ICEMAN was written and directed by Felix Randau and stars Jurgen Vogel, Susanne Wuest, Franco Nero, Andre M. Hennicke, Violetta Schurawlow, Sabin Tambrea and Axel Stein. In 1991, a melting glacier revealed the body of a man. At first, people assumed he was a hiker. But then scientists discovered that he’d been dead for over five thousand years. This is his story…

The Ötztal Alps, more than 5,300 years ago. A Neolithic clan has settled nearby a creek. It is their leader Kelab’s responsibility to be the keeper of the group’s holy shrine Tineka. While Kelab (Jurgen Vogel),  is hunting, the settlement is attacked. The members of the tribe are brutally murdered including Kelab’s wife and son, and Tineka is gone. Blinded by pain and fury, Kelab is out for one thing alone – vengeance.  Kelab follows the perpetrators’ tracks. On his odyssey through the mountains, he’s exposed to the dangers of nature. Finally, Kelab faces not only his family’s murderers but also himself. Will he succumb to his urge for revenge or can he succeed in breaking the eternal circle of violence?

This neolithic period piece shows how this interesting figure known asÖtzi the Iceman might have lived his life. The story centers around Kelab, a spiritual family man and provider for his small clan who goes hunting and while he’s gone his entire clan is viciously murdered by three invaders. When Kelab returns home he sees what has happened to his people but he discovers there’s one survivor – a newborn baby. Kaleb is left heartbroken but when he finds the lone survivor he’s filled with joy that the infant had lived.

The entire village has been turned to ash and as Kelab sifts through what’s left he notices their holy shrine is missing. This is when he sets out on a mission to get revenge for what has happened and to retrieve the item. Kelab encounters several others along the way and a few of them become useful allies. The determined hunter battles the harsh elements and is driven by his vengeance that finally leads him to the three men that slaughtered his family. In the end, Kaleb gets his revenge for what’s happened but in a dangerous world of kill or be killed he discovers that he’s also become a target.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The DVD disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any problems with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Iceman ended being a fascinating journey that takes the viewer 5,300 years in the past to show how this man could have lived. It’s a work of fiction but it’s a masterful slice of cinema that travels back in time to a world that’s not so different than ours. There were civilized people back then as well as the uncivilized and they all lived by a kill or be killed way of life where only the strongest survived. Felix Randau did a fantastic job telling the story about Ötzi the Iceman and bringing it to life on screen and his work is complimented nicely by some great performances and stunning cinematography. It’s a world full of beautiful locations and violence. The authentic look of the wardrobes and the way these people interacted with one another was so impressive. There’s very little dialogue but it’s not needed to understand what’s going on in the movie. It fits right in with classics like Quest for Fire and Apocalypto if that helps any. Iceman is now availble on DVD and is worth checking out. Put this one on your watch list!

Distributor: Omnibus Entertainment

Run Time: 96 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.35:1)

DVD Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 (The characters speak an early version of the Rhaetic language. The film intentionally has no subtitles as translation is not required to comprehend the story.

Subtitles: N/A

Special Features: The extras include a making of featurette (25:45) and the trailer (01:52).

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