Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 24th, 2016
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1997
Director: Michael Cooney
Writers: Jeremy Paige, Michael Cooney
Cast: Scott MacDonald, Christopher Allport, Stephen Mendel, F. William Parker, Eileen Seeley, Rob LaBelle, Kelly Jean Peters, Brian Leckner, Shannon Elizabeth
BluRay released: November 25th, 2016
Approximate running times: 89 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 English, DTS-HD Stereo English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $34.98
Jack Frost was co-written and directed Michael Cooney. His other notable credits as a screenwriter include, Identity and 6 Souls. Key collaborators on Jack Frost include, cinematographer Dean Lent (Gas, Food Lodging) and makeup artist Screaming Mad George (Bride of Re-Animator, Society).
The Horror has never shied away from using things are often considered good and turning them into their evil doppelganger. Case in point, clowns, holy men and Santa Clause are just a few examples of good gone bad. Now this brings us to Jack Frost a yuletide spirit like character who is most known for his good deeds. And though on occasion he has been known to show his mischievous said. It is safe to say, that he never reaches the sinister heights that he does in this loose adaption of Jack Frost.
The most memorable Horror film’s all start off with a solid premise and this film’s features a solid premise, a homicidal maniac who narrow escapes his execution only to be to be transformed into a snowman due to a freak accident. On paper this premise if filled with endless possibilities. Onscreen however things don’t always turn out as one would have hoped. And this is the case in regards to Jack Frost. Fortunately, the end result something that defies words and it truly has to be seen to be believed.
From a production stand point one would be hard pressed to fault any areas of this film. Yes, even when it comes to the killer snowman who still more than hold his own despite its more than obvious flaws. The narrative is well constructed, pacing is not an issue and the characters are surprisingly well defined. And when it comes to the kill scenes this film does not disappoint. With the most memorable scene in this film being Shannon Elizabeth’s character death scene in the bathtub. Other areas where this film far exceeds expectations includes the way it uses humor throughout this film and the enthusiastic performances from the entire cast.
Jack Frost comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. For this release a Brand new 2k transfer has been created from 35mm vault elements. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, details look sharp, black levels and shadow details remain strong throughout. Grain looks natural and there are no issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD mix in 5.1 English and a DTS-HD stereo mix in English. Both audio mixes sound clean, clear, balanced and robust when they need too. The differences between these two audio mixes is minimal. Included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles.
Extras for this release include, an outer sleeve lenticular cover, reversible cover art, a director’s introduction (36 seconds), two interviews – the first interview is with actor Scott MacDonald titled (16 minutes 1 seconds) and the second interview is with cinematographer Dean Lent and an audio commentary with co-screenwriter / director Michael Cooney.
Topics discussed in the interview with Scott MacDonald include, the premise of the film, his thoughts about the film, the trouble finding snow and how they fixed this issue, portraying a killer snowman and doing overdubs for the snowman, the cast and info about them and his various encounters with hardcore fans of this film.
Topics discussed in the interview with Dean Lent include, his origins as a filmmaker, working with director Michael Cooney, how the lack of available snow affected how the image was framed, visuals / the look of the film, special effects and the financial backer’s reaction to the film.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary include, the origins of film, the original script and how drastically different it is from the film he made, how the film originally had a 30 million dollar budget when director Renny Harlin was originally attached to director the original version of the screenplay, why that deal fell apart, enter Prism Pictures and revamping the film at much more modest half of million dollars budget, how the film was shot in eighteen days, areas of the film where the film’s budget was spent, the cast, making this film more tongue and cheek instead of a straight forward horror film, on-set memories and how everyone involved put their heart & soul into making this film.
Also, included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo release. Overall Jack Frost gets a solid release from Vinegar Syndrome, highly recommended.
Note: This Blu-Ray / DVD combo release is a limited-edition release of 3,000 copies.