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.
IT Chapter Two was directed by Andy Muschietti from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman that’s based on the novel “IT” by Stephen King. The sequel stars James McAvoy as Bill, Jessica Chastain as Beverly, Bill Hader as Richie, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, Jay Ryan as Ben, James Ransone as Eddie and Andy Bean as Stanley. Reprising their roles as the original members of the Losers Club are Jaeden Martell as Bill, Wyatt Oleff as Stanley, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie, Finn Wolfhard as Richie, Sophia Lillis as Beverly, Chosen Jacobs as Mike and Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben. Bill Skarsgård returns in the seminal role of Pennywise. The music was composed by Benjamin Wallfisch.
Twenty-seven years after the Losers Club defeated Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), he has returned to terrorize the town of Derry once more. Now adults, the Losers have long since gone their separate ways. However, people are disappearing again, so Mike (Isaiah Mustafa), the only one of the group to remain in their hometown, calls the others home. Damaged by the experiences of their past, they must each conquer their deepest fears to destroy Pennywise once and for all…putting them directly in the path of the shape-shifting clown that has become deadlier than ever.
IT Chapter Two picks up 27-years later and the Losers Club have all grown up. They all left their terrifying pasts behind them and moved on with their lives except for Mike Hanlon who stayed behind in Derry. When people start dying again he calls on his old friends and asks them to come back home. Bill Denbrough, Ben Hanscom, Beverly Marsh, Richie Tozier and Eddie Kaspbrak all make it back as promised but one person is missing, Stanley Uris. It doesn’t take long for the friends to start seeing creepy visions and hearing unsettling noises and behind it all is their old nemesis, Pennywise, who’s returned to induce fear among his victims and add more dead bodies to his collection.
What happens is, they all have to face their own personal fears once again as Pennywise preys on their weaknesses and plays with their minds. This is when we get to see some flashbacks back to their childhood that reveals even more about what all they went through as kids. Pennywise tries to wear them down so he can defeat them and sadly he’s able to take out a few of them along the way. The thing is, they come up with a new plan to take on the evil clown on his own turf and head even deeper into his underground lair where they discover more secrets about the mysterious monster. What they decide to do is turn the game Pennywise plays on his victims against him and use his own insecurities and fear to ultimately defeat him.
The packaging comes with a slipcover/0-card. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc is color coded and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this ultra high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. The 4K UHD Blu-ray disc features Dolby Vision HDR, which dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range, and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame. It also features HDR10+, a new HDR technology that optimizes brightness levels and contrast for each scene, making bright areas brighter and dark areas darker to deliver a lifelike viewing experience. The UHD Blu-ray disc 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. However, Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.
Bottom line is, IT Chapter Two ended up being a fun watch and really good followup to the first movie but it wasn’t without its flaws. Andy Muschietti’s follow-up to his 2017 critically acclaimed hit isn’t as entertaining as its predecessor but this sequel still delivers when it comes to the unsettling creepiness and scares that this franchise has defined. I guess the only gripe I have is the extremely long run time and the pacing issues because of it. Besides that, I thought IT Chapter Two was a really good continuation to the story that delivers a satisfying ending. The story was interesting and I thought the cast did a great job with their characters, both returning actors and the new cast. There’s also lots of special effects that include all kinds of blood and gore so this should really satisfy the horror hounds out there. Andy Muschietti knows how to make an entertaining horror movie and even though this second entry isn’t quite as good as the first part it still delivers plenty of thrills and chills (thanks to Bill Skarsgård who once again delivers a terrifying performance as Pennywise) plus it caps off this IT remake good enough to make it worth checking out. IT Chapter Two will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-rays and Digital) 3-Disc Set on December 10th.
Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Run Time: 169 Minutes
4K UHD Video: 2160p Ultra High-Definition Widescreen (2.39:1)
4K UHD Audio: English Dolby Atmos / English, French, Spanish, Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA
Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.39:1)
Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos / English, French, Spanish, Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese
Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, featurettes that have interviews with some of the cast and crew and a digital copy of the movie.
- Pennywise Lives Again! (09:55)
- This Meeting of the Losers Club Has Officially Begun (08:12)
- Finding the Deadlights (06:18)
- The Summers of IT: Chapter One, You’ll Float Too (35:38)
- The Summers of IT: Chapter Two, IT Ends (39:30)
- Commentary with Director Andy Muschietti
- Digital Copy