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Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Blu-ray Review

“Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” is strictly for kids.

In the third installment of the seemingly never-ending cash cow that is the “Alvin And The Chipmunks” franchise, Alvin, Simon, Theodore, Brittany, Jeanette, Eleanor, Dave, and Ian find themselves on a deserted island after a kite incident on board a cruise ship. To say that plot device is flimsy is an understatement.

Even flimsier than that is the story for the rest of the film. The movie has very little going on other than a tacked on story about treasure and Simon turning into Simone (don’t ask). Mostly, the film consists of scenes of the Chipmunks getting into trouble or singing contemporary songs like “Firework,” “Whip My Hair,” “Party Rock Anthem,” and “Born This Way.” As if that wasn’t painful enough, the Chipmunks also make pop culture jokes about everything from Charlie Sheen to the Honey Badger.

If you look at actors Jason Lee and David Cross in this film, you can tell that they seem to have no interest or enthusiasm in their roles. The same can be said for (mostly) any adult watching this film in general. Let’s be honest here, this movie is only for kids who want to see funny sounding furry Chipmunks doing goofy things. It’s just downright painful for any other age group (even if you are a fan of the old cartoons).

Video/Audio:

The film is presented in 1.85:1 1080p and it looks sharp. The Hawaii locals and CGI are crisp and clear throughout

The Chipmunks sound as shrill as ever with the 5.1 DTS-HD. That’s good for the audio track, but probably not good for most viewers’ ears.

Extras:
* DVD Copy and Digital Copy.
* Digital coloring pages.
* “Scrat’s Continental Crack-Up Part 2”- “Ice Age” animated short.
* Fox trailers.
* 2 promotional videos, a “Jingle Bells” music video, and 3 theatrical trailers.
* 8 extended scenes.
* 3 music videos with sing-a-long option.
* “Alan Tudyk, Chipmunk Apprentice”- A goofy extra in which Alan Tudyk chats about playing Simone and trying to be a chipmunk.
* “Everybody Munk Now!”- An extra about the nightclub dance scene.
* “Munking Movies In Paradise”- An extra about shooting the film in Hawaii.
* “Going Overboard With The Chipmunks”- Discussions about episodes of the two animated series.
* “Munk Music And Dance Machine”- Isolated musical numbers from the film. You can also learn dance moves to certain songs.
* BD-Live Extras.
* “Fox Movie Channel Presents Growing Up Alvin”- Ross Bagdasarian talks about his father (the creator of “Alvin And The Chipmunks”) and the history of the Chipmunks franchise/characters. This informative extra is better than the entire movie.

* “Fox Movie Channel Presents In Character With Jason Lee”- Jason Lee talks about his character Dave and the film.

March 30, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review |

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