A family oriented story revolving around Brent Butler (Gemini Barnett), a wiser-than-his years youngster. A modern day Tom Sawyer. The majority of the story takes place at a boys and girls camp owned and operated by Traver... more »s (Lee Majors), who has spent a lifetime of quietly helping adolescents become confident young adults. In addition to the full gamut of camp activities, adventures, practical jokes, and conflict resolution there is the underling theme that bolsters the importance of a positive father-son relationship.« less
"It's obvious why "Arizona Summer" won Favorite Family Film over "Second Hand Lions" at the Kansas City FilmFest! I think it's one of the best family films on the market today. My family enjoyed the fun camp experiences, plus the wonderful stories of growing up and father-son relationships. I think it's a must-see for all families!"
The Movie is 5 Stars, The DVD is "1 Star" - Until it's FIXED
Mr. Hollywood | Beverly Hills, CA | 07/21/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The movie is great!! Saw it 14 times at the theater with my friend in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Have friends in the movie as well!
**However, the DVD listed (as of 7-20-2006) is - 1.) Incorrect 2.) Poorly reproduced by Mti Home Video (Miami).
Special Note: Mti Home Video never returned my calls regarding the following DVD production issues.
The Issues: This DVD is blurred, NOT widescreen as listed and looks as if someone zoomed onto the center of a movie screen thinking this is how modern professional FULL screen digitization is done. Note: The DVD video is somewhat dark and grainy because of this zoomed action. Very similar to when you use a DVD player's Zoom function.
I bought this DVD because it said "WIDESCREEN". The UPC code on my bought DVD is the same as listed. When you play it, it only plays as FULL SCREEN with the above issues. I found Mti Home Video's press release which says it would be coming out as FULL SCREEN ONLY - so why is it listed on many sites as WIDESCREEN as the only format? This DVD should be High Quality Digital Video if done like all other DVD movies produced and sold today, even the cheap one's. "IF" this movie is re-released with these issues fixed in an updated version, consider this review 5 Stars for the DVD at that time.
Otherwise, as a movie, it is a great 5 star family film that has good morals and great comedic moments. This is one of my favorites of all times. It is similar to "Camp Nowhere", "Meatballs" and "Caddyshack" - in regard to various resurrected comedic routines found in these movies. Hoku's song is great and provides energy to the movie. Some of the kids in the movie are now regulars on "That's So Raven" and other Disney Channel shows. If you are a fan of Hoku or Bug Hall, this movie is for you."
J. Williams | 06/29/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Please do not torture your children. Send them to camp, maybe even camp in Arizona. Read a story about summer camp in Arizona. Let them watch Raising Arizona. Do not, however, rent or even think about buying this movie. It was only made because director Joey Travolta is John's brother; terrible is not a strong enough adjective. Bad acting, cheesy set-up, and unintentional moments of humor for those of drunken persuasion."
John Targa | Los Angeles, CA | 07/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a surprise a movie the entire family can watch! Lots of laughs and touching moments that not only my six year old son loved but even got my thirteen year old daughter to laugh and really enjoy. As a parent, I would recommend for the whole family."
James Maverick | California | 07/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was pleasantly surprised when my family watched this movie. My two kids had heard about it from some relatives and asked us to get it. It's basically a Disney-type movie with the Bionic Man playing the role of Yoda. Overall, good family fun; good message; good movie."