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Man's Best Friend (1993)

4.4 out of 5 stars 118 customer reviews

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Man's Best Friend (DVD)

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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  • Actors: Ally Sheedy, Lance Henriksen, Robert Costanzo, John Cassini, Fredric Lehne
  • Directors: John Lafia
  • Writers: John Lafia
  • Producers: Daniel Grodnik, Charles Roven, Robert Kosberg
  • 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:
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  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000099T3U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,030 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Man's Best Friend (1993)" on IMDb

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By Ravenskya VINE VOICE on 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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A great movie, mans best friend is about max a genetically modified dog who just wants a little love and a reporter who wants To make a name for herself. While shooting a animal cruelty spot she runs Into max a dog who's the company's biggest experiment , while running from security the reporter takes max thinking she's doing the right thing. Only max needs medicine to keep himself under control and with her he wont be receiving it, at first max is everything a person could ask for smart,loyal and protective. As the movie progresses you see poor max starting to giving in to his killer instinct and goes on a rampage(in my opinion all his "kills"are for good reason).however no matter what ,after all is said and done max is still a loyal dog who loves his rescuer and shows just how much love and forgiveness a dog can truly offer.
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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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I only tried watching this movie because meatwad and shake mention it in Aqua Teen Hunger Force. I can totally see those guys watching "Man's Best Friend" and talking about it like it's more interesting than it actually is. I also wanted to give it a chance because I like Lance Henriksen and I was always a fan of him from the Millennium tv show. But this movie is not very good. First off, I hate it when they decide to cue the music in this movie and splice random song segments into any scene. They used "Puppy Love" by Paul Anka TWICE in this movie and it was a terribly awkward fit both times. I can probably never hear that song again without thinking about this horrific movie. Second of all, they never go into the science of this killer canine. They don't even show his robot insides like the dvd cover shows. There was something else I didn't like, I think. There were strong animal rights and anti-cruelty sentiments throughout the movie and then when you watch the end of the end credits I think it says something like 5 animals died during the filming of this movie. It was something like THAT. Like, What! Really?
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Great 1993 thriller movie with Ally Sheedy (Short Circuit actress) and Lance Henriksen( Bad guy in Hard Target, Van Damme movie). A dog turns from Man's Best Friend into Man's worst Nightmare as he attacks everything that moves because of being experimented on by other animal genes.
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