Once Upon a Time At Christmas appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. The picture never excelled, but it was adequate for SD-DVD.
Sharpness was usually acceptable. Wider shots tended to be a bit soft, but those instances weren’t extreme, and much of the flick offered decent clarity.
Shimmering and jaggies were minor and edge haloes seemed non-problematic. Print flaws were non-existent, as I detected no specks, marks or other blemishes.
The film’s palette usually opted for a mild teal and orange tint. Within that design range, the colors seemed passable, so they weren’t especially strong, but they were okay.
Blacks tended to be somewhat inky, but shadows showed reasonable smoothness. Nothing here did much to impress, but this was a decent presentation.
Don’t expect fireworks from the film’s Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, as we got a mix heavy on music and general environmental material. Even when the material broadened, it stayed restrained and effects could seem borderline monaural. This became an exceptionally restricted track for 5.1.
Audio quality was fine. Speech seemed natural and concise, and the score demonstrated pretty good vivacity.
Effects did little to tax my system but they were clear and accurate enough. Overall, this ended up as a lackluster mix.
The disc opens with ads for The Crucifixion, The Show, Open Water 3, Inconceivable and Escape Room. We also get the trailer for Time but no other extras.
Once Upon a Time At Christmas offers one of the more amateurish films I’ve seen recently. Add to that a slew of genre clichés and it becomes a chore to watch. The DVD offers mediocre picture and audio with no supplements. Skip this pointless stinker.