Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Child's Play Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 28.8 GB
Film Size: 25.1 GB
Film Rating: R
Region: A

Video
Child's Play comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 encode. Also included with the Blu-ray release was a DVD copy of the film, which made this one easy to compare. At first I wasn't too impressed by the Blu-ray presentation, as the DVD is surprisingly strong video wise.

After a more in-depth comparison, the differences are actually quite nice. Daytime scenes look quite similar to the DVD, with the Blu-ray being slightly sharper. Nighttime and darker scenes held up much better on Blu-ray though, but neither did look too hot.

The biggest issue with the video presentation is how soft it is, making it a hard for detail and colors to be stand out. This is a very grainy presentation, but definitely preferred over a DNR presentation any day. While Child's Play does not shine on Blu-ray, I am glad the grain is left alone. 7/10.

Audio
An English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included, and while it still sounds quite dated, the difference was clear between Blu-ray and DVD. Dialogue was much more crisp, and the film's music felt much more immersive and aggressive than the DVD. While the lossless audio is definitely better than the Dolby Digital audio from the DVD, neither one reaches impressive levels. 6.5/10.

Extras

Audio Commentary
by Alex Vincent, Catherine Hicks and "Chucky" Designer Kevin Yagher.

Audio Commentary
by Producer David Kirschner and Screenwriter Don Mancini.

Select Scene Chucky Commentaries

Evil Comes In Small Packages (24:49) (SD)
Screenwriter Don Mancini talks about his idea for the film, and what inspired him. David Kirschner talks about finding the script that was written by Don Mancini, but not yet sold. There are also cast interviews looking back at production of the film. It's also cool to see behind-the-scenes footage of Ed Gale who played Chucky.

Chucky: Building A Nightmare (10:05) (SD)
All about bringing Chucky to life, very interesting and definitely a feature to check out.

A Monster Convention (5:26) (SD)
Footage from the Monster Mania 2007 Cast Reunion Panel, which the three main members of the cast attended and answered questions.

Vintage Featurette: Introducing Chucky: The Making Of Child's Play (6:23) (SD)
A featurette made during the the time the film was produced, still very interesting and neat behin-dthe-scenes footage.

Photo Gallery

Theatrical Trailer (2:08) (SD)

Chucky's 20th Birthday Edition DVD Copy of the film.

Easter Eggs
I don't know if these can really be considered easter eggs, as they are very easy to find. Pictures of Chucky pop up while scrolling through the bonus features forward first and then backwards. If you click an image of Chucky, it will just feature a short video of him saying something, although each one is different.

Blu-news Summary
Child's Play, ahhhh what memories. The film that will leave children scarred for life, if not completely traumatized. I am actually very impressed by the film even today, while a lot of the special effects are quite cheesy by today's standards, the expressions used on Chucky's face are actually very cool. The scary experience was not taken away by cheap looking facial expressions and movements, as it still looked very life like.

The Blu-ray release itself is very average, but fans should enjoy the decent video upgrade, and good audio upgrade. Features are all ported from the 20th Birthday Edition DVD, which is included as well. This is the ultimate Child's Play package, and makes this one ultimately 'Recommended For Fans.'

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