"As a child, Michael Walker wished every day was Christmas, 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 and well-intentioned parents. But when his young son faces a tragedy, Michael needs to make amends with his past. Then, a mysterious man named Nick gives Michael a gift that instills in him the courage to find the Christmas joy that he lost." That's the plot for Angels Sing, which is available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
Angels Sing heads up an all-star cast with Harry Connick, Jr. playing the lead (Michael Walker) and Willie Nelson playing the mysterious man (Nick). Although many of the cast are professional musicians by trade, they all provide well-played acting performances. In addition to Connick, Jr. and Nelson, we also get to enjoy performances by Connie Britton, Chandler Canterbury, Fionnula Flanagan, Lyle Lovett, and Kris Kristofferson. The story for this film provides a familiar but enjoyable point of view on the meaning of Christmas and although it's rated PG, I would say that it's okay for the entire family to watch. In addition, we are treated to a number of Christmas music performances from the cast including Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett.
In regards to the technical specs, Angels Sing is presented in 1080p with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. The visuals are nice although there's not a lot to see during a good portion of the film. However, later in the story, the Blu-ray resolution really does a nice job of highlighting all the Christmas light displays. The colorful clothing and decorations also stand out. For sound, an English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is provided. Dialogue is clear throughout the film and all the music performances are mixed well and are very enjoyable.
There are no bonus features provided (except for a trailer gallery for other Lionsgate titles), but Angels Sing isn't a huge Hollywood production that needs extra content, the story stands on its own. So while Angels Sing may not become a holiday classic, it presents a heartfelt story about the meaning of Christmas and is an enjoyable watch for the whole family.
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