Ice Age: Collision Course (Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray)

October 19, 2016 5 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton and Matt Malouf

Plot: What’s it about?

Some things just won’t end. Since the first film in 2002, we’ve gotten an Ice Age film every few years or so. I’ll admit that I checked out after the first two, but here we are with the 5th (and hopefully final) entry, Ice Age: Collison Course. Actually, this entry is also the lowest grossing in this franchise big time. Course took in a mere $63 million domestically. This is considerably down from the previous entries which all earned over $100 million. Indeed, this might be the last we see of these characters for a while. That, or the inevitable reboot will appear. Sometimes you just need to hang up the curtain and go out with some pride. Time will tell, but for now we have this feature. I’m sure the intended audiences will enjoy this, but I wonder if even they have become tired of this series. That I can’t answer, but let’s discuss this film, shall we?

Once again we find Scrat, the poor little saber-toothed squirrel who’s trying to bury his acorn. By now we should all know how the scenario plays out. One thing leads to another, and catastrophe follows. We then cut to the story following Manny the mammoth, Diego the Saber-toothed tiger, Sid the sloth and their family and friends. Scrat’s misdeeds lead to asteroids heading towards earth. The others are warned, and they then seek safety and shelter. That’s pretty much it as far as the plot goes. Those who’ve stuck with these films so far will have a general idea of what to expect. Truth be told, this did little for me. One can really feel the lack of ideas seeping through the cracks. The gags are lame and the characters have become boring and uninteresting by this point. The film is nice to look at, but that only carries us so far. With such great animated fare from the Pixar line of films, one really shouldn’t bother with this, but I suppose the more forgiving audiences will be fine with it. All others should steer clear.

Video: How’s it look?

Ice Age: Collision Course is presented in a 2.40:1 HD image that, let’s face it, leaves nothing to the imagination. This is the first Ice Age title to be released in Ultra HD and, unfortunately it’s the worst (but not worst-looking) of the lot. This is one of the best looking transfers out there, a visual masterpiece that dazzles from start to finish. The source is pristine of course, while detail is striking, with all the possible refinement pulled out and put on showcase. This one is eye popping to say the least, with numerous scenes that will have your jaw on the floor. No issues with colors or contrast whatsoever, just clean, crisp visuals throughout. This is an elite level transfer that could easily be used as a demo disc.

Audio: How’s it sound?

A few of the Ice Age movies have dazzled my system on the audio front and the included Dolby Atmos soundtrack does have a few moments. But while some of the scenes just seem to have so much audio potential, they come off as restrained or bland here, which is a shame. This one should rock, but it doesn’t. On the plus side, the low end is well handled, the music sounds good, and dialogue is always clean and clear. So it sounds good, but it should have sounded so much better.

Supplements: What are the extras?

  • Featurettes
    • Scrat: Spaced Out Mini-Movie (this appears on the UHD/4K version as well)
    • Ice Age: The Story So Far
    • Scratasia: Scrat’s Solo Adventures
    • Mysteries of the Scratazons
    • Star Signs of the Animal Kingdom
    • The Science of It All: deGrasse Tyson deBunks
    • Figaro Sing-along”
  • Gallery – A stills gallery with photos from the film.

The Bottom Line

Franchise fatigue is seriously setting in with this chapter of the Ice Age films. Hopefully they’ll be put to rest for a while or a new angle will be approached. As it stands, only the more forgiving audiences will want to spend time on this entry. I suppose young ones might enjoy it, but it felt tired and empty to me.

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