PictureImage wise Ice Princess is eminently average looking - a little soft and smooth, with a little video noise in darker scenes and a touch of edge enhancement. Problem is there's just nothing that really sets this DVD release apart from the masses. That said, it's by no means poor, it's just one of those images that I find difficult to find something to talk about... so perhaps I should just leave it at that. Pretty average, then.
SoundAnd things continue pretty much in the same vein with the audio side of things. For the most part this is a dialogue driven movie, with little call for super surround sound imaging. The 448Kbps Dolby Digital track does its job, but the only times rear speakers are called into action - if action is the right word here - is during the few ice skating contests, when crowd excitement comes through well enough, as well as during the few musical interludes. Of course, this is a Disney backed movie that tells a simple story that revolves around ice-skating and focuses on actor's characterisations - as such it does exactly what it says on the tin.
ExtrasBonus features includes Deleted Scenes, with an alternate opening sequence... that I kind of preferred! As with most deleted scene inclusions, the ones included here merely make it clear why they were deleted in the first place... asides from Tina Tells Casey She Wants To Coach Her. This is the one are of the original movie that I felt dissatisfied with and I definitely prefer the way it's dealt with in this deleted scene, but I suppose that really says more about me than the actual movie! Why Casey would go running back to her trainer after the way she was treated kind of sticks in my craw.
There are a couple of music videos and a fun audio commentary featuring actors Michelle Trachtenberg, Hayden Panetierre, Trevor Blumas and Kirsten Olsen. Rounding off the supplemental features are a few trailers. More averageness, then!
VerdictMy four year old daughter enjoyed Ice Princess... my wife enjoyed Ice Princess... and yes, I enjoyed Ice Princess. Yes, it's bubblegum fodder, but it's a Disney movie, and it has heart. I can understand why the more macho types would scoff at the idea of watching such a movie - but that's only because you lot are afraid to be seen with a tear in your eye!
Gets a recommended tag from me!
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