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Blood Glacier (2013/MPI/IFC Midnight/DVD)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: D Film: C+

It's hard to not compare Blood Glacier (also known as Blutgletscher, Glazius, and The Station) to John Carpenter's The Thing (1982, itself a remake) because they both take place in a scientific outpost in snowy weather and they both feature otherworldly organisms that infest and dominate a group of lowly humans. In this film, the creatures are pretty animalistic and brutal and can often times sport wings and sharp claws as opposed to The Thing, which morphed its victims into an alien/human hybrid.

Janek (Gerhard Liebmann) is a brilliant researcher that arrives in the Swiss Alps to investigate global warming. He's part of a larger group, but savors his time alone as he's a loner by nature. One day the group discovers a glacier covered in a strange red liquid that has odd effects on the surrounding wildlife. Janek's group grows excited as they realize that the liquid is transforming the local wildlife into strange new genetic hybrids, but Janek himself is more wary of the liquid and the potential dangers it poses. His caution is soon proven to be warranted, as the group begins to fall prey to the hybrids created by the liquid.

The film has some pretty creepy moments and some interesting special effects that put it on a step above other films in its budget range. While it doesn't really compare to The Thing, its attempt to be more character-based and emphasis on practical effects is somewhat admirable. One of the scenes one of the creatures jumps on a woman's face and latches on, in an attempt to save her one of the Scientists takes a rock and smashes on the creature but by the time he gets to her, the face of the woman is already mangled. Pretty intense stuff!

Sound and Picture on the disc are of a pretty high standard for the DVD format and preserve the film's original 2.35 X 1 widescreen aspect ratio, anamorphically enhanced and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track. A Blu-ray release would definitely help sharpen up the details that are otherwise lost in the DVD transfer. The film is German and on this release, the English dubs are pretty bad so if you choose to watch it be sure to pick the original language track.

Only extra on the disc is a Trailer.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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