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Movie Renter's Guide - March, 2008

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"Ice Age" (Blu-ray)

movie-ice-age.jpgSynopsis

Sometime during the last Ice Age (ended 14,000 years ago), a wooly mammoth named Manfred (Romano) and a sloth named Sid (Leguizamo) set off to head south to find some warmth.

Along the way, they discover a human baby boy left on the ice after his mother was swept away by a river of melting ice.

They decide to detour in order to find the boy's tribe.

In the meantime, a pack of saber toothed tigers are also trying to find the lost child so they can eat him in an environment where food is hard to come by.

The tigers assign one of their group, Diego, to keep Manfred and Sid from finding the tribe, in hopes that they can steal the boy along the way.

Of course, this being a PG movie, all ends well, and even Diego is a good guy.

 

 

Specifications

  • Twentieth Century Fox
    2002, Color, Rated PG, 1 Hr 21 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC @ 16 Mbps
  • English/French/Spanish DD 5.1, English DTS HD 5.1 Master Lossless Audio
  • Directed by Chris Wedge
  • Starring Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary
    Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

This is definitely a feel-good movie for the kids. But, heck, it made me feel good too. It harks back to the Disney formula of nice story, great animation, and you know it is going to end well. Nothing wrong with that at all.

Technical

I am surprised that they did not take advantage of the fact that the images never passed through a lens, except for your projector, and if you use a flat panel display, then no lens at all. They chose to use a relatively low bit rate (16 Mbps), and I could definitely see softness in the picture. The sound is good though, with nice use of surrounds and subwoofer frequencies. I notice that all the Fox titles I have reviewed this month use the DTS-HD Master Lossless Audio instead of Dolby TrueHD. So, instead of having all the high def sound formats, the studios are beginning to choose one or the other.

Extras

These include a Director Commentary, an Animated Short, and other things.