Monday, December 15, 2008

Jingle All The Way Blu-ray Review

Jingle All The Way Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
Video
Jingle All The Way comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The transfer looks very nice, although still looks a bit dated. The film is sharp, and detail is great for the most part. Colors were vibrant and rich, and grain never felt intrusive. The Blu-ray release looks great, especially when considering the film is now 12 years old. There is the occasional speckle or not so up to par bit, but the quality overall is very impressive. 8/10.

Audio
FOX has included a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track for Jingle All The Way. The track is actually a lot better than I had anticipated. Surround speakers were constantly being used, while dialogue stayed clear, front and center. The film's music was very nice, and I really didn't expect it to be such an aggressive track. Jingle All The Way has never sounded better. 8/10.

Extras
Theatrical Version
Extended and Deleted Scenes (20:36) (HD)
Featurettes:
The Making of a Hero (15:29) (SD)
Super Kids (8:12) (SD)
Turbo Man: Behind The Mask (8:17) (SD)

Extras are a bit weak. It was interesting to see two versions of the film were included, as I never realized there was an extended edition. The extended and deleted scenes are all presented in high-definition, which was definitely nice to see. The featurettes were intended more for children than anything, particularly Super Kids and Turbo Man: Behind The Mask.

Blu-news Summary
I have always loved Jingle All The Way, it's such a fun Christmas movie. The acting may be mediocre, particularly from Mr. Arnold, but he adds a lot to the film overall. The Blu-ray release surpassed my expectations, and looks and sounds great. Extras are a bit lacking, but I was quite surprised to see both versions of the film included. Overall Jingle All The Way is 'Recommended.'

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