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VIDEO (2D):

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)

AUDIO:

Ice Age 4: Continental Shift 2D comes with 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 voice 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)

TRIVIA:

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!

PACKAGING:

The 2D combo set consists of 2 discs: 1 2D blu ray disc, and 1 DVD with Digital Copy.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

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 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.
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VIDEO (2D):

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)

VIDEO (3D):

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)

AUDIO:

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)

TRIVIA:

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!

PACKAGING:

The 3D set consists of 3 discs: 1 3D blu ray disc, 1 2D blu ray disc, and 1 DVD with Digital Copy.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

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.
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on January 5, 2013
This film is the exception to the rule that sequels fail.

There is an engaging story against an improbable backdrop of continental drift and roving pirates. The characters, hilariously anthropomorphized, are worth our caring. Familiar characters take on novel problems except in one case (our favorite squirrel still is seeking the perfect acorn). New characters, especially the pirates, headed by an orangutan captain, _are_ the problems.

Ray Romano, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Patrick Stewart, and Peter Dinklage are lead voices.

Co-director Mike Thurmeier worked on some of the earlier Ice Age films.

Having said all that, I think I'll watch it again!
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon January 9, 2013
We ordered this because we liked the other movies of this series. We have watched it at least twice since we bought it and both times have enjoyed it. We have now another fun animated movie for our DVD library, but I wouldn't recommend buying it unless it's about $17 because we think that NO movie is worth paying much more than that. If you liked the first couple of this series, you might like this one too.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon December 15, 2012
Ice Age-Continental Drift(released June/12)has the usual voice talents of Ray Romano as Manny,John Leguizamo as Sid,Denis Leary as Diego,Queen Latifah as Ellie,along with some newcomers like Keke Palmer as Peaches,Jennifer Lopez as Shira,Wanda Sykes as Granny,and even the dynamic duo of Nick Frost and Simon Pegg.This is,for my money,THE best of the series so far.It has adventure,it has excitement,it has laughs and it is all non stop family fun!
The story finds Scrat starting out the proceedings,as usual.This time his well placed nut begins the Continental Drift that forms the land masses we have today.This sudden change in earth tectonics has Manny,Ellie and the gang on the run for safety to the land bridge.Manny's precious Peaches has now grown up and is quite the young teenaged lady.Thrown into the mix comes Sid's family,slip sliding away in a hollowed out log.They crash into the group and only stay long enough to dump Sid's granny onto them,and then leave.
Before the group can reach the land bridge,Manny,Sid,Granny,and Diego are separated from the rest by a sudden upheaval of ice.As they drift away from Ellie and Peaches,Manny tells them to head for the land bridge and that they will return to find them.
Not long after their separation Manny and the gang`s ice flow is captured by pirates,led by an ape called Gutt.He commands a rag tag group of animals indeed,from an elephant seal to a rabbit.When they make granny walk the plank,the group spring into action and rescue her.The group escapes from Gutt but in the process sink his large ice ship.A little ways away they rescue one of Gutts crew,a female saber toothed tiger named Shira,and keep her locked up.When they reach land Shira escapes and runs to rejoin Gutt and his crew,who are in a nearby cove planning to take the current back to land in a newly acquired ice ship.With the help of some new found friends,in the forms of over sized hamsters,they trick Gutt and his gang and steal his ship from him.As Manny and the rest sail away Gutt is already creating another ship to pursue them.
Manny and the group reach the land bridge but at first do not find Ellie or Peaches.Suddenly a voice rings out and it`s Peaches;being held captive by Gutt,who has unfortunately beaten them home.Granny has an ace up her sleeve.On their way home she had been throwing fruit into the water to,what the group thought,was her imaginary friend.It turns out it was a ginormous whale,who she now calls upon to help.Manny and Gutt have a final showdown and Manny and his family are finally reunited.As a giant propeller,there is nothing that will get an ice boat across an ocean faster than a whale.They finally find new land,with the hamsters also joining them.The newest members of the herd are now Granny and Shira,Diego`s new girlfriend.
The film ends as Scrat finds his version of the lost city of Atlantis;called Scrat-lantis.Nuts abound,which he ferociously gathers up.However the centre piece is a giant nut and he is told by the elder there(Patrick Stewart) not to touch it.Scrat of course cannot fight his instincts,and lifts it up.Underneath dangles a plug.The island sinks,dries and becomes part of the south western U.S. desert.Scrat screams as the blistering heat starts to scorch him.
There are just so many funny and imaginative moments throughout this film as it moves from one thing to another in such fine fashion.I just loved the scene where the gang are drifting on an ice pack and Sid complains that there is so much water,and so little to drink.He takes a big gulp of sea water and swallows it.His face puckers right up as he realizes how salty it is.It is visually hilarious to see.They have added so much more voice talent to this movie along with,what looks like,some new and welcome additions to the herd.I like that.
Technically speaking the film is in its w/s a/r of 2:40:1 and is clear and crisp.Extras include a featurette on its making,a look at the series so far,and a couple of musical segments.
All in all,what can I say,I loved this film.It has a pace like no other in the franchise and it just never stopped moving throughout.The film is chock full of imaginative storytelling,adventure and its requisite sight gags.It is also a film the whole family can watch together and understand.Recommended highly.
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on June 29, 2015
Interesting to watch, but far from the original movie, that was an exceptional movie, a cult movie in fact. I don't care for the teenage thing of the mammoths... Poor subject to me. The bad monkey that seem to rule each and every one, including tigers and Mammoth, is rather hard to swallow... I have watched it in 2D (my son dislikes the 3D glasses...) and the picture was very good.
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on February 8, 2013
My daughter was not really into Ice Age movie's until this one and now she watches them more often. This one she watches almost daily. She loves the song at the menu screen and sings it regularly she does not even complain when the movie is over and just sits there and sings the We are family over and over. I recommend this one.
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on July 7, 2013
Another excellent movie! I love the Ice Age movies, and so does my husband. We don't yet have kids, but we own all four movies and love them! The song the pirates sing is super catchy and annoying though... Expect to be humming it for a few days!
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on February 24, 2013
I own the first 3 and did not think that Ice Age Continental Drift would still be entertaining. I was wrong. I read the other reviews posted here, and decided to take a change. Glad I did. If you enjoyed the others, you will enjoy this one too.
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on December 5, 2013
Lots more animals in this one I thought. Large range of interesting species. The monkey was very well done. My daughter loved this one and the last one about the dinosaurs the best of all the Ice Age movies.
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