In their third film the four animals from Madagascar – Alex (Ben Stiller) the lion, Marty (Chris Rock) the zebra, Melman (David Schwimmer) the giraffe, and Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith) the hippopotamus – join a European circus and finally make it home to New York City.
After growing tired of waiting for the penguins to return to Africa, the NY foursome travel to Monaco to retrieve their friends and start the journey home only to have to hide out in a rundown traveling circus to escape a crazed Animal Control officer (Frances McDormand) who wants Alex’s head stuffed and mounted on her wall.
Fans of both the first and second film should enjoy themselves here as the third entry into the franchise gives us more crazy plans and inventions from the penguins, more zany travel adventures for our fearsome foursome, new wacky supporting characters, and even a love interest (Jessica Chastain) for Alex this time around.
Both the DVD and Blu-ray include deleted scenes, a music montage of the circus performance, a pair of short behind-the-scenes making of featurettes including a roundtable with the cast, and commentary by the three directors Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, and Conrad Vernon. The Blu-ray also includes the DVD, a digital copy of the film, a train game for kids, trivia, and a picture-in-picture featurette (with storyboards and rough animation) where the directors discuss the creation of the film. The 3D Blu-ray copy includes the film in 3D and an Ultraviolet copy of the movie as well.
[DreamWorks, DVD $29.98 / Blu-ray $39.99 / 3D Blu-ray $54.99]