In "JINGLE ALL THE WAY," Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a father on a mission that matches many action films, in terms of obstacles, to get his son the rare action figure he wants for Christmas. While generally targeted for younger audiences, there are enough clever parts, mostly due to the late Phil Hartman as his neighbor, to entertain adults as well. There are some moments childish enough to make adults cringe, but these are few and far between. and even "Sinbad" manages to be entertaining without chewing too much scenery as a rival father in the way of Arnold's attempt at securing the "Turbo Man" action figure. While the simple plot, revolving around the insanity of last minute Christmas shopping, comes close, at times, to feeling too one note, somehow, it manages, against odds, to find a warm-hearted center, and make "JINGLE ALL THE WAY," the kind of film that can win over even the most discriminating adult audience.
FOX has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. Even with some grain and minor, sporadic imperfections, the image is extremely impressive. Colors are vibrant throughout, never reaching over-saturation.. Contrast, due to blacks, that while not inky, are extremely deep, make the level of detail in darker scenes stand out in a consistently impressive manner.. Scene after scene jumps off the screen with wonderful depth.
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. For a comedy, the aggressive, immersive soundmix is surprisingly entertaining. There are numerous discrete effects, and the Christmas themed music plays perfectly, with the slapstick dynamics onscreen. Bass is also prominent, certain to give sub-woofers a full workout. This is a mix that rivals the best action film soundmixes currently available on blu-ray.
The fact that "JINGLE ALL THE WAY" looks and sounds terrific, should be enough reason to include this one in any family's blu-ray collection. Adding that FOX has included the "extended" cut of the film, along with three featurettes(all in standard resolution), may make it more tempting, although these extras aren't anything special, or worth repeated viewing.