Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (Blu-ray)

March 17, 2016 6 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton and Matt Malouf

Plot: What’s it about?

One of the interesting elements about being a reviewer for a site like this is that you don’t always know what you will be asked to review. We also don’t get paid for the reviews, one of the perks is you get the movie free. I bring this up, because if some form of salary was given, I’d ask for double for reviewing Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip. The 4th, YES 4th installment of the seemingly never-ending series. This time, Alvin and the gang take a road chip, I mean, trip to Miami to try and stop Dave from getting married. There are a series of misunderstandings that cause all this ruckus, but it’s also a lame excuse to put the chipmunks on the road. It’s also a lame attempt to try and put a plot to justify making another one of these movies.

Whatever it is that keeps putting these movies in motion needs to seriously reevaluate things. I can’t imagine even the least demanding of audience members finding enjoyment from the garbage. This is all the more frustrating when Disney and Pixar continue to put out quality films. Case in Point: Zootopia which is currently in theaters as of this review has received nothing but endless praise from critics and audiences. It makes you wonder why filmmakers would stoop so low with something like this. We’re treated to an endless charade of pop culture references and poop jokes, none of which are the least bit witty or amusing. I suppose if you’ve enjoyed the previous 3 installments, that this will be right up your alley. For all others, steer clear.

Video: How’s it look?

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip is presented in 1.85:1 AVC HD image. This transfer looks good, but doesn’t rank as one of the best out there. As expected, the colors have been juiced to the moon and hues look rich and vivid. I found contrast to be solid, with deep blacks and no real concerns I could detect. The detail is good, but doesn’t display the kind of subtle visual depth I’d like, but is miles better than the standard release. So while this might not pop as much as we’d want, the movie still looks good and should please fans.

Audio: How’s it sound?

This lossless DTS HD Master Audio option is lively and fun, but never rises above basic standards. The surrounds are put to good use, especially when the musical numbers are on, but the depth and power isn’t there. This is fine though, given the nature of the movie and since all the audio elements sound good, there’s no cause for concern. The music is loud and clear, sound effects are well handled, and vocals come across with no problems.

Supplements: What are the extras?

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Story So Far – If you’re watching this, I’m guessing you’re either baked out of your mind or are trying to keep the kids entertained for some reason. Nevertheless, this gives a synopsis as to the first three movies. I’ll make it easy for you, three cute chipmunks and Dave have endless shenanigans. You’re welcome.
  • Cue the Chipmunks: The Great Big Chipmunks Music Finale – I dozed off at the end, but I’m assuming by the number of songs included here, they do some sort of concert.
  • Our Furry Planet – Ok, I didn’t watch this. I’m assuming it has something to do with chipmunks, though.
  • Alvinisms – Hear the little smartass one-liners uttered by the title character. But…he’s sooooo cute!
  • WETA and the Chipmunks: Animators’ Reference Reel – Broken down into three sections, it’s basically a bunch of songs that you think you know. But…you really don’t.
  • Ultimate Playlist – asdf
    • Music Machine
        “Juicy Wiggle”

        “South Side”

        “Iko Iko”

        “When the Saints Go Marching In/Uptown Funk”

        “Home”

        “Funkytown”

        “I Love Rock N Roll”

        “Get You Goin’”

        “Hot N Cold”

        “Real Wild Child”

        “Born This Way/Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now/Firework”

    • Music Videos (with optional Sing-Along):
        “Shake Your Groove Thing”

        “Vacation”

        “Bad Romance”

    • Lyric Videos:
        “Juicy Wiggle”

        “Uptown Munk”

        “Wreck the Halls”

        “Pizza Toots”

        “I Want Chipmunks for Christmas (a.k.a. Pester Song)

  • Munk Rock – More of the same. Or not, I dunno. I didn’t watch this stuff.
  • RedFoo “Squeaky Wiggle” Dance Instructional – Now there’s no excuse for you not to know how to do the squeaky wiggle.
  • After the Party: A Munkumentary – What goes up, must come down. We get a pseudo-look at the chipmunks and some of their antics.

The Bottom Line

I’ve seen my share of bad films, but none were quite as painfully bad as this. Even Jason Lee looks tired in this 4th outing. Thin plot and little reason to exist, avoid this film at all costs. If you’re a fan of the previous three, then have at it. I’d also advise you to seek professional help, but that’s really none of my business now, is it? Skip it.

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