PG Dir: Chris Wedge | Twentieth Century Fox | 81 min.
Fusion3600 | January 28th, 2012
Plot: What’s it about?
The world has become a cold place, as ice and snow cover almost all the visible landscape. As food and shelter are scarce, the world’s animals begin to seek out whatever they can find, to survive the bitter climate. The animals tend to travel in groups, so as to have protection, co-operation, and the best chance to endure. But for some animals, the group has moved on and they’ve been left behind. Manny is a big, stubborn wooly mammoth who is going against the grain, joined by off the wall sloth Syd. The two happen upon a human infant, left behind itself and they decide to return it to its own tribe. But to do so, they’ll have to trust the tracking skills of Diego, a saber toothed tiger with questionable motivations. As this unlikely band of outsiders pushes on through the cold, will they be able to get back where they belong?
I think we can all agree that in most cases, sequels rarely eclipse or even equal the original. Ice Age: The Meltdown is one of those rare instances where the sequel breaks that trend, but does that make Ice Age a bad movie? I happen to like Ice Age, but where it is surpassed by its sequel is in overall entertainment. This movie has a lot of good moments and even some great ones, but for me, I expected a lighter, more fun experience. With such colorful characters and an impressive voice talent bank, Ice Age could have been hilarious. Instead the filmmakers piped in more drama and emotion, which works and gives Ice Age some genuine depth, but at the cost of entertainment. I do feel Ice Age a little too serious, which was corrected in the sequel, which takes a more laid back, fun approach. Even so, the original is a solid movie and while this Blu-ray disc omits some of the supplements, the movie itself looks & sounds awesome and an upgrade is recommended.
Video: How does it look?
Ice Age is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. This movie is called Ice Age, which means the visuals are dominated by white hues. The contrast is dead on however, which means those whites look incredible and even the whitest of whites never blooms here. The other colors look excellent also, but keep in mind white has a tendency to overpower, which certainly comes into play in this treatment. Even so, the visuals shine and the movie’s cool visual design is on showcase, this is another top notch effort from Fox.
Audio: How does it sound?
This lossless DTS HD 5.1 soundtrack dials up the atmosphere, so when the ice cracks, you’ll feel you might need to run yourself. The subtle touches set off a lot of scenes, which now have more presence, but there is ample power here, so don’t think your speakers will have a night off. This movie isn’t loaded with off the charts audio moments, but it has some and when needed, this track really delivers the dynamite. The music sounds sharp and immersive also, while dialogue is crystal clear and not a single line will be lost in the shuffle. This disc also includes Spanish and French language tracks, as well as subtitles in English, Spanish, Cantonese, and Korean.
Supplements: What are the extras?
In a move sure to disappoint many of the film’s fans, not all of the extras have been included here. What we do have starts off with director Chris Wedge and co-director Carlos Saldahna’s audio comments, which prove to be worthwhile. The two talk about all kinds of topics, from the voice talent to character development to the animation process. If you have an interest in animation, be sure to give this session a listen. This disc also includes some deleted scenes, the animated short Scrat’s Missing Adventure, and the film’s teaser and theatrical trailers.
- (1.85:1) Aspect Ratio
- Video Codec: AVC
- Audio: DTS HD Master
- Theatrical Trailer
- Audio Commentary
- Deleted Scene(s)
- Digital Copy
- 1 Disc Set