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The Thaw [Blu-ray]

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When a renowned environmental advocate, Dr. David Kruipen (Val Kilmer), discovers the carcass of a woolly mammoth in a polar ice cap, he leads a team of four bright ecology students in a research mission at a remote Arctic station. The group uncovers information beyond their wildest dreams…and nightmares when a prehistoric parasite revives and searches for a new warm-blooded host. Now infected, the unsuspecting students are forced to choose between a quarantine that will result in their death or a global epidemic.

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  • Actors: Val Kilmer, Kyle Schmid, Aaron Ashmore, Martha MacIsaac, Anne Marie De Luise
  • Directors: Mark A. Lewis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002I41KLE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,762 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Explorator on October 10, 2009
Format: DVD
This movie was quite a satisfying 'isolation / paranoia / suspense / gore' movie! It's not a classic but it is very well done and should meet (and in some cases exceed) viewers' expectations. Inevitable comparisons to John Carpenter's 'The Thing' will arise (and indeed the initial setup is similar to 'The Thing'), but hopefully people won't attack this film because of that, as that wouldn't be entirely fair. The movie plays out differently than 'The Thing' and some of the sequences are truly unnerving in their own right. There is a major 'squirm' factor that permeates the movie with the parasites really 'getting under your skin' during some of the more disturbing infestation shots. It remains sufficiently suspenseful and unpredictable all the way to the satisfying conclusion. Val Kilmer is great as the obsessed scientist but he isn't in the movie very much, however this isn't a hinderance to the movie because the rest of the cast are quite capable themselves. The 'making of' documentary is entertaining and reveals many scenes that were apparently more difficult to shoot than they appeared in the film. Overall it was exactly the kind of movie I was expecting. Not a classic but very good and entertaining.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 6, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
The Ghost House Underground line of direct-to-DVD releases continues for a second year, only this time around we only get four films compared to last year's eight. The most notable of which is The Thaw, which boasts some pretty decent production values and some chilling scares as well. Martha MacIsaac (Superbad and The Last House on the Left) stars as the daughter of an environmental scientist (Val Kilmer) who accompanies a small group of students to a remote location where her father has discovered a well-preserved frozen woolly mammoth, and the parasitic bugs that lay dormant inside it as well. Naturally, it isn't long before said bugs are on the loose and spreading. Packed with gross-out moments and some brief shots of gorgeous cinematography, The Thaw is surprisingly good and definitely creepy. It doesn't offer anything you haven't seen before in any random horror flick, but for what it's worth, The Thaw is worth a look.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 2, 2009
Format: DVD
This is one creepy movie! Set in a desolate Canadian landscape, THE THAW is a warning about global warming and how it might just affect mankind. An eco-research team led by a dauntless Val Kilmer uncover a thawed mammoth that is host to a virulent vertebral parasite that quickly devours its hosts. Enter three students and Kilmer's daughter and let the "fun" begin. The bugs which look like big earwigs soon start their attack and it's relentlessly disturbing.
This is a pretty dark movie featuring tight direction and good performances. A good horror flick.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TorridlyBoredShopper VINE VOICE on November 5, 2009
Format: DVD
Digging up things in the artic sometimes yields unexpected results. The mammoths we find, for example, show us exactly what the past might have looked like, just as the bodies of people have done for us in the past. Still, there have to be things that would be better off lef to the snowdrifts, and what if one of hose were dug up and found? Could we close Pandora's box before it closed the worldwide chapter on this thing we call humanity? This seems to be the paradox that we might one day be faced with as we take pick and shovel to the snow, not really thinking about something nightmarish that could have been left behind.

As far as movies go, this is nothing new. It involves an outbreak in an isolated community, people trying to cope with the impact on themselves and on the world around hem, and just what they are willing to give up in order to stay alive. The problem the movie has is the fact that some of it is unbelievable and that it has been done over and over: the part that is hard to comprehend is the rate at which the "thing" spreads from person to person, and the overdone part is something that is bothersome because it shows just how much movies rely on plot recycling. Add to this some bad acting, some deaths that are horrible but that should have numbered in the "everyone" category (really, if you look at the station the people were in, you can see how easily it would be for something like this to get out and get everyone), and how the entire area that the dig as in would be considered a death zone. This sort of gets left on the backburner and leaves major holes in the story, but the movie is a B-movie in disguise and is hard to blame for these mistakes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi on July 29, 2010
Format: DVD
Long-dormant bug-like creatures, now awake because of global warming, attack the researchers and college students on the Arctic tundra. Except the brief opening sequence where a disaster of enormous scale is implied, "The Thaw" remains a typical low-budget B horror movie with a new trick or two. In this case its trick is Val Kilmer's character, Dr. Kruipen, who is seen dictating something before the camera, or the nasty horror poised to make a huge impact on human beings. Well, that's what he thinks.

Maybe this is not exactly a very original concept, but still works as a serviceable plot. It is a familiar situation where unsuspecting characters, ethnically diverse and mostly young, are trapped in a remote location with unwelcome parasitic creatures. In "The Thaw" the creatures can attack from inside your body, and things only get worse when you have to deal with people who start behaving erratically.

The creature effects of "The Thaw" are fairly impressive, which means those who don't like bugs or worms crawling on the skin should stay away. The film also uses the beautiful location of British Columbia, effectively creating isolated atmosphere. Unfortunately, the narrative is predictable, sometimes preposterous, with the cardboard characters doing exactly what we know they do. Also, though the acting of Val Kilmer (who appears as a support) is not bad, obviously this is not his best, either.

Not a terrible movie, but not great either, with some nice effects.
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