Judge Clark Douglas, DVD Verdict-- While much of Dogpound Shuffle is terribly predictable, it contains some small pleasures which allow it some measure of distinctiveness. The unlikely pairing of Moody and Soul proves a success, as the two generate some intriguing chemistry. Additionally, when it comes to putting on shows, some elaborate tap-dancing with bluesy harmonica accompaniment manages to stand out a little bit. The finest sequence in the film comes midway through, as Steps is given the opportunity to dance in front of a sizeable crowd in a lavish mansion. It's an immensely pleasurable moment that more or less justifies the occasional tedium provided by the scenes required to set it up.
Things take a turn for the maudlin in Dogpound Shuffle's final third, as Step receives some terrible news and his relationship with Pritt temporarily dissolves. This portion of the flick alternates between touching and overblown, as moving scenarios are occasionally undermined by the hammy screenplay (an extended monologue from the lady who works at the pound seems like a needless attempt at enhancing the drama of the scene). Yes, the information I've just given you may sound like a spoiler, but it really isn't. Moody does some strong work throughout, transforming a somewhat cliched character into a three-dimensional human being.
I don't know whether Dogpound Shuffle was initially shot in 1.33:1, but the cinematography certainly looks unnaturally cramped in this full-frame transfer. I'm guessing this is a pan-and-scan job, but my apologies to the folks at Scorpion if that's not the case (though if the film was shot in full-frame, I have to wonder why the cinematographer didn't pull back a bit more). Otherwise, the level of detail is actually decent, but darker scenes tend to be murky and there are quite a few scratches and flecks presents (plus some very prominent hairs in a few shots). The audio is presented in plain old mono, but it's mostly clean and clear (a few lines of dialogue are a little muffled). The only extra is an audio commentary with Jeffrey Bloom.
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