H D - S E N S E I
A view on Hi-def DVDs by Gary W. Tooze
Introduction: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 7500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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Black Christmas [Blu-ray]
(Glen Morgan, 2006)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video: TVA Films
Feature Runtime: 1:30:05
Feature film disc size: 20.5 Gig
One single-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 28th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Video codec: VC-1
What Have You Done? - The
Remaking of Black Christmas (28:03)
Product Description: A handful of sorority girls remain at the house after the school shuts down for Christmas break. An ominous snowstorm blows in isolating them. At the same time a killer--who in this remake version escapes from a mental institution to return to his former family home--breaks into the attic and begins making terrifying phone calls to the girls (led by Kate Cassidy Michelle Trachtenberg and Lacey Chabert) before killing them off one by one. SCTV veteran Andrea Martin who portrayed a victim in the original returns as Ms. Mac the house mother. ices of the demented, terrifying, but hilarious "bioexorcist,"...
Actually, this sorority-house slasher flick is a remake of the granddaddy of the genre, 1974's "Black Christmas," which was directed by Bob Clark before he went on to fashion a proper holiday classic in "A Christmas Story." The original starred a young Margot Kidder, Olivia Hussey, and Andrea Martin before the latter went on to comedy fame as a founding member of SCTV, and was notable for a killer who was never identified.
Excerpt from The Boston Globe located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Firstly, this is also from Quebec-based TVA films (as was the interlaced La Vie En Rose Blu-ray). It is recognized on Amazon.com as an 'import' with a release date on November 18th, 2008. The cover is incorrect and the correct one is above. Black Christmas (the 2006 remake - not, unfortunately the '74 original) on Blu-ray supports some decent image quality. Far in advance of the film content - I must say. It often appears to me to have been shot on DV but I can only find references that it was 35mm. It's clean - fairly strong in the abundant dark scenes and although noise exists it is easy to differentiate from a typical SD-DVD. It is not particularly detailed but I can see some film grain and it has a vintage 'look' as if an homage to the original - or they just had baser production funds. It never climbs the heights that some may expect from this new format but it undoubtedly has a competent and consistent appearance. Technically it is single-layered with the feature size being a reasonable 20 Gig. I don't see strong evidence of DNR or edge enhancements. As far as the video quality goes - this is shade better than expected.
NOTE: the killer here is supposed to have a greenish look (in his eyes and skin) as he supposedly has a rare liver disease.Uh Huh.
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October 26th, 2008