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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "John Carpenter's Christine" )

directed by John Carpenter
USA 1983

She was born in Detroit on an automobile assembly line. But she is no ordinary automobile. Deep within her chassis lives an unholy presence. She is a red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury named CHRISTINE, whose unique standard equipment includes an evil, indestructible vengeance that will destroy anyone in her way. She seduces 17-year-old Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon) who becomes consumed with passion for her sleek rounded chrome-laden body. She demands his complete and unquestioned devotion and when outsiders seek to interfere, they become the victims of Christine's horrifying wrath. John Carpenter brings Stephen King's best selling novel to life in this chilling thriller.

 

Better than you standard fare for this genre (teen occult?) and the commonplace North American obsession with automobiles drives the plot. well acted and genuinely scary - a kind of Halloween-ish pop-corn flic. out of

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Theatrical Release: December 9, 1983

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Comparison:

Columbia (Special Edition) - Region 1,4 - NTSC vs. Columbia - Region 2,4 - PAL vs. Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray vs. Sony (DE) - Region FREE - Blu-ray vs. Sony (US) - Region FREE - Blu-ray vs. Indicator (UK) - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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1) Columbia (Special Edition) - Region 1,4 - NTSC - TOP LEFT

2) Columbia - Region 2,4 - PAL - TOP RIGHT

3) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM LEFT

4) Sony (DE) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM SECOND

5) Sony (US) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM THIRD

6) Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Columbia

Region 1,4 - NTSC

Columbia
Region 2,4 - PAL
Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray Sony (both German and US) - Region FREE - Blu-ray Indicator- Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:49:55 1:45:34 (4% PAL speedup) 1:49:59.634 1:50:01.595 1:49:59.650
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.5 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.9 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,869,059,908 bytes

Feature: 34,634,809,344 bytes

Video Bitrate: 33.99

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,455,916,150 bytes

Feature: 25,632,485,376 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.97

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,191,567,700 bytes

Feature: 36,916,798,848 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.40 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

 

Columbia (Special Edition)

 

Bitrate:

 

Columbia

 

Bitrate: Twilight Time

Blu-ray

 

Bitrate Sony (DE)  

Blu-ray

 

Bitrate Sony (US)  

Blu-ray

 

Bitrate Indicator (UK)  

Blu-ray

 

Audio English and French DD2.0 Surround, Spanish and Portuguese DD2.0 Mono

English, French and Italian DD2.0 Surround, German Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish, Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono

DTS-HD Master Audio English 3675 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3675 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1716 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1716 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS Audio English 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps / 24-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2205 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2205 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio French 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio German 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Italian 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio Portuguese 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Russian 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3220 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3220 kbps / 24-bit (DTS
Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
isolated Score:

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Thaο, none Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, none English (SDH), None English (SDH), English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Thai, German, Italian, Russian, French, German, Italian None

Commentary subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, None

English (SDH), none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Columbia

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Audio commentary by John Carpenter and Keith Gordon
• 20 Deleted scenes
• 3 Featurettes
• Filmographies
• 4 Bonus trailers

DVD Release Date: 28 September 2004
Amaray

Chapters 28

Release Information:
Studio: Columbia

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Filmographies

 

DVD Release Date:
Amaray

Chapters 28

Release Information:
Studio:
Twilight Time

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
 

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,869,059,908 bytes

Feature: 34,634,809,344 bytes

Video Bitrate: 33.99

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Commentary

• Isolated Score Track

• Deleted Scenes (26:02)

• Ignition (11:52)

• Fast and Furious (28:55)

• Finish Line (7:17)

• Limited Edition of 3,000 Units

Blu-ray Release Date:
March, 2013
Standard
Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio:
Sony (both German and US)

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
 

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,455,916,150 bytes

Feature: 25,632,485,376 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.97

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Commentary by John Carpenter and Keith Gordon

• Deleted Scenes (25:21)

• Christine: Fast and Furious (28:55)

• Christine: Ignition (11:52)

• Christine: Finish Line (7:17)

German Blu-ray Release Date:
October 2nd, 2014

US Blu-ray Release Date: September 29th, 2015
Standard
Blu-ray Case (US comes in slipcase)

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: Indicator

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
 

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,191,567,700 bytes

Feature: 36,916,798,848 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.40 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• 
Audio commentary featuring John Carpenter and Keith Gordon
• Deleted scenes (26:02)
Ignition (12 mins): how Christine got started
• Fast and Furious (28:55): interviews with Carpenter and screenwriter Bill Phillips
Finish Line
(7:17): a look at the score
• Isolated score track
• Original theatrical trailer (3:29) TV Spots (1:29)
• Booklet with new and archival contents
Dual format edition

Blu-ray Release Date:
October 24th, 2016
Transparent
Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were obtained directly from the Blu-ray disc.

 

ADDITION: Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray (October 2016): The Twilight Time is out-of-print, the new Indicator (Powerhouse Films) out of the UK is the next best Blu-ray package. It's slightly more technically robust in the video transfer but I can only see some shifted pixels - nothing extravagant. If forced to state the best in motion - it would probably be the Indicator. It has the depth and crispness of the other Blu-rays. It could only be better in a 4K restoration.

 

Indicator goes linear PCM for the stereo and DTS-HD Master for the 5.1 surround (more robust than the Sonys but a notch below the Twilight Time.) Overall it still sounds great - Thorogood's Bad To The Bone, The Stones' Beast Of Burden, vintage stuff like Bony Moronie, Dion's I Wonder Why, Del Shannon's Runaway performed by Bonnie Raitt - delightful. New subtitles (English SDH) and I can confirm that it is indeed region FREE.   

 

More or less, the exact same extras - the commentary (the Sony adds optional subtitles for the commentary - this doesn't), featurettes and deleted scenes are here, Trailer and TV Spots, included is the isolated score (as found on the Twilight Time but in LPCM) and have some new liner notes (new Essay by Jeff Billington, 'Guilty Pleasures' by carpenter from 1996 and many color photos!). The Indicator is Dual-Format and includes a second disc DVD!

 

New menus - looks like a sweet package for UK residents. It's a notch above the Sony editions in a/v. The fans have high hopes for this new Blu-ray label and this is a very positive sign. It is limited to 5,000 copies. Thumbs up!

 

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ADDITION: Sony (US) - Region FREE Blu-ray  (September 2015): The US Blu-ray Release in September 2015 is the EXACT same disc as the German Blu-ray already reviewed. Same bitrate, extras, menus - everything. The US Sony edition does have a leaflet with a code for a digital copy.

 

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ADDITION: Sony - Region FREE - Blu-ray (August 2014): Similar to Fright Night - Christine is a waaay out-of-print, limited edition, Twilight Time Blu-ray release fetching extraordinary high prices in auctions. Like Fright Night this has been released as a Region FREE Blu-ray Sony release - out of Germany - and should send a monkey-wrench into those exorbitant prices. It is not quite as robust as the US edition but it looks about the same to my eyes. It is 1080P on a dual-layered disc, colors are bright and there may be a minor difference in how the grain is exported and it may have a tinge more artifacts - but overall - it is, more or less, the same, IMO.

 

Also DTS-HD Master, surround, but less robust and a tad less depth. Christine has a lot of aggression - and a notable score by Carpenter and Howarth. Again, like the video, I may give a slight nod to the Twilight Time - but I suggest that most won't notice. The Sony does have multiple DUB and subtitle options but like the Twilight Time this Blu-ray is also region FREE playable worldwide.

 

More or less, the exact same extras - the commentary (the Sony adds optional subtitles for the commentary) and featurettes are here, we lose the isolated score and liner notes.

 

This is the ideal option for those that missed the Twilight Time Blu-ray edition. Even the menus are in English. Still a well-crafted horror from an inventive Stephen King novel. Certainly recommended for, translated to, $15 US!

 

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ADDITION: Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray (March 2013): Since this is already out-of-print (3000 copies limited - in a couple of weeks) I won't take up too much time. Twilight Time's package is great - the 1080P image quality shows immense improvement - especially via the colors with Christine's reds looking far richer and deeper. Contrast also takes a large leap forward. The visuals are thick and detail is never pristinely crisp but this is how the film originally looked. The audio is lossless, with optional subtitles and  the soundtrack is offered as an isolated score, on the region FREE Blu-ray disc. Supplements include the commentary, deleted scenes and video featurettes. Fans of the film have spoken but many others who want will have to pay through the nose.

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ON THE DVDs: The new Region 1 (and 4) disc looks pretty good. I'm sure we'll be adding the old NTSC version soon to this comparison. Solid extras on the new edition with a commentary and 20 deleted scenes. Good contrast and sharp - I can't tell if its edge enhancement I see, but if its there - its not overwhelming. I hate those yellow subtitles and there are a ton of options on the PAL DVD, but for the obvious we are going with the new SE. Halloween is coming !

- Gary Tooze

 


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(Columbia (Special Edition) - Region 1,4 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Columbia - Region 2,4 - PAL - RIGHT)
 

 

Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

 

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Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 


 

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Sony - Region FREE - Blu-ray Commentary Subtitle sample

 

 

1) Columbia (Special Edition) - Region 1,4 - NTSC - TOP

2) Columbia - Region 2,4 - PAL - SECOND

3) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray THIRD

4) Sony (German and US) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


Screen Captures

 

1) Columbia (Special Edition) - Region 1,4 - NTSC - TOP

2) Columbia - Region 2,4 - PAL - SECOND

3) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray THIRD

4) Sony (German and US) - Region FREE - Blu-ray FIFTH

5) Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Columbia (Special Edition) - Region 1,4 - NTSC - TOP

2) Columbia - Region 2,4 - PAL - SECOND

3) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray THIRD

4) Sony (German and US) - Region FREE - Blu-ray FIFTH

5) Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Columbia (Special Edition) - Region 1,4 - NTSC - TOP

2) Columbia - Region 2,4 - PAL - SECOND

3) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray THIRD

3) Sony (German and US) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Columbia (Special Edition) - Region 1,4 - NTSC - TOP

2) Columbia - Region 2,4 - PAL - SECOND

3) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray THIRD

3) Sony (German and US) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


More Blu-ray Captures

1) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray TOP

2) Sony (German and US) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray TOP

2) Sony (German and US) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray TOP

2) Sony (German and US) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray TOP

2) Sony (German and US) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray TOP

2) Sony (German and US) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray TOP

2) Sony (German and US) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray TOP

2) Sony (German and US) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

 

Box Covers

  

Indicator (Powerhouse) initial slate of Blu-rays
Spine #001 Spine #002 Spine #003 Spine #004

Spine #005

Spine #006

Spine #008 Spine #010 Spine #012 Spine #013 Spine #019 Spine #020

 


 

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