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MOVIE INFO

Director:
Ricardo Curtis
Cast:
Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary
Writing Credits:
Jim Hecht

Synopsis:
When Sid takes a job as an egg nanny, he's unaware an old enemy has plans of his own. The shenanigans lead to the first egg hunt and creation of popular Easter traditions.

MPAA:
Rated NR

DISC DETAILS
Presentation:
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1/16X9
Audio:
English Dolby 5.1
French Dolby 2.0
Spanish Dolby 2.0
Subtitles:
English
Spanish
French
Closed-captioned
Supplements Subtitles:
English
Spanish
French

Runtime: 21 min.
Price: $6.98
Release Date: 3/7/2017

Bonus:
• “Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe” Short
• “The Story So Far” Compilation
• Scrat Shorts
• Lost Footage
• Previews


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Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade (2016)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (March 20, 2017)

Nothing speaks to the resurrection of Jesus Christ like the comedic adventures of anthropomorphic pre-historic mammals, does it? With 2016’s Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade, the popular largely extinct creatures meet up with Easter.

Sid the Sloth (voiced by John Leguizamo) takes a job as an “egg nanny”. However, this task goes awry when vicious pirate bunny Squint (Seth Green) conducts a dastardly “egg-napping”.

Rather than let things be, Sid teams with his buddies go on a rescue mission. Along with Manny the mammoth (Ray Romano), Diego the saber-tooth tiger (Denis Leary) and the rest, we follow this crazy adventure.

With five movies and a a Christmas special already on the books, I know pretty well what to expect from the Ice Age series. As a rule, these endeavors offer moderately amusing action-comedies that do just enough to end up as passable entertainment.

Though Fox sells Egg-Scapade as an Easter tale, the connections to the holiday remain loose. Yeah, it acts as a semi-“origin story” for the Easter bunny, but in truth, the whole tale could work just as well without any link to a holiday at all.

And by “work just as well”, I mean it would be just as mediocre. Like I noted earlier, I remain a marginal fan of the Ice Age series: the various adventures manage to entertain in a moderate manner, but they rarely excel.

Egg-Scapade exemplifies that spirit. It throws out comedic nuttiness and other elements that allow it to develop occasional moments of mirth and fun, but it never threatens to turn into anything more than that.

The film also feels rather opportunistic. Like I mentioned, there’s no logical connection between the Ice Age characters/environments and the Easter holiday, so Egg-Scapade stretches the franchise’s already loose sense of credulity. This makes it more like holiday product than a tale with a sense of purpose.

In the end, parents who want to give their kids some Easter entertainment could do worse, especially because that holiday doesn’t boast a whole lot of child-friendly material. Still, this comes as a tepid recommendation, for Egg-Scapade lacks the wit to be better than mediocre.


The Blu-ray Grades: Picture B+/ Audio B/ Bonus C-

Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 sets. Given the limitations of SD-DVD, this became an appealing presentation.

Sharpness worked well. Due to the format, a little softness hit some wider shots, but the majority of the film offered nice delineation. Jagged edges and shimmering failed to show up, and I saw no edge haloes or artifacts. Of course, the CGI program lacked any print flaws.

Colors seemed pleasing. Given its icy setting, the show went with a somewhat bluish, chilly palette, and the tones looked strong inside those parameters. The Easter elements allowed for a little more pep than usual as well. Blacks were deep and tight, while shadows seemed full and well-defined. I felt pleased by this quality image.

Though not as good, the show’s Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack fared well. The soundscape opened things up in a reasonable manner, with an emphasis on the forward spectrum.

Material meshed together and showed nice movement as well as some localized speech. Surround usage tended toward general reinforcement, though some elements such as an avalanche managed to use the back speakers nicely.

Audio quality was always solid. Speech seemed concise and distinctive, without edginess or other problems. Music appeared bright and full, while effects showed nice clarity and heft. This was a more than acceptable track.

A few extras fill out the set, Cosmis Scrat-tastrophe runs five minutes, four seconds, and shows Scrat in space. It’s simply material from Collision Course and nothing new.

In the same vein, The Story So Far lasts 13 minutes, 15 seconds. Also found on the Collision Course Blu-ray, if offers clips that sum up the first four Ice Age movies. It’s a cute recap but nothing memorable.

Five cartoons show up under Scrat Shorts. We find “More Nuts for Scrat” (3:56), “Continental Crack-Up” (5:16), “Gone Nutty” (4:47), “Missing Nuts” (7:06) and “Falling for Scratte” (8:29).

I believe all of these received prior release, so fans may already know them. They offer reasonable amusement.

Finally, Lost Footage breaks into three domains. We see “The Sloth: Nature’s Lovable Lisper” (2:02), “The Saber—Toothed Tiger: Nature’s Fearsome Feline” (1:27) and “The Possum: Nature’s Spunky Spectacles” (1:26).

Each of these pretends to provide an “educational film”, and they do give us a lot of facts about their mammalian subject matter. “Lisper” also uses John Leguizamo as narrator, which makes it more fun than the other two.

The disc opens with ads for Ice Age: Collision Course, The Boss Baby and Trolls.

Fans of the Ice Age franchise will find more of the same-old via The Great Egg-Scapade. It provides moderate amusement and that’s about it. The DVD brings us very good picture with fairly positive audio and a collection of added shorts. Egg-Scapade ends up as a watchable holiday special for kids.

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