Starring: Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Dean Jones
Directed by: Brian Levant
Running time: 87 minutes
Release date: 26 June 2017
Beethoven is known throughout the world as a German composer, pianist, famous for his music hundreds of years later. Now the second most famous Beethoven is coming to Blu-ray from Fabulous Films on 26 June 2017.
As anyone that remembers the 1982 film, Beethoven is a 185lb St Bernard dog, who is clumsy and disastrous, but loyal, lovable and adorable.
As a puppy, Beethoven is stolen from a pet shop by unscrupulous dognappers in the dead of night but manages to escape. He wanders into the home of the Newtons and decides to adopt the family, against the wishes of George Newton (Charles Grodin). His wife (Bonnie Hunt) and their 3 children persuade him to keep the dog.
Beethoven is loved by all the family, except the uptight George, and Beethoven loves and protects them all. But as all puppies do, he grew up into an enormous 185lb monster of a dog.
When a vet (Dean Jones) is approached to run a test that requires a large dog as a test subject, he sets his eyes on Beethoven. The only person who can possibly save him is George.
Charles Grodin is perfect as the uptight dad. Bonnie Hunt and David Duchovny are excellent, as are the children, especially the youngest Sarah Rose Karr. Dean Jones is also great as the villain of the piece. Last but not least, Beethoven the dog is just fantastic.
Beethoven is a film that has been enjoyed by families for 25 years and it is still great. Fun and heart-warming, children and adults can enjoy it all over again on Blu-ray. If you remember the film from the first time around, you will love it again. If you have never seen it before, you will enjoy this family favourite.
RRP: £14.99 (Blu-ray)
Disclosure: I was provided with a free copy of this DVD for the purposes of writing a review. My review is honest and impartial.