The smash hit of 2014 is now on Blu-ray, so get ready to go on the crazy ride that is Snowpiercer all while in 1080p!
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.
When Snowpiercer first came out, it opened to astounding reviews. People claimed it was one of the most original films in years and it’s social commentary was something to behold. Those people were not wrong. I was lucky enough to see Snowpiercer during it’s limited release at a theater pretty far from where I live, but it was so worth it. Snowpiercer is based on the French graphic novel, Le Transperceneige, by Jacques Lob. It took a while for this film to hit screens and had it’s problems getting distributed, but I’m sure glad it saw the light of day.
You see that the world has been contained the limits of a train. Not only are the people confined to it, but they have decided to create a social hierarchy. The people near the front are the wealthy, while the people in the back are the poor and do the people in the front make it clear that they belong there and nowhere else. We find Curtis Everett (Evan), whose taken the role as the leader of the revolution, in the foot of the train try to find a way to the head of the train and overtake it. Not just to help himself, but for everyone else who needs it. They know that if they just stand there and do nothing, that they won’t survive long. This is where the story officially begin. The whole movie is a journey from the bottom of the train to the top and it’s so riveting, gruesome, and astounding to watch. Not only do we witness the social hierarchy’s firsthand, but we see that these supposed “guards” don’t have a care in the world. If they’re told to kill, they’ll kill. No thoughts about it.
The performances in this movie are top notch. Chris Evans puts on one of his best performances to date, while Tilda Swinton steals the show as Mason. The film is directed by Bong Joon-ho and I know I’m not the only one who can tell that that man knows how to direct a film. This movie is beautifully directed and the style of direction really fits the feels of this movie. And now that this movie is on Blu-ray, you can witness it in all it’s clarity.
Format: Blu-ray, Widescreen
Subtitles: Korean, Spanish
Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 2
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: ANCHOR BAY
DVD Release Date: October 21, 2014
Run Time: 126 minutes
Blu-Ray and DVD special features include a Critics’ Commentary hosted by Scott Weinberg and a second disc jam-packed with special features comprised of The Birth of Snowpiercer, The Characters, Animated Prologue, Concept Art Galleries, Chris Evans & Tilda Swinton on Snowpiercer, The Train Brought to Life: Behind the Scenes of a Special Screening, and TRANSPERCENEIGE: From the Blank Page to the Black Screen.
A refreshing story line, great performances, beautiful directing, and everything else awesome, Snowpiercer delivers a one-of-a-kind movie experience.