Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Family
Disney || PG - 91 minutes - $34.99 || March 3, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-03-09


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Rasja Gosnell
Writer(s): Jeffrey Bushell (story), Jeffrey Bushell and Analisa LaBianco (screenplay)
Cast: Drew Barrymore, Jamie Lee Curtis, Piper Perabo, Andy Garcia, George Lopez


Theatrical Release Date: October 3, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • 3 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Bloopers
  • BD-Live


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (Uncompressed 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

So my Blu-ray player broke a few days ago and I had to go get it fixed. It was a pain, since the girl who was working the customer service desk where I bought it from is an ex of mine. No, not the friendly ďhey weíre still friends and weíll be causalĒ type, the ďIím giving you an evil eye every time I see you because you wouldnít marry meĒ type. After nearly four hours of hassle and other crap, I finally got a new player and can start reviewing movies again. My first movie though made me wish that my machine was still broken though.

Aunt Viv (Jamie Lee Curtis) is going away on some sort of vacation and needs her daughter Rachel (Piper Perabo) to take care of her dog Chloe (Drew Barrymore, as the voice of the dog, not the actual dog) while sheís out of town. Piper and a few of her friends while in Mexico leave one night and refuse to bring Chloe with her. Chloe, who can talk but the humans canít understand her, only the dogs and other animals can, sneaks out by dropping a plant on top of someoneís head from the second story hotel room. This causes the man to come upstairs and open the door, giving Chloe a chance to escape and find Rachel. However, in true movie fashion, she ends up getting lost and captured by a dog napper who pits dogs against each other in some sort of dog fighting ring. Thereís a joke I could insert here about a certain football player, but since he doesnít really matter anymore Iíll forgo the humor. Even though that joke would be better than the entire film, Iíll continue.

Meanwhile, Rachel (who if I didnít mention it IS human, Iíll try to differentiate who is and who isnít) comes home and freaks out since Chloe is nowhere to be found. She goes to the police and confirms her worst fear that indeed the dog may have been kidnapped, or dog napped, by people who run illegal dog fighting rings. She enlists the help of the gardener of Vivís, Sam (Manolo Cardona, who is human) and for some reason Papi (George Lopez, who is the voice of Papi) finds out that heís in love with Chloe and sets off to find her as well. So the group thatís trying to find Chloe is now Rachel (human), Sam (human), and Papi (dog).

Chloe while captured befriends Delgado (Andy Garcia, voice of the dog), a German Shepard, who helps her out although reluctantly at first to get her back home. Chloe still thinks that her rich lifestyle matters now out on the streets, and tries to show Delgado and fails that she is incredibly important in the human world. Delgado eventually agrees to help her get to Beverly Hills again, but Chloe loses her license to an iguana Manuel (Cheech Marin, voice of the lizard) in a sort of a trickery done by Manuel. Not really trickery, Manuel asks for it and Chloe gives it to him.

So Delgado has some random past history that doesnít really make any sense even after you learn what exactly happened to him, as he used to be a police dog but got fired. Itís not interesting, but it plays in a role a little later in the movie. Anyways, Delgado hatches another plan to get Chloe back home by enlisting the help of a coyote and the two help her get onto a train thatís heading near Beverly Hills. Can Chloe make it home to her rich and lavish style?

This movie is honestly everything thatís wrong with cartoon movies these days: theyíre just not believable. That, and itís not entertaining. I donít get how even kids can like it as the plot is rather dull and the animals arenít even cute. Chihuahuaís are not attractive pets, they look like rats. Sorry kids, but this is one film that even a rental doesnít provide laughter or joy. Unless you have an incredibly young child who likes dogs and saying ďdoggyĒ every time one is on screen, this isnít worth your time.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

While it looks like thereís some substance to be had here, thereís not. Donít let the number of special features distract you.

Audio Commentary by Director Raja Gosnell: The director of the film flies solo on this track, and itís not entertaining or insightful. Thereís not a lot he talks about that makes this worth listening too.

Deleted Scenes (25 minutes): Thereís nearly half an hourís worth of scenes that didnít make it into the movie, but none are that interesting. I find it hard to believe that kids would enjoy these either, as they are long and rather boring.

Blooper Scooper (3 minutes): Thereís only one scene here of interest and it deals with Piper Perabo, the rest can be skipped.

Legend of the Chihuahua (3 minutes): I think this is supposed to be funny, but itís not. An animated look at the history of the dog from the movie that isnít interesting.

**BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVES **

A couple of pointless extras:
Pet Pals: The Voice Behind The Dogs (9 minutes): The cast talks about their past histories with dogs.

Hitting Their Bark (13 minutes): The cast discusses working with the dogs on the set.

BD-Live: Your standard BD-LIVE feature that grants you access to other Disney related things.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

While Disney normally has some of the best looking Blu-Rays to date, this is one that doesnít hit it out of the park. Colors are plentiful and provide a great image, but not one thatís reference material. Depth isnít perfect, and contrast is also a bit off in multiple scenes. They appear darker than what they should be, and grain is also somewhat present throughout. Itís not what Iíve come to expect from Disney, but itís not a bad transfer, just one that should have been better.

The audio side fares even worse, as the Uncompressed track doesnít amount to much in this clearly dialogue driven film. Levels are rather low and donít provide a punch that a movie like this should have. Surrounds were also rarely engaged, as most of the sound came from the front speakers. Even after I cranked up the volume, levels were still low. Although it is positive to report that when I could hear it, dialogue was crisp and clear.



.::OVERALL::.

Beverly Hills Chihuahua is all bark and no bite. Itís not funny, and I fail to see how kids would enjoy it either. The technical package isnít all that great either, with a rather less than impressive video and low audio, rounding it out is an incredibly weak extra packages. There really is no reason to even bother with this mindless dribble. Sorry, but this is one film that I wouldnít punish my worst enemy with. Back to Beverly Hills these dogs go, never to be heard from again. Or until a sequel is made, which will happen, sadly.