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Must Love Dogs DVD (2005)

After so much buzz for her Oscar-nominated turn in Unfaithful, Diane Lane has struggled to find a hit. Romantic "fluff-fest" Must Love Dogs is another pooper that finds her falling in love with John Cusack after a bitter divorce. It got a lukewarm reaction from both critics and moviegoers, but Lane still isn't short of work, which proves there's life in the old dog yet. (We mean that in a nice way.)

Dog Tired

Eight-and-a-half minutes of additional scenes include a testimonial in the vein of When Harry Met Sally by actor Sam Lloyd (best known as Ted in TV's Scrubs). Of course it's much less funny than When Harry Met Sally. It's not that Lloyd doesn't know how to deliver a line, but he hasn't got much to work with as he waffles about his dating dilemma, ie "I'm gonna bring her home and the first thing my mom will say is, 'She's a caribou."

Must Love Dogs DVD

In a lethargic commentary for this deleted footage, writer/director Gary David Goldberg explains that the last thing he cut was a scene where Christopher Plummer (playing dad) gives Lane some dating tips. Apparently test audiences grew impatient watching it, because Cusack had yet to come into the story.

Barking

There's a one-minute gag reel but we won't give away the punch line, partly because it's so lame. However, let's just say it involves a mad cow, a joint of beef and an unsuspecting Cusack. Altogether, these extras hardly make for a beefy package. A trailer winds things up for the DVD equivalent of a primped poodle - fluffy and annoying.

EXTRA FEATURES

  • Eight minutes of additional scenes with optional commentary by writer/director Gary David Goldberg
  • Pass The Beef gag reel
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Technical Information

    REGION SOUND MENUS RATIO
    2 Dolby Digital 5.1 Animated, with music 2.35:1 (anamorphic)
    CHAPTERS SUBTITLES AUDIO TRACKS
    24 English, Arabic, Danish, Finnish, German, Hebrew, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish English
    CAPTIONS EXTRAS SUBTITLES CERTIFICATE
    English The special features are subtitled. 12

    End Credits

    Director: Gary David Goldberg

    Writer: Gary David Goldberg

    Stars: Diane Lane, John Cusack, Dermot Mulroney, Elizabeth Perkins, Christopher Plummer, Stockard Channing

    Genre: Comedy, Romance

    Length: 74 minutes

    Cinema: 16 September 2005

    DVD: 06 February 2006

    Country: USA