Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Weinstein, $29.95; Blu-ray, $34.99
Anyone who's given up on writer-director Kevin Smith's clunky style and unyielding raunch should consider taking a chance on "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," a surprisingly sweet comedy. Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks play friends who decide to pay their bills -- and deal with their unspoken affection for each other -- by making a dirty movie. "Zack and Miri's" plot follows a predictable path, but there's an infectious spirit to the porno-making that recalls Smith's DIY origins. This might be Smith's most personal film. The DVD and Blu-ray cater to Smith's cult with jokey featurettes and 43 deleted scenes.
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
DreamWorks, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99
Unlike Pixar's more nuanced approach to computer-animated storytelling, DreamWorks' CG cartoons always have been more frenzied and pandering. "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" picks up where the first film left off, with New York zoo animals (voiced by Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith) stranded in Africa. There, Alex the Lion reconnects with his family and gets mired in a very "Lion King"-y power struggle. "Escape 2 Africa" is occasionally funny, but it's as exhausting as it is entertaining. The DVD and Blu-ray include a commentary track and standard featurettes.