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MPAA Rating: PG (For Some Mild Thematic Elements)
Running Time: 91 Minutes
Starring: Piper Perabo, Manolo Cardona, Jamie Lee Curtis, Andy Garcia, George Lopez, Drew Barrymore
Screenplay by: Analisa LaBianco and Jeff Bushell
Directed by: Raja Gosnell
Retail Price: $29.99
Features: Audio Commentary with Director Raja Gosnell, Deleted Scenes, Blooper Scooper, Legend Of The Chihuahua, Pet Pals: The Voices Behind The Dogs, Hitting Their Bark: On Set With The Dogs Of BHC
Specs: 2.40:1 Widescreen 1080p High Definition, English Uncompressed 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Scene Selection (12 Scenes)
Released: March 3rd, 2009
Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks in English, French and Spanish are included, as well as subtitles in English, French and Spanish.
A few goodies are exclusive to this Blu-ray edition. Pet Pals: The Voices Behind The Dogs are typical fluff interviews with the cast, talking about their voice work for the movie. More interesting, but still a bit cheesy, is Hitting Their Bark: On Set With The Dogs Of BHC. Yes, the dogs are cute, but it sure takes a lot to train them properly. Since this movie is for kids, I think they'll appreciate these featurettes the best.
There's also a collection of Deleted Scenes that are introduced by director Raja Gosnell. The standard DVD only had about 9 minutes worth of material, and Blu-ray viewers get an additional 15 minutes or so. If you can't get enough of the movie, then I'm sure you'll enjoy the chance to experience more chihuahua action.
There is also an Audio Commentary with Director Raja Gosnell. This is not something I imagine kids will listen to this, but older viewers who happen to love the movie might be interested in checking it out. Truthfully, I did not find this commentary to be all that compelling. There are some dead spots and some jokes that fall flat (sorry, Raja), but when Gosnell does speak a lot of the obvious is spoken. Still, the track has its moments of the technical variety: working with the dogs, script changes, what it was like to shoot in certain locations and how some shots were accomplished. In all, this commentary is a bit on the dry side, and is probably best suited for die-hard fans of the movie or those interested in the aesthetics of the production.
Legend Of The Chihuahua is a cute animated short for the kiddies, which gives a glimpse of the popular breed through history. Rounding out the disc is the 3 minute Blooper Scooper, where humans and dogs alike mess up on camera. Watching dogs miss their marks is a lot more fun than humans flubbing lines, in my opinion.