I sometimes hate how they mix reviews since this new remastered version is so much better that the previous bluray! I got the remastered Benji a few days ago and I've watched it once myself and once with my kids. It's a great restoration! In fact, it's the first them I've seen the movie widescreen! It looks wonderful for it's age, and it sounds very good. It's tons better than the previous bluray release! If you want Benji, get the orange cover with the circle that says it is widescreen!
I want to spend most of my time reviewing this new restored release, but the movie itself is very good for family entertainment. It's a fun, classic movie following a dog's life. A large part of it just follows the dog as he does his daily rounds and how he finds a lady friend and then it leads to him eventually saving the day! It's pretty slow by today's standards and younger kids will probably enjoy it more. It's pretty clean with no bad language and light violence. There is one point where a dog is kicked, but it cuts away right before the actual kick and the dog is ok later. Two kids are kidnapped and yelled at some, but they aren't hurt. The bad guys use guns to threaten and the cops use guns to arrest the bad guys. A gun being shot is show in a flashback, but nobody is shown shot. It's a very clean movie that's great for family entertainment.
It's obvious this is a movie from the 70's, but it's the best I've ever seen it. There is some grain throughout. I wouldn't call it light grain and I wouldn't call it medium grain--somewhere between the two. There's a speck of film damage here and there but you really have to be watching for it to notice. It looks really great. It was a budget release at the time and you can tell the cameras/camera work are less than amazing, but for what it is it looks great.
The sound is nothing amazing, but it lets you hear what people are saying and the music sounds pretty good. All the music is 100% 70's so if you like that style, you'll like the soundtrack.
But overall, it kept the interest of my 3 girls (ages 3-8). Some of it was a little drawn out and repetitive, but the story changes a little each repetition. I think it has a very good lesson about not giving up when you're doing the right thing. It's cute, it's simple, it's good for all ages. We're not going to watch it every week, but I'm glad we've got it and I'll pull it out again on a rainy day this summer! :) I do suggest it. I see that the "For the Love of Benji" restoration is coming out in April 2018, so I'll be picking that one up next.