Director: Joon-ho Bong
Cast: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-Ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 10/10
Disc Rating: 9.5/10
Set in 2031, the entire world is frozen except for those aboard the Snowpiercer. For 17 years, the world’s survivors are on a train hurtling around the globe creating their own economy and class system. Led by Curtis, a group of lower-class citizens living in squalor at the back of the train are determined to get to the front of the train and spread the wealth around. Each section of the train holds new surprises for the group who have to battle their way through. A revolution is underway.
‘Snowpiercer’ tells the story of a world not too off in the future in which the majority of humanity has been eradicated in a new ice age brought upon by our own attempts at combating global warming. A number of people aboard a huge weather-bearing train (a moving arc of sorts) which continually circles the globe are all that is left of the human race. The train is divided into sections, with those in first class enjoying a luxurious lifestyle, while those in the back are dirty, near starvation and are subject to the whims of the first class passengers in every imaginable way, even having their children taken from them without explanation to never be seen or heard from again. After awaiting the proper moment to strike, those in the back of the train lead a full on assault in order to fight their way to the front of the train and take control of the engine, therefore giving them control of the entire train and system.
The film is directed and co-written by Bong Joon Ho (The Host, Mother) and based on the French Graphic Novel ‘Le Transperceneige’. It’s also Bong’s first English feature and he does an absolutely astounding job handling the film, delivering a gorgeous and flawless modern masterpiece that is not to be missed. It also features an impressive cast including numerous talented individuals delivering notable performances all around. The cast includes Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, and Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Song Kang Ho and a number of others whose impressive performances all also contribute greatly in making this film so remarkable.
‘Snowpiercer’ is absolutely mesmerizing and a perfect modern example of filmmaking at its finest. It’s filled with beautiful imagery and camera movements, breathtaking action sequences and a premise that provides an eerie sense of realism to the experience of the film. ‘Snowpiercer’ is easily one of the best films of the year so far (if not the best) and I give it my highest recommendation, this is definitely not one to be missed.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Snowpiercer’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing a 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks pretty impressive on this one, the subtle details and imagery of the film is brought gorgeously to life in this high definition video presentation. The dark scenes down to the far brighter sequences all look pretty great as a whole, keeping in quality and smoothness even during the fast moving and action oriented moments. While the film is listed as being shot in a 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio and is presented here in 1.78:1 it still looks great overall, although I’m not completely certain whether the proper Aspect Ratio is utilized here.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. The viewing experience of ‘Snowpiercer’ is greatly complimented by this lossless multichannel soundtrack. The film takes full advantage of all 5.1 channels by bringing battle noises in action sequences and constant creaks and other similar train noises throughout the surrounding channels, really making you feel as if you’re in there with them; while never detracting from the audibility of the dialogue throughout. This 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack gets top marks and should leave everyone quite pleased.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Snowpiercer’ features an impressive collection of bonus content as well. As far as extras, the first disc itself includes a Critics’ Commentary hosted by Scott Weinberg along with the feature film, while the second disc is solely dedicated to the bonus content. The second disc includes a 54 minute documentary titled ‘Transperceneige: From The Blank page To The Black Screen’; as well as a number of behind the scenes and making of featurette’s (all subtitled in English when needed) including ‘The Birth of Snowpiercer’ and ‘The Characters.’ Also included is ‘Chris Evans & Tilda Swinton’ discussing the film, an Animated Prologue, Some gorgeous Concept Art Galleries, and a look at a special event that occurred at the Alamo Drafthouse for the film in ‘The Train Brought To Life: Behind The Scenes Of A Special Screening.’
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