Movie Review: Annabelle Comes Home (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

Annabelle Comes Home was directed by Gary Dauberman from a screenplay he wrote, from a story by Dauberman and James Wan. The film stars Mckenna Grace as Judy, Madison Iseman as her babysitter Mary Ellen and Katie Sarife as troubled friend Daniela. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprise their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren. The music is by Joseph Bishara.Richard Brener, Dave Neustadter, Victoria Palmeri, Michael Clear, Michelle Morrissey and Judson Scott served as executive producers. The film is produced by Peter Safran and “Conjuring” universe creator James Wan.

Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc on innocent victims, demonologists Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) lock the possessed doll in their home’s special artifact room, placing her behind sacred glass. But when the doll escapes and awakens the room’s evil spirits, it conjures up an unholy night of horror for the Warrens’ daughter and her friends as they desperately battle to bring Annabelle’s reign of terror to an end.

What would it have been like to be Ed and Loraine Warren’s child? The story for this third installment in the Annabelle spinoff series and seventh overall in the The Conjuring Universe centers around young Judy who’s pretty much used to the creepy things her parents bring home with the latest being the infamous demonic doll that they lock away behind sacred glass. What happens is, Ed and Lorraine have to leave for the night so they get Mary Ellen to babysit and her troubled friend Daniela comes over with her. The night starts off fun but when curiosity accidentally sets Annabelle free, the Warren’s home is slowly turned into a house of horrors because the doll awakens the other evil spirits in the artifact room.

Judy, Mary Ellen and Daniela have to go up against these terrifying evil spirits as the viewer gets an introduction to The Ferryman, The Bloody Bride, The Werewolf and a few others while Annabelle serves as the ringmaster of horrors. Several of these have been seen in the background in a few of the other movies but now it’s their turn to play. The girls fight for their lives (and their souls) and realize that the only way to stop this hellish chaos is to place Annabelle back inside the case locked up behind the sacred glass. But finding the elusive and mischievous doll is the hard part.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc is color coded (red and black) and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, even though Annabelle Comes Home isn’t the best in the series, it does have some creepy cool qualities to it and it expands The Conjuring Universe even more with the introduction to more sinister figures as well as how Ed and Lorraine came into possession of the demonic doll in the first place. I liked the story about Judy and how she personally deals with her famous parents as well as how she handles certain situations under stress. There’s also a religious theme here that’s incorporated into the mix. I thought the cast did a great job with their characters, especially the younger actors who take the lead here but at the center of it all is the sinister doll known as Annabelle that’s a powerful character all her own. Gary Dauberman, the screenwriter of the Annabelle films, IT and The Nun, makes his directorial debut with Annabelle Comes Home Even though it does have its flaws, with the biggest one being the slow burn in the first half, I thought he did a good job with this atmospheric third entry that features some impressive cinematography. It starts off slow but when things finally get going the thrills and chills don’t stop until the finale. Annabelle Comes Home will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) on October 8th.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 106 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos / English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include seven deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes / character featurettes that has interviews with some of the cast and crew and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Deleted Scenes (11:28)
  • Featurettes:
  1. The Artifact Room & the Occult (05:07)
  2. The Light & the Love (04:26)
  • Behind the Scenes:
  1. The Ferryman/Demon (05:18)
  2. The Bloody Bride (02:57)
  3. The Werewolf (03:07)
  • Digital Copy

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