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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa [Blu-ray]

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In the highly-anticipated sequel to Madagascar, Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria, King Julien, Maurice and the penguins and the chimps find themselves marooned on the distant shores of Madagascar. In the face of this obstacle, the New Yorkers have hatched a plan so crazy it just might work. With military precision, the penguins have repaired an old crashed plane--sort of. Once aloft, this unlikely crew stays airborne just long enough to make it to the wildest place of all--the vast plains of Africa, where the members of our zoo-raised crew encounter species of their own kind for the very first time. Africa seems like a great place...but is it better than their Central Park home?


The sequel to the animated movie Madagascar gives more of everything audiences loved in the first movie: More of the penguins; more of Julian, king of the lemurs; more musical bits of classic rock; and many, many more lions, zebras, hippos, and giraffes. In the first film, a quartet of coddled zoo animals found themselves shipwrecked on the island of Madagascar in a misguided effort to return them to the wild. InMadagascar: Escape 2 Africa, a failed attempt to fly back to New York maroons Alex the lion (voiced by Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith), and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) in an animal preserve on the African continent, accompanied by the four deranged penguins and the lunatic lemur king (deliriously voiced by Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat). By wild coincidence, this is where Alex was born--and where his father is still the alpha lion, and where his malevolent uncle seeks to take over (let's call this an homage to The Lion King). The other beasts have their own story arcs, but really it's all an excuse for daffy comic bits. Though the result is disposable, it's also entirely entertaining. The action sequences pop with dizzying spectacle; though some jokes are mainstream fodder, more often they're surprisingly quirky and engagingly oddball. This is the best kind of cotton candy filmmaking--it dissolves into nothing, but it's oh-so-sweet to the taste. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen
  • Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
  • Writers: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Etan Cohen
  • Producers: Lorne Orleans, Mark Swift, Mireille Soria
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Dreamworks Animated
  • DVD Release Date: February 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (534 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,757 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Dreamworks' animated films have not been able to hold a candle to caliber of Disney/Pixar films, but let's face it: who can? That said, Madagascar 2 is learning from Pixar at the very least. Animated films work when they are able to successfully blend humor, heart, and a good story to keep the audience sustained for at least 90 minutes.

Madagascar 2 starts in the right direction by presenting a very nice opening featuring a brief origin of Alex and how he got to New York. It's probably less than 5 minutes, but already set the tone for the heart of the picture, which focuses chiefly on Alex fitting in with his fellow lions. The other chief characters are also stumbling as they interact with their own in Africa.

Also back is the humor. I sometimes feel like the movies would be funnier if the penguins had more screen time, but they are still funny in whatever scenes they're in. The granny who beat up Alex in the first film is also back for some humor. The humor is better and more consistent than the first.

The only flaw in the film is that it is fairly predictable. The chracters are a little bit better here than in the first and it has a good heart, but sometimes they don't spend as long on the emotional aspect as they could. It's still good entertainment and I like to see Dreamworks progress with their films.
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note: this blue ray includes the nick penguins episodes available in the dvd 2 pack
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After the Furious Five fiasco, Dreamworks has decided to give you all the goodies--and more--in the Blu-Ray release of Madagascar 2. Not only do you get the behind-the-scenes, commentary, and other extras of the DVD, you also get the two Penguin cartoons from the 2-pack DVD bundle...and...

Easter Eggs! Go to the Penguin episodes menu. Highlight an episode. Move the directional controller on your remote and a penguin appears! Each episode will let you slide off the menu to two penguins, for a total of four extra "short" animations that launch when you select the penguin.

The Penguin episodes (and shorts) are hilarious. The quality of the Blu-Ray version is eye-popping: while Kung-Fu Panda produces lots of color and detail, Madagascar 2 goes it one step further with some pretty amazing depth of focus. Some of the panning shots, for example, seem to pop off the screen.

In addition to all this, BD Live will connect you to other extras: we watched a pretty good short documentary about lions, for example. The way the menu is built makes me think there might be more to come.

If you haven't seen this movie yet, Madagascar 2 is a bizarre and hilarious sequel. It introduces new characters, keeps the favorites from the first, and adds yet more movie spoofs and references for the grown-ups, some of them obvious (the Lion King) and some more obscure (The In-Laws). If you're buying for a small child, chances are they might not follow the nuances of blu-ray: the DVD will upscale enough on most players. But for the best experience, this blu-ray is the version to buy.
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Hilarious and extremely entertaining! If you enjoyed "MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA" in the theater, you're going to enjoy the picture and audio quality on Blu-ray! Fantastic!

The popular castaways of "MADAGASCAR" are back!

In the first film, we learned about how the popular animals that came from a New York zoo ended up in Madagascar but now, the gang try to return back to New York but things don't go quite as planned.

"MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA" is a very entertaining film and the animation just screams of CG awesomeness that can be seen from the hair on Zuba with the white strands among the darker strands of hair to the water and the physics of water and just the beautiful landscape of how the animators really tried to capture the beauty of Africa from its weeds, the hills, the trees especially the clouds.

Also, what was amazing is the number of talent used in this film and I didn't know until watching the special features is that "MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA" was the final film which featured popular comedian Bernie Mac before his death and that it was screened for the family and even included a dedication for him in the ending credits.

The voice acting was very well done by each talent and again, I am totally impressed by the storyline and how beautiful the film looked and how great it sounds on Blu-ray.


The film is featured in 1080p High Definition (AVC-encoded) transfer that is beautiful! Needless to say, when it comes to picture quality, DreamWorks Entertainment has not let anyone down. If anything, I think there is a high anticipation that the film look great on Blu-ray and the animators successfully have done so.
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"Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" is entertaining to all ages - the movie has an immediately engaging storyline full of lovable characters: Alex the lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman (the Giraffe), Gloria (the Hippo) , King Julien (the Lemur), Maurice and the penguins and the chimps are comic and well defined in this movie. If this is the sequel, Madagascar 1 is a "must see"! So not knowing much about Madagascar 1, I was still able to enjoy and understand the story of this movie. A group of animals (Lion, Zebra, Giraffe, and Monkeys) from a New York Zoo trying to understand their roots after arriving in Africa after spending most or all of their lives in captivity. The Penguins are a hoot - and the movie is a fascinating funny romp.

The film evidently picks up with them trying to fly back to New York in an old World War II fighter plane - shot through the air with a giant slingshot. After a hilarious take off and flight for a short period of time, the plane crashes in Madagascar - and through luck, Alex, the Lion somehow finds his father and mother and the other animals find their own kind as well. Alex must prove he is "King" and take over the title from his father. Alec Baldwin plays the villain as his rival Makunga.

There is also a hilarious role of hippo-Casanova Moto Moto who is romancing Gloria (the Zoo hippo - who does not realize the Giraffe has always been in love with her. The movie is full of sub-plots and animal drama and great laugh lines. It is a madcap romp - and Africa seems like a great place - but we wonder if it is better than their Central Park Zoo?

Lots of friendship, love, teamwork, and family bonds are developed with this entertaining movie.
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You can usually tell by looking up the movie soundtrack:

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Does this have a standard dvd with this blu-ray?
no blu ray is only the bluray no standered disc
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Does it include spanish audio?
Yes, it has a spanish Mono track
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