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"Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3" (Blu-ray)
Reviewer:
John Reese
Studio: Disney
Genre:
Family
Release Date:
\September 18th, 2012
Special Features:

See Below

Review:

Out of all the movies Disney releases I would never guessed that Beverly Hills Chihuahua would become a franchise. Of course, I should not be too surprised since people love dogs, especially children. I mean look how successful the "Air Bud" series is. The first film came out in 1997 and the franchise is still as strong as ever. The "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" franchise began in 2008 with a "mutt" Papi (George Lopez) falling in love with a pampered Chihuahua Chloe (Drew Barrymore) and eventually having puppies. The movie was mediocre at best, but audiences sure seemed to embrace it. So it was popular enough to get a direct-to-DVD sequel. Now we have a second sequel, "Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta". So, how does it compare to the previous two installments?***

The film starts out with Papi, Chloe (now played by Odette Annable) and their cute puppies moving into the luxurious Langham Hotel. This seems like doggie heaven, but one of the puppies, Rosa, feels left out and a little sad. She does not want to go school and feels that she will be bullied because of her small size. Papi, like a good parent, decides to throw Rosa a Quinceanera to help her self-confidence. Yes, that's right. They want to throw a Quinceanera for a dog. As ridiculous as this sounds at least it is somewhat original. Plus the puppies are cute.***

Disney knows their audience well as this film will appeal mostly to children and dog lovers. However, just like the past two films the writing is still formulaic and corny, but for what it's worth at least the filmmakers tried harder this time to make a semi decent film.***

Audio and Video: The audio is an English DTS-HD MA 5.1 track, which also has a French and Spanish track. The dialogue and music are mixed just right. There were no compression issues with video as everything was sharp and clear. ***

Special Features:

There aren't many extras on the disc at all. There is a "Hangin' with Papi", a six minute featurette that follows Papi around the set. There is also a music video, "Living Your Dreams", which is performed by Disney Channel's Raini Rodriguez (The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Austin and Ally). The Blu-ray also comes a DVD and digital copy of the film, which is always nice. Plus there is a coupon free plush toy.***

Final Words:

I honestly never saw the appeal of these movies, but I'm not in the film's demographic so I can't really say much. If kids loved the first two films then they will like this one too. ***

 

 
 
 
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