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The real Black Christmas in HD, but still not a definitive edition.,
This review is from: Black Christmas [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
There is no need to discuss what a classic the original Black Christmas is. That has been done at length by reviewers for other releases. This review is specifically for the Black Christmas [Blu-ray] edition.
The transfer and sound are great. There are still some traces of foreign matter visible from the print used, but this is the nicest copy you'll probably ever see on a home edition. I believe it is the same transfer used for the Special Edition in 2006.
The features are identical to the Special Edition release:
- 12 Days of Black Christmas featurette
- Midniht Q&A
- Interviews ( Olivia Hussey, Margot Kidder, and Art Hindle)
- 'Uncovered' Sound scenes
My only complaint is the lack of subtitles or commentaries, and for that reason I only give 4 stars. Apparently space limitations were the problem on the Special Edition. That would not be a problem on blu ray. It seems the rights to the commentaries from the 2002 Collector's Edition are owned by another company so those were not available, but it seems that new actor commentaries might have been obtained for this edition.
Sadly, Bob Clark was killed by a drunk driver in 2007. For fans wanting the director's commentary, the collector's edition is the only option and will become increasingly harder to obtain.
If you have the Special Edition and an upconvert dvd player you might give this one a miss, as there are no new features to speak of. If you have a blu ray player and don't already own the special edition, the Blu-ray edition is the way to go. Of course, you can hold out for a "Definitive Edition". There's always next Christmas...
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Initial post: Dec 25, 2008 10:24:50 PM PST
Mad Collector says:
Thank you for the thorough information! This has always been a "chilling" favorite of mine...
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2009 9:45:46 PM PST
Perfect review! Thanks for sticking to the facts and not trying to impress people with useless information. I am tired of Amazon reviews that don't give the specs for the dvds.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2010 3:04:34 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 6, 2010 3:17:41 AM PST
movie man says:
I own all the DVD releases of this film...As I love it so!
There was a commentary by Bob Clark on a prior release on DVD..
This release also contains a much better picture quality than this newer edition, even better than this Blu Ray, I don't understand why a better transfer or why they didn't research more to find better film elements, but this Blu-Ray edition suffers from IMO washed out colors to what looks like a blown up from 16mm print cause the grain is over powering. This version also leads people to believe that the film was shot on 16mm, but in fact was shot on 35mm. Though It has it's own set of features it's missing the great interviews with Kidder and Hussy. It also is shown in a full frame unmatted 1:33 ratio as requested by Director Bob Clark.
Here's the link to the prior version (DVD only) on Amazon.
Black Christmas (1974)
BTW this older release is almost night and day in terms of picture quality, so much more color and the grain looks natural not at all like this Blu Ray as if your watching it on an old tv with rabbit ears.
Posted on May 10, 2013 1:47:34 PM PDT
Hammer + Jazz says:
Amen brother . I don't know why folks go to all the bother of issuing a Blu (or even a DVD for that matter) and fail to encode said with subtitles and/or closed captions ? I guess the deaf and hard of hearing crowd (the latter myself) are of NO interest to these distributors ? Glad i've got a pair of Sennheiser earphones . What i was deaf however ? Great write up and thanks.......Ben
Posted on Nov 27, 2014 4:17:34 PM PST
So neither the DVD nor the blu-ray have subtitles? Grrr...
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