John Carpenter DVDs done right are a pure joy, as evidenced in Columbia TriStar's Special Edition of the car-gone-mad Stephen King classic Christine. This release sports a new commentary with the director and actor-turned-director star Keith Gordon, and it's safe to say that it does not disappoint. There are people who pull off good commentaries and then there are people like Carpenter, who have literally mastered the art with a healthy mix of wit, filmmaking lessons, and adept interviewing skills. Here, he and Gordon meet on similar terms as professional peers as they share fond stories of the production and their careers while making their way through a nearly 20-year-old picture. A whopping 20 deleted and alternate scenes have been included on the disc as well, with most adding good meat to the film and others that serve as a fine example of smart editing. The fun does not stop there, with three incredibly well-done featurettes on the film totaling over an hour's worth of new cast and crew interviews as well as exclusive behind-the-scene photos. Literally the only thing this edition is missing is the trailer, which most likely was tied up in legal issues with other companies at the time. The gorgeous anamorphic picture presents the film in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, and its Dolby Surround audio track does a fine job with the dialogue, action, and Carpenter's score. This special edition is plenty worth it for fans of the film and those waiting for this solid of a DVD release.
Commentary with John Carpenter and star Keith Gordon
The storyline gets you hooked from beginning to end with the help of the great cast and dialog, plenty of quotes. Well written!!
Dolby Vision on an my OLED panel.
Steel case option.
Atmos mix was close to the 7.1 on my 11.2 (7.2.4) which is a pleasant one but not an upgrade.
Early Stephen King work. The story revolves around a high school boy and his evil car. Well written with plenty of suspense and horror. As usual, Steven King has an abundance of characters including the car Christine. It could be titled a boy and his car.
Christine was my 3 favorite film..my first 1 was Halloween and the fog..The HDR really brought the color out..Christine looked really good with her red color..I loved the steelbox..
P.s I wish I had a car that repaired itself..Not murderous though lol
One of John Carpenter's great underrated films. To start, the steelbook packaging is great. Wonderful colors on the cover that really highlight the old Plymouth, Christine.
The film presented in 4K is well done. Black levels are very deep and rich. Colors are great, too; particularly the Plymouth, Christine. The red of the car stands out so well in stunning 4K. There is little to no grain throughout the film, so the restoration and upscale was done well. The sound is OK, and it is not much different from the original Blu-ray release. Do not expect a better sound with this specific release, only visuals here.
Overall, if you are looking for another Carpenter classic in 4k, this is a great release to pick up. If you can get the exclusive steel book-- even better.