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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 (58 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: 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 (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000099T3U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,542 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Man's Best Friend" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Guilty Pleasure on a Rainy Saturday May 22, 2008
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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Man's Best Friend March 26, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A reporter is trying to get a hot scoop at an animal research facility called E-Max. The one who was going let her in is called by a highly intelligent named Max but he is shot with a tranquilizer and subdued. The reporter breaks into the place and releases the million dollar dog. She is mugged and the dog kills the mugger. I thought he was subdued? Anyways, if your a pet lover then this movie is not for you. The only real graphic scene involved the dog swallowing a cat whole and it implies he rapes the dog next door. The dog's face is even burned towards the end. The movie looks like a typical 90's horror movie with bad acting and not alot of gore. The story makes little sense including the fact the the dog was shot with a tranquilizer and he will turn into a killing machine when it wears off even though he's killed 3 people already. Anyways, some might enjoy it but i'd skip on this bad dog.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dog Day Afternoon July 7, 2005
A reporter stuck doing filler stories wants to break into real news. She gets a tip about animal abuse from an insider at a local corporation. She sneaks in and finds outrageous animal testing going on. One animal is a large dog that she decides to take with her. The viewer knows that this is no ordinary dog but the reporter does not see it.

Max, the dog, is actually a genetic blend of several animals thus giving it abilities beyond that of normal dogs. Max is also very intelligent. Max seems to take a real liking to the reporter and follows her direction while also following his darker purposes. The corporation's head, a scientist, is trying to get Max back as he believes Max will degenerate into a fearsome killing machine.

Whether Max is good, bad, or just very good at survival should be left for the viewer to discover. Ally Sheedy as the reporter and Lance Henricksen as the corporate head both give good performances. the plot develops very nicely and never seems to bog down in the middle the way so many do. A good horror/monster/nature-goes-wild flick.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 21 days ago by Anonimus
5.0 out of 5 stars I was happy that amazon had this movie thank you
I was looking for this movie for along time and I was happy to finally find this movie I love this movie
Published 1 month 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 2 months ago by Lorie Jenks
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids loved it
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Published 4 months ago by Sheryl Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding movie
I loved this movie from the first time I ever saw it, I even named my dog max after I've seen it.
Published 4 months ago by Deborah Graham
2.0 out of 5 stars Watch Cujo instead
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... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paperbackstash
5.0 out of 5 stars love love love it...
Man's Best Friend... I love that movie... I felt sorry for the dog though... But it is an excellent movie.. When I found it here on amazon, I knew I had to buy it. Love it..
Published 7 months ago by Elizabeth Foote
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie
This is one my and my family's favorite movies, Max is a genetically altered K9 who is an awesome animal
Published 7 months ago by Christian Garrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Man's Best Friend
I loved this movie. This was a great movie and the dog in this movie was awesome. Even though this dog is not your typical household pet, you find yourself wanting to cheer for... Read more
Published 11 months ago by wanda hardwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta have this for your 80s collection
Alley Sheedy movies has to be part of any 80s movie collection. This hard to find movie is still fun to watch.
Published 11 months ago by Dal
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