Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Blu-ray (2009)

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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Blu-ray (2009)

Voice Talent: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Simon Pegg  
Directed by: Michael Thurmeier and Carlos Saldanha
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (3 discs: Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy)
Video: 1.85:1 for 16:9; 1080p HD
Audio: English DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 7.1 Surround; French, Spanish, and Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Portuguese
Extras: Filmmakers’ audio commentary; “Evolution Expedition” featurette; “Buck: From Easel to Weasel” featurette; “Unearthing the Lost World” featurette; Fox Movie Channel featurettes; Scrat Shorts: “Gone Nutty: Scrat’s Missing Adventure” and “No Time for Nuts”;  five Scrat featurettes; two unfinished deleted scenes; “Walk the Dinosaur” music video; Storybook Maker; BD-Live: Live Lookup; trailers
Feature Length: 94 minutes
Movie Rating: ****      Video Rating: *****     Audio Rating: ***1/2

“Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” is the third animated movie featuring the adventures of a misfit group of prehistoric animals.  These animals include: Manny the woolly mammoth (Ray Romano) and his wife Ellie (Queen Latifah); Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo); Diego the saber-tooth tiger (Denis Leary); and Scrat the acorn-loving, saber-toothed squirrel.  As the movie opens, we find that Manny and Ellie are about to bring their first baby into the world.  All of the attention being devoted to the impending birth causes Sid to feel left out and no longer a part of the family.  While sulking about, Sid discovers some large eggs in an underground cave.  Sid adopts the eggs and when baby dinosaurs soon hatch from them, the mother T-Rex comes to reclaim her babies, along with Sid in tow.  The gang sets out to rescue Sid, where along the way, they encounter a hilarious new character, Buck the Weasel.  While still not as good as the original “Ice Age” film (as is the case with most sequels), this film is entertaining and a definite improvement over the second film, “Ice Age: The Meltdown”.  With plenty of charismatic creatures for the kids, just enough grown-up humor to keep the adults interested and a stellar audio/video presentation, I can easily recommend “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs”.      

The high definition video quality of this direct digital-to-digital transfer is superb.  Images are pristine with exquisite detail.  Blacks are consistently dark throughout the movie.  Colors are vibrant and rich with fully saturated hues.  Picture defect mastering is perfect with no major flaws or compression artifacts.  The overall audio quality of the English DTS 5.1 track is not quite on the same level as its video counterpart.  The soundtrack predominantly favors the forward channels.  Dialogue is intelligible and firmly rooted in the center channel.  The surround channels see limited use in terms of both ambient sound effects and the music score.  The low frequency effects channel is deep and powerful, especially in those scenes where the T-Rex is on the move.
– Calvin Harding Jr.

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