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Snowpiercer Season 1 Blu-ray Review

Watch the movie instead.

In this reboot of the film of the same nam and the graphic novel by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette, TNT’s “Snowpiercer” series more or less tells a similar end of the world story about people on board the Snowpiercer train which is divided into classes with the rich people being at the front and the lowest class being in the tail end of the 1,001 car train. Throughout the 10 episodes of season one, stories involve the Tail end plotting a rebellion, Andre (the main character who was a homicide detective) investigating a murder, Andre’s ex-wife Zarah (who just happens to be on board), the secretive Melanie (who is the train’s voice and more), weather issues, cannibalism, train complications, a black market drug, a killer on the train, a tribunal, factions of people, people in stasis, deaths, and a power struggle. Many characters also have their own subplots too such as Nikki, Josie, Till, Miles, and LJ.

For those expecting this series to be on the level of Bong Joon-ho’s cinematic masterwork, it’s not. The talent may be there with the likes of Jennifer Connelly (the best part of the show), Daveed Diggs, Mike O’Malley and Sheila Vand, but so much of what made the movie work so well is lost on the small screen. The grand visual style, the intrigue, the intensity of the pacing, the glorious set design, and the hard hitting story about class is just absent in the TV version. Granted, the series does not have the budget of the film, but that’s the least of the show’s problems. Not only is this series filled with coincidences and far, far too many surprise twists, but the procedural element at the start of the season makes this feel more like “Murder on the Orient Express” than “Snowpiercer.” I get the need to try something different, but that’s not the right approach.

Simply put, it feels like all of the moving parts in this show undercut the themes and the emotional impact that the film version had. Perhaps it’s not far to compare the two, but it’s hard not to when one is a reboot of the other. Maybe the show improves in season 2?

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? Dodgy effects aside, the episode transfers are satisfactory.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A quality worthy of a solid B+ or perhaps slightly better.


Extras:
* Digital copy
* The self-explanatory “Jennifer And Daveed Behind-The-Scenes Interview”
* An “Overview” of the series
* “Class Warfare”- A featurette about the class divide in the series.
* “The Train”-A look at the train and its various cars.
* “Behind The Curtain: Art Of The Frozen World”- The art design is spotlighted here

February 16, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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