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Ethan and Hallie (a very young Ethan Emby - with different last name - and an even younger Thora Birch) are two New York City children who have one Christmas wish: getting their separated parents back together. Unfortunately, their Mom is being courted by someone else and hey, even Ethan has his eye on someone. But if they're going to get their folks back together, they'll need all the help they can get - which includes Lauren "What The Hell Am I Doing In This Movie?" Bacall and the always amusing Leslie Nielsen.
Fun Fact: Director Robert Lieberman also directed Fire In The Sky.
Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, "All I Want For Christmas" looks pretty decent. The edge enhancement is very minor, there are quite a few blemishes and the picture quality is pretty soft. Detail is decent, fleshtones are fine and color saturation is nothing special. It's a bit dirty and unclean, but it's still presentable.
"All I Want For Christmas" has been remixed in Dolby Digital 5.1, and it actually sounds a bit fresh. The comedic hijinks pack a little punch with the speakers, but it's nothing truly special. Dialogue is crisp and easy to hear too. The 5.1 mix succeeds with more subtle surrounds (footsteps and doors closing), and when music is used. The subwoofer, predictably, is non-existent. Like the transfer, nothing terrible but not a mess. Dolby Surround tracks in French and English are included, plus English subtitles and English closed captions.
No extras = lump of coal.
HBO Family airs this movie all the time, though I'm sure some of you want it on DVD for keeps (and in widescreen). It's definitely a forgettable holiday film despite its pedigree... but if you want it, you'll get a fine 5.1 track and decent transfer.
Retail Price: $14.99
Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround, English Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selection (14 Scenes)
Released: October 26th, 2004
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 92 minutes
Starring: Harley Jane Kozak, Jamey Sheridan, Ethan Randall, Kevin Nealon, Thora Birch, Leslie Nielsen
Written by: Thom Eberhardt and Richard Kramer
Directed by: Robert Lieberman