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Man's Best Friend (2003)

Robert Costanzo , John Cassini , John J. Lafia  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Costanzo, John Cassini, Lance Henriksen, Allie Sheedy, William Sanderson
  • Directors: John J. Lafia
  • Writers: John J. Lafia
  • Producers: Robert Kosberg, Daniel Grodnik, Robert Engelman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 5, 2003
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000099T3U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,323 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Man's Best Friend" on IMDb

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This story centers around a high-tech biotechnology lab. From its confines comes "Max," a genetically engineered killing machine in the guise of a household pet dog.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Guilty Pleasure on a Rainy Saturday May 22, 2008
Format:DVD
This movie has long been one of my guilty pleasures, a true B-Movie where the Frankenstein creation of a genetically mutated dog is adorable, pitiful, and horrifying.

Quick Summary: A news reporter (Ally Sheedy) breaks into a lab to do a story on how the company is experimenting on animals. While she is there she kidnaps "MAX" a Tibetan Mastiff who is apparently the culmination of the scientist's work (Scientist played by Lance Hendrickson). MAX instantly worms his way into her heart with his human intelligence and precious furry face. Unfortunately MAX is also very possessive, and overly protective of his new human love interest, much to the chagrin of her boyfriend.

Honestly this movie is not good, it's straight B-Movie fair, but man is it fun on a rainy Saturday afternoon. The things this dog can do are so way over the top you would think the movie was written by a 12 year old. But, the humor in the way they are executed will amuse most B-Movie fans. The cat and mailman scenes are hysterical to me. And you couldn't have picked a cuter more lovable dog (who is by the way, the best actor in the film). If you are looking for art, look elsewhere. If you are looking for substance, look elsewhere. If you are looking to add to you B-Movie collection then add this to your cart and have a fun time.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This one will really suprise you! August 20, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
When i was chilling on the couch down the shore real late at night, this movie came on and I decided to watch it cause i LOVE watching stupid horror movies late at night. But this movie really suprised me! It wasn't stupid at all! It has the entertainment value of any other good movie you will see! The dog was freaky looking with his eye all burned out and everything, and you actually feel sorry for the dog at the climax. Buy the movie!!! :)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Clichéd but fun. May 20, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
"Man's Best Friend" tells the somewhat intense story of a reporter who finds out that the dog she stole is more than just a good guardian, but an unstable killer. Let's face it: this might as well have been titled "Beethoven 3: Revenge." The story has some good elements going for it: it certainly has a lot to say about what happens when humans tamper with nature. But those few good things are buried in a heap of unbelievable events and details, and so the movie flops.
The story begins with nosy reporter Lori Tanner, played by Ally Sheedy, sneaking into a top security experiment laboratory to uncover allegations against the company for cruelty to animals. This is the first in a string of unbelievable sequences: if the facility is as important and top secret as the movie portrays it, where are all the guards? Nonetheless, she breaks in and gets the scoop, not to mention a large dog named Max who seems friendly until the project leader, Dr. Jarret, shows up to scare Lori away.
Max escapes and hitches a ride home with her, and once there, he takes a liking to her and a strong disdain for her boyfriend, Perry, who wants him out of the house, Meanwhile, Dr. Jarret reports the dog theft to the police, leading to the inevitable foreshadowing of doom as he tells the detectives about Max's genetic altering that will lead him to unspeakable acts of violence. And wouldn't you know it? He starts going nuts: completely digesting a whole cat, murdering a mailman and burying him like he was a chicken bone.
The movie has fun with the normal dog cliches: the mailman and cat are one of them, as well as his instinct to protect Lori from Perry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Watch Cujo instead September 20, 2013
Format:DVD
Man's Best friend has an interesting premise but was served up lukewarm. Lance Henriksen (always brilliant to see) plays a deceptive, cold scientist who has been doing animal research and experimentation with various cells and placing them in an ordinary dog. Those damned scientists are at it again I tell you! These genetically tweaked DNA samples come from everything such as predatory cats and chameleons. "Max" is rescued by an animal activist reporter who protests against research. Of course she promptly takes the dog home, and the two get along wonderfully until...well, let's just say until Max's side effects come to light.

For one thing, while Max adores his new friend, he doesn't' dig her main squeezer. Add to this the neighborhood cats, psychotic mailmen from hell - THEY need to be put on a leash! - and bicycling, annoying kids, and you have a recipe for disaster. Apparently if Max doesn't receive his meds he gets cranky. Watch out!

The plot sounds great, doesn't it? Well, look too hard and that falls apart. Sadly, the movie is predictable and the ending depressed the hell out of me. I can dig why the lead role, Lori, despises animal research - this movie seems like it was trying to make a bizarre point and instead gets muddled somewhere. It makes zero sense the dog will know only to kill 'bad guys', even when they're not obviously bad - like the boyfriend. And acid urine? Too unbelievable to be bought. Also, I could have done without the obvious cute attempts.

On the good side, we do get Lance Henricksen, who acts his best here. His role as the kooky pissed off scientist convinced me. Ally Sheedy was semi-believable as the reporter; not an award winner but fair enough.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't like it
Kind of corny
Published 17 hours ago by David Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars You will fall in love with this dog!
Decent story of a dog doing its best to survive despite damage done by humans. Love the Tibetan Mastiff used to play Max, the main character!
Published 19 days ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
I love this movie, saw it some years a go and have been looking for it to come on the television again no luck
Thank you. Read more
Published 22 days ago by annette Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 1 month ago by Amanday lee
4.0 out of 5 stars angry dog
Great old movie about max the big dog showed well and I liked it
Published 1 month ago by alice
4.0 out of 5 stars and love this movie
Delivered on time, and love this movie.
Published 1 month ago by margery
5.0 out of 5 stars Puts "Cujo" to shame!
I saw this movie many years ago, I had it on vhs so had to replace it on dvd. Ally Sheedy is one of my favorite actresses and this
is one of her great ones. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cecilia Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars cover misleading but good dvd
love this move the cover is slightly misleading I thought it was a cyborg dog but the genetic part of the dog was even creepier evil horror level
Published 5 months ago by Anonimus
5.0 out of 5 stars I was happy that amazon had this movie thank you amazon.com
I was looking for this movie for along time and I was happy to finally find this movie I love this movie
Published 6 months ago by Ciera Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great dog horror movie
I love this movie it was just a great horror movie of a dog. I will recommend it to everyone
Published 6 months ago by Lorie Jenks
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