She has curves in all the right places and she’s a real goer – she’s Christine, she’s a car, and she’s evil. John Carpenter’s take on Stephen King’s story hits 4K Ultra HD, but how does it go? Should you be taken in by its charms, or should it be condemned to Hell?
The story: Christine is a dazzling red 1958 Plymouth Fury, and ever since the day that she was born she’s been bad to the bone. We’re talking B-B-B-B-bad. Despite her chequered history that includes the previous owner’s death, nerdish young Arnie is completely spellbound by her charms, even as she lays beaten up and dishevelled in a yard. He takes Christine in, restores her to former glory and soon begins to echo her dominant personality traits, much to the concern of family and friends – and enemies.
“You better watch what you say about my car, she’s real sensitive.”
The 4K disc: Back catalogue releases on 4K Ultra HD are really showing many of the new flicks how to do it, and Christine certainly doesn’t let the old school side down. This 35-year-old film looks simply magnificent in its native 4K transfer here, it truly is superb. This is aided in no small part by the HDR treatment, which makes Christine’s chrome shine like nothing else, while her deep red paintwork mesmerises. Being taken from the original negative, there is some film grain present, which is consistent and never drives you crazy. Sonically, every “VROOM!” is brought to life via a new Dolby Atmos mix. It isn’t the most spectacular example of the format, however it is faithful to the film’s original audio while expanding upon it, and does sound vastly improved over any previous releases of the film, either cinematic or at home. Rounding out the on-disc package is a couple of trailers.
Release date: October 17, 2018
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Harry Dean Stanton
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