Blu-ray Review “Ice Soldiers”

icesoldiersActors: Dominic Purcell, Adam Beach, Michael Ironside
Directors: Jonathon Tydor
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Run Time: 95 minutes

Film: 1.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: N/A

When I saw the trailer to “Ice Soldiers”, I thought it could have had some potential. First of all it stars Dominic Purcell, Adam Beach, Michael Ironside, and Gabriel Hogan. So there is some decent talent there. The premise has a “Universal Soldier” set during the Cold War feeling to it, which sounds cool quite frankly. Unfortunately, the film takes way too long to get started and the visual effects just don’t deliver. The story is weak and there is way too much talking for an “action” film. I would save yourself the disappointment and check out “Nazis at the Center of the Earth” for the same comedic effect.

Official Premise: Buried beneath the Arctic ice since the Cold War, genetically modified Soviet soldiers have been rediscovered, reactivated and are ready to unleash devastating destruction. They are cold-blooded killing machines with super-human strength and one man, a scientist who has been searching for them his entire life, will try to stop the carnage before they complete their terrifying, top-secret mission.

“Ice Soldiers” comes with a decent Blu-ray presentation. The 1080p transfer doesn’t have much to complain about. I called the film a bit of a whiteout since it was primarily taken place around snow areas. The action takes a while to get started but when it kicks in finally the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 does deliver with the explosions and gunfire. Sony didn’t really give this film much love as it delivered this release completely barebones. I can’t say I am shocked or disappointed here but it just feels lazy.

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