Review: Violent Night Bluray

There have been many debates on weather Die Hard is a Christmas movie or not. That film along with a slew of other action film. But what about when you have the ultimate Die Hard homage, Santa Claus himself facing off against terrorists? I’m talking about Violent Night!

In Violent Night, we meet good ole St. Nick (David Harbour), who is just trying to deliver his presents and move along. That is until he gets to the family compound of Trudy, a little girl on his nice list, whose home and family is under siege by a group of terrorists, lead by Scrooge (John Leguizamo). He decides to help little Trudy but he’s gonna have to get his hands dirty. After many years of being a saint, he will have to be a sinner this night.

Director Tommy Wirkola, who did a fun job reinventing Hansel & Gretel and the zombie genre, takes a stab at Christmas. And I do mean stab with a capital “S”.

Sure, it sounds crazy, but what makes it work is that it treats the absurdity seriously. Everyone brings the appropriate amount of respect to their roles so no one seems embarrassed or like they are phoning it in!

Though David Harbour has never been a scene chewer, he provides a presence that makes Santa a believable center of the action. On the opposite side is Leguizamo, who is a madman at work. They reminded me of Sylvester Stallone and James Woods squaring off in The Specialists.

So let’s talk tech. The movie is awesome, but how is the disc?

Video: Violent Night is presented in a crisp 1080p visual. There is some noise but a little grain keeps us all honest in my opinion. There is good depth and minimal crushing.

Audio: With a nice 7.1 DTS track you get a full sound experience. That is to say that the better your sound system, the more you will get out of it. But it certainly rocks.

But let’s get to what is really important, the special features!

You get an audio commentary with Director Tommy Wirkola, Producer Guy Danella, and Writers Pat Casey and Josh Miller. Filled with fun stories on how this crazy film came to be.

20 minutes of deleted and extended scenes. Can never go wrong with more.

And three featurettes:

Santa’s Helpers: The Making of Violent Night

Quarrelin’ Kringle’

Deck the Halls with Brawls

Each of the featurettes are about 6 minutes long and there are three of them (See what I did there?)

Well that sums it up! Violent Night is a great time and well worth revisiting every year. And if you are going to do it, this disc is for you! Pick it up!

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