Monday, September 22, 2008

Madagascar Blu-ray Review

Madagascar Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson

Video
Madagascar makes a Blu-ray debut with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video encode, which is very easy on the eyes. Madagascar is beautiful presentation with vibrant colors, and amazing detail. Detail is remarkable, and just comes to life. I don't think anyone expected the transfer to be anything short of outstanding, and Madagascar does not disappoint. 10/10.

Audio
English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD is included with the release, and it sounds fantastic. The film makes an excellent use of the surround speakers, with the music, sound effects, and dialogue very strong. It's the small sound effects in the background that add so much more to the experience, never realized on the DVD version. I was very pleased and very surprised by how strong the audio was for the Blu-ray release. 9/10.

Extras
Commentary with Directors Tom McGrath and Eric Darnell
Mad Trivia Pop-Up
Penguins In A Christmas Caper (12:08) (HD)
Mad Mishaps (1:30) (HD)
Meet The Wild Cast (7:47) (SD)
Behind The Crates (23:16) (SD)
The Tech Of Madagascar (4:59) (SD)
Penguin Chat (8:43) (HD)
Enchanted Island (7:50) (SD)
Dreamworks Animation Video Jukebox (HD)
'I Like To Move It' Music Video (2:50) (SD)
Learn To Draw (6:24) (HD)

Extras are decent, although a bit more on the obnoxious side. The extras are mostly aimed at kids though, and can see any regular happy child to be very satisfied with the extras. 'I Like To Move It' seems to be quite the hit. Also included Penguins In A Christmas Caper Short, which looks fantastic like the film, and a solid addition to the release. 6/10.

Blu-news Summary
Madagascar is a fun film, I enjoyed it very much. The story is hilarious, and the all-star voice cast brings a lot to the film as well, makes the characters each unique and hilarious in their own ways. The video presentation is stunning, and the audio is impressive as well. Extras are great for kids and quite a few were in high definition as well. Madagascar is 'Recommended.'

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