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"Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

Larry (Ben Stiller) has left his museum night guard days behind and is now running a successful "As seen on TV" company.  Unfortunately his old pals at the museum feel a bit ignored, especially when they find out they are being packed up and placed in storage at the Smithsonian.  Larry's guilt is too much to handle, so he takes it upon himself to rescue his friends after receiving a call for help from Jedediah (Owen Wilson).  Kahmunrah (Hank Azaria) has been awoken by the magical tablet and is determined to unleash his army of ghost warriors.  Ivan the Terrible, Al Capone, and Napoleon are recruited by Kahmunrah to take out our hero Larry and his museum buddies.  With the help of Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams), Larry manages to save the world and all of his re-animated friends.

Specifications

  • 20th Century Fox
  • 2009, Color, Rated PG, 1 Hr 45 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec:  AVC MPEG-4
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring:  Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Amy Adams, Hank Azaria, Robin Williams
  • Directed by Shawn Levy
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: none
  • Language: none

Commentary

I didn't think the first Night at the Museum was all that great of a movie, but I was entertained by it at least.  This sequel just felt forced and not very funny.  It is a decent movie to watch with the family, but do keep your expectations low.  The Blu-ray is very nice, good quality and lots of extras, so if you are indeed a fan, don't hesitate to pick this one up.

Technical

Very bright and colorful picture with loads of detail, Battle of the Smithsonian is another great transfer from Fox.  The audio was pretty good, but I thought the surround mix could have been a tad more aggressive considering the type of movie.

Extras

Battle of the Smithsonian is pumped full of extras. A couple of commentary tracks, several featurettes, deleted scenes, and my favorite - gag reels.  For the kids, there is a Scavenger Hunt mode that adds some interactivity to the movie watching experience.  They even include a DVD version of the movie.