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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Ice Quake'
(Brendan Fehr, Victor Garber, Holly Dignard, Jodelle Ferland, et al / DVD / PG / 2012 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)

Overview: It's Christmas Eve in Alaska, but the holiday season is in for a rude awakening: A massive ice shelf has collapsed in the Russian Arctic. Intense shockwaves are rocking the region. And military geologist Michael Webster (Brendan Fehr of 'Bones') and his family's snowy wilderness hike to cut down a Christmas tree leaves them trapped by huge ice geysers, giant avalanches and enormous cracks in the permafrost.

DVD Verdict: Luckily for all of us, SyFy does it again - another disaster movie! It has all the elements of other classic films like MEGAFAULT, POLAR STORM, ICE TWISTERS, etc.

This one is set on Christmas Eve in a small Alaskan village where a young geologist and his family go looking for a Christmas tree and find themselves confronting an ice quake that also spouts ice geysers!

Sure the science is preposterous; the effects aren't very special; and nothing of major importance happens. The quakes are caused by massive amounts of methane gas and our hero finds a way to channel the gas to an oil refinery. Well, you can guess how a happy ending is inevitable!

Brendan Fehr and Victor Garber ('Alias') try gamely, but don't have much to work with. Anyway, 'ICE QUAKE' is passably entertaining for folk who are obsessed with cheesy disaster flicks! This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.