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Ice Age: Collision Course is one of the worst animated movies, professionally done anyway, I’ve ever come across. The animation itself was fine but the jokes were terrible and rarely landed and the story is haphazard and lazily done.

 

 

Ice Age: Collision Course
(2016)

Genre(s): Animation, Comedy, Adventure, Family
Fox | PG – 94 min. – $39.99 | October 11, 2016

Date Published: 10/26/2016 | Author: The Movieman

 


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Mike Thurmeier
Writer(s): Aubrey Solomon (story), Michael J. Wilson and Michael Berg and Yoni Brenner (screenplay)
Voice Cast: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Seann William Scott, Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer, Jessie J, Nick Offerman, Wanda Sykes, Adam Devine
DISC INFO:
Features:
Featurettes, Sing-Along, Gallery
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: UHD, Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 2
Audio (UHD): English (Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Audio (BD): English (DTS-HD MA 7.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video (UHD): 2160p/Widescreen 2.40
Video (BD): 1080p/Widescreen 2.40
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Disc Size: NA
Codec (UHD): HEVC / H.265
Codec (BD): MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

 


THE MOVIE — 1.0/5


Plot Synopsis: Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe, upon stumbling on a frozen alien spacecraft, where he accidentally triggers a series of cosmic events that threaten the Ice Age world. Now the entire herd — including Buck (SIMON PEGG), Manny (RAY ROMANO), Ellie (QUEEN LATIFAH), Sid (JOHN LEGUIZAMO) and Diego (DENIS LEARY) — must work together, on a journey in order to survive the global Scrat-tastophe.

Quick Hit Review: Back in 2002, the first Ice Age movie was a fun family adventure and then we got three sequels which ranged from being entertaining to tolerable. Now we get Ice Age: Collision Course, a painful animated-adventure that makes me long for Pixar’s Cars 2. The humor was basically non-existent (I chuckled once at Scrat) and the story is a stretch and felt like should’ve been a direct-to-video flick than anything in theaters and it would appear, based on its bad box office returns, audiences agreed.

I tend to be lenient on animated movies knowing the target audience is generally younger but I really had a hard time getting through this and even though it’s only a reasonable 94-minutes in running time (with end credits), boy it felt a lot longer than the writing was bad and I couldn’t even appreciate some decent animation. Thankfully this will be the last addition to the franchise but it wouldn’t surprise me to see Blue Sky/Fox take another stab with holiday specials.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES — 2.0/5


This release comes with a semi-glossy slip cover. Inside is a redemption code for the Digital HD copy.

DISC 1 (UHD MOVIE+FEATURE):
Scrat: Spaced Out (14:42)
– This is merely the animated short some of which was ultimately featured in the film.

DISC 2 (BD MOVIE+FEATURES):
Ice Age
: The Story So Far (13:15; HD) is a refresher course bringing viewers up to speed. Actually shows how far the animation has improved.

Scrat: Spaced Out (14:42; HD) – This is merely the animated short some of which was ultimately featured in the film.

Scratasia: Scrat’s Solo Adventures (4:13; HD) looks at Scrat’s stories from all five IA movies.

Mysteries of the Scratazons (5:13; HD) – This is an actual featurette that provides some green-screen interviews with the filmmakers breaking down the story.

Star Signs of the Animal Kingdom (4:42; HD) is a lame but kid-friendly feature looking at the signs of some of these characters.

The Science of It All: deGrasse Tyson debunks (9:18; HD) has the famous scientist looking at the science featured in the movie and how it works in the real world.

Last up is Figaro “Sing-Along” (1:47; HD), a Gallery and a Theatrical Trailer (2:26; HD).

 


4K UHD VIDEO — 5.0/5, BD VIDEO — 5.0/5


Fox releases Ice Age: Collision Course onto 4K UHD disc presented in its original 2.40 widescreen aspect ratio and a 2160p ultra high-def transfer. The movie might stink but animation seems to lend itself to taking full advantage of the format; colors are fantastically vibrant and detail is sharp throughout. I also didn’t notice any obvious instances of artifacts, aliasing, banding or other flaws making for a excellent looking transfer.

Same goes for the standard Blu-ray and its 1080p high-definition transfer. Colors are just as bright and look pretty darn good. There is a noticeable difference between the UHD and BD but for those who haven’t upgraded (and presumably it’s a high percentage), you can’t go wrong just picking up the Blu-ray.

4K UHD AUDIO — 5.0/5, BD AUDIO — 5.0/5


Not to be outdone, the UHD disc comes with a Dolby Atmos track which sounds incredible. There’s actually quite fair amount of action-centric sequences in the film and they resonate through each and every available channel very nicely with some robustness at times while dialogue levels sound crisp and clear so you can hear Romano’s still nasally voice or Leguizamo’s frantic tone. As per other Fox UHD releases, the Blu-ray for some reason is a DTS-HD MA 7.1 track but it still sounds good even if the Atmos is just a hint better. As with the video, it’s not leaps and bounds different and for Blu-ray owners, it should be more than satisfactory.

 


OVERALL — 2.0/5


Overall, Ice Age: Collision Course is one of the worst animated movies, professionally done anyway, I’ve ever come across. The animation itself was fine but the jokes were terrible and rarely landed and the story is haphazard and lazily done. The Blu-ray also isn’t anything of note outside of the technical aspects with the video and audio but the features are absolutely thin.

 

 

 

 

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