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“Ice Age” animated cast

“Ice Age” animated cast


By DNA Smith
PICKS OF THE WEEK
“Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” — The “Ice Age” franchise continues, and in this third installment we find Manny the Mammoth (Ray Romano) about to become a father. Feeling a bit left out, Diego the Sloth (John Leguizamo) heads off and discovers three big eggs and decides to be a papa, too. Turns out the eggs are dinosaur eggs and when they hatch, oh what hijinks ensue! While not the best film in the series, “Dawn of the Dinosaurs” is good enough to keep your young ’un quiet — although the threat of having to listen to Ray Romano’s voice for 90 minutes is enough to get anyone to do what you say.

“The Prisoner: The Complete Series” — Thanks to the upcoming AMC remake, this cult TV classic from 1968 is getting the full-on, top-shelf treatment it deserves: Totally remastered, high-def video, 5.1 audio and tons of special features. Patrick McGoohan stars as Number 6, a secret agent who resigns from his organization only to find himself drugged and taken to a remote island village where he is subjected to bizarre psychological attacks in order to find out what secrets he has. “The Prisoner” is the most twisted surreal television program ever produced, and well worth the viewing.

DOG OF THE WEEK
“Battlestar Galactica: The Plan” — The series may be dead, but that’s not stopping the producers from milking more money from fans. “The Plan” is the “Battlestar Galactica” saga as seen from the perspective of the Cylons — a kind of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” telling of the story. Frankly, instead of “The Plan,” Ron Moore & Co. should’ve released “Battlestar Galactica: The Series Finale That Didn’t Suck.”

TV SERIES
“Life After People (History): The Series” The Complete Season One
“The Guardian” The First Season
“On the Road with Charles Kuralt” Set 1
“Tales from the Darkside” The Second Season
“Mannix” The Third Season
“Patton 360” The Complete Season 1
“The Fugitive” Season Three, Vol. 1

© 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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