This week I’m reminded of an old joke: What’s black-and-white and black-and-white and black-and-white and black-and-white? A penguin rolling down a hill. Well, a nun, actually, but that’s not much of a lead-in to this week’s big title, is it?

PenguinsThe 2014 DreamWorks animated feature Penguins of Madagascar comes to 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD this week, featuring a Cheeto-loving bird and his tuxedoed friends. If you haven’t been following, Madagascar and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa spawned an animated 2008 TV show called The Penguins of Madagascar—and that was so successful that Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private returned to the big screen as the stars of their own big-concept animated movie. The four penguins live at the Central Park zoo by day, but, like the platypus in Disney’s Phineas & Ferb, have a secret life as secret agents. In Penguins of Madagascar they join forces with a rival undercover organization to stop the evil Dr. Brine from destroying the world. It’s rated PG, which means, of course, that Dr. Brine isn’t as scary as he thinks he is.

SongoftheSeaFor a more obscure film that has a totally different style of animation there’s Song of the Sea, a 2014 Irish fantasy from the same people that gave us The Secret of Kells. Based on a Celtic myth, Song of the Sea tells the story of two children who live in a lighthouse with their father, and the daughter, Saoirse, who finds a shell flute that’s somehow tied to the mother who disappeared years ago. She finds out that she’s a Selkie, a mythical creature that lives on land as a human but transforms into a seal underwater. After the siblings are sent to live with a granny in the city, it takes teamwork and Saoirse’s powers to help them bring the tales their mother told them to life and help them find their way home. Song of the Sea is being released on Blu-ray combo or DVD, and the PG-rated film features the voice talents of Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, and David Rawle.

ExodusCecil B. De Mille’s The Ten Commandments was such a monumental film that director Ridley Scott really gave himself a challenge to retell the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt using today’s high-tech special effects. In Exodus: Gods and Kings, Christian Bale plays the character we all associate with Charlton Heston, while Joel Edgerton is Ramses, the Pharaoh who refuses to let his slaves leave. This version, which also stars John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, and Ben Kingsley, comes to a deluxe edition 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray combo or DVD on Tuesday. It’s not as compelling a story as the original, but Scott works special effects miracles with the plagues that the Israelite God sent to smite Egypt. It’s more violent and truncated than The Ten Commandments, but also less idealized and corny.

annieI’m not sure the world needed another version of Annie, but we get one anyway this week. The 2014 PG remake starring Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz, and Jamie Foxx tells the familiar story of a little orphan girl who this time is living with a foster mom. And this time the plot thickens when a New York City mayoral candidate takes her in and tries to make political capital out of her. As with the 1982 version, songs add a little life to a comedy-drama that disappointed critics and audiences.

WKRPFinally, if your family likes older sitcoms and you don’t want to spend money on complete series until you sample a taste, this week you can try Season 2 of the ‘70s TV sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati, which featured one of the great ensemble casts of the decade and plenty of ‘70s music for the soundtrack. Andy Travis (Gary Sandy) was hired as the new program manager by the seldom-seen mother of station manager Arthur “Big Guy” Carlson. His job: turn the station into a Top-40 rock success, and that meant bringing in DJs Venus Flytrap (Tim Reid) and Dr. Johnny Fever (Howard Hesseman). Other cast members included a secretary (Loni Anderson) who refused to do anything but answer the telephone, along with a sorta-sleazy ad salesman (Frank Bonner), and a newsman (Richard Sanders) who taped “walls” on the floor around his desk and insisted that people “knock.” Quirky? You bet. Still funny? Yep.

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