Chasing Ice: Review

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We don’t review many documentaries on this site but Chasing Ice is the first Blu ray release for Dogwoof, a company which specialises in documentary releases. National Geographic photographer James Balog decided in 2005 to go to the arctic to capture images to tell the story of climate change and how it was affecting the environment. He set about trekking across the arctic region and using time-lapse cameras created what he called The Extreme Ice Survey.  In sub zero temperature and over the next few years he battled to pull together evidence of the effects of climate change. What is shown is a fantastic and astounding visual record of the melting glaciers and ice caps.

This film gained massive critical acclaim on its cinematic release and its easy to see why. Stunning photography plus a personal quest by James Balog to complete his mission and show the world that climate change is real and effecting the world in a big way.

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The Blu ray shows off these images to fabulous effect, the 1080p transfer is top notch and really is demo material.  Sound is also very enveloping and the great range of extras gives a very satisfying overall package.  The extra’s include Making of interviews with the filmmakers, commentary track with James Balog and others, a week with the film at the Sundance Film Festival, audience reaction to the film, updated time-lapse photo’s and a booklet on the film.

James Balog is an amazing man and should be applauded for his pain and effort to get this film seen, it should be shown in all schools in my opinion. If you were sceptical about climate change then i urge you to buy or rent this film, it will put the issue into a whole new perspective, and will have you thinking about it a long time after it finishes.  Highly recommended. Released June 10th.

FILM: 9 OUT OF 10

PICTURE: 9 OUT OF 10

AUDIO: 7 OUT OF 10

EXTRAS: 8 OUT OF 10