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Ice Age Continental Drift (3D/2D blu ray)…top-notched video/audio and a heart-warming story = fun for all in the family!
on 10 April 2016
Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (2D) arrives at blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.40:1 encode. I personally prefer 2.40:1 because with my anamorphic lens, the video filled up my entire 12 foot wide screen with no black bars. This transfer is immaculate, with sharp images, and highly dimensional even without 3D glasses. Just look at the finely textured ruffles of Manny's fur, the mossy yellow patina of Gutt's gross-out teeth, the sheen of the ice and the ripples of water — everything is wonderfully realized, with consistent clarity and presence. Colour is immaculately conceived as well — from the punchy foliage greens and sky blues to the fleshy interior of a whale's mouth — and contrast is tight, balancing deep shadows and crisp highlights. (5/5)
Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (3D) arrives at blu ray with MVC @ 33 mbps encode. The image is just as impressive. The picture is immersive, making great use of both depth and projection. There are a few pop-out-and-jab-you-in-the-eye moments — with fish-bone swords darting out of the screen or Gutt's long face looming towards us — but these feel more integrated than gimmicky. Clarity holds up remarkably well. Colours are just as vibrant, maybe just slightly dimmer when one compares with the 2D version. (5/5)
Both 3D and 2D versions have the same DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 lossless track. The audio is an immersive energetic mix. The sonic goodness starts early — the deep rumbling of the earth's crust, rocks compressing and shattering, water spraying, bubbles glug-glugging up out of the depths — and relents only for the quieter, dialogue-centric scenes. The onscreen hijinks and danger are complemented by a huge-sounding orchestral score by Hans Zimmer protege John Powell — composer for the Bourne series — who borrows and bastardizes Beethoven's 9th Symphony to surprisingly decent effect. The voice acting throughout is clear and expressive, balanced perfectly among the numerous other noises. The choices of Ray Romano, Ally Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Jennifer Lopez and Queen Latifah as voices for Manny, Meghan, Sid, Diego, Shira, and Ellie, are simply priceless. Did you recognize the voice of Steffie as that of Nicki Minaj? (4.5/5)
Ice Age 4 Continental Drift has an estimated budget of $92 million, but grossed an amazing $877 million worldwide, right behind its predecessor Ice Age Dawn Of The Dinosaurs at $890 million. They are ranked just behind the top grossing animated feature Toy Story 3 ($1,062 million) and The Lion King ($951 million). Ice Age franchise has really made many surprising millions for 20th Century Fox. Amazing feat indeed!
The 3D set consists of 3 discs: 1 3D blu ray disc, 1 2D blu ray disc, and 1 DVD with Digital Copy.
Ice Age 4 Continental Drift has a heart-warming story with interesting characters that will keep both adults and kids entertained. The 3D version is well done, with some special out-of-the-screen effects that will please all. If you don’t have a 3D TV, the 2D version has equally impressive video, along with the fun soundtrack with all the familiar voices of characters result in a fun journey for all. With the 4 Ice Age movies, this Ice Age franchise has made an impressive $2,797 million for 20th Century Fox on box office returns, not counting merchandise and blu ray/DVDs. Would Ice Age 5 be far behind? This set is highly recommended for all – young and old.