WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Black Christmas

Reviewed In Issue 33 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea , Margot Kidder, Marian Waldman, John Saxon

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2
Sound Rating: 1.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 11590
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $29.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 98
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1974
(LD Release Date): 06/99
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Bob Clark
(Screenplay/Written By): Roy Moore
(Story): NA
(Music): Carl Zittrer
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Karen Bromley
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(Editor): Stan Cole
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Findlay Quinn
(Co-Producers): Jerry Arbeid
(Producers): Bob Clark

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.82:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
When thereís a killer on the loose during the holidays, youíve just got to know itís gonna be a Black Christmas. In the small college town of Bedford, a group of sorority sisters are celebrating the season when they hear a ringing of bells. But itís not the church tower making music, itís the phone with a pervert on the line threatening violence. Unfortunately, the threat is acted out and then more calls are made and the season of joy is steeped in fear. Also known as Silent Night, Evil Night and Stranger In The House. Have yourself a scary little Christmas.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is wanting in sharpness and detail, with color fidelity that lacks a natural balance and is wanting in deeper black levels. Shadow delineation and contrast are poorly rendered with brownish blacks and little visual information in the darkness. Noise is apparent and distracting throughout, affecting the appearance of sharpness and clarity. Artifacts are occasionally apparent. Overall, the image quality is poor and inconsistent. The picture is matted at 1.82:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is unistinguished monaural that sounds compressed with extremely strident and harsh dialogue
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
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(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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