Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 24th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2010
Director: Adam Green
Writer: Adam Green
Cast: Emma Bell, Shawn Ashmore, Kevin Zegers, Ed Ackerman, Rileah Vanderbilt, Kane Hodder, Adam Johnson, Chris York, Peder Melhuse
DVD released: October 18th, 2010
Approximate running time: 89 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: 15 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English
Subtitles: English SDH
DVD Release: Momentum Pictures
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £15.99
Synopsis: Looking to get one last run in before the ski resort closes for the week. Three friends get trapped on a ski lift.
Even the most well crafted horror films required the audiences to take a leap of faith. Then we have a film like Frozen which pushes the limits of possibility to their limits and then some. Take the premise three friends being trapped on a ski lift and anyone who could help them have left the ski resort. Sure the film does thrown in a plausible reason why they are left behind and forgotten. And yet this reason comes off feeling to forced and merely used as a plot device to moves thing forward, nothing more.
Staging a film in one primary location can be a tricky proposition. And yet Frozen does a remarkable job holding ones attention. A lot of the credit for why this film works as well as it does lays squarely on the shoulders of its three principal actors. This film does a great job building suspense solely on these three characters fears of ever getting off the ski lift. Ultimately Frozen is a grueling experience which starts to wear thin by its final act.
Momentum Pictures presents Frozen in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. This is a strong looking progressive flagged transfer that has no problems with compression. Colors and flesh tone look accurate. Black levels look very good and details are sharp throughout.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in English. The audio is crystal clear and the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack are fully realized. Also included with this release are English SDH subtitles.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (1 minute 46 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), three deleted scenes (6 minutes 23 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), four behind the scenes segments ‘Catching Frostbite: The Origins of Frozen’ (10 minutes 33 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), ‘Three Below Zero’ (10 minute 25 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), ‘Shooting Through it’ (10 minutes 51 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), ‘Beating the Mountain: Surviving Frozen’ (50 minutes 45 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and a audio commentary with writer / director Adam Green and actors Shawn Ashmore, Kevin Zegers and Emma Bell. The first three behind the scenes segments discuss the origins of the project, the cast and the look of the film. The fourth and lengthiest segment ‘Beating the Mountain: Surviving Frozen’ covers some the same ground that is covered in the other three behind the scenes segments. The audio commentary does a great job not repeating to much of the information that is touched upon in the other extras. Also included with this release are trailers for other films also available from Momentum Pictures and a ad for Snickers. Overall Frozen gets a solid DVD release from Momentum Pictures.