Red Dog True Blue DVD Reviewed By Jon E Clist

The Premise
An iconic Australian story of family, friendship and adventure, between a young boy and a scrappy one-of-a-kind dog that would grow up to become an Australian legend.

The Review
I loved the first Red Dog film and yes since I turned 40 I have become very much a dog person. I guess I always liked dogs but in getting my first one at an older age it certainly changed my perception a lot. Red Dog is a bit of a tear jerker and its prequel follows suit. It is a little weird as you already know he will survive because it is set before the other one and so Red Dog True Blue relies more heavily on the relationships formed between a boy and a dog. Perhaps that is what makes this film a little more challenging emotionally than the original.

The cast is very recognisable but it does take you a little while to figure out where you may have seen them and even how there are loose connections between them. Jason Issacs once played Hook/Mr. Darling in the 2003 version of Peter Pan while Levi Miller recently played Peter Pan in Pan. That was the one that I really struggled to connect the dots on. So familiar and yet couldn’t put my finger on it. Both actors play the same character in True Blue but at different times and they both do a great job of bringing the emotional flavour to the story.

Of course, while the original Red Dog film was built around a stack of truth relating to the legend of the Red Dog, this film is a little less focused on re-telling a legend and instead creating a new tale to enjoy. This kind of means that the films makers don’t need to get bogged down in respecting the legend side of things and really only need to make sure that it would flow well enough into the first film from a storyline point of view. They certainly achieve that perfectly.

I am not too sure what else I can say about the film other than the outback of Australia is so beautifully featured here and that makes it visually a lovely film to watch. When you add that into a solid story with a good amount of humour and you have got a really nice family film to share in. You might be interested in know that the dog who played Red Dog in the first film is no longer around so new dogs needed to be found and they really did do a great job in finding some pooches with loads of character…

The Verdict
An extremely good family film option that brings together some comedy, drama and some good old life lessons about family and friendship.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 7th June 2017
Rating: PG – Contains coarse language
Duration: 89 minutes 
Genre:  Family
Starring: Jason Isaacs, Levi Miller, Hanna Mangan Lawrence and Bryan Brown
Director: Kriv Stenders (Red Dog)

The Extras
Prequel to the 2011 Red Dog movie

Nicholas Hamilton (Captain Fantastic, Strangerland) auditioned for the role of 'Mick'.