It seems there’s no bottom limit to the kind of trash that can make it to blu-ray these days. And I mean that in a good way. Those good folks at Vinegar Syndrome seldom disappoint with their blu-ray packages, and they’ve just announced a real surprise, with their upcoming release of low-budget, straight-to-video 1997 seasonal slasher Jack Frost.
Very much not to be mistaken with the Michael Keaton-starring 1998 family yuletide flick (which is yet to make it to blu – ha!), Jack Frost is one that has managed to make its way into my annual Christmas rotation. It is one of just two feature directorial credits for Michael Cooney (the other? 2000’s Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman), who wrote 2003 twisty horror-thriller Identity. It tells the story of serial killer who, on his way to be executed, is involved in a road accident with a chemical waste truck. As one would imagine he is transformed into a murderous, morphing snowman who slays and quips his way through the small town of Snomonton (“The snowman capital of the Midwest”), seeking revenge on the sheriff who caught him.
Ridiculous, morally dubious and hella good fun, Jack Frost will be nipping at your nose when Vinegar Syndrome’s blu-ray hits shelves on December 13th. Before that however, a special limited ‘Lenticular Cover’ edition will appear for one week only during their Black Friday weekend sale, running 25th-28th November. Aping the hologram VHS cover from back in the day, this edition features a cover that sees ol’ Jack morph from a friendly-looking snowman to his more evil and decidedly toothier self.
Read on for the list of disc extras, available on both blu-ray and DVD:
• Region free Blu-ray and DVD combo pack
• Scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm vault elements
• Commentary track with Director Michael Cooney
• Video introduction from Director Michael Cooney
• Video interview with Lead Actor Scott MacDonald
• Video interview with Director of Photography Dean Lent
• Limited edition lenticular artwork by Chris Garofalo
• English SDH Subtitles
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)