Friday, December 16, 2011

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 11.3 GB
Runtime: 25 Mins.
Region: A
The Video
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special’ debuts on Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. While the quality of the animation is slightly weaker than the actual films, this special does look quite impressive in high-definition.

Like with most animated material, colors are rich and vibrant throughout. The level of detail is also impressive, particularly the textures of the characters. The high-def release also includes a standard DVD copy, which when compared is no competition for the Blu-ray disc.

‘Ice Age’ looks fantastic. I really had no issues with the presentation at all, it’s as strong as the source material allows and I couldn’t have asked for better. While there are better looking animated releases on Blu-ray, ‘Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special’ does impress. 9/10

The Audio
An English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is the lossless option included. Also included are Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital audio mixes. Optional subtitles include English SDH and Spanish.

The mix is surprisingly immersive, making full use of the surround speakers throughout. Dialogue is centered, balanced, and features excellent clarity. I honestly wasn’t expecting much from the audio mix, so what we get on this Blu-ray release is certainly surprising. 9/10

The Extras

Disc 1 (Blu-ray Disc):

Ice Age: Continental Drift Sneak Peek (2:03) (HD)
A sneak peek clip from the next Ice Age film is included.

Music Video (3:00) (HD)
Swingin’ Jingle Bells

Disc 2 (DVD):

DVD copy of the film

Disc 3 (DVD):

Digital Copy version of the film
Compatible with iTunes.

There aren’t too many bonus features included, a silly music video and a sneak peek into the next film. The DVD and Digital Copy are nice and welcome inclusions for such a short special, making the high-def combo pack the obvious choice. 4/10

The Special
“When Sid accidentally destroys Manny’s heirloom Christmas rock and ends up on Santa’s “naughty list,” he leads a hilarious quest to the North Pole to make things right – and ends up making things much worse. Now it’s up to Manny and his prehistoric posse to band together and save Christmas for the entire world.”

It seems every year we get more animated holiday specials from a few of the animation studios, and now Ice Age is the latest series to get the holiday treatment. I actually enjoy the ‘Ice Age’ films for what they are, fun family films. This special is no different.The special certainly isn’t anything ‘special’ in terms of how memorable it is, but I do think it was a lot more entertaining than it could have been. The characters and the cast behind them are back, and the humor is quite solid for audiences of all ages.

‘Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special’ is certainly cute and with the smart low prince point that Fox Home Entertainment has provided for this release, I would certainly recommend any ‘Ice Age’ fan adding this release to their high-def collection. 7/10

The Blu-news Summary
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special’ is a fun special that the entire family will enjoy. The Blu-ray release features an impressive video and audio presentation, but not so many bonus features. Overall this Blu-ray release is definitely ‘Recommended.

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