DreamWorks has released "MADAGASCAR" on blu-ray, and kids and adults alike will enjoy the content and presentation this title has been given! When the pampered animals of a Central Park zoo find themselves in the jungles of an African island, things get pretty scary, especially for the hypochondriac giraffe, Mellman, given a surprisingly great personality through the voice of David Schwimmer. Of course, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith and Ben Stiller's voices also serve the film well. There are plenty of laughs throughout the film and there are even some really poignant, heart-rendering moments as well. While not in the same league as the recent "KUNG FU PANDA," this one's still fine entertainment, and easily re-watchable.
DREAMWORKS has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray release. Coming from a digital source, the image is flawless! Colors are vibrant in every scene. The detail is also amazing, with virtually every scene offering the "jump-off-the-screen" impact one hopes for with high-definition. Blacks and grays are inky enough to provide great depth in dark scenes, of which there are few, considering the exotic settings of most the film.
DREAMWORKS has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. While notably better in terms of bass and dynamic range than the Dolby Digital mix offered on the dvd, this TrueHD mix still disappoints in terms of surround involvement. For long passages, surrounds are non-existent. Separation effects are impressive within the front soundstage and dialogue is well balanced with ambient effects and music.
The same extras found on the dvd are carried over for this release, however, most are offered in full HD. It's great to see the short film, "A CHRISTMAS CAPER," featuring Madagascar's penguins, with the grand resolution it's been given!
A pop-up trivia track is offered as an option, as well.