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(Remastered Deluxe Edition)

While 1979ís JACK FROST ($20) isnít the most beloved or well-remembered stop motion holiday special to be produced by Rankin-Bass, it does have a certain charm due to its pedigree. The premise of JACK FROST finds that the title character has struck a deal with Pardon-Me-Pete, the Groundhog, to extend winter an extra six weeks ever year- so Pete can get more sleep and Jack gets to frolic a bit longer in his signature season. Of course, a Groundhog Day encounter with Pardon-Me-Pete leads to his recounting the tale of how he and Jack Frost first came to their arrangement.

It seems that Jack Frost once fell in love with a human girl named Elisa, and was able to convince Father Winter to make him human, so that he can pursue her. Father Winter agrees, but provides the following conditions- Jack must earn himself a house, a horse, a bag of gold, and a wife by the first sign of spring; if not, he will return to being the Winter Sprite he has always been. For Jack, the path to love and humanity hits a major detour, when Elisa is kidnapped by the evil Cossack King, Kubla Kraus. The vocal talent behind JACK FROST features Buddy Hackett, Robert Morse, Paul Frees, Larry Storch, Dave Garroway, Debra Clinger and Don Messick.

Warner Home Video has made JACK FROST available on DVD in its original 4:3 full screen television ratio. JACK FROST looks great on DVD; the image is quite sharp and details are great for this type of stop-motion animated program rendered at standard definition. Colors are very bright and nicely saturated. Blacks are accurate, as are the whites. Contrast is smooth. The film elements display very few flaws. Film grain creeps in, in places, but it is hardly bothersome. Digital compression artifacts keep a low profile.

The Dolby Digital monaural soundtrack is of television caliber, which places its emphasis on dialogue reproduction. Fortunately, dialogue is always fully intelligible. Fidelity is more than respectable and the songs sound pleasant enough. No other language tracks have been included on the DVD, but English subtitles are provided.

Music underscores the basic interactive menus, which allow one access to the standard set up features, as well as a Sing-Along for three songs and eight minutes of Totally Cool Crafty Creations.

JACK FROST may not be as special as other Rankin-Bass holiday specials, but it has its own certain charm. The presentation is very nice and should please fans.



Jack Frost (Remastered Deluxe Edition) (1979)



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