RE:White Christmas Anniversary Edition DVD
(Date Posted:10/13/2009 17:56)
Just a note to let you know that the 2-disc White Christmas Anniversary Edition is now on sale in stores, at least at Target, although it's still listed on internet sites as not being available until November 3.
The DVD definitely displays a much-needed improvement in picture quality: the image is now sharp and detailed with vivid color and practically no grain to speak of. For whatever reason, however, Paramount didn't give this release a complete restoration. The picture is still dark and lacking contrast, some scenes need sharper focus, there are problems with flicker (picture instability), and the scene where Bing meets Doris ("Mutual, I'm sure!") is still blurry from misregistration of the film elements. However, don't let this deter you from purchasing a copy--it still looks much better than the original DVD release.
Disc 2 contains several bonus features about Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye, the making of the movie, White Christmas the song, Irvin Berlin, and the transformation of the film into a musical play. They are all above average and quite informative.
I firmly believe this DVD is worth a rebuy just for the improved picture quality alone, with the bonus features being the icing on the cake!
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