Plot: What’s it about?
A lot of dogs are spoiled, but none are pampered to the extent that Chloe (Drew Barrymore) is treated to. Her lap of luxury life is given to her by her wealthy owner (Jamie Lee Curtis), who showers her with expensive baubles. Chloe even sports a diamond collar that is worth more than most people’s homes. But when her owner has to leave town, Chloe is handed over to her assistant, who isn’t so mindful of the pooch. Soon enough, Chloe winds up lost and finds herself in a world she has never visited before, which is the real world. As she tries to make her way back to her plush lifestyle, Chloe meets other dogs, gets into trouble, and has one wild adventure after another. But can Chloe ever be reunited with her pampered existence and even if so, will her time out in the real world have any kind of impact on her?
I admit it, I have a soft spot for Chihuahuas, I own two of the little barkers and think they’re the coolest pets. So despite the fact that a live action movie with talking Chihuahuas sounds terrible, I hoped for the best. As expected, I found the film’s canine stars to be cute and fun to watch, but the rest wasn’t that enjoyable. If this were just about the dogs, the movie could have been so much better, as the human elements are poorly done. Indeed, it is even hard to watch at times, but that should be no surprise. So when it sticks to the dogs, this is a tolerable picture, otherwise it sinks and sinks fast. Raja Gosnell’s direction is pitiful, as he is unable to steer the material through even the most basic obstacles. I really wanted to like Beverly Hills Chihuahua, but in the end, this is just not a fun movie. But if you have children or just love those little Taco Bell mascot types, then by all means, give this a rental, but don’t expect much at all.
Video: How does it look?
Beverly Hills Chihuahua is presented in 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen. This is a great looking transfer, though some issues keep the score down a little. The film’s bright and colorful visuals are well replicated, as colors are vivid and the image is clean, crisp, and sharp. I found detail to be strong, but not remarkable. You’ll know you’re not watching a DVD, but this isn’t as eye popping as some of the transfers out there. In addition, contrast was off at times, which is not good news. But overall, this is a great treatment that should please fans.
Audio: How does it sound?
A DTS HD 5.1 option is on deck, but this is not a soundtrack that stands out. The material is well handled, but this movie just doesn’t have much in terms of memorable audio. No real power or even presence to speak of, just a solid, but front channel heavy experience. The dialogue is clear and free from errors, which is crucial, while the music adds some much needed life. Nothing else to talk about in this section, this is just not a memorable soundtrack. This disc also includes a Dolby Digital 5.1 option, French and Spanish language tracks, and subtitles in English and Spanish.
Supplements: What are the extras?
Raja Gosnell’s audio comments are far too serious, but then that adds humor, so no complaints. Not a great or even good track, but fans might want to give it a spin. This disc also includes three featurettes (two exclusive to the Blu-ray release), some deleted scenes, and a blooper reel.