Ice Age

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It's no longer unusual to find a successful family-oriented film go to DVD with a two-disc special edition. Ice Age continues that tradition, and as with many of these recent releases such as Shrek or Monsters, Inc., this title has an impeccable image. Both a 1.85:1 (of course, anamorphic) and full-frame transfer are included on the first disc. As with most computer-generated animation, detail is very sharp and colors are perfectly reproduced. It would be very surprising to find any distracting elements such as ...
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It's no longer unusual to find a successful family-oriented film go to DVD with a two-disc special edition. Ice Age continues that tradition, and as with many of these recent releases such as Shrek or Monsters, Inc., this title has an impeccable image. Both a 1.85:1 (of course, anamorphic) and full-frame transfer are included on the first disc. As with most computer-generated animation, detail is very sharp and colors are perfectly reproduced. It would be very surprising to find any distracting elements such as grain or scratches, and here there are none. The sound, a 5.1 English Dolby Digital track, is also well constructed. Though not expansive with the surrounds, the front sound is clear and distortion free, coming across with distinct clarity and balance. Not to be outdone by other two-disc sets, Fox has done a fine job with supplemental features as well. The movie disc contains a commentary track from director Chris Wedge and co-director Carlos Saldanha, plus three interactive games and eight DVD-ROM games and activities. The second disc contains the rest of the extras, and they are certainly plentiful. Along with a funny new short film, Scrat's Missing Adventure, is an HBO behind-the-scenes special hosted by Ray Romano, six deleted scenes with or without commentary, a slew of short production featurettes, and three animation studies with multiple angle options. In addition, is a decent, though at times not very detailed, documentary on the making of the film, three Fox promotional spots with Scrat, a number of theatrical teasers and trailers, and a not altogether interesting "commentary" for some specific scenes from Sid (voiced by John Leguizamo). Finally, and a real treat for this disc, is the Oscar-winning animated short, Bunny (produced by the same animation team), rounding out a fine disc that will please adults, children...and anyone in between.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Full- length audio commentary by directors Chris Wedge and co-director Carlos Saldanha; 3 all-new interactive games; 8 DVD-ROM games/activities; Anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio 1.85:1); Pan & Scan version (aspect ratio 1.33:1); Audio: English 5.1 Dolby surround, French Dolby surround, Spanish Dolby Surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish; ; Disc two:; "Scrat's Missing Adventure"; "Behind the Scenes of Ice Age" HBO special; 6 deleted scenes in English, French & Spanish; 6 production featurettes; "The making of Ice Age" documentary; Scene-specific commentary by John Leguizamo as Sid; 3 interactive animation studies; International (Multi-language) clip; Scrat's mini promo spots; Blue Sky studios' Oscar winning animated film: "Bunny" (with optional director's commentary); Ice Age theatrical teaser, trailers & more!
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
One of the biggest box office hits of 2002, this pre-hysteric comedy echoes John Ford's 1948 western, Three Godfathers, as a mismatched trio of creatures teams up to return a wayward human infant to its family. Emmy winner Ray Romano is the voice of Manfred, a woolly mammoth who is migrating north instead of south. John Leguizamo voices Sid, a sloth who becomes to Manfred what Donkey was to Shrek. "We make a great team," the hyper-verbal Sid exclaims. "Isn't there someone else you can annoy?" Manfred replies. Denis Leary is the voice of Diego, a saber-toothed tiger who joins them on their treacherous journey and has his own agenda. But the character who runs away with Ice Age is Scrat, a hapless squirrel/rat who tries desperately to make off with his hard-won prize, an acorn. There is one heart-tugging moment in which Manfred sadly observes cave drawings of an ill-fated woolly mammoth family, and some tooth-and-claw fight scenes may send chills through younger viewers. The computer animation throughout is quite good, and the storytelling will warm the hearts of young and old for ages to come.
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Riding a wave of good feeling toward animated films, The Ice Age made a jaw-dropping $46 million in its opening weekend, in turn setting a new March record and reversing the fortunes of Fox's animation wing following the disappointing Titan A.E. (2000). An instant contender for the 2002 Best Animated Feature Oscar, The Ice Age can be viewed as derivative in its approach nonetheless. The central relationship between a dyspeptic woolly mammoth (Ray Romano) and the talkative sloth who follows him (John Leguizamo) is Shrek all over again, their guardianship of a lost human baby has shades of Monsters, Inc., and the prehistoric migration milieu even triggers unfortunate Dinosaur flashbacks. But beyond its basic structure, which must hew closely to standard guidelines to be successful, The Ice Age is a glittering fiesta of images bolstered by clever, laugh-out-loud set pieces. The animation itself is edgier than its closest digital contemporaries, mingling styles that recall claymation and old Hanna-Barbera cartoons into a finely detailed, visually arresting patchwork. The fact that it doesn't directly resemble an existing style is rare in an industry where imitation is not only commonplace, but expected (see Dreamworks' first forays into Disney-style animation). The film's great running joke finds a squirrel chasing an acorn between converging glaciers, avoiding extinction in improbable ways. It also scores with set pieces in which the characters slip down a sort of ice cavern water slide, and steal melons from a band of apocalypse-fearing dodos, who have a hard time staying alive. The Ice Age shows mastery of how to underuse its dialogue, as well, including the fascinating choice to leave the humans voiceless. The comic relief role usually has a high irritation quotient, but Leguizamo's lispy, slurring voice is surprisingly tolerable. And the moments of complete silence are the most notable, as when a wall of cave drawings recounts the sad loss of the mammoth's family. The complete package is one of the more satisfying, not to mention technically accomplished, family movies to come along in years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/26/2002
  • UPC: 024543046646
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:21:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ray Romano Voice Only
John Leguizamo Voice Only
Denis Leary Voice Only
Goran Visnjic Voice Only
Jack Black Voice Only
Tara Strong Voice Only
Cedric the Entertainer Voice Only
Stephen Root Voice Only
Diedrich Bader Voice Only
Alan Tudyk Voice Only
Lorri Bagley Voice Only
Jane Krakowski Voice Only
Chris Wedge Voice Only
David Newman Conductor
Technical Credits
Carlos Saldanha Director
Chris Wedge Director
Peter Ackerman Screenwriter
Michael Berg Screenwriter
James Bresnahan Animator
John Carnochan Editor
Lori Forte Producer
Sean Garnhart Sound/Sound Designer
Brian McEntee Production Designer
Christopher Meledandri Executive Producer
David Newman Score Composer
Michael Thurmeier Animator
Michael J. Wilson Original Story, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A Squirrel's Life [3:51]
2. The Big Chill? [1:28]
3. All Alone [:44]
4. A Great Team [3:25]
5. Tigers on the Prowl [2:57]
6. Save the Child [2:12]
7. Taking Care of the Baby [3:05]
8. Food! [:45]
9. Bedtime [6:01]
10. Where's the Baby? [:48]
11. A Shortcut [2:17]
12. Cave Drawings [2:58]
13. The Searchers [:47]
14. A Hot Foot [3:33]
15. The Tiger's Plan [1:39]
16. Fire Starter [5:47]
17. Ambush! [:45]
18. Reunited [5:01]
19. 20,000 Years Later [1:00]
20. End Titles [2:33]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Language Selection
      Language and Audio
         English 5.1 Surround
         French Dolby Surround
         Spanish Dolby Surround
      Subtitles
         Spanish
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         Subtitles Off
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary by Director Chris Wedge and Co-director Carlos Saldanha
         On
         Off
      Games
         Hide and Seek
         Frozen Pairs
         Playing Darwin
      Dvd-Rom
      Thx
Side #2-- Special Features
   Scrat's Missing Adventure
   Deleted Scenes
      Deleted Scenes Language Selection
         English
         French
         Spanish
         Commentary by Chris Wedge and Co-Director Carlos Saldanha
            On
            Off
      Paying Toll With Aardvarks
      Sylvia and Sid Introduction
      Sabre Stake Out
      No More Fruit For You
      Sid and the Ladies
      Sid and Sylvia
   Sid on Sid
   Scrat Reveals
      Mt. Rushmore
      Push
      Block
   Animation Progression
      Opening
      Almost Home
      Tigers Attack
   International Ice Age
   Under the Ice
      The Making of Ice Age
         The Beginning
         Acting in Animation
         Creating Ice Age Characters
         Modeling
         Storyboards
         Animating Ice Age
         The Finishing Touches
      Behind the Scenes of Ice Age
      Sid Voice Development
      Using 2D in a 3D World
      Making a Character
      Art of Rigging
      Animators Acting
      Lighting and Materials
      Art of Effects
   Bunny Animated Short
      Play With Intro
      Play
      Commentary by Chris Wedge
         On
         Off
   Trailers
      Theatrical Teaser Trailer A
      Theatrical Trailer B
      Theatrical Trailer C
      Like Mike DVD Trailer
   Design Galleries
      Size Comparison/The Science Behind Ice Age
         Manny (Mammoth)
         Roshan (Baby)
         Sid (Sloth)
      Create Your Own Gallery
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    'You are a shrewd mammal'

    This movie was so funny! When my mom rented it I thought it wouldn't be good at all and was surprised to find that I actually liked it! It was a great story about friendship and treating friends as family. I love watching how the relationship between Diego, the saber-tooth tiger, Manny, the mammoth, and Sid, the sloth. Sid was so funny in his actions and the way he talked and presented himself in the movie. My favorite part was the very end when the three friends do their task in taking an abandoned baby to his father and they all leave together into the horizon. It makes me think of my relationships with my friends and how strong I should keep them. I love this movie!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great for the whole family

    Of course kids love this movie, but adults do too. The comedy is subtle and hilarious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    movie

    I liked this movie because it was funny. Most of the time the two animals were fighting in a way that made you laugh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!

    I loved this movie and still do! It was a fun and witty storyline and the characters are so fun and well-defined. The reason I must give it 4 instead of 5 stars is because of all of the crude humor. I very much dislike crude humor, but, alas, it is a part of our world...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie!! Loved it!!!

    I felt funny sitting infront of the movie at cartoons. Sid was a loveable you character. John Leguizamo and Ray Ramono made a team. I thought that it was so funny!!!! I laughed forever!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A MOVIE THAT NO ONE CAN BEAT

    Ice Age made me laugh and cry. Everything in it look like it was real, and the music was so touching just like the movie. If there is anyone who says it was dumb, they'll be getting a big black eye in history from me. The characters were so funny, the actors who did their voices were great. This movie should win the Academy Award (an Oscar). This is a movie that no one can beat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best laughs I've ever had

    Ice Age is great ... sound crew did a really good job. There wasn't a minute I didn't laugh when I watched this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awsome

    I'm 16 and I loved this movie. Most people would agree that the most beloved characters of the movie are Sid, and Scrat... And by the way, it doesn't matter where you buy it as long as its enjoyed. Have a happy new year!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWSONE-O WOW-LIKE TOTALLY FREAK ME OUT-I MEAN RIGHT ON-ICE AGE IS NUMBER 1!!!!!!

    This movie was soo funny! I had a great time watching it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best kids movie

    This is one of the best kid movies ever.It's jam packed with laughs.if you haven't seen it you should and if you like a movie with laughs then watch this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    should be more than five stars

    We absolutely loved this movie. Couldn't stop laughing!! Great for any age!! Buy it- you won't be sorry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow!

    Best kids' movie I've ever seen! Everyone will love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Barnes and noble have bad prices!!!!

    Barnes and noble have been ripping people off for over a decade now, For instance look at the price of this DVD It's $24.99!!! When someone could just get the samething at Bestbuy for $17.99. Why would anyone fall for such a rip-off. They dont Even match prices. So before purchesing anything from this store, Think about it for a while and see if you really want to support this store Thank you for reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Totally AWSOME!

    Adults, children, even aliens, EVERYONE will LOVE this great hilarious video! It's entertaing for both children and adults alike! Check out their website for some fun and amusement too! This is the best video of the year!

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