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Friday, 09 October 2009
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Directed by: Tom Holland
Written by: Don Mancini
Produced by: David Kirschner
Cinematography by: Bill Butler
Editing by: Roy E. Peterson, Edward Warschilka
Music by: Joe Renzetti
Special Effects: Richard O. Helmer
Cast: Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif
Year: 1988
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 87 Minutes

Studio: MGM Fox www.foxbluray.com

Ever since his 1988 debut assault on theatre-going audiences, Chucky has become the most iconic killer doll in cinematic history.  Now, some 20-years later MGM/Fox are finally delivering the fans their favorite killer doll film, Child's Play on Blu-Ray.  It was once a mystery as to why the film was never released on DVD in its original letterboxed presentation until 2008, and now fans are treated to the film in a new hi-def presentation.

The film’s set-up shows Chicago’s Lake Shore Strangler, serial killer Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif) being pursued by Police Officer Mike Norris (Chris Sarandon). A toy store shootout ensues causing the killer to be severely wounded.  With time running out he hastily grabs for a “Good Guy Doll” and places a voodoo spell on it.  This disperses Lee Ray’s soul into the child’s toy, but not before thunder and lightning takes over the scene.

Next enter single mother Karen Barclay (Catherine Hicks) who is desperately seeking the highly sought-after Good Guy Doll for her son Andy (played by perfunctory child actor, Alex Vincent).  Lucky for her she finds a bum in the back alley of her place of employment peddling the doll for a price she can afford.  Unlucky for her, this very doll is the incarnation of murderer Charles Lee Ray.

Shortly after Andy’s birthday dreams come true, the nightmare unfolds.  Good Guy Doll Chucky builds a relationship with Andy, but plays “doll” when the adults are around.  That night, when Andy is in bed, Chucky rids the apartment from his pesky babysitter by smashing her in the face with a hammer and sending her tumbling out the window to her death.  Now only Andy knows of Chucky’s murderous ways -- he’s only a doll after all -- so young Andy must find a way to stop Chucky before he gets tired of his Good Guy body and transfers himself into another human.

Child's Play is an example of a horror film with a potentially disastrous topic done right.  They could have easily gone with a more comedic angle to alleviate the terror of a mad murderous doll, but instead they went for a more serious tone.  Of course this resulted with an R-rating but the film wouldn’t have worked any other way.  Sure the film has cutesy moments, particularly that of the doll’s catchphrase “Hi, I'm Chucky, and I'm your friend till the end. Hidey-ho!”, but that makes it all the more chilling when it lashes out, “You stupid bitch! You filthy slut! I'll teach you to fuck with me!

Child's Play is my favorite of the franchise and is easily the favorite of its adoring fans.  The sequel and third films follow in the series as close seconds.  Sadly the series took a nosedive inevitably jumping-the-shark with Bride of Chucky.  Now here’s your chance to revisit the film that solidified why dolls are scary.

MGM Fox brings this new incarnation of Child's Play to Blu-Ray, accompanied by the DVD in its original letterboxed 1.85:1 aspect ratio now in a 1080p high-definition transfer.  While the video quality isn’t stunning, it does look better than the DVD with only few sequences that exhibit film grain.  The audio is as good as it gets with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master audio.  Additional tracks include English Dolby Surround, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, French Dolby Digital, and Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital.  Notably, the Blu-Ray menu is awesome which features a CG sequence of a POV shot from Chucky running around with a knife.  MGM Fox pulled all the stops with this Blu-Ray release and contains a ton of extra goodies.  It has two commentaries.  One is with actor Alex Vincent, Catherine Hicks and the designer of Chucky, Kevin Yagher.  The second commentary is with producer David Kirschner and screenwriter Don Mancini.  It’s strange that director Tom Holland doesn’t contribute to either.  There is also a section of this disc titled ‘Select Scene Chucky Commentaries’ which is a cool addition featuring Chucky watching select scenes from the film.  ‘Evil Comes in Small Packages’ contains three featurettes: ‘The Birth of Chucky’, ‘Creating the Horror’, and ‘Unleashed’ which runs 25-minutes in total.  Be sure to navigate throughout these sections to find some easter eggs featuring CGI video clips of Chucky.   Another featurette is ‘Chucky: Building a Nightmare’, a 10-minute recounting of how Kevin Yagher designed the Chucky doll.  ‘A Monster Convention’ runs 5-minutes and showcases a cast reunion panel at the Monster Mania Convention 2007.  If all this wasn’t enough, there’s also a vintage featurette called ‘Introducing Chucky: The Making of Child's Play’.  This one runs just over 6-minutes.  Rounding out this release is an original theatrical trailer and a photo gallery.  Don’t forget, this release also contains Chucky’s 20th Birthday Edition DVD of Child's Play, so fans not down with the new high-def format can still enjoy this release, before going Blu-Ray.
 

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BLU-RAY SPECS:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 16x9 1080p AVC @ 36 MBPS
Audio: English 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio
Studio:
MGM FOX www.foxbluray.com

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL:
- Alex Vincent, Catherine Hicks and Kevin Yagher Commentary
- David Kirschner and Don Mancini Commentary
- Select Scene Chucky Commentaries
- The Birth of Chucky Featurette
- Creating the Horror Featurette
- Unleashed Featurette
- Chucky: Building a Nightmare Featurette
- A Monster Convention Featurette
- Introducing Chucky: The Making of
Child's Play Featurette
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Stills Gallery
- Easter Eggs

 

 

 

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