Madagascar Blu-Ray Review

October 5, 2008

ChattahBox reviews Madagascar Blu-Ray Madagascar

Blu-Ray Review
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Street Date: 9/23/08
US Rating: G

If you like to move it, move it, then check out this disc!  The crazy animals and Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer and Chris Rock are now found in Blu-Ray HD and Dolby True HD 5.1 sound!

For those not familiar with the film, Madagascar is an animated adventure from Dreamworks Entertainment for the entire family.  The film follows the adventures of an african lion named Alex (Stiller), a hippopotamaus named Gloria (Pinkett-Smith), a hypocondriac giraffe named Melman and an ever optomistic zebra named Marty (Rock).  To say that this film was perfectly cast is an understatement.  Schwimmer and Stiller’s voices are played perfectly with their characters in the film.

The film begins with these animals in their natural habitat, the Central Park Zoo, where Alex is a star attraction and cannot get enough attention.  Life is good for the animals here in the zoo, except for Marty who wishes to be free and run in the wild.  For Marty’s 10th birthday the gang puts together a party for him and he wishes for this very thing, to be free.  While his friends dismiss the idea, Marty decides to take action.  Upon his disappearance his friends begin looking for him only to end up on a ship bound for Madagascar.  The rest of the film follows the animals in a bit of an ironic fish out of water story in the jungle and their quest to return to the zoo.  Along the way they meet a number of fun loving characters who help them on their way back home.  The most prominent of which is King Julien XIII, played by Sacha Baren Cohen, who is the leader of a group of ring-tailed limas, who really like to have a good time.

This being the second animated feature I have seen in Blu-Ray HD I have to say I was impressed again.  There is so much in the way of details that you experience in this version of the film that really makes you appreciate the level of detail the artists go through for each frame.  The Dolby True 5.1 Track sound is very good as well.  Unfortunately unless you like to move it, move it a lot, then there is not much here to take advantage of that.

The extras on the disc are, as one would expect very kiddie oriented but there are a few items for the tall kids in the room as well.  There is a great short with the penguins from the film titled A Christmas Caper.  For the most part though the adult fare is your standard making of commentaries, bloopers and behind the scenes stuff.  For the kids there is an entire Dreamworks Kids section containing music videos and learn to draw features.  All stuff very worthwhile for the little ones.

Film: 7.0

Audio: 8.0

Video: 8.0

Bonus Features: 7.0

Overall: 7.3

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