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Frozen and Hatchet Blu-ray Reviews

  

With “Frozen” and “Hatchet,” Adam Green is certainly well on his way to becoming an iconic horror writer/director.

Frozen

When I first read about the high concept premise of “Frozen,” I was a bit unsure if the film could work as a whole. After all, how can you stretch out a story about 3 college kids trapped on a ski lift to 90 minutes plus? Thankfully, under the capable hands of writer/director Adam Green, he manages to pull it off with ease.

The real reason “Frozen” succeeds where similar survival horror thrillers like “Open Water” have failed is that Green makes us care about the three central characters (Parker, Dan and Joe). So many times audiences have had to bear witness to obnoxious, bickering characters (I’m looking at you “Blair Witch Project”) that you could care less about. With “Frozen,” however, the characters are all likeable. Stars Emma Bell, Shawn Ashmore, and Kevin Zegers all do an incredible job here of making the characters believable and, more importantly, real. By making the characters come to life, the hellish journey in “Frozen” is all the more terrifying. Had the audience not been able to invest in the characters, the movie would have simply not worked. But, it does work, and it’s a realistic, intense, heart pounding thriller filled with nasty, tragic, and even touching character moments. I could go into more detail, but why spoil the ride? If you know everything in advance then the experience is ruined. The less you know, the better.

Summary: It’s an absolute tragedy that “Frozen” barely received a theatrical release because it’s easily one of the best films of 2010 thus far. Adam Green has created a believable horror film that is not only scary but one that makes the audience wonder what they would do if they were in the character’s situation. Buy the Blu-ray (or DVD) when it is released in stores on September, 28th.

Video/Audio:

Will Barratt’s gorgeous cinematography shines in 2.40:1 1080p. There’s no better way to see it than this on home video.

I didn’t notice any problems with the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio track. If anything, the HD audio track enhanced the viewing experience by making it seem as if you were right there on the ski lift with the characters battling the cold.

Frozen Extras:

* Anchor Bay trailers (including a “Frozen” trailer).
* 3 deleted scenes with optional commentary by Adam Green.
* “Catching Frostbite: The Origins Of Frozen”- Writer/director Adam Green (and others) talk about how he came up with the concept of “Frozen,” the production process, etc.
* “Three Below Zero”- Adam Green and the cast members chat about the casting process, the characters (and their interactions), etc.
* “Shooting Through It”- A featurette that covers the cinematography and the production design.

* “Beating The Mountain: Surviving Frozen”- A featurette on the hellish shoot on location in the freezing cold.
* An easter egg in which Adam Green chats about a creepy story that took place at the location they shot at.

* Commentary by Adam Green, Will Barratt, and Ed Marx. This is the technical commentary track that covers everything from their prior work together, lighting, the weather, photography, special fx, etc. Worth a listen especially if you’re into the technical aspects of filmmaking.

* Commentary by Adam Green, Kevin Zegers, Emma Bell, and Shawn Ashmore. The 4 talk about everything from Sundance, the characters, cast trivia, set experiences, etc. Adam Green commentaries are always worth listening to.

Hatchet

What do you get when a rag-tag group of tourists on a swamp tour in New Orleans encounter a deformed and supposedly dead killer named Victor Crowley? A good old fashioned bloody slasher flick.

In a time where remakes and sequels rule the horror film landscape, Adam Green bucked the trend by creating an original horror film that is reminiscent of the classic 80’s slashers such as the original “Friday The Thirteenth.” And I couldn’t be happier. For anyone who misses the glory days of 80’s horror, “Hatchet” is for you. The fast paced 84 minute running time flies by as viewers are subjected to creative (and brutal) death scenes as well as delightful cameos/performances by horror/sci-fi genre favs such as Tony Todd, Mercedes McNab, Joel David Moore and the original Freddy Kruger himself- Robert Englund. The real scene-stealer, however, is Kane Hodder who portrays both Mr. and the murderous Victor Crowley. I don’t think it’s out of line to say that Victor Crowley is bound to be a horror icon someday (especially if the upcoming sequel becomes a hit). He’s exactly the type of ferocious killing machine that horror fans love.

Summary: Admittedly, “Hatchet” isn’t as fresh and exciting as it was during the first viewing, but it still holds up on repeated viewings. With that said, if you’re a slasher aficiando who has never seen the film, you will surely fall head over heels in love with this flick. Bring on the sequel!

Note: This Blu-ray disc contains the unrated director’s cut version of “Hatchet.”

Video/Audio:

The “Hatchet” Blu-ray is a big step-up from the DVD release. The 1.78:1 1080p  picture quality is absolutely stunning. From the skin tones to the swamp, the colors here look sharper (and the gore looks even nastier). Likewise, the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio track has a lot more life to it than the DVD release.  

Hatchet Extras:
* Anchor bays trailers (including a “Hatchet” theatrical trailer).
* A 3 ½ minute gag reel.
* “The Making Of Hatchet”. This is a great making of that features interviews with the cast/crew, stories about how the film got financed, the trailer, the production, etc.
* “Meeting Victor Crowley”- A featurette on the villainous character.
* “Guts And Gore”- A featurette on the make-up special fx and props.
* “Anatomy Of A Kill”- A look at how one death scene was shot. 

* “A Twisted Tale”- A story about how Adam Green was inspired by Dee Snider.

* A fun, talkative commentary by Adam Green, Joel David Moore, Tamara Feldman, Deon Richmond and Will Barratt.

* A brand spanking new commentary by Adam Green and Kane Hodder. Another enjoyable commentary filled with personal stories, discussions about horror and other projects, hints about “Hatchet 2,” etc. Well worth listening to.

September 6, 2010 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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