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Miracle On 34th Street Blu-ray Review

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“Miracle On 34th Street” is a holiday classic.

I’m sure most readers know the story of “Miracle On 34th Street” by now. It’s the story of a man named Kris Kringle who believes he is Santa Claus. In reality, he is as evidenced by his kind hearted generosity and his ability to change the lives of those he encounters (including a family). Alas, not everyone believes Kris Kringle and, as such, his sanity and identity are literally put on trial.

It’s not even Halloween yet, but that’s not stopping studios from releasing and re-releasing Christmas titles already. Fox has got in the game early with a new Blu-ray re-release of the 1947 “Miracle On 34th Street.” If for some reason you haven’t seen this movie (or even the underrated remake), you owe it to yourself to do so. While some younger audiences may find the talky film’s department store business subplot and courtroom drama less than thrilling, I suspect most film viewers will fall for this heartfelt story about Santa Claus in the real world.

What really makes the movie so effective are the performances. Natalie Wood (who is a child in this film) was already showcasing her acting talent as the young girl Susan. Her hardworking practical mother in the film (played by Maureen O’Hara) also shines in a major role. The real stand-out here is Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle himself. It’s safe to say that this is one of the premiere performances of all time. The actor really embodies the role and gives such a confident and charming performance that elevates the film even more so. Without him, I’m not sure the movie would be as beloved as it is. He’s that good.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.33:1 1080p. How does it look? While the lighting is a bit dark in spots, this B&W movie is largely visually satisfying. It’s a very crisp hi-def transfer of the movie.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Fans of the film will not be disappointed by this solid 5.1 track.

Extras: A poster gallery, a Digital copy, a 5 minute promo short, a 15 ½ minute featurette about the film and the iconic parade titled “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: Floating In History,” “Fox Movietonenews: Hollywood Spotlight” showcases Oscars footage, “AMC Backstory: Miracle On 34th Street” is a 22 minute special about the film’s history, and last but not least is a solo commentary by Maureen O’Hara.

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October 26, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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