New on DVD

  • Thu Oct 18th, 2012 8:20am
  • Life

“Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”

Except for the marvelous military-minded penguins, the first two “Madagascar” offerings were lame. They must have been saving the best for Part 3. “Madagascar 3” is charming, beautifully animated and, best of all, side-splittingly funny. This is a rare occasion where the product has improved with age.

Grade A

“Alcatraz: The Complete Series”

The short-lived Fox series from J.J. Abrams looks at what happens when all of the guards and prisoners at the prison vanish, then begin reappearing years later. It’s “Lost” meets “Prison Break.” Sarah Jones portrays a strong hero, while Jorge Garcia offers just the right amount of humor to keep this show from being too dark. It also features the always reliable Sam Neill.

Grade B-plus

“Chernobyl Diaries”

A group of young people find terror at the site of the nuclear accident. Other than the setting, there’s little about the film to distinguish it from all of the other horror films where a group of good-looking people find themselves in a deadly situation and make silly decisions as they are picked off one by one.

Grade C-minus

Also new on DVD:

“Mad Men: Season 5”: Another superb season of the cable series about the lives and loves at an advertising agency.

“Greystone Park”: Three filmmakers break into an asylum.

“The Ice House”: Detectives must decide if a dead body is a new or old case. Daniel Craig stars.

“Moonrise Kingdom”: Two 12-year-olds fall in love, run away into the wilderness.

Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee