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Deep Winter (2008/Sony DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Telefilm: D



Movies about or involving skiing usually at least have good, interesting footage of that sport, but Mikey Hilb’s Deep Winter (2008) manages to be the most wasteful, boring, pointless, rip-off of a would-be ski/actioner we have ever seen or heard of.  It arrives on DVD as co-star Kellan Lutz has new recognition as a co-star in the hit Twilight.  Add Michael Madsen, Robert Carradine and Hellboy II up-and-comer Luke Goss and this is screaming actioner.  However, it is a total bore.


I knew when the opening skiing sequence had a very, very, very bad imitation of Bill Conti’s score from the ski sequence in the 1981 James Bond film For Your Eyes Only that we were in trouble.  Then it just gets worse and worse and worse.  It looks bad, is badly edited, had a poor screenplay and is lucky it got a major like Sony to pick it up.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is not great, has motion blur to go and the snow never looks good, degraded in the post-production process, so even if the skiing worked, it would still look bad.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix lacks surrounds and the recoding all around is not that great, with dialogue going into the “mumble zone” more often that it should.  There are no extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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