Penguins of Madagascar appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. As anticipated, this turned into a terrific presentation.
At all times, sharpness looked strong. No softness ever marred the image, as it consistently remained tight and concise.
I saw no signs of shimmering or jagged edges, and edge haloes were absent. Of course, print defects failed to materialize, so this was an image free from flaws.
With its variety of settings, Penguins came with a vivid palette. The different colors consistently looked dynamic and exciting, with lively reproduction of the tones.
Blacks seemed tight and deep, and shadows looked smooth and clear. This was a fine presentation.
The DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack of Penguins also seemed positive. In the forward domain, the music showed fine stereo imaging, while effects blended together neatly and smoothly.
Those elements moved from speaker to speaker cleanly as the track created a solid sense of atmosphere. It even included a fair amount of dialogue from the side speakers, which offered a good impression of breadth.
Surround usage generally favored reinforcement of music and effects, but the rears came to life nicely during a number of scenes. For instance, shots related to the plane showed effective use of the surrounds, as did the other action sequences. The mix helped bring the material to life.
Audio quality consistently appeared fine. Dialogue was natural and distinct, and I heard no problems related to intelligibility or edginess. Music was rich and warm throughout the movie, with good clarity as well.
Effects boasted nice range and accuracy, with deep low-end as necessary. Though not an “A”-level mix, the audio worked well for the movie.
This set includes both 2D and 3D versions of the film. The picture comments above reflected the 2D edition – how did the 3D representation compare?
Visual quality remained very similar. The 3D may have been a smidgen darker, but that was a minor change, so the movie usually looked just as good.
An extravaganza of vivid effects, the 3D Penguins delivered consistent material that used the stereo possibilities well. Depth seemed strong, and the movie provided many fun “pop-out” moments. Without question, the 3D Penguins became the most enjoyable way to watch the film.
When we shift to extras, we open with Top Secret Guide to Becoming an Elite Agent. It goes for three minutes, 39 seconds and mixes movie clips with comments from Skipper and other characters. It becomes mildly amusing at best.
Two music videos appear. “He Is Dave” by Lorne Balfe & Antony Genn matches the Bond theme-style song with movie shots, while “Celebrate” by Pitbull offers a simple affair mildly improved by “interaction” between the artist and animated penguins. Neither makes much of an impact.
With Flipper Slap Shake Waddle and Roll, we get a two-minute, six-second reel. It matches dance video of the penguins with a polka song. Don’t expect a lot from it.
Along the same lines, we get Do the Penguin Shake, as “tWitch” and the penguins demonstrate how to do that dance. It’s two minutes, 26 seconds of nothing much.
A Deleted Scene called “Orangefinger” runs one minute, 20 seconds. Shown in storyreel form, it lets us see the Private as he dreams about Cheezy Dibbles. It proves to be vaguely interesting.
We can view the scene with or without an introduction. I thought this would come from the filmmakers, but instead, we get a joke opening from Skipper. Yawn.
Next comes Madagascar Mashup, a three-minute, 12-second piece. It gives us a montage of penguins shots from the Madagascar movies – which means it lacks much merit.
A one-minute, 29-second clip called essentially acts as a eecap of the Penguins plot. What purpose does it serve? Promotional, I guess, but it doesn’t go anywhere.
After this comes a Cheezy Dibbles Ad. A 32-second bit, the penguins promote the snack. It presents slight entertainment at most.
Under Gallery, we get 27 stills. These simply show images from the movie, so they’re not very interesting.
The 2D disc opens with ads for Home and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Sneak Peek adds promos for King Julien and Turbo: FAST.
We also find the trailer for Penguins and additional promos under World of DreamWorks Animation.
A third disc provides a DVD copy of Penguins. It includes “Top Secret Guide”, “Mash-Up”, “Dibbles Ad”, the gallery and the ads.
As a spotlight for minor Madagascar characters, Penguins of Madagascar offers intermittent entertainment and no more. While it keeps us moderately amused, it feels inconsistent and less than fulfilling. The Blu-ray boasts excellent picture as well as very good audio but it supplements lack depth. Madagascar fans may get some enjoyment from the film, but it feels like a minor diversion at best - one that does fare nicely in 3D, though.
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