CHiPS Movie Review | Warner Bros Home Entertainment

Starring: Dax Shepard, Michael Pena, Adam Brody, Jessica McNamee, Ryan Hansen & Kristen Bell Directed by: Dax Shepard Synopsis: Jon Baker and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello have joined the California Highway Patrol...

Starring: Dax Shepard, Michael Pena, Adam Brody, Jessica McNamee, Ryan Hansen & Kristen Bell
Directed by: Dax Shepard

Synopsis:

Jon Baker and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello have joined the California Highway Patrol for very different reasons. Baker, the rookie, is a beaten-up pro motorbiker trying to save his marriage. Ponch, a tough cop with a weakness for women in yoga pants, is an undercover FBI agent investigating heists that may be inside jobs. With Jon’s bike skills joined with Ponch’s street savvy, this mismatched pair might just work…if they don’t drive each other crazy first.

Video:

CHiPS is presented in a 1080p, AVC-encoded blu-ray with sharp attention to detail in color and solid blacks. Most notably the picture looks flawless in well lit environmental scenes. Like any other Warner Bros release, the image is immaculate and looks beautiful presented on either a 1080p or a 2160 up-scaled projection. Visually this film is beautiful with settle and consistent film gradient that captures every piece of detail even down to the lint on Poncho’s tan CHP uniform. The PQ most notably steals the show for this mediocre comedy that fails to live up to the television show in many areas. The explosions and stunt sequences in this film are an entertaining watch nevertheless specifically speaking on video presentation, this film delivers on all counts.


Audio:

Presented in a 5.1 action soundtrack with a lossless DTS-HD MA, CHiPS could never sound any better. Given the high octane sequences the film delivers throughout its 101 film length, the audio is clear, crisp and at times overpowering with its dynamic audio range, to give you a lifelike experience that you are actually with Baker and Ponch on the streets of LA. The score is presented exceptionally well which makes the overall audio experience an A grade. Dialogue was very clear and crisp and consistent audio levels were presented at its highest degree. At times, some films deliver inconsistent audio levels where you will find yourself adjusting the volume throughout the film. With this film, none of that is present, which makes this film enjoyable to watch from start to finish.

Supplements:

This Is Not Your Dad’s CHiPS
Practical Pursuit
Ducati: The Perfect Bike

Deleted Scenes (with optional audio commentary by Dax Shepard)

  • Kurtz Arnaud Phone Call
  • Jon and Ponch Cause an Accident
  • Ponch Masturbates 
  • Longer Painting Scene
  • Graduation
  • Ray’s Hipster Traffic Stop
  • Ponch Sweeps House
  • Hospital Taxi
  • Jon and Ponch Talk About House Sale
  • Jon Wakes Up

 

Closing thoughts:

CHiPS is a film that would rank low on a guilty pleasure list. It’s not the most terrible film to date, but its definitely not the best comedy of the year by far. I appreciate the direction they tried to go to recreate the gritty humor of the original television series and to try and put a twist on it to make it sweeter, but ended up spoiling the whole show nevertheless. This film is a forgettable and fans of original series who haven’t seen this film, should steer far away. I’ll admit there are times in this film that made me crack a smile. Aside from the exceptional picture and audio quality of this film, that is the only enjoyable experience I received. Cheers to those that were able to sit through this film.

Technical specifications:

Disc:

Production release: Warner Bros.
Video release: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Number of discs: 2
Region A
Runtime: 110 minutes
Case: Standard amaray case
Release date: June 27, 2017

Video:
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1, Original 1.85:1
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC (34.04 Mbps)

Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48 kHz, 24-bit)
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)
Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)

Subtitles:
English SDH
Spanish
Portuguese
French

Extras:
Yes

 

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