Director John Carpenter has proven an actual ability
to scare, “THE FOG,” “HALLOWEEN”, “THE THING”, but we’d expected more from him
with his adaptation of the Stephen King novel, “CHRISTINE”. Especially
it was made before so many dreadful adaptations of his work came out, it was an opportunity to raise the bar. While Carpenter does manage to present a unique and engaging high-school atmosphere, it’s in the “scare”
department that he comes up short! There’s nothing scary about the film. One can tell right from the beginning, wherein Carpenter succumbs to using the dreadful “BAD TO THE BONE” song to help define the auto’s evil persona, this isn’t going to be too creative. Still, there are some surprisingly effective performances and even a few(too brief)thrills. It’s still, even with many, many, flaws, far better than many of King’s other film adaptations.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has preserved the film’s correct
2.35:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement. This is a great transfer!
Colors are rich throughout. Contrast is flawless as well, offering
impeccable detail in even the
darkest scenes. Fleshtones appear natural throughout.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has presented a Dolby Digital 2.0
mix for this release. While it’s aggressive, it’s also mediocre. The bass
lacks any force and everything sounds pretty flat. Dialogue is always
free from distortion.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has provided a running commentary
and it’s terrific! Actor/director Keith Gordon and Carpenter are extremely
candid here, offering nostalgia as well as insightful discussion about the
success and failings. There are numerous deleted scenes, basically excised moments from already existing scenes. Several featurettes are also included, and fans of the film will certainly enjoy what’s included in them.