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Learn more about Night At the Museum (2-Disc Special Edition):

Format: DVD
Sku: 204211343
UPC: 024543420927
UPC 14: 00024543420927
Category Keywords: Animals  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Everything Comes to Life.
When larry, a divorced father who can't seem to keep a job, gets a job at the museum of natural history, he's assigned as a night guard. However, a seemingly easy job turns out to be a wild ride when he finds that an ancient curse has caused the 'inhabitants' of the museum to come to life.

"...a fun ride, and the big payoff...is even more gratifying.  Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Wonderfully energetic.  Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"...dazzling computer-generated sequences...some of the best comedians in the business.  Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"A fantastic holiday toy that, amazingly enough, doesn't require batteries.  Stephen Cole, The Globe and Mail
"Stuffed with smart performers doing graciously silly work...  Ty Burr, Boston Globe

Editor's Note
Ben Stiller plays Larry Daley, a down-on-his-luck divorced father in this family-friendly tale directed by Shawn Levy (JUST MARRIED, CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN). Larry has lots of ideas and dreams, but none of them come to fruition. In an attempt to prove his stability to his ex-wife (Kim Raver) and his son, Nicky (Jake Cherry), Larry accepts a job as a night guard at the Museum of Natural History. But the elderly night guards who hire him (played by entertainment legends Mickey Rooney, Dick Van Dyke, and Bill Cobbs) fail to mention one crucial detail: when the museum is closed, everything inside comes to life. From Attila the Hun to miniature Roman soldiers, African mammals to Neanderthal men, and Egyptian mummies to dinosaur skeletons, the museum teems with lively activity. Now it's Larry's job to control the mayhem and show his son that he is, indeed, a great man after all.

There might be a moral to this story, which is based on the book of the same name by Milan Trenc, but the screenplay and action remain light and breezy. Stiller is perfect as Larry, particularly in scenes with a sneaky monkey who repeatedly gets the better of him. Brief appearances by Anne Meara (Stiller's real-life mother) and Paul Rudd add to the fun. Carla Gugino plays a museum docent, Ricky Gervais portrays the incomprehensible museum director, and Robin Williams moonlights as a wax figure of Teddy Roosevelt that comes to life. Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan are particularly amusing as a bickering miniature cowboy and a Roman soldier.

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Video Features DVD, Sensormatic

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/26/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 105 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2242093
Video UPC UPC: 00024543420927
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Night at the Museum - DVD
By: Sean O'Connell filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 4/13/2007 5:53 PM
Right around the time a monkey urinates on Ben Stiller's head, I came to terms with the fact that Shawn Levy's high-concept comedy Night at the Museum would choose the lowest road possible as it searched for scatological humor. That Levy -- the pandering director responsible for this year's atrociously unnecessary Pink Panther installment -- would stoop to such levels doesn't surprise me....read the full review
Expert Review Night at the Museum - DVD Review
By: Rafe Telsch Cinema Blend DVD Reviews
Published on: 4/19/2007 11:45 PM
As much as I like Ben Stiller, quite frequently I find him in roles where the director refuses to reign Stiller in, choosing to allow Stiller's ability to continue to ad lib a take until the gag has been drilled into the ground. It's my surprise, and Night at the Museum's credit, that this is not one of those movies. Director Shawn Levy (The Pink Panther) focuses on his story, clearly taking advantage of Stiller's affinity for improv, but clearly knowing when to pull the plug and allow the story to move on. ...read the full review
Expert Review Night at the Museum - DVD
By: Chris Beaumont Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 4/26/2007 8:35 AM
Family fantasy of top notch caliber. When I saw Night at the Museum projected on the big screen, I found myself having a good time in spite of myself. I remember walking into the theater and wanting to enjoy it, but also wanting to not enjoy it too much. Why I had that approach I have no idea. Despite those intentions, my defenses were quickly worn down and I found myself sucked into this delightful family fantasy....read the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Ben Stiller
Video Cast Info Carla Gugino
Video Cast Info Dick Van Dyke
Video Cast Info Mickey Rooney
Video Cast Info Owen Wilson
Video Cast Info Paul Rudd
Video Cast Info Ricky Gervais
Video Cast Info Robin Williams
Video Cast Info Alan Silvestri - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Ben Garant - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Bob Ducsay - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Don Zimmerman - Editor
Video Cast Info Guillermo Navarro - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Michael Barnathan - Producer
Video Cast Info Michael Diner, et. al. - Art Director
Video Cast Info Milan Trenc - Based On Book By
Video Cast Info Shawn Levy - Director
Video Cast Info Thomas Lennon - Screenplay

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"[A]miable, painless and quite capable of entertaining the kids." 03/01/2007 p.66

Ultimate DVD
3 stars out of 5 -- "A likeable comic fantasy for the family....You'll be admiring the craftsmanship of this visual CG feast..." 05/01/2007 p.82

ReelViews 6 of 10
With a cast featuring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Robin Williams, and Ricky Gervais, one has a right to expect something amusing from Night at the Museum. Oddly, not only is the movie unfunny, but it rarely tries for laughs. The only jokes in the production belong to Ben Stiller, and they fail at least as often as they work. Night at the Museum isn't just not funny, it's not fun. There's some impressive computer animation, to be sure, but it's eye candy, and a steady diet of any candy becomes nauseating after a while. Night at the Museum fails to offer much in the way of sustained entertainment unless the stagnant story of a loser Dad redeeming himself in his son's eyes is likely to cause paroxysms of delight...Night at the Museum will play a lot better to children than adults. I suppose there's a upside to that. Families can attend the movie together. - James Berardinelli

Reel.com 8 of 10
Night at the Museum starts with a great premise: What would happen if all of the exhibits in New York's Museum of Natural History sprang to life after hours? As long as it sticks with that story and the one about the three elderly security guards pulling one over on the newbie, this silly comedy delivers...Also raising the comic stakes and threatening to run away with the movie are the three senior citizens whose frisky behavior is not exactly geriatric. Admittedly, Rooney's shtick can get tiresome, but Cobb is smooth, and Van Dyke's timing is as sharp as ever--although the fact that director Shawn Levy waits until the closing credits to let the man dance is a crying shame. Van Dyke is an artist and a living legend; let him strut his stuff...The exhibits are fantastic, creating the perfect setting for the magic that is unleashed at night...Watching the bones of a T. Rex play fetch just never gets tired. - Pam Grady

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Van Dyke,Dick
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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