Sep 22, 2009 06:39 PM EST

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Very First Alvin Show Hits DVD

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Very First Alvin Show Hits DVD
In time for the new Alvin and the Chipmunks movie coming out this winter, Paramount has released "The Very First Alvin Show" DVD.
This disc contains three "episodes". The first is "The Very First Alvin Show". Paramount has reached into the archive and put the first episode of the original Alvin Show (the precursor to the Alvin and the Chipmunks reboot of the 80s/90s) from 1961. If you are used to the format for the reboot, the Alvin Show will seem very weird. One of the secondary stars of that show is Clyde Crashcup, a "scientist", who has his own mini-episode on the pilot (about baseball strangely enough), and even appears in the opening credits of the show (and another strange thing - Alvin stops whenever he appears in the credits). Maybe later episodes explain why he is on this show, but all you get is the first episode.
The next episode is "A Chipmunk Reunion", where the three boys go to find their mother. We learn how they started with music, where they got their talent from, and how they ended up where they are. Yes, they find their mother, but will they want to go back to recording music in the human world again? Watch it and see.
The last episode is "Rockin through the Decades", hosted by Wil Smith (as The Fresh Prince, so you can tell how dated this is), with numerous cameos, such as Ben Vereen, Shelley Duvall, Kenny Loggins and others. Wil takes us through the different musical eras, with the Chipmunks singing in each one.   From the Beach Boys to Captain Fantastic they travel through musical time. On a somber note, during the 1980s, Alvin joins Michael Jackson on "Smooth Criminal" and "Beat It". Ending with a Christmas Rap for the 1990s, this is a cutesy review of the various popular music of each decade, hosted by a very popular movie star - on his way up the ladder to his current success. Does he owe any of it to Alvin and the Chipmunks? Probably not, but it doesn't hurt.
The disc is bare bones: no other special features included. Presented in standard definition, encoded with Dolby Digital. The content brings this DVD up to a B from a C due to the lack of special features.

Rating - B

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FlickDirect Movie Reviewer, Roger Longenbach
Roger Longenbach, Editor
Since he was very young, Roger has enjoyed going to the local theatre and seeing a good film on the big screen. Starting with the lines for Empire Strikes Back, Roger has especially enjoyed the Star Wars franchise, culminating with his attendance at the Washington, D.C. premiere of Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace. But in 1990, when the Little Mermaid came out on video, Roger experienced a resurgence in the Disney brand, something he hadn't felt since he got the "I love Gurgi" button in 1985. Roger has since seen almost every Disney and Pixar animated pictures during their runs in the theatres. He enjoys movie music, especially those from most Disney animated features.

Favorite Films: Clerks, Donnie Darko, Pearl Harbor, The Negotiator, Johnny Tremain, The Lion King, Backdraft, Tarzan, and many more.
Favorite Directors: Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Bay
Favorite Actors: Amy Adams, Kate Beckinsale, Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Geoffrey Rush
Favorite Genres: Action, Animated, Historical Epics
Favorite Television: CSI, Robot Chicken
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