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THE STORY SO FAR…
They came… they thawed… they conquered the hearts of audiences everywhere in the coolest animated adventure of all time! Heading south to avoid the bad case of global frostbite, a group of migrating misfit creatures embark on a hilarious quest to reunite a human baby with his tribe. Featuring an all-star voice cast, including Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Denis Leary, ICE AGE is “a pure delight” (New York Daily News) for all ages!
- Commentary by Director Chris Wedge & Co-Director Carlos Saldanha
- Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Director Chris Wedge & Co-Director Carlos Saldanha
- Gone Nutty Scrat’s Missing Adventure
- Theatrical Trailers
- Video: I’ve now seen this film in the best presentation outside of theatrical exhibition.
- Audio: English: DTS HD 5.1
- Extras: Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Bonus Cartoon and Trailers
- Packaging: Standard Blu-Ray keepcase
- Final Tally: 96% – A
The animated adventure-comedy “Ice Age” has some similarities to another excellent film, “Monsters Inc.”: both feature a pair of loveable beasts who try to reunite a human child with its family, while a third beast plots something sinister. But beyond that, they are quite different films, and the characters in “Ice Age” have very different developmental arcs than their counterparts in “Monsters Inc.”
“Ice Age,” as its title indicates, takes place in the prehistoric era when primitive humans coexisted with wolly mammoths and other marvelous creatures. As is traditional in animated films, these creatures talk with human voices. Ray Romano voices the gruff mammoth Manfred, John Leguizamo is goofy sloth Sid, and Dennis Leary breathes life into the scheming saber-toothed cat Diego.
The coolness factor of “Ice Age” is very high. The filmmakers have filled the screen with a rich assortment of amazing prehistoric creatures. And the landscape of this world is brilliantly realized by the animators. The amazing visuals capture a world of snow, glistening ice, bubbling mud pools, and other elements that is eerily alien, oddly familiar, and often strikingly beautiful. There is also some highly inventive use of the animation medium, particularly in one scene involving cave paintings. The visual artistry of “Ice Age” alone makes it a worthwhile cinematic experience.
The Blu-Ray disc is an impressive counterpart to the previously released “Ice Age: The Meltdown”. The transfer and the DTS 5.1 HD track is on par with the sequel. The 1080 bump shows off every inch of Blue Sky’s special animation and the visual dynamic is enough to justify however much money you spent on your new HDTV. The only problem I have is that the special features are kind of lax. Sure, a lot of the room on the disc was given to the bizarre MPEG 2 encoding, but there could’ve been space for some new Blue Sky material.Â
In the end, I loved seeing stuff like Scrat’s Adventure bumped up to 1080 quality. It’s just that I wanted more than the basic material. There could’ve been a new short or something else thrown into the mix. But, what would get is satisfactory enough. If you have kids, then you’ll want to pick this up.Â
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