The premise to both movies is pretty much the same: super-intelligent Labrador retrieverescapes from government lab and is pursued by evil Sasquatch/ape monster that kills anyone thedog comes near (the two are telepathically linked, you see). In the first movie, the dog hooksup with Corey Haim. In the second, with Marc Singer. The results are odd, rather like OldYeller meets Predator: Disney animal scenes mixed with eye-gougings. None of thisis particularly go…d, but it isn’t boring either.
Unimpressive 2.0 audio, particularly on the first movie. The sound is very much concentratedon the front speakers, and is already rather thin and buzzy. What comes out of the rearspeakers is often just hiss and distortion. Even the music sounds thin. A massive explosion inthe opening scene, which would have been a prime opportunity for a good surround boom, goeswasted.
Artisan’s budget horror releases seem to be plague by poor video lately, and this disc is noexception. The fullscreen picture is grainy, very soft, and sometimes pulses in and out of focus.There’s at least once instance of pixellation on the lower half of the screen as well. The coloursare okay, but a bit pale. In Watchers II, red-hued lab scenes are simply atrocious in theirgrain, not to mention the fact that the picture seems to be breaking down into digital blocks.
The movies pass the time, and have their amusing look-how-clever-the-dog-is moments.Picture quality and sound, however, are very substandard.