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Black Christmas Blu-ray

United States
Koch Entertainment | 1974 | 98 min | Rated R | Nov 11, 2008

Black Christmas (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (15.00 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: Mono
French: Mono
English: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles
None

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Playback
Region free

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Video 3.2 of 53.2
Audio 3.2 of 53.2
Extras 3.2 of 53.2
Based on 11 user reviews

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Black Christmas

 (1974)

Black Christmas Blu-ray offers decent video and audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

The few remaining residents of a Canadian sorority house are celebrating the onset of Christmas vacation when a thirteen year-old girl is found dead in the park. Soon, it is discovered that one of the sorority sisters is missing, which triggers a terrifying chain of murders within the house. Director Bob Clark's ('Porky's', 'A Christmas Story') tense, effective film is a precursor to the slasher films that would come a half decade later, but never relies on gore. Olivia Hussy ('Romeo and Juliet') stars alongside Margot Kidder and SCTV's Andrea Martin.

For more about Black Christmas and the Black Christmas Blu-ray release, see Black Christmas Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Starring: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, John Saxon, Art Hindle
Director: Bob Clark

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Black Christmas Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC, and granted a 1080p transfer Black Christmas arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Somerville House.

Before we get to the technical evaluation of this recent Blu-ray release I would like to point out a few things to you. First, Black Christmas is not a big-budget production. It is a fairly modest project with a distinctively dated look. Second, the film has never received a proper release and as far as I know it was never digitally-restored. Third, the DVD release of Black Christmas is not only of terrible quality but also, as far as I am concerned, practically unwatchable.

A quick look at the Blu-ray release for Black Christmas reveals precisely what I expected – a passable progressive transfer eliminating an overwhelming amount of the issues that plagued the SDVD release, a relatively stable color-scheme, and good detail. In fact, the film looks far better in 1080p than what I expected to see. Yes, there are quite a few specks and scratches, some macro-blocking patterns as well but, unlike what other reviewers claim, these are truly not an issue of concern. Clarity and detail, as mentioned above, are also rather decent and I certainly would not hesitate recommending the disc to those who like the genre Black Christmas champions. This being said, I am quite amused by some of the dismissive comments that have been unleashed as of late towards this modestly produced disc. There seem to be a lot of critics out there who appear to be comparing how big Hollywood projects look on Blu-ray with how small, unrestored, campy films look in 1080p. Obviously, dirt, edge-enhancement, and macroblocking will not be detectable on the expensive, fully-restored, Hollywood projects. Therefore, small-budget films, such as Black Christmas, simply cannot compete with them for now (there are only a few exceptions where full-blown restorations for such films have been completed). Thus, think about it before you start criticizing how poor these films look as even during the SDVD boom they never got the type of attention they were/are entitled to. And just so we are clear on this one – I am not suggesting that you change your evaluating criteria, I am urging you to look into the bigger picture and consider what improvements the Blu-ray transfer offers over the corresponding SDVD version(s), and what is actually feasible with such Blu-ray releases. (Note: This is a Region-Free release which you will be able to play on your PS3 or SA regardless of your geographical location).


Black Christmas Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.0 of 5

There are three different tracks on this disc: English Mono 1.0, French Mono 1.0, and English Dolby Digital 5.1. I opted for the original English Mono track and wasn't disappointed. It is a relatively stable audio track without any major balance issues to report. The dialog is also very easy to follow. Finally, I did not detect any hissing, pop-ups, or cracks to report either. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track, however, is rather uneven. There are portions of the dialog that tend to stick out and the trained ear will certainly hear that balance is quite problematic here. This being said, I would encourage you to stay with the mono track as it is certainly the more rounded and naturally sounding option. Finally, I switched to the French mono track during a few selected scenes, just to hear what the dub sounded like, and I must conclude that unless you are a French speaker there isn't much here that you can benefit from. Optional subtitles for the main feature are not provided.



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