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Curse Of Chucky Blu-ray Review

Curse of Chucky Blu-ray

After a 9 year hiatus, Chucky finally returns in “Curse of Chucky.”

After taking a horror-comedy route with the brilliant “Bride of Chucky” and the underrated “Seed of Chucky,” the “Child’s Play” franchise goes back to its horror roots with the sixth installment in the franchise- “Curse of Chucky.” In this sequel, the story focuses on a young parapalegic woman named Nica (played by Brad Dourif’s daughter Fiona Dourif). At the start of the film, Nica lives peacefully with her mother in a large house. Their peace and quiet is soon interrupted, however, when a mysterious package arrives at their doorstep. The package winds up containing none other than Chucky himself. Chucky wastes no time in getting back to his old tricks as he murders Nica’s mother (although everyone thinks it was a suicide). Shortly thereafter, Nica’s sister Barb, her husband Ian, their daughter Alice and their live-in nanny (Jill) visit Nica to deal with family affairs. As you can probably guess, Chucky begins to prey upon Nica and her new house guests, but the question is, why?

As a longtime “Child’s Play” series fan, I was thrilled to see a new movie that wasn’t a remake. While rumors of a remake have been swirling for years, Chucky creator Don Mancini has thankfully given fans a new entry in the series with Brad Dourif reprising his role as both Chucky AND Charles Lee Ray. As an added bonus, the filmmakers have wisely stuck with puppet and animatronic work for Chucky (the way it should be). While all of this is undeniably great news for fans of the franchise, I’m a little bummed to report that “Curse of Chucky” is lacking in the script department.

While I personally enjoyed the franchise’s turn to horror-comedy, I can understand why creator Don Mancini wanted to take the series in a new direction. Making Chucky creepy again is certainly an intriguing idea, but unfortunately, writer Don Mancini stumbles a bit in his quest. The biggest problem is that the film’s pacing is downright sluggish. For the first 45 minutes, Chucky never speaks a single word (with Brad Dourif’s voice that is). While I respect the fact that Mancini is developing the main characters for the first half of the film, audiences need and want to hear from Chucky as it is Brad Dourif’s voice work that makes Chucky such an iconic character. From his devilish laughter to his one-liners, Dourif truly makes Chucky come to life.

Another glaring issue with the screenplay is the fact that Mancini waits for the last 15 minutes or so to put in the film’s best material. Most of the film/script is comprised of “been there, done that” scenes of Chucky stalking and killing people in a large house, but in the last 15 minutes, we see the return of a fan favorite character, get some revealing flashbacks of Charles Lee Ray, and witness a positively surprising post credit scene that ties into the first film. It’s a real shame that we have to endure 75 minutes of a rather routine slasher to get to those juicy moments, but at least Mancini gave fans something to get excited about. That’s more than can be said for a lot of sequels (see “Jason Goes To Hell”).

Overall Thoughts: Despite this being the weakest of the series, I applaud Universal for giving this sequel the greenlight. In an age where horror film classics are constantly being rebooted and remade, it’s refreshing to see a studio give the fans a genuine sequel. There’s certainly great potential for future sequels in this franchise and, hopefully, we will see more of them in the years to come.

Note: This set contains the rated and unrated versions of “Curse of Chucky.”

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? In a word- superb.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Brad Dourif + Lossless audio track=happy Chucky fans.

Extras:
* DVD copy and Ultraviolet copy.
* Universal trailers and BD-Live capabilities.
* 6 deleted scenes.
* A brief 90 second gag reel.

* “Voodoo Doll: The Chucky Legacy”- A Blu-ray only featurette about the franchise and the iconic killer doll character. My favorite extra of the lot
* Storyboard to film comparisons for 4 sequences.
* “Playing With Dolls: The Making of Curse of Chucky”- A stand-out featurette containing cast and crew interviews and discussions about virtually every aspect of this sixth installment. Note: This is a very spoiler heavy featurette,
* “Living Doll: Bringing Chucky To Life”- A behind-the-scenes look at how Chucky is created and operated.
* A very peppy commentary by Don Mancini, Tony Gardner, and Fiona Dourif. Discussions include Fiona’s casting, Chucky dolls, set stories, and much more. Worth a listen.

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October 7, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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