Night at the Museum – Battle of the Smithsonian is a really fun and imaginative family movie starring Ben Stiller and a pretty solid supporting cast. If you have not seen the first Night at the Museum, the rules are an Egyptian tablet brings museum exhibits to life at night but they return to their normal state at daylight, you are pretty much set to enjoy this movie. As Battle of the Smithsonian Blu-ray or DVDis something only real fans of this franchise have to figure out.
Former museum guard and now TV pitchman Larry Daley learns that most of the exhibits he befriended are going to go into storage at the Smithsonian in Washington. Larry then gets a frantic call from some of the exhibits now at the Smithsonian: some pharaoh has taken the magic Egyptian tablet and wants to use it to open the doors to the underworld and rule the world.
It is up to Larry and his exhibit friends including Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams) and Abraham Lincoln to save the day and beat the evil pharaoh (Hank Azaria). Kids will enjoy the adventure, adults will enjoy the cultural tips of the hat to Roy Lichtenstein, Grant Wood’s American Gothic, Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, and Archie Bunker’s chair, to name but a few, and various Pop Art pieces.
Pretty much everything works in Night at the Museum Battle of the Smithsonian except Hank Azaria as the evil pharaoh. The pharaoh has a semi-British accent and sort of a lisp, making the foe not that foemidable.
The adventures are fun, the special effects quite good, the gags are generally very good with a few more subtle ones aimed at a more art and history savvy audience.
Night at the Museum Battle of the Smithsonian is good fun.
The Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian single disc DVD includes everything on disc 1 of the Monkey Mischief edition.
Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Special Features: Disc One Gag Reel - 12 Deleted Scenes Including Alternate Ending - Curators of Comedy: Behind The Scenes With Ben Stiller - Museum Scavenger Hunt Game - Cherub Bootcamp - Phinding Pharaoh With Hank Azaria - Monkey Mischief Featurettes - Historical Confessions: Famous Last Words - Secret Doors and Scientists - Cavemen Conversations: Survival of the Wittiest - Museum Magic: Entering The World Of The Photograph - Director 201 With Shawn Levy - Gangster Levy - Audio Commentaries With Filmmakers - FOX Movie Channel Presents Featurette. Disc Two- Digital Copy of Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Disc Three - Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian widescreen feature film (2.40:1 aspect ratio)
Limited Edition “Monkey Mischief” Double DVD Special Features:
Disc One - Gag Reel - Curators of Comedy: Behind the Scenes with Ben Stiller - Cherub Bootcamp - Six Deleted Scenes, Including Alternate Ending - Phinding Pharaoh With Hank Azaria - Audio Commentaries with Filmmakers
Disc Two – Monkey Mischief Bonus Disc - Show Me The Monkey featurette- Monkey Business - Primate Prima Donnas- The Secret Life of a Monkey Movie Star: Life Off Camera – Games: Monkey Slap Game and Abel and Dexter’s Flights Of Fancy