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Alvin & The Chipmunks The Squeakquel (2009/20th Century Fox Blu-ray w/DVD)


Picture: B/C+     Sound: B/B-     Extras: C-     Film: C-



After successful runs in the 1960s and 1980s, Alvin & The Chipmunks are have won over a new children’s crowd and the box office results are stunning.  Hot on the tails (pun intended) of the remarkable box office of the first live action/computer animated blockbuster (no exaggeration), The Squeakquel has been as big a watershed a hit worldwide and now joins the original feature film on Blu-ray.  You can read more about the 2007 revival at this link:





Still a one-joke concept of the trio singing the latest and near latest pop, rock, and soul hits in their style, the combination of improved digital animation and female singing trio The Chipettes made enough of a difference to make this another goldmine for Fox and the owners of the original franchise.  It is just about child. Safe, but maybe not totally for the youngest of children.  However, this has maybe a little more energy than the first, but not much.  Anyone in their teens and older is bound to get bored.  To say anything else would spoil what few surprises the makers came up with.


The 1080p 1.85 X 1 image was shot on Super 35mm film (for the flat ratio) by the great Anthony B. Richmond, B.S.C., but is so digitized throughout that playback is softer than one would like.  The anamorphically enhanced DVD is even weak with bad Video Black and a washed-out look.  The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 mix can be a little harsh and shrill in spots, but the recording is rich and decent overall, while the Dolby Digital 5.1 on the DVD is weaker and has the same limits and flaws.


Extras include a Digital Copy DVD-ROM to download the film on PC and PC portable devices, the DVD version of the film and the Blu-ray adds BD-Live interactive functions, Live Lookup powered by the IMDb website, trivia, eight featurettes, three additional interactive game/participation sections and Music Videos.


Just in time for the trend, we guess the next feature will be in 3-D.  What timing!



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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