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Audio/Video total rating:

( Max score: 100 )

Studio and Year: Lionsgate - 2013
MPAA Rating: PG
Feature running time: 87 minutes
Genre: Family/Drama

Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Starring: Harry Connick Jr., Connie Britton, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovette, Kris Kristofferson, Chandler Cantebury, Fionnula Flanagan, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Eloise DaJoria
Directed by: Tim McCanlies
Music by:
Written by: Lou Berney based on the novel “When angels sing” by Turk Pipkin
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: December 10, 2013

"Christmas comes but once a year, but the memories last a lifetime"

Film Synopsis:

Harry Connick, Jr. stars as Michael Walker, who, as a child, wished every day was Christmas. That is, until a tragic accident crushed his holiday spirit. Thirty years later, Michael still can't muster any joy for Christmas, despite encouragement from his playful wife (Connie Britton) and well intentioned parents (Kris Kristofferson and Fionnula Flanagan). But when his young son (Chandler Canterbury) faces a tragedy, Michael needs to make amends with his past. A mysterious man named Nick (Willie Nelson) gives Michael a gift that instills in him the courage to find the Christmas joy that he lost.

My Take:

Based on the novel “When angels sings” by Turk Pipkin Angels sing is a Christmas themed drama that revolves around Michael Walker, who experienced a tragic loss as a child on Christmas day and lost his faith in the spirit of the meaning of Christmas. Now an adult with a family he continues to struggle with his feelings around the holiday despite the attempts by his family, particularly his son, to get him to share in the joy of celebrating Christmas. When another tragedy strikes Michael sees his son’s Christmas spirit shaken and realizes that in order to help him he must re-examine and confront his own feelings. Together and with the help of family and new found friends they hope to rekindle their faith wherein lies the true meaning of Christmas.

This is a paint by the numbers holiday themed film that feels very much like a Hallmark Hall of fame TV movie. As such it strikes familiar chords in its positive message about family and faith via a light charming story that is in tune with the subject matter. The cast won’t win any awards for their dramatic portrayals but as an ensemble capably support the film’s thematic elements. The overall tone of the film is uplifting enough to warrant a rental (around the holidays) if you’re curious but this one probably won’t be found on the traditional must watch Christmas movie lists that get us in the holiday spirit each year.

Parental Guide:

The rating is for mild thematic elements and brief language.

AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

Audio: 78

(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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Video: 86

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Angels sing comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate Home entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 33 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 2.6 Mbps.

This video presentation delivered satisfactory overall quality that included appreciable refinement and subtle degrees of delineation that resulted in a gratifying high definition viewing experience. Colors and fleshtones appear natural with ample saturation and vivid textures. Black levels are respectable and depth of field/delineation during low light sequences is rarely a problem. I didn’t detect any noteworthy anomalies or artifacts.

The audio presentation is solid and like the video renders the elements present in the soundtrack as intended. Dialogue is clearly articulated through the center channel as the film’s music holds sway over the front soundstage. Aural perspective is one dimensional and leans toward the front channels however spatial venue replicating effects and diffuse ambience is fed to the rear channels which provide a limited but effective sense of envelopment.

Bonus Features:

  • (HD) Trailer

Final Thoughts:

Based on the novel “When angels sings” by Turk Pipkin Angels sing is a Christmas themed drama that carries a positive and mildly uplifting message about family and faith. There is little about it that makes it memorable but watching it this time of year gives it a bit more resonance. This Blu-ray offering from Lionsgate Home Entertainment features satisfying high definition audio/video but no bonus material. If you’re typically drawn to Lifetime Movie Channel or Hallmark Hall of Fame movies of this sort Angels sing is probably worth a rental.


Ralph Potts
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