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Blu-ray Review: Clifford the Big Red Dog

February 1, 2022

By John Corrado

Clifford the Big Red Dog, which is being released on Blu-ray today from Paramount, is a surprisingly decent live action family film that brings Norman Bridwell’s classic series of children’s books about the adventures of a young girl and her big red dog to life.

The film stars Darby Camp as Emily Elizabeth, a lonely middle schooler who feels out of place and could use a friend. She finds one when a magical older man named Mr. Bridwell (John Cleese) introduces her to a bright red puppy, who grows to be ten feet tall overnight.

I actually found myself somewhat pleasantly surprised by Clifford the Big Red Dog when I saw it in theatres. Sure, the story is inherently predictable, and there is a lot of broad humour as it essentially turns into a madcap chase movie with Emily Elizabeth and her Uncle Casey (Jack Whitehall) running around New York City trying to protect Clifford from a mad scientist (Tony Hale) who wants to run experiments on him.

But the film coasts by thanks to a decent amount of heart and charm, with winsome performances from Camp and Whitehall, and an endearing big red dog at its centre. It’s a fairly enjoyable family movie that I think will find even more of an audience at home with its wide, all-ages appeal.

For more on the film itself, you can read my full review of Clifford the Big Red Dog right here.

Bonus Features (Blu-ray):

The Blu-ray comes with a handful of bonus featurettes and deleted scenes. A code for a digital copy is also included in the package, which ships with a non-embossed slipcover.

Part of the Pack (6 minutes, 34 seconds): Members of the cast and crew talk about their characters, the story, and the messages of the film.

Acting is for the Dogs (3 minutes, 20 seconds): Looks at shooting the film with a ten-foot, two-person puppet standing in for the animated Clifford on set as reference for the actors.

The Magic of Bridwell (7 minutes, 11 seconds): A nice overview of the history behind author and illustrator Norman Bridwell’s original Clifford books published by Scholastic, and how they paid tribute to him through John Cleese’s character.

Tips & Tricks for Taking Care of a 10-Foot Dog (2 minutes, 28 seconds): A short “guide” on how to care for your own giant pet, built around clips from the film.

Deleted Scenes (2 minutes, 50 seconds)

Dr. Russ (17 seconds)

Searching for Bridwell (56 seconds)

Animal Blessings (1 minute, 35 seconds)

Clifford the Big Red Dog is a Paramount Home Entertainment release. It’s 97 minutes and rated G.

Street Date: February 1st, 2022

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