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'Ice Age: Super-Cool Edition'
(Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, et al / 2-Disc DVD / PG / (2002) 2006 / 20th Century Fox)

Overview: Back when the Earth was being overrun by glaciers, and animals were scurrying to save themselves from the upcoming Ice Age, a stupid sloth named Sid, a woolly mammoth named Manny, a saber-toothed tiger named Diego, and an acorn-loving saber-toothed squirrel named Scrat are forced to become unlikely heroes. The four reluctantly come together when they have to return a human child to its father while braving the deadly elements of the impending Ice Age.

DVD Verdict: "Ice Age" is another worthy entry into the pantheon of CG animated family films. While the movie looks fantastic, there's plenty of humor and a darn good story to boot -- contrary to some early reviews, this is a good movie from top to bottom rather than a mere technical exercise. "Ice Age" tells an interesting story of survival and comradery during, you guessed it, the Ice Age. Prehistoric mammals are migrating south to escape the looming glaciers, but three unlikely partners, Manfred the Mammoth (Ray Romano), Sid the Sloth (John Leguizamo, complete with hilarious lisp), and Diego the Sabretooth Tiger (Denis Leary), join forces to reunite a baby boy with his human tribe after the death of his mother. But not everyone wishes to see the baby's safe return . . . a competing agenda of revenge darkens the story considerably. "Ice Age" mercifully has an edgy sense of humor, which makes the movie enjoyable for the adults who will be forced to watch the movie at least a dozen times by their persistent kids. This humor manifests itself in unexpected ways that may require adults to make some complicated explanations to their kids, including when some juvenile mammals "play extinction" in a tar pit while on migration, or when a flock of "Tae Kwon" Dodos meet various grisly fates. While these scenes are undeniably funny, they may be harder for younger viewers to understand or accept. (This isn't a criticism, just something to be aware of.) "Ice Age" takes an interesting step in having the animals speak English, but the humans communicate in grunts. Fortunately, given the talents of the cast, we want to hear more from these animals. Ray Romano is surprisingly good as Manfred the Mammoth, who is quite grumpy for most of the movie . . . until a very powerful scene involving animated cave drawings shows us that Manfred is entitled to be as grumpy as he wants to be. Perhaps the funniest aspect of "Ice Age" is a parallel story of Scrat, a frantic squirrel-type creature who is forever being foiled in his quest for acorns. Scrat is also the subject of a separate short film that is a bonus feature on the DVD, and is equally hilarious. Long on laughs, complete with some tear-jerking, and blessedly free from any Elton John/Phil Collins-style tunes, "Ice Age" is an excellent family movie that will keep both kids and parents entertained on repeated viewings. Check out this new Super-Cool 2-disc edition today! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Disc 1:
PS & WS Feature
Commentary by Director Chris Wedge & Co-Director Carlos Saldanha
Deleted Scene with optional commentary by Director Chris Wedge & Co-Director Carlos Saldanha
1) "Paying Toll" w/aardvarks
2) Sylvia & Sid Introduction
3) Sabre Stake Out
4) No more Fruit for You
5) Sid and the Ladies
6) Sid and Sylvia

Disc 2:
Extreme Cool View version of Ice Age, featuring "Scrat's Frozen Fun Facts" and behind-the-scenes clips from the Filmmakers and Natural History Experts
"Sid on Sid" Scene-Specific Commentary by John Leguizamo as Sid
"Behind the Scenes of Ice Age" HBO special
Gone Nutty - Scrat's Missing Adventure animated short
Bunny animated short with introduction by director Chris Wedge
3 Multi-Angle Animation Progressions
6 Production Featurettes: Making a character, Art of Rigging, Animators Acting, Art of Effects, Lighting and Materials
Sid Voice Development Featurette
Using 2D in a 3D World featurette
Scrat's Promo Spots
International (Multi-Language) Clip
Design Galleries
Set Top Games: "Cave In," "Rock, Paper, Scissors," "Playing Darwin," "Hide and Eek," "Frozen Pairs"
'Ice Age 2: The Meltdown' Trailer
DVD ROM Games: Super Dodo Ball, Sid Shreds
DVD ROM Printables (total of 6): Snowflake Flurry (Ornaments), Ice Digest (Magazine), 12 Month Migration Calendar, Hanging with the Herd Mobile, Sub-Zero Heroes Adventure Board game, Icebox Theater
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