2307: Winter's Dream (Blu-ray) (2016)

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Released 19-Jul-2017

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Science Fiction Trailer-x 5 for other Eagle Entertainment releases
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2016
Running Time 101:11 (Case: 97)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Joey Curtis
Studio
Distributor

Eagle Entertainment
Starring Paul Sidhu
Arielle Holmes
Brandon Coles
Brad Potts
Kelcey Watson
Timothy Lee DePriest
Anne-Solenne Hatte
Harwood Gordon

Case Standard Blu-ray
RPI ? Music Joachim Horsley


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

†††† By 2307 the Earth has been covered by ice for over 300 years. The remaining small pockets of human survivors live underground and have developed humanoids that are impervious to the cold and who cannot reproduce as slave workers. The slaves are kept in check, and hunted and killed if necessary, by special, genetically enhanced, human squads, called Spartans. Then one experimental, advanced humanoid group lead by ASH-393 (Brandon Coles) revolted, killed humans and escaped into the Dead Zone, an almost endless expanse of ice and snow. One of those killed by ASH-393 was the wife of Spartan 7 commander Bishop (Paul Sidhu) and his unborn baby daughter extracted from his wifeís womb by ASH-393 and taken into the wilderness with the humanoids.

†††† Five years pass before General Trajan (Brad Potts) is able to obtain a general fix on where ASH-393 has gone. He sends a Spartan team lead by Bishop and including Mein Kampf reading female warrior Kix (Arielle Holmes), El-hatta (Kelcey Watson) and Ishmael (Timothy Lee DePriest) to find and kill ASH-393. But out on the ice the tables turn and the hunters become the hunted in encounters with humanoids; team members die and Bishop is left buried in the ice. Yet, it seems that the Dead Zone is not so dead after all, and Bishop is rescued by Indian woman Atka (Anne-Solenne Hatte); she not only has seen a 5 year old girl in the area but knows where Bishop can get help from an old Spartan soldier called Cage (Harwood Gordon) who lives as a recluse nearby and has contact with the humanoids. But when Bishop manages to confront ASH-393 and find his daughter, all his preconceptions are overturned.

†††† 2307: Winterís Dream is written and directed by Joey Curtis. Certainly the concept of humanoids on the rampage is nothing new or unusual, nor the Blade Runner type squads hunting them, but set almost exclusively in a bleak, ice-covered landscape with the destroyed or decayed detritus of the old civilization half buried in snow, or small black figures in a world of white, the film and the widescreen photography by cinematographer Ian Coad always looks interesting. The action is chaotic and loud, but filmed close up with fast spinning pans and quick cuts, so it is quite vertigo inducing although some of the lead-up to action is tense enough.

†††† However, 2307: Winterís Dream has aspirations to be far more than an action film about hunting humanoids and so adds thoughts about life, creation and playing god, what it means to have a soul, free will, slavery and freedom; this is a very heady mix which, while it does slow down the action, it also creates a thoughtful and interesting film and leads to the twist that occurs in the last act.

†††† The scenario of humans vs their humanoid creations in a future world is nothing new or, indeed, unusual, but 2307: Winterís Dream does a good job with its premise; it is an entertaining film complete with ideas, a bleak snow-covered landscapes and an interesting twist.

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Transfer Quality

Video

†††† 2307: Winterís Dream is presented in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, in 1080p using the MPEG-4 AVC code.

†††† Other than during the sections with the fast spinning pans and quick cuts where there is a loss of detail and focus, 2307: Winterís Dream has strong detail. The colour palate, in a film set on the ice and snow, is obviously limited to white, black and grey while interiors in ruined buildings and caves are dark, and have a brown look. The only vibrant colours are blood on the snow, the club sequence at the start of the film or when green or red vision scopes were used. Blacks are solid and shadow detail good, skin tones fine, brightness and contrast consistent.

†††† Artefacts and marks were absent.

†††† There are no subtitles provided.

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Audio

†††† English DTS-HD MA 5.1 is the only audio choice.

†††† The audio is loud and enveloping during the action; at other times there was music or the silence of the icy wasteland. The delivery of the dialogue left something to be desired as it was indistinct on a number of occasions, when subtitles would certainly have helped. The sub-woofer added depth to the explosions, gunshots and to the mostly electronic score by Joachim Horsley.

†††† There are no lip synchronisation issues.

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Extras

Trailers

†††† Trailers for Revolt (2:15), Kill Command (2:03), Beta Test (2:14), Dead Awake (2:012) and Tell Me How I Die (2:33) play on start-up. They cannot be selected from the menu which only shows Play Feature / Chapters.

R4 vs R1

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†††† This Australian Blu-ray release of 2307: Winterís Dream is the only one available except for a German release which does however include the filmís trailer (and German subtitles).

Summary

†††† I have read some reviewers who disliked the twist and the philosophical underpinnings of 2307: Winterís Dream, and I can understand that point of view. But there are plenty of thoughtless action films out there and the future sci-fi setting, to my mind, allows filmmakers to raise issues about man and what it is to be human. While 2307: Winterís Dream may have its issues, being thoughtful is not one of them. With echoes of both Blade Runner and Waterworld, and with ideas all its own, 2307: Winterís Dream is certainly worth a look for sci-fi action fans.

†††† The video and audio are fine. Trailers for other films are the only extras.

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© Ray Nyland (the bio is the thing)
Thursday, August 03, 2017
Review Equipment
DVDSony BDP-S580, using HDMI output
DisplayLG 55inch HD LCD. This display device has not been calibrated. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderNAD T737. This audio decoder/receiver has not been calibrated.
AmplificationNAD T737
SpeakersStudio Acoustics 5.1

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