Blu-ray Review: Christine

The American love affair with the motor car is one which always endures. Ever since Henry Ford revolutionised the manufacturing process, owning one has been an integral part of achieving the American dream. Cars have also made an impression on our television screens, with Herbie and KITT helping make the world a safer place. However, when cars go rogue all Hell can break loose, and Christine is bad to the chassis.

Arnie (Keith Gordon) dreams of girls but the only action the awkward teen gets is being on the wrong end of unwanted attention from the school bullies. His only friend Dennis (John Stockwell) does his best to protect him but is starting to despair. Although, all his attention is currently on Leigh (Alexandra Paul), the beautiful new girl in school. When Arnie purchases an old Plymouth Fury named Christine his luck appears to be changing. He gets the girl and the bullies begin to mysteriously die, but there’s something not quite right about Christine.

The concept of a killer car is an odd one to picture on the big screen. However, John Carpenter does a great job of taking Stephen King’s book and adapting it into a cohesive and thrilling film. It’s beautifully shot and you can tell that a lot of care and attention has gone into making it. The lighting and special effects really add a nefarious aspect, giving Christine her own unique personality. Christine remains an impressive horror which is beautifully presented in this package.

Indicator Limited Edition Special Features:

• 2K restoration
• Original stereo audio
• Alternative 5.1 surround sound track
• Audio commentary with director John Carpenter and actor Keith Gordon
• Christine: Ignition, Fast and Furious & Finish Line (2003, 48 mins): three-part ‘making of’ documentary, featuring interviews with cast and crew, including John Carpenter and Keith Gordon
• Deleted scenes (26 mins): twenty-one sequences which never made the final cut
• Isolated score: experience John Carpenter’s original soundtrack music
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
• Theatrical trailers
• TV Spots
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Limited edition exclusive 24-page booklet with a new essay by Jeff Billington and a 1996 article on Carpenter’s cinematic ‘guilty pleasures’
• Limited Dual Format Edition of 5,000 copies
• UK Blu-ray premiere

Christine is released on Dual Format Blu-ray and DVD by Powerhouse films on 24 October.

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