Alvin and the Chipmunks was released in DVD in North America, Greece, and Mexico on April 1, 2008; Hong Kong on April 10, 2008; the United Kingdom on April 14, 2008; and Taiwan on November 24, 2008. On Blu-ray, the film was issued in the United States on April 1, 2008; Portugal, South Africa, and the United Kingdom on April 14, 2008, Germany on April 25, 2008; Australia on June 18, 2008; Norway and Sweden on July 2, 2008; South Korea on July 7, 2008; Brazil on July 10, 2008; Finland on July 11, 2008; Hong Kong on July 18, 2008; Taiwan on August 8, 2008; France on November 19, 2008; Denmark on December 19, 2009; Canada on March 29, 2011; Mexico on October 16, 2011; and Spain on November 16, 2011. Also on April 1, 2008, a Blu-ray "gift set" that included dolls of all the three chipmunks alongside the movie was released. On Amazon Prime, the film was originally released in standard definition on March 30, 2010, before being issued in HD on September 18, 2012; and it was made available on Movies Anywhere on October 12, 2017.
That said, whatever it was, "Alvin and the Chipmunks" is about as good as a movie with these characters can probably be, and I am well aware that I am the wrong audience for this movie. I am even sure some readers will throw it up to me like I liked the "Garfield" movie better. Yes, but Garfield didn't sing, and he was dubbed by Bill Murray. My duty as a reporter is to inform you that the chipmunks are sorta cute, that Jason Lee and David Cross manfully play roles that require them, as actors, to relate with empty space that would later be filled with CGI, and that at some level, the movie may even be doing something satirical about rock stars and the hype machine.
The Frankenstein monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus and in Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein experience and learn many new things when they are first created. The philosophical debate between Nature versus Nurture suggests that there are two distinct ways an individual learns either from nature or from someone else. In Shelley's novel the monster receives both forms of learning: experience in the woods and then, nurturing from the DeLacey family. Frankie, in this movie, is left to his own devices and surrounding environment when Dr. Frankenstein sends him after the three chipmunks. He ends up tracking Alvin, Theodore, and Simon in the night, without knowing how to speak or act. Similarily, Shelley's Dr. Frankenstein does not fulfill a parenting role, but instead abandons the monster immediately following his creation. In addition, no one instructed Frankie about a roller coaster and the scene becomes comical when he gets scared on the ride.
However, this adaptation is set apart by having the monster join society for entertainment purposes. This kind of meta entertainment is explicit throughout the film. Universal is making a statement that this film's purpose and, in effect, the Frankenstein story, is for entertainment - to amuse people. For this adaptation, Universal is not concerned with fidelity to Mary Shelley's classic novel. The staging of the movie in an amusement park and the chipmunks performing their songs are all qualities of the meta entertainment style of this adaptation.
But these quibbles come surprisingly infrequently. Overall, the movie doesn't try too hard for viewers' affections (it doesn't jump in your lap like a yapping puppy) and moves with speed and confidence. The songs are fun, the chipmunks are likeable, and the movie seems to have its heart in the right place. It may inspire some giggles and unexpected smiles from the whole family. 2b1af7f3a8