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The Bannister family's new addition, Zeus (voiced by Mario Lopez) a former K-9 police hero, appears to be less than the dependable guard dog the family needs. However, when two burglars (led by Dean Cain) set out to break into the Bannister's home while they're away for Christmas, Zeus seizes the chance to be a hero, proving every dog, even this one, has his day.

Special Features: Audio Commentary with Producer/Director Michael Feifer, Executive Producers Jeffrey Schenck and Barry Barnholtz, Co-Producer Peter Sullivan, Composer Andres Boulton and Actors Gary Valentine and Elisa Donovan; Dog Tracks: In the Booth with Mario Lopez; Trailer; and Sneak Peeks

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A retired K-9 police dog makes a great watchdog and could never end up homeless, right? That's probably true in most cases, but not for a golden lab named Zeus (voiced by Mario Lopez) who messed up a job and doesn't seem able to bark. When the homeless Zeus turns himself in to the pound for a good meal and the chance of finding a family, the other dogs in the pound scoff at his optimism. Not too far away, a recent burglary on the Bannisters' street has the family considering getting either a dog or a security system after the holidays. Dad George (Gary Valentine) and kids Kara (Sierra McCormick) and Ben (Charlie Stewart) are heavily in favor of the dog option, but mom Belinda (Elisa Donovan) thinks a security system might entail less mess and care. Being an impulsive guy who rarely listens to the opinions of his wife or anyone else, George heads to the pound and quickly decides that the ex-K9 Zeus, who looks just like his childhood dog, is the perfect answer to his family's needs. Belinda is skeptical but bonds well with Zeus until she realizes that he never barks. After the dog fails to challenge a friend posing as a burglar, it looks like Zeus will be headed back to the pound following Christmas. The family treks off to spend Christmas Eve with Grandma (Mindy Sterling), and two burglars (Joey Diaz and Dean Cain) show up to rip off the Bannisters' home. Determined not to fail his new family, Zeus puts his mind to work and sets out to deter the thieves in unconventional ways, such as dropping Christmas ornaments off the roof onto their heads and showering them with flour--think Home Alone with a dog at the helm rather than a kid. After a too-long series of silly pranks and unconvincing slapstick comedy by Diaz and Cain, it seems that Zeus will have to overcome his fears and live up to his potential as a watchdog or spend the rest of his life alone. Will the pronouncement by the neighboring cat lady (Adrienne Barbeau) that "you can't teach an old dog new tricks" prove prophetic, or can Zeus overcome his fears and become the dog he was meant to be? What could have been a cute new twist on the old "kid left home alone outsmarts a pair of bungling burglars" premise falls flat, thanks to mediocre writing and marginal acting. Kids ages 5 to 8 will probably like this movie because it's a cute, silly story about a clever dog, but older children and adults will find it dull and downright tiresome.

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Audio Commentary with Producer/Director Michael Feifer, Executive Producers Jeffrey Schenck and Barry Barnholtz, Co-Producer Peter Sullivan, Composer Andres Boulton, and Actors Gary Valentine and Elisa Donovan

Dog Tracks: In the Booth with Mario Lopez

Trailer

Sneak Peeks

Product Details

  • Actors: Dean Cain, Mario Lopez, Gary Valentine
  • Directors: Michael Feifer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: December 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002PB4I3W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,991 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Cynthia Repsher on December 8, 2009
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This movie is a good hearted family sit down with a bowl of popcorn and relax movie.The family wants to take in a great dog for Christmas but the mother is not into having a dog.So the father goes to the pound looking for a dog when he spots Zeus,a former K-9 unit dog,who was picked up as a stray.The family falls for Zeus instantly,but the mother has problems with him being there.When the family decides to go to Grandmas house for Christmaas Eve ,Burgulars decide to break in and rob them,but Zeus has to remember what made him a great K-9 dog and bring it up from inside.In the end Zeus capture the Burgulars,but not before having a little whimsical humor with them.Andrean Barbeou,guest as the cat lady.Dean Cain is one of the Burgulars along with Joey Cool.Very humorous,includes bloopers at end of movie.
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This movie is pretty much Home Alone 4 (or 5, or whatever its up to) but with a dog. I think they are trying to capitalize on the popularity of the Marley movie (even the DVD covers look similar!)

Zeus the dog is an ex-police K9 turned pound puppy who gets taken home by a family at Christmas. The dad and kids love the dog but the mom isn't sure she wants one around the house. To make matters worse, they think he might be too friendly to be a good watch dog.

But when a pair of bungling burglars set their sights on the family home... Well, you did see Home Alone, right? Kind of predictable.... but overall a harmless family holiday movie.
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ADORABLE movie! Hollywood needed to bring back cute movies about talking dogs, like Homeward Bound. Zeus is a sweet, loving yellow Labrador who is adopted by a family. The family adopts him, in hopes he will be a good guard dog, especially after hearing that he is a former police K-9, one of the best in fact. But it soon becomes clear Zeus doesn't bark, and that might land him back in the pound! But soon this loving lab proves himself to the family that he can be the Dog who saves Christmas
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Hokey, cheesy, silly and predictable -- but fun family comedy especially for the little ones. For a change of pace I got a kick out of Dean Cain as the brains of the two bumbling burglars. The easy to follow plot has a dog wanting to be adopted by the Bannister family and not really fitting in. When the family goes to Grandma's house on Christmas Eve two clumsy criminals break in and it is up to the dog, who is afraid to bark, to stop them. Entertaining.
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While not memorable, this is a great movie for kids who are afraid of anything remotely scary, or for kids who love dogs. There is very minimal drama, the villains are funny and it is pretty obvious that it will end well. 7 and 9 yr old liked it. I did not particularly appreciate the cliche of the stupid, fat villain, the stereotype may offend.
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Its alright if you like dog movies. It may wear thin after a while. Oddly enough about the movie the dog named Zeus was actually a female in reality. I was surprised. The dog itself looks 9 or 10 yrs. old, I was upset that they didn't choose a younger dog.
It takes time for Zeus to win everyone's heart, he wins the kids over easily & the dad, who didn't think it was a bad idea to have a family pet, Zeus does have a chance to prove himself by outwitting some lousy robbers. Zeus does this & that, drinks from a talking toilet, even gets into a cookie jar above the fireplace. When he stops the crooks he does it all in his own style. I'll admit that some of the jokes I heard on the show aren't all they're cracked up to be. Your bound to get tired of them
a while. Dean Cain was more popular hosting the show (Ripley's believe it or not), & Mario Lopez, I like him better in these earlier shows (Pacific blue) & (Saved by the bell)
Zeus saves the day when he finally makes himself bark proving he still has what it takes. & instead of going back to the pound where things can be 10 times as boring, The mother of the family does at last agree to keep the dog.
Some reviewers may tell me that this movie needs to be remade,
Perhaps viewers will like it a little more.
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Kind of cute movie but not real stimulating to watch, in fact I feel asleep just after getting half way through it. Could of had better writing but it ended up as another "gotta do another Christmas flick" no matter how it turns out.
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this was an ok movie. I needed something for the last day before Christmas break in my classroom. The kids liked the Halloween one better. It showed up dark too...for some reason Amazon movies are darker on the Smart board.
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