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  • Actors: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Simon Pegg
  • Directors: Carlos Saldanha
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Nov. 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0021L9TT4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,243 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Third instalment of the popular CGI-animated franchise. While Scrat the squirrel is still trying to get his paws on that ever-elusive nut, Manny (voiced by Ray Romano) and Ellie (Queen Latifah) anxiously await the birth of their mini-mammoth, and Diego the sabre-toothed tiger (Denis Leary) wonders if he's growing too laid-back living the life of a pampered house cat. Meanwhile, Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo) gets into trouble when he creates his own makeshift family by hijacking some unusually large eggs, and inadvertently discovers a mysterious underground world where dinosaurs still roam.

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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs opens with the stitched-together prehistoric family about to become a biological one: Manny (voiced by Ray Romano) and his mate Ellie (Queen Latifah) are expecting a baby mammoth. Unfortunately, this makes Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo) and Diego the sabre-toothed tiger (Denis Leary) feel left out. Diego, who worries he’s losing his edge, decides to head out on his own, while Sid adopts three suspiciously large eggs that he’s found through a crack in the ice. Up to this point, the movie is perilously sappy--does anyone, particularly a kid, want to watch a kid’s movie about parenthood and impending middle age? Fortunately, the eggs turn out to be dinosaur eggs from a pre-mammalian underworld, and when the mama T-Rex comes to rescue her rambunctious little ones, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs transforms into a delightful comic adventure. The emotional side of the Ice Age movies has always been a tad mawkish, so it’s smart that Dawn of the Dinosaurs emphasises physical comedy. Clearly, the animators have been inspired by a wild fusion of Road Runner cartoons and Buster Keaton. The character of Scratte, with his non-verbal, monomaniacal efforts to get that last acorn (doubled in this movie with the addition of a female counterpart), is only the most obvious reflection of this sensibility. The animators have great fun with the differences in scale between the mammals and the dinosaurs, and the introduction of a deranged Australian weasel named Buck (Simon Pegg, Shaun of the Dead) pushes everything into Loony-Tune territory. Let Pixar tug at our heartstrings; Ice Age aims to tickle the funny bone and does a fine job of it.--Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Judith L. VINE VOICE on 6 Nov. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Careful - some reviews will tell you the entire plot of this film and ruin it for you - I won't
Before I buy a DVD for my kids, I always ask myself 2 questions:
Did the kids enjoy it in the cinema?
Will they want to watch it again and again?
It's a resounding yes on both counts here
This was a top afternoon's entertainment and the kids (6 and 8) absolutely loved it, were never bored and talked about it for hours afterwards.
What more do you want?
We thought this was the best Ice Age yet; a lot more adventurous, exciting and fast-paced than the others.
The 'Lost World' premise and a couple of excellent new characters really brought the movie to life and opened up new possibilities.
Inevitably, this will be compared to Pixar movies and I think it stands up to that comparison very well - VERY HIGH praise indeed.
Buy this and know your kids will get pleasure from it over and over again and you will too!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Pyewacket TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Nov. 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
My husband and myself nearly did ourselves a mischief as we laughed so much watching this brilliantly made film. Sometimes sequels don't always live up to the hype but in the case of the Ice Ace trilogy the producers just can't do any wrong in my opinion.

The old 'herd' are back together again and there is exciting news on the way for Manni and Ellie. However, Diago and Sid are starting to feel like cuckoos in the nest and Manni's rather blunt remarks don't exactly help poor dimwitted but kindly Sid. Diago meanwhile is feeling his age and he too strikes out on his own.

It is not long however before Sid gets into an inordinate amount of trouble (he wants to be a Mother) and of course 'the herd' go to his rescue ending up in a kind of Dinotopia, only it isn't exactly that! There they meet an totally loopy Weasel who has evidently been on his own too long and has his own personal reasons for staying there.

Scrat, who has to be my favourite character is back again reprising his role as chief nut hunter/loser/finder until one day he meets his Nemesis and possibly his love, Scratte.

This is a hugely enjoyable film suitable for all the family and there is not a dull moment in it. It's also the sort of film that you could watch again and again and still get something out of.

Will there be Ice Age 4? It's possible and indeed I hope it comes to pass.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. S. Angus on 21 Oct. 2011
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I have only just got this film today, It is great in 3D without any ghosting at all. I highly recommend you buying this film as so far it's the best I have in 3D quality.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By P. Jackson on 23 July 2009
Format: DVD
I was a bit apprehensive about seeing Dawn of the Dinosaurs after the dull and unimpressive The Meltdown.

I'm happy to say though, that Dawn of the Dinosaurs is actually really good, joyfully revisiting the chaos and momentum of the original. Obviously it's targeted at younger kids, so lots of the jokes undoubtedly fall flat on their faces with slightly older viewers. Some are decidedly 'cheap' too, unfortunately- which is what brought the film down for me. Still, the gag rate is incredibly high. Some hit, some miss, and when the good laughs do come, they're really damn funny.

As ever with Ice Age, the animation is rather low-fi (not to the horrid extents of Hoodwinked, don't worry), but it's uniquely beautiful. This time around, the animators have really upped their game: We're treated to lots of gorgeous, colour-saturated landscapes and magical set-pieces. What I liked about Dawn of the Dinosaurs was that we literally take a trip into a whole new world.

The voice cast are all excellent, even though certain characters, such as the genius of Sean William Scott, are foolishly pushed aside. One of the film's main attractions is Simon Pegg, voicing the new character, Buck, who adds an energetic sparkle to proceedings.

Overall, if you're feeling reluctant to see the third in this trilogy due to the dire sequel, there's nothing to worry about. I'm glad to say that Dawn of the Dinosaurs is actually in the same league as the original. With enough one-liners and visual gags, it's almost impossible not to be entertained. You'll like it as much as your kids will.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dragonlord on 6 Jan. 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The Blu-ray transfar for Ice Age 3 is one the best I've seen and just like the first two Ice Age flims you will be laughing nonstop. Scrat are nut hunting nutter has got himself a girlfriend/nemesis called Scratte whom is even more nutty. Sid is even more insane then normal and steals eggs which belong to a T-Rex. Manni and Ellie are going to be parents and Diego is having a mid-life crisis. all in all this an excellent family film in which everyone should enjoy alot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Aug. 2009
Format: DVD
We have the same group of friends as before, with hairy mammoths Manny and Ellie (who's pregnant), Diego the sabre-toothed tiger, Sid the sloth, the twins Crash and Eddie and the funniest of them all, Scrat, despite the fact that he can't talk. Sid gets kidnapped by the mother of three newly-hatched dinosaurs and his buddies set off to rescue him, which takes them on a journey into a land they have never seen before, one which in spite of the film's title is completely devoid of ice but full of dinosaurs of course - some very large and possibly on the scary side for the youngest of children. As a back-story to all this, Ellie is about to give birth and Manny has been making preparations for the newborn baby mammoth. The only new speaking character is Buck (voiced by Simon Pegg) although Scrat, in a much more prominent role than in the first two films, finds love for the first time in his life, and for once it isn't a huge acorn - it's a flirtacious female called Scratte.

Technically it's as good as ever if not the best of the three as far as animation quality is concerned, even if the story is a little simplistic. It doesn't flow as smoothly as its predecessors with some occasionally awkward editing, and if anything there's a sense that it might be one too many - but Buck makes it worthwhile, he has some funny lines and breathes some new life into the viewing experience. My own primary-school-age children thought it was as good as Ice Age 1 and 2, and after a second's thought they decided it was the best. Personally I think the first is still the best, this one is a worthy addition although I hope the makers stop here, it really looks as if it has nowhere to go from here and a fourth variation would weaken the brand overall.
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