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PR: It’s Time to Get Munk’d!

by on February 8, 2008

#1 Family Comedy Event of the Year and Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award Nominee for “Favorite Movie” Singing Onto DVD and Blu-Ray Disc April 1st

DVD & Blu-Ray Disc Highlighted By Family-Friendly Extras Including Two Featurettes On The Chipmunks History & Soundtrack Music Recording Sessions, Plus Exclusive DVD Sneak Peek Look at Horton Hears A Who!

CENTURY CITY, Calif. – Get your squeak on because The Chipmunks are back and bigger than ever! The $208+ million blockbuster family comedy sensation Alvin and the Chipmunks sings and dances its way to DVD and Blu-ray Disc (BD) April 1st from Fox Home Entertainment. Funny, mischievous and very adventurous, the famous talented chipmunk trio – Alvin, Simon and Theodore – come to life like never before in the new live-action, CGI-animated film that rocked the box office. Filled with heartfelt moments, catchy music and witty humor for both children and parents alike, Alvin and the Chipmunks stars Golden Globe® nominee Jason Lee (“My Name is Earl”) as the struggling songwriter Dave Seville who is surrogate father/stage manager to the famous threesome – Alvin, Simon and Theodore, respectively voiced by teen heartthrob Justin Long (Live Free or Die Hard), Matthew Gray Gubler (R.V., “Criminal Minds”) and actor-pop sensation Jesse McCartney (“Summerland”). Directed by Tim Hill (Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties) and from the writers of The Simpsons Movie and Ice Age 2, the film also features hilarious performances from Emmy®-winner David Cross (“Arrested Development”), Jane Lynch (Anchorman) and rising star Cameron Richardson (“Point Pleasant”).

A global phenomenon to generations of fans, Alvin and the Chipmunks were originally created in 1958 by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. The singing trio have delighted audiences around the world with the release of 16 studio records selling over 43 million albums, which have garnered five Grammy Awards, notably with their Christmas perennial favorite “The Chipmunk Song” becoming a #1 hit single in the U.S., selling over 43 million albums. Also a smashing success, the “Alvin and the Chipmunks” animated TV series debuted in 1983 and was broadcast in over 100 countries and recipient of three Emmy® nominations, followed by several other animated feature films and TV specials over the years. The ‘Munks’ catchy sound and comic adventures have been a pop-culture mainstay for both young and old, now celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year!

Loaded with fun-filled bonus features including two behind-the-scenes featurettes exploring the Chipmunks history, music and more, plus an “Inside Look” at the new animated comedy Horton Hears A Who!, the Alvin and the Chipmunks DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $29.98 U.S. / $43.48 Canada; the Blu-ray Disc (BD) is priced at $39.98 U.S. / $49.98 Canada.

Struggling songwriter Dave Seville (Jason Lee) opens his home to a talented trio of chipmunks named Alvin, Simon and Theodore, they quickly become overnight music sensations. But when a greedy record producer (David Cross) tries to exploit the musical ensemble, Dave must use a little human ingenuity—and a lot of ‘munk mischief—to get his furry family back before it’s too late!

DVD Specs:
The Alvin and the Chipmunks DVD release is presented on a flipper disc featuring both full screen (1.31:1 aspect ratio) and widescreen format (1.85:1 aspect ratio) with English 5.1 Dolby Surround, Spanish/French Dolby Surround with English and Spanish subtitles. DVD bonus features will include:
• Chip-Chip-Hooray! Chipmunk History featurette
• Hitting the Harmony featurette
• Inside Look at Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!

Blu-ray Disc Specs:
The Alvin and the Chipmunks BD release will be presented in widescreen format on a 25GB single-layer disc authored in AVC (MPEG 4) compression with English 5.1 DTS HD Lossless Master Audio, Spanish/French 5.1 Dolby Digital plus English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean and French subtitles. BD bonus content includes:
• Chip-Chip-Hooray! Chipmunk History featurette
• Hitting the Harmony featurette
• Several high-definition trailers

A recognized global industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC (TCFHE) is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming on VHS, DVD and Blu-ray Disc (BD) as well as acquisitions and original productions. The company also releases all products around the globe for MGM Home Entertainment. Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets — from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce – throughout the world. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC is a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, a News Corporation company.

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