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I bought this film on Blu-ray mainly due to it going cheap, as I'd heard some sufficiently positive remarks about it to take the risk and as it includes the usually reliable presence of Nicolas Cage and John Cusack in lead roles.

If you need to learn a bit about the 'story' (more on that in the next paragraph), the Amazon synopsis does a good job without any real spoilers.

Of particular importance, the only thing that I would mention (and which I didn't realise beforehand) is that the featured criminal, several of the victims and the occurrences portrayed are either real or at least based on factual events; this makes the overall effect of watching this 'story' MUCH more significant and I wish I had realised that fact before.

*** It does. for me, also make the way this film is marketed a little distasteful (eg references to the crime thriller 'Seven') and, with hindsight, I was definitely unhappy with the style of musical accompaniment used at the end credits, ESPECIALLY as it includes a series of photos of some of the victims in happier times - I think both these aspects are totally inappropriate for the grim (essentially true) subject matter, what on earth were the producers/marketers thinking (or not probably) ???

On Blu-ray everything looks and sounds as good as you would expect of a modern release, but since it also does not rely on special-effects etc, and as the settings are predominantly in buildings (with occasional scenes in expansive natural settings) AND the soundtrack is essentially 'just' dialogue I don't necessarily think that it is essential to watch it in HD.

Leaving the factual element and those inappropriate aspects of the production/marketing aside, like any film which dramatises the goings-on of a serial killer, and the progress of the police piecing-together their discoveries and trying to solve cases of murder, there is obviously no humour and a lot is rather grim.

As a strong compliment, I think the structure of this film shares a lot of similarities to the (earlier) excellent Fincher film 'Zodiac', especially as that film also had a foundation in fact; both concentrate more on the police activities, despite us knowing in 'The Frozen Ground' the identity of the killer - and that was the right thing to do I think.

So, the telling of events is well-executed and the performance of all the cast is similar accomplished; this leaves me a little confused when I see that many critics disliked the film, although various 'viewer' outlets show more favourable responses, including the reviews on this website of course !

The picture is sharp/bright and flawless and the sound clear albeit rather inactive, BUT due to the predominantly dramatic content I would have thought that the DVD would offer perfectly acceptable viewing quality...

The Blu-ray includes just a 20min featurette which I doubt I'll ever watch, BUT despite that it's still worth pointing out that the US (Region A locked unfortunately) release adds a UV copy, about 90mins of additional featurette-type material AND a writer/director audio commentary - why do we miss out ?

I've attached a photo of the back of the disc box.

So, whilst not in the same league as the similar'ish 'Zodiac' I'll certainly watch this film again at some point due to the notable actor performances, rather than any mystery and tension since they are quite lacking (partly because the killer is identified early on, but 'The Silence of the Lambs' proves that doesn't have to be a hindrance). Yes, like 'Zodiac', this film is also very slow-paced but whilst 'The Frozen Ground' does have those additional shortcomings it is still a very watchable drama which looks and sounds good on Blu-ray.
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on 13 March 2017
This is a brilliant take on a real life crime. Fantastic acting of a truly horrendous crime. Definitely worth a watch!
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on 17 March 2017
Good film. Acting great. Amazing it's a true story
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on 11 May 2017
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on 15 May 2017
great film well worth watching very happy with it .
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The background of the film based on real events is set in the
seedy part of downtown 'Anchorage' 'Alaska'
Bodies of women are found, State Trooper 'Sgt Jack Halcombe see's
links to a number to a number of missing down then years, and
comes up with one name 'Robert Hansen' who had been questioned on
previous occasions.
Proving 'Hansen' to be the abductor and killer could rest on an
18-year old prostitute, 'Cindy' who had escaped captivity, but....
she's frightened.
A solid and often tense drama which will hold your attention throughout.
Unlike an earlier reviewer, I have been a bit of a fan of 'Nicolas Cage'
ever since watching him in movies such as 'Face/Off' 'Con-Air' and 'The
Rock' in this, he's superb as the investigating officer.
'John Cusack' plays a convincing role as the abductor'
( currently available on Region 'A' it will be available on Region 'B'
13th January 2014 ...well worth taking time out to watch )
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on 16 February 2016
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on 15 March 2017
As expected
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Nicholas Cage has made some messy films, but 'The Frozen Ground' is an excellent film. What we see is the nitty gritty of a real investigation. After the downtown Alaska Police closed the files of several girls gone missing, Nicholas Cage's detective takes on the cases and discovers at least seven missing women which climbs to 17 and possibly 30.

Robert Hansen, played brilliantly by John Cusack, a mild mannered man who lived in Anchorage with his wife and children, is a serial killer. It takes many months, grueling hours and fighting the justice system for Cage's detective to bring him down. This is his story. Vanessa Hudgen plays a young 17 year old on her own, trying to make her way by selling her body for money. She had a very difficult childhood and ended up in Alaska. She was a victim of Robert Hansen, but she got away. The downtown Alaskan Police did not believe her because of her professional life. That is what these women were up against. The throw away women of our society. However, there were good policemen who wanted to serve their population, and this is also their story. The gritty night life is portrayed in all it's ugliness and the black and white film brings it to the fore.

Recommended. prisrob 05-26-14
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on 29 March 2017
Interesting film, mainly due to it being based on a true story. It's got to be a difficult subject to deal with, but I did think it seemed like a good retelling of the events and not over sensationalised. It was made in 2013 (or thereabouts) but set in the early 1980s and I thought they set the scene quite well.
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