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Jack Frost
Deluxe Edition

review by Zach B.

 

 

Not Rated

Running Time: 49 Minutes

Starring the voices of: Buddy Hackett, Robert Morse, Paul Frees, Larry Storch, Dave Garroway, Debra Clinger

Written by: Romeo Muller

Directed by: Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass

 

Studio: Warner Bros.

Retail Price: $19.99

Features: Totally Cool Crafty Creations, Snip Snowy's Sing-A-Long

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Mono, English Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Chapters (7 Chapters)

Released: October 7th, 2008


 

 

"Jack Frost" is presented in a remastered, 1.33:1 full screen transfer. The image quality is a little bit on the soft side, plus a bit grainy. Other than that though, plus a dirt piece here and there and some slight noise, this transfer is pretty pleasing. Color saturation is pretty solid, and detail is quite good - namely all the detail you can see in those sets and stop-motion models. Well done.


 

The only game in town is an English Dolby Mono track. Despite its clear limitations and it all coming out of one speaker, this is a pretty crisp track. Fidelity is rather high, and all the sound elements to this special - the dialogue, the sound effects and all that music - come out really clear. I did not detect any distortion, nor defects such as hisses and pops in the background. Personally, I wish this track received some kind of remix - even in stereo. Still, it does the job - and all the purists should be happy the original sound mix is intact.

English closed captions from your TV are available, plus English subtitles on the DVD.
 




Not much. There's a brief holiday crafts segment called Totally Cool Crafty Creations (make sure you get your parents' permission when using sharp objects, kids!) and Snip Snowy's Sing-A-Long - which is a glorified karaoke feature for the songs featured in the special.

 

"Jack Frost" isn't the pinnacle of the Rankin/Bass specials, but it sure has its fans. Nearly 3 decades old now, Jack has been spruced up on DVD with a good presentation - but some slim extras. Still, the price is decent, so fans of this special (and their families) might want to snatch this up.