Beverly Hills Chihuahua Blu-ray Review
Walt Disney took what they have learned from the ‘Air Bud’ franchise and brought it up a notch with their ‘Buddies’ franchise and now ‘Beverly Hills Chihuahua’. Films of this nature with talking animals can either be really good or fall apart. Disney has done a great job in the special effects department of these films to make sure that they are more believable. ‘Beverly Hills Chihuahua’ grossed a total of $139 million dollars worldwide at the box office.
Vivian (Jamie Lee Curtis) is a wealthy Beverly Hills businesswoman who practically worships Chloe (voice of Drew Barrymore), her chihuahua, dressing it in designer outfits and giving it an over-the-top real diamond collar. When Chloe has to go out of town, her flakey niece Rachel (Piper Perabo) is left in charge. Rachel goes south of the border to Mexico to party with her friends and Chloe gets dog-napped while there. Chloe is rescued from the Mexico City dog fights by a German Shephard, Delgado (voiced by Andy Garcia), who becomes her “bodyguard.” The dognappers learn of Chloe’s/Vivian’s wealth and they want her back at all costs. Rachel also desperately wants Chloe back and teams up with Viv’s landscaper handsome Sam (Manolo Cardona).
Predictably, the journey is about Chloe losing her Beverly Hills snobbery (and Chanel No. 5 scent) and Rachel maturing; this helps pave the way for Chloe and Rachel to find true love with mates they would have previously not thought worthy. Sam’s chihuahua Papí (voice of George Lopez) pursues Chloe during the entire movie and helps Sam & Rachel find her. Naturally, the motivation of the movie is to find and return Chloe before Viv returns from her trip.
Quite a bit of Disney CG magic in this film with their technology of the canines talking and matching the actual words they are speaking. Also, certain CG such as the introduction of an actual rat who works with an iguana, an army of chihuahuas to a scene where Delgado and Chloe face off against mountain lions. But I have to admit that the crew did an amazing job because those scenes look quite realistic.
Movie Content: 4/5
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. Colors are vivid and bold looking. Flesh tones are natural and accurate. You can see strands of fur in the dog’s coats which provides for a sharp and detailed image. Black levels are strong.
Print Quality: 4/5
The audio is presented in 5.1 Uncompressed PCM audio mix. This is more of a dialogue driven film, so it does not take advantage of the soundfield. During the moments that the soundfield is used, it’s for the soundtrack and the minor effects. Dialogue is clean through the center channel with no apparent hiccups.
Audio Quality: 4/5
Hitting Their Bark: On Set with the Dogs of BHC.
More Deleted Scenes with Introductions by Director Raja Gosnell – 45 minutes of deleted scenes and each scene was introduced by the director.
Blooper Scooper – behind-the-scenes fun with the dogs and the cast and crew.
Legend of the Chihuahua Animated Short – A short about the history of Chihuahuas
Feature Audio Commentary by Director Raja Gosnell
The following utilizes BD Live (Music Chat, Movie Mail, Movie Challenge and Disney Movie Rewards Live)
All special features are presented in high definition which Disney continues to provide for their Blu-ray releases. I find this to be one of the better studios providing special features in HD.
Special Features: 4/5
The Final Word
I was quite surprised by how enjoyable of a film that ‘Beverly Hills Chihuahua’ turned out. On Blu-ray the film looks and sounds good. Then also add a nice amount of features in high definition, fans of the film will be happy with this purchase.
Overall Rating: 4/5