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Ice from the Sun 
Written by: on April 24th, 2006

Release Date: USA, 1999
Director: Eric Stanze
Writer: Eric Stanze
Cast: D.J. Vivona, Ramona Midgett, Angela Zimmerly, Todd Tevlin, Jason Christ, Tommy Biondo

DVD released: September 27th, 2005
Approximate running time: 116 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
Rating: Unrated
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
DVD Release: Image Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99

Two wizards named Ambolin and Abraham rule another dimension that was formed from ice that was scraped off from the sun. In this dimension the two wizards collect six recently diseased mortals and their souls and they pit each one of them against their worst fears. One day the games come to a stand still when Abraham who has now rechristened himself The Presence murdered Ambolin is his quest for ultimate power. Alison is a recent suicide victim who has been recruited by angels to put an end to The Presence and his evils games of torture. Is The Presence to powerful to be defeated or will Alison be able end his wicked rule?

Ice from the Sun is not an easy film to digest with its complicated story structure and surreal imagery. The look of the film is impressive considering the film low budget origins. The acting is also exceptional as everyone even the extras fully get into their roles. The film does feel a tad long and one has to wonder if Stanze who also served as the film editor wasn’t objective enough to trim off some of the films fat. On the other hand Stanze direction is solid with a few of the films set pieces standing out as some of his best work to date as a director. Some of the techniques that Stanze uses in Ice from the Sun do get repetitive and were out there welcome fast.

Overall Ice from the Sun is fascinating film despite all its flaws.

The DVD:

Ice from the Sun is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The film was shot on 8mm in color and black & white. The colors look good and the black & white moments have solid shadow detail. There is some minor print damage still nothing that ever becomes distracting. Overall this is the best Ice from the Sun has ever looked on home video.

Ice from the Sun comes with one audio option the films original English audio which is presented in a Dolby Digital stereo. The music and effects sounds full and evenly balanced as they never overpower the other. The dialog sounds a tad too thin at times and adjusting the volume is necessary to catch everything that is going on.

Extras for this release are spread of over two discs’ with the bulk of the extras located on the 2nd disc.

Extras on the first disc consist of two audio commentaries. The first audio commentary is with Jeremy Wallace, Jason Christ and Ramona Midgett. All three participants sound like they are having a good time while they talk about working on this and various other Wicked Pixel projects. The second audio commentary is with Eric Stanze and DJ Vivona. This audio commentary is more technical of then the first one and there are many instances where the two participants’ point out how other films have similar scenes to that which is in their film.

Extras for the second disc include three trailers for Ice from the Sun and trailers for Savage Harvest, Scrapbook, China White Serpentine and Deadwood Park. Also included for this release is a photo gallery, facts about the film and a brief segment about the recording of the films score. Other extras include audition footage and three music videos. Rounding out the is a feature length documentary about the making of Ice from the Sun. Besides interviews with the cast and crew there is plenty of behind the scenes footage. This documentary also comes with an audio commentary with Todd Tevlin, Jason Christ and Eric Stanze. This audio commentary like the other two include for this release offers a lot of insight into the making of Ice from the Sun.

Ice from the Sun gets a special edition DVD from Image Entertainment that can truly be called a definitive release of the film.

For more information about Ice from the Sun and other titles released by Wicked Pixel visit their website.

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