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Brandon Slagle
Devanny Pinn, Vernon Wells, Venus DeMilo Thomas
Writing Credits:
Robert Thompson

A young woman and her estranged father fight to survive after being stranded on a remote mountainside during a winter storm.

Rated NR.

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
English Dolby 5.1
English Dolby 2.0
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 80 min.
Price: $24.99
Release Date: 10/11/2022

• Image Slideshow
• Trailers
• Bonus CD


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Frost [Blu-Ray] (2022)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (October 23, 2022)

“Human against nature” acts as a dramatic theme that goes back centuries, if not millennia. With 2022’s Frost, we get another spin on this ancient topic.

After five years apart, Abby (Devanny Pinn) decides to reunite with her estranged father Grant (Vernon Wells). With a baby on the way, she wants her unborn child to enjoy a relationship with its grandfather.

In the midst of this bonding experience, disaster strikes. A car accident leaves Abby trapped in a car with a massive snowstorm on the way, a situation that creates a literal life or death challenge.

If you look up “workhorse actor”, you’ll probably find a picture of Wells attached. Not only does IMDB show 243 credits across his nearly 50-year-career, but also Wells shows 17 projects just for 2022 alone!

When does the man sleep?

While Wells appeared in notable projects like Road Warrior, Commando and Innerspace back in the 1980s, his credits since then lean toward the “anything for a buck” category. Into that domain falls Frost, a wholly undistinguished project that likely appealed to Wells because it involved a paycheck.

Not that I can blame the movie’s failings on Wells, as he actually offers a reasonably good performance. Outside of literally phoned in material with Abby’s friend Sasha (Venus DeMilo Thomas), no humans appear here beyond Wells and Pinn, so those two need to carry the whole load.

No one will call Wells’ work Oscar-caliber, but he at least musters a professional performance. Unfortunately, Pinn seems more stilted and amateurish, which damages the film.

Or Pinn might hurt the movie if it didn’t create so much self-harm. We don’t expect much from a tale like this beyond survival suspense, but Frost can’t even churn that emotion from its stale tale.

Some of the issues come from the stiff dialogue. Our “getting to know you” moments with Abby and Grant feel both contrived and phony, so they fail to launch the story in a compelling manner.

The tension in a movie like Frost generally stems from the viewer’s own fears. Any one of us can envision involvement in an accident that leaves us vulnerable.

Unfortunately, Frost seems so dull and without momentum that the audience seems unlikely to really connect to the danger. Instead, the whole enterprise comes across as so flat and banal that no real impact emerges.

Again, the reliance on Pinn’s unconvincing performance doesn’t help. It takes a serious talent to pull off so many scenes of isolation and fear, and she just can’t do it.

That said, given the weaknesses of the script and most other facets of the production, Meryl Streep probably couldn’t have done much with the role either, as it leaves the actor with little to do other than grunt in pain for most of the movie. At the end, Frost then forces Pinn to act out some of the most ridiculous and idiotic scenes committed to film, so perhaps I should pity her more than criticize her.

After 65 minutes of tedium, Frost tries to redeem itself with a finale so bleak and unpleasant that I can’t figure out who thought it was a good idea. Undercutting audience expectations works when there’s a purpose, but Frost just seems dark and ugly as an attempt to distract the viewer from its utter lack of creative inspiration.

The Disc Grades: Picture B/ Audio C+/ Bonus C-

Frost appears in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a good but not great image.

Overall sharpness seemed fine. Occasional signs of softness crept into the presentation, but most of the movie offered reasonably positive delineation.

I saw no issues with jagged edges or moiré effects, and the image lacked edge haloes. Source flaws also failed to materialize.

Given the winter setting, Frost came with the expected desaturated palette. Some chilly blues popped up but not a lot of range greeted the hues. The colors looked acceptable within those constraints.

Blacks looked fairly deep and dense, while shadows showed more than adequate delineation. Expect a more than watchable experience.

As for the film’s Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, it lost some points due to the format. Blu-rays circa 2022 demand lossless audio.

Even without that drawback, though, this became a mediocre mix. Granted, the movie’s restricted settings meant it wouldn’t turn into an action spectacular.

Nonetheless, this remained a limited soundfield. Music used the channels in a moderate manner, and environmental information created a passable sense of place, but I’d be hard-pressed to point out anything especially involving or memorable.

Audio quality worked fine, even with the lossy format. Speech felt fairly natural and concise, without edginess or other issues.

Music showed reasonable range, while effects were largely accurate and tight. This ended up as a decent track but nothing more.

In addition to the film’s trailer and eight added previews, the Blu-ray comes with an Image Slideshow. It offers 35 images from the film and seems utterly forgettable.

The package also features a Bonus CD. It lasts 50 minutes and includes Fernando Perdomo’s score plus a couple songs. It adds value to the set.

Into the well populated genre related to survival against nature steps Frost. Unfortunately, it finds nothing new to say, and it becomes a strangely bland and dull journey. The Blu-ray brings mostly good picture with adequate audio and minor bonus materials. This turns into forgettable drama.

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