Andrew Gunn Producer
John Hiatt Songwriter
Kathe Klopp Set Decoration/Design
Ruth Lambert Casting
Steve Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Perez Screenwriter
John G. Scotti Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Genevieve Tyrrell Costumes/Costume Designer
Christopher Young Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits/Who Am I Different?
2. We Gotta Save Country Bear Hall
3. Hitting the Road
4. Picking Up Fred & Zeb
5. Keeping the Dream Alive
6. The Chase Is On
7. Finding Trixie
8. What About Ted?
9. Beary Comes Home
10. To the Rescue
11. The Big Show
12. Artist Interviews/End Credits

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The Country Bears 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie has a lot to offer: comedy, love, and romance. it's a great movie for kids and family. i am 15, and i think this movie is both moving and inspiring to anyone. if you follow your dreams, you can do anything! Beary proved that in this movie. it is a must-see!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was so awsome! I love it! Its got Comedy, Romance, and its defiantly a family movie. This movie was incredable!