Penguins Of Madagascar 3D

Featured In Issue 196, April/May 2015

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In Penguins Of Madagascar, Skipper (McGrath), Kowalski (Miller), Rico (Vernon), and Private (Knights) join forces with the undercover organization The North Wind to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine from destroying the world as we know it. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a “Top Secret Guide To Becoming An Elite Agent” (HD 03:39), the “He Is Dave” music video (HD 03:18), “Flipper Slap Shake Waddle And Roll” (HD 02:06), the “Celebrate” music video by Pitbull (HD 03:18), “Do The Penguin Shake With The Witch” (HD 02:26) and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1.85:1 1080p MVC 3D picture is terrific and showcases various environments, such as the frigid Antarctic to Venice to New York City. The sense of depth is naturally rendered, particularly as the foreground imagery relates to the background. Spatial dimensionality often extends beyond the screen parameters. Characters are nicely voluminous. The color palette is beautifully hued with warm and bold hues, and deep inky blacks that contrast with the snow and the Penguin chests. Blacks are solid and far deeper than any live-action black level, and enhance the superb contrast. Shadows are well defined as well. Hues throughout are beautifully rendered, with excellent saturation. Resolution is fantastic, with the finest nuanced detail perfectly rendered throughout. At times, the frame widens to 2.34:1, with objects appearing to leap out beyond the screen. The 3D is wonderful, with excellent depth and dimension. The imagery is pristine, and there are no noticeable crosstalk ghosting issues. This is an exceptional 3D visual experience that is a lot of fun to experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack features a dialogue track that is remarkably well integrated spatially, with a sense of depth and presence not always experienced in animated movies. In one segment, the voices are panned smoothly throughout the surround channels. Foley effects and sound effects are extremely active, punctuated with a lively orchestral score. The music is humorously varied and voluminously spread wide and deep with excellent articulation, instrumental separation, dynamics, and extension to the four surround channels. Nuanced sounds and background sound effects are impressively detailed, such as penguin flipper movements, with excellent articulation and placement within the soundfield. Low-end support is effectively engaging, such as explosions, with deep, extended .1 LFE sub-25 Hz bass. This is a fun, chaotic holosonic® experience with a terrific music score that integrates effectively with the almost-constant visual mayhem. (Gary Reber)