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Silent Night (2012) Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
  • Subtitles Color: White
  • Region: A (Region-Locked)
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 94 Mins.
  • Discs: 2 (1 x Blu-ray + 1 x DVD)
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: December 4, 2012
  • List Price: $29.99

Overall
[Rating:3.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:3/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2/5]

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The Film

[Rating:3/5]

Silent Night shares a similar name and similar killer to the 1980s slasher film Silent Night, Deadly Night and that’s where the similarities end. In this horror/slasher, a bad Santa terrorizes a small Midwestern town on Christmas Eve and the pie-eyed Deputy Sheriff (Jaime King) must hunt him down with help of  her grizzled veteran Sheriff (Malcolm McDowell with a bad American accent) and stop his killing spree amidst a town full of men in Santa suits in town for the annual Santa Parade. The film itself has a quirky holiday feel to it, like a Norman Rockwell painting gone awry. Its cheesy holiday cheer and delightful colors juxtaposed with the axe-wielding St. Nick on the hunt for all those he deems naughty is the real catch. Of course, any slasher film worth its salt will have some “great” kills and buckets of fake blood, and Silent Night has its fair share of that. There’s at least one scene involving a topless model and a wood chipper. When all is said and done, there isn’t much to this film, however, it’s merely a typical, contemporary slasher film — with far better production values than the 80s classics — that doesn’t stretch the oeuvre much at all. Despite that, the Santa Claus killer is terrifying to behold, a masked lunatic with long, ashy beard and piercing black eyes holding any number of murderous weapons. Something about taking the jolly holiday icon and turning him into your worst nightmare certainly strikes a chord deep in the subconscious, so you better watch out, as the song goes.

Video Quality

[Rating:4.5/5]

Silent Night was shot in HD with the Red Epic and it looks gorgeous in this AVC/MPEG-4 1080p encodement. It is richly saturated in holiday colors, has strong contrast and textural detail, a really natural, filmic appearance, and nuanced shadow detail in its lengthy and multitudinous darker scenes.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4/5]

A Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit) soundtrack is offered that perhaps could have been a little better at pumping up the atmospherics and low frequencies to create a sense of tone and moodiness, but in all it is a tightly woven and well balanced mix. There’s good dynamic range, clean dialogue, and natural highs.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:2/5]

A couple of run of the mill featurettes are included.

The supplements:

  • Silent Night: Behind the Scenes (1.78:1; 1080i/60; 00:06:14)
  • Deleted Scenes (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:04:55)
  • DVD – Standard definition DVD of the feature film.

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3.5/5]

Silent Night looks and sounds good on Blu-ray and the film will appeal to viewers who appreciate a certain amount of gore in their movies, but on the whole, it is bit slow, a little campy, and nothing groundbreaking or shocking compared to other films in the genre.

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Overall
[Rating:3.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:3/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2/5]


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