Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was a consistently good presentation.
Overall definition seemed solid. A few mild instances of softness occurred, though I suspect that they were an artifact of the combination of humans and animated animals. Whatever the case, the majority of the flick looked accurate and concise. I noticed no issues with jaggies or moiré effects, and no edge haloes appeared. Source flaws were absent in this clean transfer.
Colors tended to be on the natural side, though they were semi-subdued. The hues offered fairly bright tones, though, and were satisfactory. Blacks seemed dark and dense, while shadows showed nice clarity and delineation. Nothing here dazzled but the image was more than satisfying.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it offered a low-key but acceptable mix. Some of the island sequences added a bit of pizzazz, however, as those scenes delivered moderate involvement. Nothing dazzling materialized, though, as the focus remained on the characters and not the situations. Music demonstrated good stereo presence and the track gave us reasonable immersiveness but little that stood out as impressive.
Audio quality was fine. Speech seemed distinctive and natural, without edginess or other problems. Music was peppy and full, while effects came across as clear and accurate. Again, this seemed like a good but unexceptional track.
A moderate collection of extras arrives here. Munk Music and Dance Machine lets you access any of the movie’s 17 musical sequences or run them as one long reel via “Play All” (19:13). You can also opt to run the reel indefinitely. In addition to the movie shots, we see an animated Chipette who demonstrates dance moves when appropriate. This is a cute feature but not one that I’d care to watch again.
Going Overboard with the Chipmunks runs seven minutes, 50 seconds and comes with notes from producers Ross Bagdasarian and Janice Karman, and actors Jesse McCartney, Justin Long, and Matthew Gray Gubler. With this show, we get some inspirations for the Chipwrecked story. This means references to – and scenes from – earlier Chipmunks programs that influenced the movie. Nothing earth shaking comes up here, but the piece is more interesting than expected.
For the six-minute, 43-second Munking Movies in Paradise, we hear from Bagdasarian, McCartney, Karman, Gubler, Long, director Mike Mitchell, visual effects supervisor Douglas Smith, costume designer Alexandra Welker, production designer Richard Holland, “Associate Chipmunk Hospitality Consultant Argyle McCardigan”, and actors Anna Faris, Jason Lee, Jenny Slate, Alan Tudyk, Amy Poehler, and Andy Buckley. “Paradise” examines sets and locations, though not from a particularly serious POV. Instead, it pretends that the Chipmunks are real actors – and difficult ones, too. A couple of minor notes emerge, but the program’s usually just a silly piece of fluff.
With Everybody Munk Now!, we find a seven-minute, 39-second piece that offers notes from Bagdasarian, Karman, Smith, Mitchell, music supervisor Julia Michels, choreographers Tabitha and Napoleon D’Umo, and actors Tera Perez, Sophia Aquiar, and Lauren Gottlieb. They discuss music and choreography as well as challenges involved with human/animation interactions. Despite the clip’s brevity, it packs a good punch, as it delivers a lot of good info about the subject matter.
Alan Tudyk, Chipmunk Apprentice lasts six minutes, 39 seconds and provides info from Karman, Tudyk, Gubler, Poehler, and Bagdasarian. This piece discusses new-to-the-cast actor Tudyk, mostly from a comedic point of view. It’s not especially enjoyable.
Three Music Videos appear. We find these for “Vacation”, “Bad Romance” and “Survivor”. These simply offer little compilations of movie snippets, so they’re pretty forgettable.
Another featurette called Fox Movie Channel Presents: Growing Up Alvin shows up next. It fills 10 minutes, 12 seconds with comments from Bagdasarian, Karman, and their kids Vanessa and Michael Bagdasarian. They tell us about the history of the Chipmunks, their evolution and their effect on the family. It’s a pretty lightweight piece, but it has some decent moments.
In the same vein, we find the five-minute, 12-second Fox Movie Channel Presents: In Character with Jason Lee. We locate remarks from Lee as he chats about his character and performance. Like the disc’s other components, it’s not especially meaty, but it’s reasonably interesting and better than expected.
Eight Extended Scenes fill a total of five minutes, 11 seconds. With such short running times, one shouldn’t expect much from these clips. They add some minor bits but nothing much, though at least we get more from Jenny Slate and David Cross; they delivered some of the film’s highlights, so it’s nice to check out additional work from them.
Under “Promotional Fun”, we get a few elements. Survival Guide (1:59) and Rules (1:50) offer compilations meant to promote the film; neither’s especially interesting, but “Rules” is better because it includes some behind the scenes shots as well as unique material from Jason Lee.
A music video for “Jingle Bells” (0:34) is just another short collection of movie snippets. We also get a teaser and two theatrical trailers.
The disc opens ads for Ice Age: Continental Drift - which actually delivers a nearly six-minute “Scrat” short – and We Bought A Zoo. These also show up under Sneak Peek along with a clip for Mirror Mirror.
A second disc offers a DVD Copy and a digital copy of Chipwrecked. If you want to own Chipwrecked but aren’t yet Blu-ray capable, it’s a good bonus.
Three films into the franchise, one knows what to anticipate from a Chipmunks movie, and Chipwrecked lives up – or down – to expectations. It provides occasional amusement but suffers from a general lack of inspiration and cleverness. The Blu-ray gives us good picture and audio along with some decent supplements. If you already enjoy the Chipmunks, you’ll likely dig this entry, but I wouldn’t recommend it to those without a pre-existing interest in the series.