From this day forth, let it be known that whenever Christmas-based motion pictures are discussed, David Harbour will be at the top of the discussion.
Never before in the history of motion pictures, which actually goes back before the 1970s - al the way to the 1890s - has there been a more incisive, entertaining, or historically accurate tale of Christmas and St. Nicholas and his place at the Council of Nicea in 325 AD.
When the general public thinks of Christmas films, it's the usual suspects --
It's a Wonderful Life
Miracle on 34th street
A Charlie Brown Christmas
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Bishop's Wife
Christmas in Connecticut
But not one of these films makes any attempt to tell the history of the man behind the legend.
Violent Night, directed by Tommy Wirkola is a bit akin to Home Alone, as seen through the eyes of those behind the John Wick films.
Low on seasonal sentimentality, high on educational factors and action, Violent Night is a film for the ages.
Shot digitally, and viewed in projection, the imagery appeared much like 4k, with superb colors and rich blacks. No aged-related artifacts printed in from earlier dupes noted.
As to packaging, something special for the slip cover. Beautifully rendered imagery of St. Nick himself, hammer in hand, and below - embossing of the title in two different types. ViOLENT in glossy white in an attractive sans-serif, and below Night in possible an olde English style, properly bloodied. Very nicely done, and as is the norm, presumably for the first edition only.
Collectors take heed!
Finally, a true Christmas film for the entire family.
Image – 5
Audio – 5 (DTS-HD MA 7.1)
Pass / Fail – Pass
Works up-rezzed to 4k - Yes
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How any 'usual suspects' list could leave off Holiday Inn and White Christmas is, frankly, beyond me; to say nothing of the fringe Christmas classics, Auntie Mame, Meet Me In St. Louis and the ironically titles, In the Good Old Summertime.