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3.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray Review, October 13, 2010
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This review is from: The Original Christmas Classics Gift Set [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Alright, so I got this collection in the mail today and popped all 3 movies in to see how the transfers look.

Overall, I'm fairly disappointed. I think Rudolph looks the least remastered. It might just be because the setting is so white but there's very little detail and often the lighting was inconsistant (though that's probably stuck in the original film). Santa Claus is Comin' to Town looks the best. There's lots of nice, vibrant colors in it. Frosty is somewhere in the middle. The audio is incredibly soft on all 3 and not really worth noting. I'd be very interested in a more professional review from someone who knows more about the original negatives and whatnot, but as for my eye-based review I'd give it an overall C-grade.

There are, of course, some improvements. I've yet to see a 1080p transfer that doesn't do any good, but, to be honest, I wish I had been able to resist and saved $30. At $15 I'd be satisfied, but not $30.

As for bonus features there aren't any except the not-so-classic "Frosty Returns" and a CD featuring a collection of favorite Christmas songs.

Here's the tracklist of the bonus audio CD:

01. Burl Ives - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
02. Brenda Lee - Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
03. Jackson 5 - Santa Claus is Coming to Town
04. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Jingle Bells
05. Jimmy Durante - Frosty the Snowman
06. Burl Ives - A Holly Jolly Christmas
07. Bobby Helms - Jingle Bell Rock
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Initial post: Oct 15, 2010 2:03:15 PM PDT
I've said it before and I'll say it again...these movies were never meant to be seen in 1080p Bluray....unless you really want to see the imperfections (i.e. the strings attached to the puppets, and the exact point in the backgrounds where the seams are glued together). These were made for television in the 1960's and 70's. If you own a Bluray player, it will automatically upconvert a regular DVD to look good on you HDMI TV set. This company should release all of the Rankin/Bass films together first before ripping off poor suckers who don't know anything about audio/video issues except that they have a Bluray player, therefore they should buy this.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2010 4:40:17 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 18, 2010 4:47:30 AM PDT
HD Eyes says:
These films which were produced onto 35mm can indeed be transferred onto Blu-Ray showing more detail than any pervious editions. Though it depends on the film elements used or found to what kind of remastering was done to achieve the best possible results. Sure these shows weren't intended to be seen in HD but the detail is within the 35mm negatives. Look at Image's release of "Twilight Zone" Blu-Ray.. there is detail that has never been seen before in any release or airings, excellent set btw! amazing picture quality. These companies that do plain on releasing old films such as this set really need to make sure they provide the best care in their project before releasing them. Especially on Blu-Ray otherwise we will find a lot of unbelievers out there doubting the capabilities that can be obtained in a Blu Ray transfer.
Sad to hear that these were not mastered well onto HD, but I don't think they cared that much with it's previous video releases either.. Shame. In any case I have read another review on "Rudolph" on site DVD Beaver and from the picture grabs this Blu release does indeed show improvement and is the best release as far, but by now all of these films should have been completely remasted to the best possible perfection.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2010 3:48:04 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 22, 2010 3:51:36 PM PDT
M. Henzel says:
That's narrow thinking really!

Just because a film is older doesn't mean it shouldn't be seen in a higher resolution format! Keep in mind many of these were first produced on film, which is far better looking than most video formats from the past. Blu-Ray is now bringing us closer to that experience.

I have seen a 1080i version of Rudolph on an OTA broadcast a few years ago and was very impressed with the quality. You could see every hair on the Bumble.. the stitching in the clothing, etc.. and yes in some scenes you see the strings, but that only adds to the nostalgia in my opinion.

Stop motion animation in general can look stunning in HD. Just check out A Nightmare Before Christmas on BR if you don't believe me.

There is no reason an older film should not be produced on Blu-Ray. As long as they take the time to do the best conversion from the cleanest film source possible I am all for it!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 12:59:44 PM PST
Chad Garrett says:
If those imperfections weren't seen in the original, I don't see anything unethical about rotoscoping the remastered versions to clean up these imperfections. It would honestly make a more faithful reproduction than a direct film scan.
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