Christine
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Review by Youssef Kdiry | posted February 10, 2000
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Graphical Version
DVD (Region I)

Features: Interactive Menus; Scene Access; Cast & Crew Biographies; Production Notes

Aspect Ratios: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)/ 1.33:1 (Full Frame)

Sound: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo); Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo); Portuguese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)

Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai

The Movie: Based on Stephen King's creepy novel, "Christine" is a decent, but not altogether scary flick. However, in the very-capable hands of genre master John Carpenter ("Halloween"), "Christine" manages to entertain while giving the viewers some creeps. Basically, the title character is a red, 1958 Plymouth Fury with a diabolically- sinister disposition. People who've owned the car have met with tragic and deadly fates. Enter the nerdy Arnie (Keith Gordon of "Back To School"); a geeky, troubled high school senior who stumbles upon the car and buys it off of a creepy old man. His best friend, popular jock Dennis (John Stockwell of "My Science Project") thinks that Arnie's crazy. But things start to change for Arnie as he fixes Christine up. The car takes possession of his soul and he transforms into a totally different person. He lands the prettiest girl in school, Leigh (Alexandra Paul of "Baywatch"), as his woman--but she almost learns the hard way about coming between Arnie and Christine. The school bullies are not so lucky, when Christine mows them down for harassing Arnie. Dennis and Leigh team up to destroy Christine, and Arnie dies in the process. Is Christine really dead...or is Evil truly eternal?

The Video: Columbia/TriStar has once again done a fantastic job in tranferring the print to DVD. "Christine" looks awesome. It is so crisp and clear that I felt like the damned car was coming into my living room! Now that's entertainment!!

The Sound: Clear as a bell. CTHV gets a thumbs up from me.

The Extras: Here, CTHV gets a thumbs down from me. The lack of any serious extras--like a featurette or even a freakin' trailer (come on people!)--really pisses me off! It makes me want to get into my 1989 Lincoln Continental and pay those clowns a little visit...

Conclusion: All in all, "Christine" is recommended because it is entertainingly-creepy and it is (after all) another John Carpenter flick that should in the library with the rest his works (good or bad). Now if CTHV would only take Universal's cue and put out special editions of these movies for us, life would be much sweeter (like Universal's DVD of "The Thing"--but that is another DVD review).



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