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'Alpha & Omega: Family Vacation' [DVD + Digital]
(Ben Diskin, Kate Higgins, Dee Dee Greene, et al / DVD / NR / 2015 / LGF)

Overview: Pack up for a howlingly fun movie adventure filled with action, laughs, and tender moments as Kate and Humphrey take their pups on their first family vacation!

DVD Verdict: Otherwise known as Alpha & Omega 5,' this all-new animated tale, 'Family Vacation' is yet another great run in the continuing line of spun tales, but it does seem to show the legacy slowing down somewhat re: animation quality and even sound too.

In truth, and I am quite sad to have to report, the animation quality comes and goes throughout '5,' but that said, there are actually moments where (mysteriously) it actually looks much better than the previous incarnations of our favorite wolf family! Well, save for the first one, of course!

The sound editing was just terrible, quite awful, the overall score too loud, the sound effects borderline OTT and annoying. The sidekicks were unusual and unnecessary, but to be fair, bringing characters back from previous sequels shows that the creators care about their franchise. That is to be commended, for sure. Don't get me wrong though, if you are a devoted fan of these lovable characters, well, you will LOVE this fifth edition to the family!

The 44 minutes plays out with equal measures of intensity and excitement, as always, all emotionally wrapped up in one uber heart-warming, and very colorful story. I just wish it had had the fire in the belly that the other ones had, that's all. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:78.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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