Director: Walt Becker
Cast: Jason Lee, Josh Green, Tony Hale
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 6/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
Hit the road with your favorite fur balls in the funniest Alvin and the Chipmunks ever! Alvin, Simon and Theodore race to Miami on a wild road trip, but their jaunt soon takes a nutty detour, leading to hilarious hijinks and music-packed adventures across the country.
The fourth installment in the ongoing family franchise, ‘Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip’ follows our favorite little furry troublemakers on another big screen adventure. When Dave introduces the chipmunks to his new girlfriend, they are also introduced to her son Miles who is an absolute menace that seems to be intent on tormenting the chipmunks. When they also discover an engagement ring followed by Dave heading out with his new girlfriend on a romantic trip to Miami, Alvin, Simon and Theodore join forces with Miles who was left to stay with the trio and they embark on a road trip with the intention of stopping the proposal no matter the cost. As they make their trek across the country filled with plenty of wild encounters and a crazed Air Marshall in hot pursuit, they begin to discover that Miles may not in fact be as terrible as they had initially believed.
‘Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip’ is a goofy, humorous and consistently enjoyable family adventure filled with plenty of new music from the chipmunks (including some recent popular mainstream songs done chipmunk style) along with some zany action and a cross country adventure that the young ones and those such as me who simply can’t help but be fans of the series should thoroughly enjoy. While it may not be an award candidate or deliver anything groundbreaking in the world of film, it’s definitely another fun ride from start to finish with some familiar and beloved characters which fans and families should easily enjoy.
The family households with younger fans will almost surely want to make certain to pick up a copy of the Blu-ray combo pack release of ‘Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip’ to add to their collection in order to accommodate the inevitable requests for repeat viewings. The Blu-ray release delivers impressive high definition video and audio presentations along with plenty of great extras for fans of all ages including an ‘Ultimate Playlist’ brimming with your favorite chipmunks music and plenty more (more detailed information regarding the bonus content can be found in the special features section of the technical specification coverage below) sure to make this one a must own for many family households. The older audience such as me who find the franchise a guilty pleasure may be understandably hesitant to make a blind purchase, yet they will definitely still want to make sure and give it a watch when the opportunity presents itself.
Overall, ‘Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip’ may not be a fantastic film by any means, but it delivers in every way fans of the previous entries in the franchise will expect and younger and older fans alike should have no trouble enjoying themselves accompanying the chipmunks on another zany adventure, this time on the long open road. Those who disregarded or disliked the previous installments will undoubtedly want to pass on this one, but fans of the franchise will want to give it a whirl, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable family adventure.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks quite wonderful as a whole, providing a consistently sharp, detailed and colorful presentation with no notable faults to be found within, holding up without issue even during the more heavily populated or darkly lit sequences and never resulting in anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a fantastic high definition video presentation that should easily satisfy.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 7.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack sounds great and delivers a clean and crisp audio presentation throughout, utilizing all seven available channels on numerous occasions in order to surround the viewer with the musical numbers along with some of the goofy and action related moments sending any number of activity throughout the various channels regularly, while never causing any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, this is a wonderful 7.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that contributes even more fun to this enjoyable family adventure.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip’ includes some fun extras for the entire family. Included on the release are a number of fun and humorous videos, along with a few short behind the scenes Featurettes including behind the scenes footage and interviews/comments with the cast and crew. The included Featurettes are: ‘Cue the Chipmunks: The Great Big Chipmunk Music Finale’ (running approximately 6 minutes in length), ‘Munk Rock’ (approximately 2 minutes), ‘Bound for Georgia’ (2 minutes), ‘Road Chippin’ through Georgia’ (5 minutes), and ‘Weta and The Chipmunks: Animators’ Reference Reel’ (2 minutes). The fun, goofy and likely far more enjoyable videos for the younger audience include: ‘Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Story So Far’ (5 minutes), ‘Our Furry Planet’ (5 minutes), ‘Alvinisms’ (3 minutes), ‘Redfoo “Squeaky Wiggle” Dance Instructional’ (2 minutes), ‘After the Party: A Munkumentary’ (1 minute), and the ‘Ultimate Playlist’ which is broken down into three categories filled with tons of Chipmunk music; the first category is ‘Music Machine’ which features the musical sequences from every film in the series all cut and compiled together for your viewing enjoyment. The second category is ‘Music Videos with Optional Sing-Along Mode’ (approximately 12 minutes altogether) and the third and final category offers ‘Lyric Videos’ (5 minutes altogether). 2 ‘Theatrical Trailers’ (3 minutes combined) for the movie are also included.