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Reviewed November 10th, 1999 by Staff


Boys and their toys what could be a more warm or heart filled movie. What if toys actually played back, were fully interactive and could learn? This is the beginning of DreamWorks newest title Called Small Soldiers. Gregory Smith plays Alan Abernathy the son of a toy storeowner. Alan tries to make some money for his father by purchasing these new toys. Soon the toys are on the loose and havoc reigns. Some of the toys were voiced over my some famous people including Tommy Lee Jones and Denis Leary. The whole family can enjoy this comical movie of what could be the future of toys!

The transfer is anamorphic widescreen in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. This has to be one of the clear films on DVD. The colors are vibrant and the darks are dead on black. No hints of grain or artifacting can be seen. This signature selection proves that DreamWorks can really put out a great looking DVD.

The audio is no less outstanding then the video. You are presented with a slew of audio options. English is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and is captioned. The Spanish soundtrack is Dolby Surround and is subtitled. The French track is also Dolby Surround and again includes subtitles. The audio is crystal clear and won't need you to crank your receiver in order to get plenty of bang for your buck. All channels of the 5.1 mix are very active. You will find yourself immersed in a 3D realm of sound that pulls you quickly into the movie.

You are also treated to several nice extras. They include Behind-The-Scenes Featurette, Deleted Scenes, a Game Demo, Production notes, cast & Filmmakers' Bios, and Theatrical Trailers. Overall a great job by DreamWorks, but expect to pay a small premium. The MSRP on this title is 34.95, but you should be able to pick it up for under 15 at any of the many fine Internet stores. This is an outstanding film with some innovative special effects and a unique story line that is fun for the whole family! Add this to your collection today!


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