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directed by Reynir Lyngdal
Iceland/Finland 2012

 

Filmmaker Gunnar (Bj÷rn Thors, THE DEEP) proposes a documentary on the Glacial Research Centre as a pretense to visit his girlfriend Agla (Anna GunndÝs Gu­mundsdˇttir), a graduate student working as a research assistant with a six man scientific crew. He is completely unaware that Agla has discovered an abyss at the edge of the camp from which strange sounds and lights have been emanating. After a night of getting reacquainted, Agla and Gunnar awake to discover that the camp is otherwise empty. When the other researches do not return at nightfall, they start to worry. When the strange blinding lights and sounds from the abyss assail the camp itself, they realize that something beneath the Earth has awakened and that they may be next to join the missing crew.

A foreign "found footage" film is always a novelty, but FROST being an Icelandic "found footage" film is the only novelty. As the film moves on, it becomes more and more apparent that all we're going to get are offscreen sounds and bright lights and an occasional jump scare. However ambitious the project (the documentary shows the crew shooting in real blizzards on location), it's more of the same with the director seeming more interested in going through the motions (using the film as a stepping stone to more mainstream work) than putting a new spin on the genre or even an original or satisfying ending. There is, however, a nice role reversal in that the woman is the resourceful and calm one while her filmmaking beau is the whiny, panicky, and ill-prepared for the environment even before things start going wrong; but that's the only new spin and this is not a character piece.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 10 October 2013 (USA)

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DVD Review: Entertainment One - Region 2 - PAL

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Entertainment One

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:18:48 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.85 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Icelandic Dolby Digital 5.1; Icelandic Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Entertainment One

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Making- of (16:9; 9:23)
• Start-up Trailers for 'Escape Plan', 'We Are What We Are', and 'Outpost: Rise of the Spetznaz'

DVD Release Date: February 10th, 2014
Amaray

Chapters 16

 

Comments

Entertainment One's dual-layer disc features a high-bitrate encoding of this HD-lensed film, and the results are pretty good in static shots but much of the film is shot in the frenetic style of found footage horror movies and their is a lot of fake post-produced tape damage (denoting either the presence of the film's beastie or the effects of the elements on the protagonist's camera). The 5.1 track is generally restrained with the surrounds saved for music, some wind, and the jump scenes (the optional English subtitles are error free). The making-of featurette has a lot of the cast and crew joking around with next to know informative content, other than showing us that they were really shooting in unfavorable weather conditions without CGI. The disc also includes three start-up trailers.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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