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Surviving Christmas Blu-ray

United States
Warner Bros. | 2004 | 91 min | Rated PG-13 | Nov 05, 2013

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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (23.92 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

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

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Video 4.0 of 54.0
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 1.5 of 51.5
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Surviving Christmas

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Surviving Christmas Blu-ray delivers great video and audio, but overall it's a mediocre Blu-ray release

Longing for holidays past, Drew Latham travels to his childhood home to relive the experience of a family Christmas. Unfortunately, his family no longer lives there. This represents only a small obstacle to Drew, who offers the Valco patriarch and his wife a huge sum of money if they consent to pretend they are his parents and that he is a cherished member of the family.

For more about Surviving Christmas and the Surviving Christmas Blu-ray release, see Surviving Christmas Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 2.5 out of 5.

Starring: Ben Affleck, James Gandolfini, Christina Applegate, Catherine O'Hara, Josh Zuckerman, Jennifer Morrison
Director: Mike Mitchell

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Surviving Christmas Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Two cinematographers are credited for Surviving Christmas, Peter Lyons Collister (The Replacement Killers and Deuce Bigalow) and Tom Priestley Jr. (The Thomas Crown Affair). Still, there's nothing distinctive about the photographic style of Surviving Christmas. The film was professionally lit and shot, but dozens of DPs in Hollywood could have provided the same look, which is generic TV sitcom.

Warner's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray of this Paramount/Dreamworks catalog title is a perfectly adequate affair, with sharp, detailed imagery, solid blacks and bright, saturated colors that show off the seasonal decor to good advantage. The credits of Surviving Christmas do not contain any listing for a digital intermediate, so that it appears this 2003 film (released in 2004) was finished photochemically. Some light grain reduction appears to have been applied in the film transfer, but not so much as to reduce detail. Now and again, a hint of electronic sharpening can be detected for those who are looking, but it is not so severe as to cause obvious edge halos. Had Surviving Christmas passed through a contemporary DI facility, the same effects could have been achieved without leaving any trace, and no one would be the wiser.

The average bitrate of 23.92 Mbps falls squarely within Warner's usual range of compression and is generally adequate for this non-action material.


Surviving Christmas Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The best sound effects in Surviving Christmas' sound mix, presented in lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1, are the simplest, like the clang of a snow shovel when Tom Valco first encounters Drew on his front lawn. Scenes that would seem most likely to present opportunities for clever surround effects tend to be dominated by music (e.g., the death-defying tobbogan ride), either Randy Edelman's inventive pastiche of familiar Christmas music or familiar tunes like "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" sung by Andy Williams. "Cherry Pie" by Warrant plays an unexpectedly important role in this holiday-themed soundtrack.



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