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BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA

BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA ($35) is a very cute family film featuring a bevy of talking animals, mostly dogs and the title breed in particular. The premise of BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA follows the big adventure of Chloe (voiced by Drew Barrymore), the pampered little dog of the film’s title, who finds herself lost in Mexico. On the lam from dognappers, Chloe is befriended by a German Shepard named Delgado (voiced by Andy Garcia), who agrees to help her make her way back home. Unfortunately, for Chloe and Delgado the dognappers have unleashed El Diablo (voiced be Edward James Olmos), a vicious Doberman who has the Chihuahua’s scent, and isn’t about to give up until he tracks her down. Meanwhile back in Beverly Hills, the landscaper’s Chihuahua Papí (voiced by George Lopez) learns that the dog of his dreams has gotten lost in Mexico, and sets off with his master to help track her down. The human cast and vocal talent behind BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA also includes Piper Perabo, Cheech Marin, Paul Rodriguez, Plácido Domingo, Loretta Devine, Jamie Lee Curtis, Luis Guzmán, Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo, Carlos Juvera and Alex Mendoza.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has made BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA available on Blu-ray Disc in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. The 1080p presentation is highly attractive and is certainly to please. Image sharpness, depth and fine detail are really quite good for a film shot in a glossy comedy style. Colors are vibrant and snappy, plus the flesh tones are quite appealing. Blacks are deep, whites are crisp and contrast is smooth. Shadow detail is just fine for this type of undemanding material. The elements from which BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA has been mastered are free from flaws. There is a very light veneer of grain within the image, but much of the film has been digitally manipulated from very early in the process, for the purpose of adding lip movements to the animals.

BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel uncompressed PCM soundtrack. Even though this track mastered in a lossless format, the sound design doesn’t often reach beyond your typical talky comedy mix. The outlying channels do see some active effects for the chase scenes, but most of the sound is localized to the forward soundstage. Ambient sounds and the usual complement of musical fill are directed to the surrounds. Thanks to the uncompress format, the musical component has strong fidelity and realistic sound effects. The bass channel keeps things grounded, but the material doesn’t make too many demands on low frequency reproduction. Dialogue is always easy to understand. English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc, in addition to English and Spanish subtitles.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the supplements. Starting things off is a running Audio Commentary with director Raja Gosnell. Featurettes include: Pet Pals: The Voices Behind The Dogs (seven minutes), Hitting Their Bark: On Set With The Dogs Of BHC (thirteen minutes) and History Of The Chihuahua (thirteen minutes). Deleted Scenes and the Blooper Scooper close out the standard supplements. BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA is also BD-Live enabled (requires a Profile 2.0 player).

As I stated above, BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA is a cute family comedy that the kids will like. The Blu-ray presentation looks really nice and sounds just fine.

 

BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA 


Beverly Hills Chihuahua [Blu-ray] (2008)

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