Movie Review: IT (4K Ultra HD Combo Pack)

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

IT is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades. The movie was directed by Andy Muschietti and stars Bill Skarsgård as the story’s central villain, Pennywise. An ensemble of young actors also star in the film, including Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Nicholas Hamilton and Jackson Robert Scott, making his film debut.

You’ll float too. When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

IT takes place in Derry, Maine back in the late 80’s where we watch a young boy get sucked into the sewer by Pennywise. No time is wasted in the introduction to this terrifying monster and this sets up the events to come. The story follows “The Losers Club,” seven preteen outcasts who are already battling their own personal problems and now they have to go up against Pennywise. This killer clown likes to play with each of their fears and prey on their weaknesses and they discover he’s been doing this for a really long time in this small town. Pennywise is the one behind all of the small town disappearances over the yearsand now he has his eyes set on them. What they end up having to do is stand up against this supernatural bully and force him to retreat and in doing so they see a hint of his true form. What they’ve been battling isn’t just a killer clown with red balloons but a shapeshifting monster that will eventually return when “The Losers Club” become adults. See you in two years for Chapter Two!

Okay, there’s not much to dislike about this big screen version of IT because it was hitting on all cylinders. I was already familiar with the story that’s so much fun. It follows this group of misfit kids who become friends as they battle it out with the mysterious Pennywise. Their personal drama and problems with the clown is what brings them all together and you care about what each of them is going through as they try to fight through it. There’s a familiarity between IT and other fan favorites like Goonies, Stand By Me and Stranger Things and we can thank the young cast for that. I loved these interesting young characters and what each of them brought to the table and this young cast did such a good job.

Like most of us, I was first introduced to Andy Muschietti back in 2013 when his supernatural horror creeper Mama was first released and I instantly become a fan. If you haven’t seen Mama then you need to asap. He returns here with IT and delivers a big screen adaptation that not only become the biggest horror movie of all-time in 2017 but it’ll definitely become a classic just like its 1990 predecessor. Bill Skarsgård does a fantastic job as Pennywise and gives this evil character his own unique approach while staying true to form. Tim Curry delivered something special with his version of the clown and so has Bill Skarsgård. This version of Pennywise has a slightly different look to him but he’s still as frightening as ever. The movie uses a mixture of practical and visual effects and it all looked extremely impressive. The movie also doesn’t hold back on anything so there’s lots of blood and gore to go courtesy of the creepy cool killer clown with red balloons.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. The front features the creepy cool artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some imaged and list of special features. Each disc is black and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this UHD release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release.

4K Ultra HD showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc features Dolby Vision HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range, and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen — frame by frame. Also, the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray discs features a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

Bottom line is, I’m skeptical when a fan favorite classic gets a remake or even a reimaginining and I already adore  Stephen King’s IT that first premiered as a mini-series on television back in 1990. This big screen adaptation ended up being a supercharged beast all its own and definitely surpassed my expectations. It’s hard to compare the two since one was made for the small screen and had restrictions on it when it comes to blood, gore and scares. This big screen offering held nothing back and I freaking love that about it. Andy Muschietti wasn’t afraid to push the envelope and nobody is safe when it comes to getting killed, even the little kid in the beginning who got his arm bitten off by the clown. Muschietti did Stephen King’s fun story justice and delivered an intense horror movie that features this iconic clown. There’s also some stunning cinematography to compliment his direction. Bill Skarsgård did a fantastic job stepping into these shoes and making this character a terrifying vision that will haunt your dreams. IT is now availabe on 4K Ultra HD (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) and is definitely worth checking out. This one will become a horror classic just like the mini-series did.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 135 Minutes

Rated: R

4K Ultra HD Video: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16X9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

4K Ultra HD Audio: English Dolby Atmos / English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / EDA 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16X9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos / English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / EDA 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include three behind-the-scenes featurettes, eleven deleted/extended scenes and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Pennywise Lives! –  Discover how Bill Skarsgård prepared to portray the primordial creature known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown (16:25)
  • The Losers’ Club – Get up close and personal with the teenage stars of “IT” as they bond together during the production (15:42)
  • Author of Fear – Stephen King reveals the roots of his best-selling novel, the nature of childhood fear and how he created his most famous monster, Pennywise (13:51)
  • Deleted Scenes – Eleven deleted or extended scenes from the film (15:18)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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