Because there have been so many dreadful horror films made over the years, those seeing "BLACK CHRISTMAS" for the very first time, may find it to be more dull or uninspired than at the time of its original release. However, while "BLACK CHRISTMAS" is by no means a "great" horror film, Director Bob Clark(A CHRISTMAS STORY, PORKYS) actually demonstrates some bold(at the time) risks and story-telling techniques. Sure, killer "point-of-view" shots have been done ad nauseum, but they weren't well known in American cinema at the time of this film's release, as well as they were in French/Italian thrillers. The plot, revolving around a sorority house, set upon by a sick killer, on and about Christmas Eve, still has a few thrills to it. Although there is a lot dating the film, especially in terms of what was considered acceptable for actors to look and dress like, there's enough unintentionally funny moments, as well as some genuine tension to make this flawed thriller an addition to one's collection, as an example of what "B" movies were like "before" "FRIDAY THE 13th" took off!
KOCH has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p blu-ray. Obviously shot on a low-buget, there's excessive grain in some shots, but an acceptable amount of it in the majority of the film. Colors are subdued, and while there are some bright moments with impressive depth, it's not one of the better examples of what high-def should look like, with the majority of scenes looking flat. Blacks are never inky, but detail is adequate in darker scenes. There are some minor artifacts popping up at times, but the image is notably better than the recent dvd counterpart.
KOCH has provided the original mono mix as well as a Dolby Digital 5.1 remix. The remix is surprisingly effective. Although never aggressive, ambient effects add to the film's atmosphere with the right amount of directional oomph at key moments. Bass is never up there with the best mixes, but even this impresses in a few scenes.
KOCH has provided various extras, including a retrospective look at the film and some extended interviews with cast.