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Ice Age: Continental Drift Blu-ray Review

Ice Age- Continental Drift Blu-ray

The “Ice Age” franchise is clearly running out of ideas with this fourth installment.

The plot: Manny, Sid, Diego, and Granny become separated from their family and friends as they find themselves stranded on an iceberg. In their journey to get back to them, the group of characters encounter all sorts of dangers including pirate animals (also traveling on an iceberg) led by a mean ape (Gutt) and even deadly sirens. There are also a series of subplots involving Manny’s daughter Peaches falling for a teen Woolly Mammoth, romance between Diego and a new saber-toothed tiger named Shira, and, of course, Scrat continuing his hunt for acorns.

From the opening scene where Scrat causes continental breaks, it’s clear that writers Michael Berg and Jason Fuchs were making stuff up in “Continental Drift.” The writers seem to think that adding more and more characters will help the sequels, but in reality, it makes them worse. The reason the first film was a hit was because it had a heartfelt story with small core of LIKABLE and well written characters. With each sequel, more and more throwaway and or bland characters keep popping up which leaves less room for story and plot. Perhaps the writers need to take a look at the “Toy Story” sequels for inspiration. Those sequels contained lovable new characters and a story with heart (not empty bloat).

On the plus side, ‘Drift’ does have one redeeming quality with the villainous character Gutt. Peter Dinklage (Tyrion on “Game Of Thrones”) is clearly having a blast here portraying the mean old ape pirate. He’s the only energetic character that is injecting any life into this tired sequel.

Summary: ‘Continental Drift’ is as routine as they come, but kids who are fans of these characters will likely adore this fourth film as well.

Video/Audio:

I’ll give this movie one thing, the transfer is A+ material. From the clear blue sky to the level of detail on each and every character, the transfer is positively jaw dropping. Note: The film is presented in 2.40:1 1080p

The 7.1 DTS-HD audio track is also perfect. The booming music, voice acting, and varied sound f/x all sound crystal clear here.

Extras:
* Ultraviolet digital copy and DVD copy.
* Fox trailers, 2 “Ice Age: Continental Drift” trailers, and BD-Live capabilities featuring an exclusive design featurette.
* A sign along option for the hearing impaired.
* 2 deleted scene animatics/storyboards.
* “Scrat Got Your Tongue?”- A 7 minute featurette about, you guessed it, Scrat.
* “Ice Age- The Story So Far”- A helpful catch-up on the story of the series thus far.
* “Shimmy Shake Music Selection”- Various music videos and a sing-along.
* “The Scratist”- A B&W silent film “Ice Age” trailer that spoofs “The Artist.”
* “Whale Of A Tale: Drifts, Rifts, Beasties and Myths”- A featurette that covers the science, history, and influences of this installment of the franchise.
* “Granny And The Stink Of The Sloths”- A featurette about the Sloth character designs.
* “Through A Pirate’s Spyglass”- A 26 minute featurette that covers the new pirate characters and the voice actors and actresses.
* “Party With A Pirate Mode”- A pop-up extra that features the Squint character. It also enables viewers to use the “Ice Age: Pirate Picasso” iPad app. Really, this extra is for the tech savvy users and to give kids something fun to try out.

December 19, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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