Wind Chill: Imprint Collection #257 [Blu-ray]
Blu-ray ALL - Australia - Via Vision
Review written by and copyright: Noor Razzak (6th November 2023).
The Film

"Wind Chill" (2007), directed by Gregory Jacobs, is a supernatural thriller that explores the horrors of isolation, guilt, and a chilling winter landscape. While the film has a promising premise and some genuinely suspenseful moments, it ultimately falls short of its potential, leaving audiences with a lukewarm sense of satisfaction.

The film's central plot follows two college students, played by Emily Blunt and Ashton Holmes, who embark on a road trip home for the holidays. The duo takes a detour through a desolate and snow-covered landscape, only to find themselves stranded on a remote, icy road. As they wait for help, the characters soon realize that they are not alone and are plagued by sinister apparitions tied to a traumatic event from the past.

One of the strengths of "Wind Chill" lies in its atmosphere. The stark, wintry setting creates an eerie and isolating backdrop for the story, effectively conveying the characters' sense of dread and vulnerability. The film's visual style and cinematography enhance the feeling of isolation and tension, making the audience feel the biting cold alongside the characters.

Emily Blunt delivers a strong performance, capturing the terror and vulnerability of her character effectively. Her portrayal helps anchor the film, giving the audience a character to invest in and root for. Ashton Holmes also gives a credible performance, but the script limits the development of his character, leaving him less memorable.

The film's biggest drawback is its plot, which takes too long to unfold and becomes unnecessarily convoluted. The backstory involving a tragic accident and vengeful spirits adds an intriguing element but is introduced too late in the narrative. The slow pacing can test the patience of viewers, and it feels like the filmmakers missed opportunities to maintain a tighter grip on the suspense.

Moreover, the film's supernatural elements often come across as underdeveloped and unclear. The rules governing the haunting and the motivations of the spirits are vague and open to interpretation, leaving the audience with unanswered questions and a sense of frustration. A clearer and more coherent explanation for the supernatural occurrences would have improved the film's impact.

"Wind Chill" is a film with potential that struggles to fully realize its promise. While it effectively creates a tense and chilling atmosphere, it is marred by a plot that is too slow to unravel and an underdeveloped supernatural aspect. Blunt's performance and the wintry setting provide some engaging elements, but they cannot fully compensate for the film's shortcomings. "Wind Chill" leaves its audience not with shivers down their spines but with a lukewarm sensation of missed opportunities.


Presented in the film's original widescreen ratio of 2.40:1 HD 1080p 24/fps mastered using AVC MPEG-4 compression, this image was created using a 2K master. It's an older transfer that finally got upgraded to HD, the overall image is good but it has some flaws. Detail and color look good, but I found some instances of edge-enhancement. Some shots looked a little soft and black detail was a little inconsistent. I don't expect a new 4K image and for a Blu-ray release it's fine, it won't blow you away.


Two audio tracks are included in English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround and English LPCM 2.0 Stereo, for the purposes of this review I chose to view the film with its 5.1 track. Unlike the image the audio fared a lot better, the atmospheric elements of this film are what works best and the audio track represents that well. Dialogue is clean and clear but it's the subtle and well designed surround activity that adds layers. Optional subtitles are included in English for the hearing impaired.


Only two extras are included here an audio commentary by director Gregory Jacobs and screenwriters Steven Katz and Joe Gangemi. Ported over from the older Sony DVD, the participants provide a middling track, the majority of involvement comes from Katz and Gagemi, the director occasionally chimes in from time to time.

"A Frozen Set: the making of Wind Chill" featurette (17:05) is another archival EPK ported over from the older Sony DVD, not much here other than your usual collection of interviews from cast and crew.


Packaged in a keep-case with a side loading slip-case and Limited to 1500 copies.


"Wind Chill" has its moments but falls short of being something truly memorable.

The Film: C- Video: B Audio: A Extras: C+ Overall: C


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