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Ice Age: Collision Course (2016 aka Ice Age 5/Blue Sky Studios/Fox 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/Paw Patrol: Pups Save Christmas (2016/Nickelodeon DVD)/Peppa Pig: Sun, Sea and Snow/Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Hi-Tech Fashion (both 2016/Fox DVDs)

4K Ultra HD Picture: B+ Picture: B (DVDs: C+) Sound: B (DVDs: C+) Extras: C/D/D/C- Main Programs: C/B-/C+/C+

Here's our latest list of child-aimed titles, including the latest 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray....

Ice Age: Collision Course (2016 aka Ice Age 5) is one of the first few CGI animated theatrical film releases issued in the new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format, the second for Blue Sky Studios and Fox after The Peanuts Movie. This time, Scrat the Squirrel relentlessly chases a single acorn to outer space and lands up dealing with aliens and a flying saucer! With an overly obvious Kubrick 2001 reference, too much becomes obvious and repetitive as the long-running franchise has run out of jokes and ideas as its become too formulaic for its own good.

Thus, this works best when it does not try so hard, but even at 94 minutes, cannot muster enough energy for the storyline(s) to work. A box office disappointment, this is likely the last feature film in the series. To say this is for fans only is correct, but I can see more than a few children possibly bored with this one. I hoped it would get better, but like the Shrek films, the makers have done everything they could at this point. Voice actors include Denis Leary, Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Simon Pegg, Seann William Scott, Melissa Rauch, Wanda Sykes, Josh Peck, Adam Devine, Max Greenfield, Keke Palmer and Nick Offerman.

Extras include Digital HD Ultraviolet Copy for PC, PC portable and other cyber iTunes capable devices, while the regular Blu-ray adds a ''Figaro'' Sing-Along, Stills Gallery, an Original Theatrical Trailer, yet another Ice Age: The Story So Far update clip we see on several releases (animated or not), Scratasia: Scrat's Solo Adventures compiles his short films (!?!), Scrat: Spaced Out expands this film's opening, and comical featurettes Mystery Of The Scratazons, Star Signs Of The Animal Kingdom and The Science Of It All: DeGrasse Tyson Debunks.

Paw Patrol: Pups Save Christmas (2016) is a new Nickelodeon DVD compilation in time for the holidays including the title episode and several other adventures that just pass 90 minutes. By a hair, that makes it the best release here, though it is a holiday-intended release. Not bad, but far from the best release in this series, I'm still waiting for the first Blu-ray.

There are no extras.

Peppa Pig: Sun, Sea and Snow is another charming compilation of episodes from the show, but this one only runs about an hour and with all the room on the disc, they ought to include more. Still, not bad and still no Blu-ray, the show remains entertaining and consistent.

There are sadly no extras.

Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Hi-Tech Fashion also lasts about an hour ad is not bad, though it can still feel like a toy ad despite the fact the toy series has been out since its 1980s debut. These episodes are still more amusing at times than one would think and are just child-friendly enough to recommend for their intended audience.

A little square of stickers was included with our copy of this release, but there are otherwise no extras, unless you count Digital Copy also included.

The 2160p HECV/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced 2.35 X 1 Ultra High Definition image on the 4K Ice Age disc may not be a visual wonder all the time, but has some fine CGI moments of animated detail you would not see in early entries in the series. If the best shots don't amount to demo moments, they still show how good 4K TV can be down to better detail and color range than the still viable 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on the standard Blu-ray that is fine for the format. It just cannot offer the range, depth and detail the 4K disc can.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on the DVDs are looking fine for the format, but still tie for last place, especially & obviously in the face of a 4K release. They are fine otherwise.

Ice Age is very easily also the sonic winner, with the 4K version offering a Dolby Atmos 11.1 mix from its best theatrical presentations that has its moments and has some fun moments, but only a few parts would be considered demo quality. The regular Blu-ray edition offers a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 7.1 lossless mix that is a decent mixdown, but the Atmos just offers a bit more. Both discs have D-BOX motion bass encoding.

The DVDs all offer lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes, save the lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on Peppa, but they are on the quiet-at-times side and are sonically equal in the end. Again, last place is not so bad in this case.

- Nicholas Sheffo


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