Movie Review: CHILD’S PLAY (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

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CHILD’S PLAY was directed by Tom Holland from a screenplay by Don Mancini and stars Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, and Brad Dourif. The movie was produced by David Kirschner.

The opening scene of this 1988 horror feature starts off with serial killer Charles Lee Ray aka Chucky (Brad Dourif) on the run from the cops. The wounded criminal breaks into a toy store with detective Mike Norris (Chris Sarandon) hot on his trail. The dying Chucky somehow knows a voodoo ritual that could possibly give him a new life but he needs another human life to pull it off so he settles for the next best thing, a “Good Guy Doll” of all things. Chucky has nothing to lose so he spits out the chant “Ade due damballa. Give me the power, I beg of you.” and lickitty split, the doll becomes his new body and the killer gets a new lease on life – sort of.

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Next up we meet Karen Barclay (Catherine Hicks) and her six year old son Andy (Alex Vincent), a big fan of those “Good Guys Dolls” who is also celebrating his birthday. These dolls are the new fad but they’re expensive and extremely hard to come by so Karen takes a more unorthodox way of getting one for her son but she does and he’s ecstatic in the beginning. What happens is, Chucky wastes no time and confesses to Andy who he really is and slowly begins to get a little mischievous where he begins to play some deadly new games with some unwilling participants. Chucky finds out that it’s going to be harder than he thought getting out of this plastic body and into a living one again but it’s poor Andy who ends up being his one and only chance. Now the deranged doll becomes focused on his innocent target and dishes out all kinds of terror on Andy and his mother. The two fight off the little monster and ultimately get some much needed help from the good detective where they put an end to Chucky’s violent attacks – at least until the sequel.

First of all, I love everything about this fast-paced horror movie. The 80’s introduced quite a few horror icons and Chucky was one of the last ones that moviegoers would get to meet on the big screen in this decadent decade that was full of awesome horror movies. As a kid I was fascinated by this movie and the killer doll that ended up becoming a pop culture phenomenon. The legendary Tom Holland captured all the magic that followed this doll and the people it terrorized throughout the watch and it was all done perfectly. Mr. Holland has directed several of the all-time horror greats and this masterpiece is one of them! And now to the doll and it took a lot of people to bring Chucky to life so a major kudos goes out to the entire talented team that delivered some impressive practical effects. The cast was great and the extremely young Alex Vincent gave such a great performance with his character Andy. Finally there’s Brad Dourif who gave the killer doll its unforgettable personality and attitude that nobody else could ever recreate.

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The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the all-new artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some original artwork and movie credits. There’s also a “10% Off” insert for Fright Rags inside! Both Blu-ray discs include their own individual  artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition upgrade were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. Another job well done by the always awesome Scream Factory who really never disappoints!

Bottom line is, Child’s Play is another fantastic horror movie that came out of the greatest decade ever – the 80’s. Chucky didn’t really fit in with the rest of the slashers that came before him but the little guy definitely left his mark and ended up cranking out numerous entertaining sequels. There have been several horror movies that featured killer dolls over the years but none of them will ever be on the same level as Chucky who comes with his own bad attitude and extreme personality. This doll swears like a sailor, he’ll flip you off if you piss him off, and he is always ready to kill. As great as this release is, I sure hope the Scream Factory gang decides to give more of Chucky’s fun sequels their midas touch. That would be awesome! This 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray releases on October 18th and is a must have for all Chucky fans. There have been several Child’s Play releases on home video over the years but none of them come close to this epic offering from Scream Factory.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 87 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1) Region A

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: Good Stuff! This 2-disc Collector’s Edition includes all kinds of new bonus material as well as vintage extras imported over from some of the previous releases. There’s some all-new commentary from the director as well as new behind-the-scenes featurettes and interviews. There’s several hours of entertaining bonus material included with this awesome release.

Disc One

  • NEW 2K scan from the inter-positive
  • NEW Audio Commentary with director Tom Holland
  • Audio Commentary with Alex Vincent, Catherine Hicks and “Chucky” designer Kevin Yagher
  • Audio Commentary with Producer David Kirschner and Screenwriter Don Mancini
  • Audio Commentary with Chucky (select scenes)

Disc Two

  • NEW Behind-the-Scenes Special Effects footage from Howard Berger (60:00)
  • NEW Howard Berger: Your Special Effects Friend ‘Til The End – interview with special effect artist Howard Berger (40:53)
  • NEW Life Behind the Mask: Being Chucky – an interview with actor Ed Gale (40:02)
  • Evil Comes in Small Packages featuring interviews with Don Mancini, David Kirschner, John Lafia, Chris Sarandon, Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Alex Vincent, Kevin Yagher (24:49)
  • Chucky: Building a Nightmare featuring Kevin Yagher (10:05)
  • A Monster Convention featuring Catherine Hicks, Alex Vincent and Chris Sarandon (05:26)
  • Introducing Chucky: The Making of Child’s Play Vintage Featurette (06:15)
  • Vintage Child’s Play featurette (04:54)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:02)
  • TV Spot (00:17)
  • Rare Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery (03:09)
  • Posters and Lobby Cards Gallery (01:45)
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