Out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week: A special child sees the connectedness of all creation, some zany animals try to get home to New York, and some anime heroes have to save the universe again.
It's remarkable that such a portentous and epic concept, the interconnectedness of everything, is welcome as much for offering Kiefer Sutherland occasional unaccustomed opportunities to relax into a smile, but the real value here is that the premise offers opportunities to treat dramatic suspense as a form of engaged curiosity, a procedural about rooting out the secrets of the universe.
Formats: DVD (2 discs).
The story: Single father Martin Bohm struggles to raise his emotionally challenged son Jake. But Martin soon discovers that Jake possesses an amazing gift: the ability to see the hidden patterns of numbers that connect every life on the planet. With the help of a brilliant professor, Martin learns to communicate with Jake and help people around the world.
Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Danny Glover, David Mazouz, Karen David, Philip Shahbaz, David de Lautour.
Created by: Tim Kring.
Features: Closed Caption; Fate's equation; Touch the world; Extended pilot episode; Deleted scenes.
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Another tour of wacky antics from the ex-zoo animals as they try to get back to New York, which evidently involves wearing a clown wig.
Formats: DVD, Digital Copy, Blu-ray, 3D.
The story: Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent---Madagascar style.
Starring: Ben Stiller (Alex), Chris Rock (Marty), David Schwimmer (Melman), Jada Pinkett Smith (Gloria), Sacha Baron Cohen (Julien), Cedric the Entertainer (Maurice), Andy Richter (Mort), Tom McGrath (Skipper/First Policeman), Frances McDormand (Captain Chantel DuBois), Jessica Chastain (Gia), Bryan Cranston (Vitaly), Martin Short (Stefano), Chris Miller (Kowalski).
Directed by: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon.
Features: Get Them to the Train (1080p); The Animators' Corner (1080p); Trivia Track; Big Top Cast (1080p, 13:38); Deleted Scenes (1080p, 6:18); Mad Music Mash-Up (1080p, 1:00); Ringmasters (1080p, 15:27); Madagascar 3 Roundtable (1080p, 1080p, 3:48); Filmmakers' Commentary: Directors Eric Darnell, Conrad Vernon, and Tom McGrath; Previews (1080p); How to Train your Dragon stage production Sneak Peek (1080p, 20:23).
The anime TV series is now available in an English-language sub in North America, and both of the previous films were released on DVD last year by Discotek, making this third film the main item of unfinished business for the GE999 franchise on this side of the Pacific.
The story: Based on the original story by Leiji Matsumoto, this new film picks up one year after the events of Adieu, Galaxy Express 999. A young boy named Tetsuro, and his motherly companion Maetel worked to rid the universe of the Mechanized Empire who had overtaken Earth. Now Tetsuro is back home on Earth, and constantly beaten by new tyrants who took over after the machines were destroyed. Right before he is executed, Maetel and the 999 zoom in and whisk him away for an all new adventure.
Starring: Masako Nozawa.
Directed by: Konosuke Uda.
Features: None listed.