SRP $38.95 2.40:1 Dolby TrueHD 5.1 SONY

SONY has released "THIS CHRISTMAS" on blu-ray and dvd. The comedy/drama focuses on the Whitfield family, as they and their extended family, come together for the holiday in their suburban Los Angeles home to celebrate the Christmas Holiday.  As the drama unfolds, viewers become witness to vast family secrets of individual characters, including adultery, abuse and more. But, underneath it all, there's actually a sentimental, good-natured heart to the film and a fair amount of humor. While it's impossible not to compare it to "Tyler Perry" films, it's actually much better than "any" of Perry's films, mostly because there are fewer cliche's and Director/writer Preston Whitmore is simply a better writer and director than Perry. He never feels the need to hit the viewer on the head with his point. The cast is wonderful, and, even with some minor flaws, "THIS CHRISTMAS" transcends the typical "african-American" comedy/drama format, due to increased intelligence and warmth, few of those have managed to achieve in the way that "THIS CHRISTMAS" succeeds in doing. The only small criticism lies in the fact that it feels too long, and a slightly "edited" version would've made the film much more enjoyable, as some scenes can go on for far too long, without any increased merit.

SONY has provided the correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray.  Colors are rich and vibrant, without oversaturation. Detail is impressive, however softness pops up sporadically, causing a number of scenes to appear flat. There are more than a few that feature jump-off-the-screen depth, but, overall, it's a "good" blu-ray transfer, lacking the consistent "wow" factor found on many superior SONY blu-ray releases.

SONY has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. It's a great mix. While the lossless mix is at its best in showcasing the terrific score and tunes through all speakers with wonderful dynamic range, even more subtle ambient effects are consistently pleasing. Not an aggressive mix, but an enjoyable one.

SONY has included a variety of extras, including a pretty engaging, often funny commentary, deleted scenes, and music video.