It is the dawning of the Ice Age and an unlikely trio forge on a quest to find a tribe of humans who have lost a baby. Manfred the Mammoth (Romano) is less than ecstatic when the uncharacteristically hyper sloth Sid (Leguizamo) missed the migration south and decides to latch onto the giant pachyderm. When they happen upon a human baby, Manfred reluctantly agrees to help Sid get the child back to his tribe. When the shady sabertooth tiger Diego shows up, claiming that he can lead Manny and Sid to the humans, the three set out and become quite a threesome...er, foursome if you count the kiddo. (Suzanne Hodges)
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture is absolutely impressive. The computer animation exhibits excellent
The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack sounds impressive in terms of fidelity and spatial rendering. The audio has been well-recorded, and the use of dimension is liberal when appropriate, but in general is effective, resulting in a spatial soundstage that is expansive and enveloping. The dialogue, which sounds natural and is the result of a very good recording, also exhibits the sonic character of an ADR production at times. Imaging across the screen is palpably wide, and there is usually compelling depth, especially with the rendering of ambience effects. Deep bass can be characterized as punctuated moments with some .1 LFE engagement, such as the footsteps of Manfred the woolly mammoth. The surrounds range in activity between subtlety and prominence, with usually some balance of the audio toward the screen channels. (Perry Sun)
I subscribe to several magazines because each one has a different bias, and they obviously don't always write about the same things. I purchase magazines at the newsstand when a particular article or review interests me enough that it's a keeper. I consider Widescreen Review to have the most professional bias of the home theatre magazines. Whereas something like Sound & Vision, I would consider to be more of a consumer bias. One of the things I like about Widescreen Review is the articles about the industry and technical articles (e.g., room setup). I also like its detailed equipment reviews that tell it like it is. One other item of note would be the DVD reviews. I like the ratings, the short descriptions, and the technical information.