Red Christmas appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.25:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became an erratic image.
Overall sharpness seemed fine, but exceptions occurred. Occasional soft spots emerged, and these occurred without logic, so we wound up with inconsistent delineation.
No shimmering occurred, but light examples of jagged edges arrived. I saw no edge haloes or print flaws, though the movie came with a grainy feel that felt more like iffy digital mastering than actual grain.
Colors focused on yellows and blues, neither of which looked especially strong. While the hues seemed acceptable, they lacked much clarity. During the final act, the movie opted for heavy reds, pinks, blues and greens, all of which felt too thick.
Blacks were fairly dark and deep, at least, but shadows lacked much clarity. Low-light shots tended to seem murky and dense. This was a wholly lackluster image.
I also didn’t find much about the film’s Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack that stood out as memorable. The soundscape heavily focused on the front channels, and music became the dominant element.
This meant effects didn’t get much to do. They usually offered general atmospheric information, with only a handful of more involving scenes. None of these used the spectrum in a memorable manner.
Audio quality remained fine, though the track lost points for its compressed nature. In 2017, a Blu-ray should always offer a lossless option.
Speech appeared concise and natural, and the synthesizer score showed fairly good range. Effects lacked a lot to make them stand out, but they seemed fairly accurate and tight. This became an ordinary mix.
As we shift to extras, we launch with an audio commentary with writer/director Craig Anderson and actor Gerald Odwyer. Both sit together for a running, screen-specific discussion of story/characters, sets and locations, cast and performances, influences, effects and related areas.
Though the track does touch on those topics, Anderson and Odwyer mainly just narrate what we see on screen. Actual insights remain few and far between, so this becomes a dull, monotonous chat.
A program with the lead actor, Dee Wallace Speaks! runs 19 minutes, 43 seconds. Wallace chats with Anderson about her involvement in the film as well as aspects of her performance and other parts of her career. Wallace proves to be lively and fun as she chats.
Next comes an Interview with Actor Gerald Odwyer. In this nine-minute, 57-second reel, Anderson and actor Sam Campbell ask Odwyer about aspects of his performance and career. A man with Down Syndrome, Odwyer doesn’t provide the most coherent piece, but he offers a few decent thoughts.
A Blooper Reel goes for three minutes, 26 seconds. It presents the standard goofs, though it throws in a few interesting behind the scenes shots.
One Deleted Scene lasts 45 seconds. It shows a little more of the Christmas get-together, and it adds nothing of import.
Finally, we locate a Craig Anderson Mini-Interview. During this one-minute, 40-second clip, Anderson chats with Odwyer. It seems to exploit Odwyer’s mental status for laughs, which makes it a downer.
The disc opens with ads for The Anatomy of Monsters, Vampyres and Wide. No trailer for Red shows up here.
Witless and free from any form of terror, Red Christmas flops. The movie suffers from many predictable points and never develops into anything coherent or involving. The Blu-ray provides mediocre picture and audio along with a collection of supplements dragged down by a weak commentary. Even if you’re desperate for holiday-related scares, you can do better than this dud.