Grey, The

Featured In Issue 167, May/June 2012

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When a plane crashes in the remote Alaskan wilderness, the survivors must battle extreme weather conditions, devastating injustices, and a pack of rogue wolves in order to stay alive in The Grey. The story pits man against nature in a nonstop, life-or-death battle epic adventure. John Ottway (Neeson), a sharpshooting wolf hunter becomes the unlikely hero, leading a group of oil rig roughnecks on a death-defying backwoods trek through the Alaskan wilderness. When a plane transporting them to Anchorage crashes on a remote mountaintop, eight survivors must find their way back to civilization or perish in a frozen wasteland. With Ottway as their guide, the ravaged group faces hostile terrain with limited supplies. Most terrifying, they are stalked by a pack of fierce and cunning wolves. In order to survive, they will have to turn the tales on the ferocious predators. Based on the Short Story Ghost Walker by Ian Mackenzie Jeffers. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Co-Writer/Director Joe Carnahan and Editors Roger Barton and Jason Hellmann, six deleted scenes (HD 22:25), D-BOX® Motion Code™, an UltraViolet digital copy, and BD-Live functionality.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture is extremely gritty, with blown-out contrast as an intended stylistic look. As a result, detail in extreme white snow is crushed, as well as detail in extreme black levels. The picture portrays an extremely harsh environment with icy snow, freezing storms, and darkness. The color palette is darkly saturated with coldly hued fleshtones. Coldness permeates the imagery and seemingly never lets up, except for dream/past thought sequences. This is not a pretty picture by any stretch of the imagination, but an absolutely haunting realistic portrayal of survival in the rugged wilderness of Alaska. The imagery is spellbinding for its realism and horror. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is quite powerfully presented in numerous segments, but strangely, the spatial soundfield depicted by vast outdoor wilderness at times collapses to a frontal soundstage. The orchestral music score is nicely recorded with deep low-frequency extension and aggressive surround envelopment. Atmospherics and sound effects are well designed and effectively realistic, from the sound of wolf packs, viscous wolf attacks, howling winds, and rivers. Bass extension is used to dynamically enhance the danger, with .1 LFE energy extended to below sub-25 Hz levels. Dialogue is largely ADR produced and at times misses the mark but overall communicates the real terror these men live. The sonic impact really connects with the storytelling, and at its best, really is impressive. (Gary Reber)