Movie Review: PET SEMATARY 2019 (4K UHD Combo Pack)

PET SEMATARY is based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Stephen King. The movie was directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer from a screenplay by Matt Greenberg and stars Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow, Jeté Laurence and Hugo & Lucas Lavoie.

Sometimes dead is better. After the Creed family relocates from Boston to rural Maine, they soon discover an ancient burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. When tragedy strikes, the grief-stricken father is driven by the cemetery’s sinister power, setting off a perilous chain of events that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.  Some secrets are best left buried in this twisted thriller.

Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz), and their two children, Ellie (Jeté Laurence) and Gage (Hugo & Lucas Lavoie), who move from Boston, Massachusetts to the small town of Ludlow, Maine. They quickly meet their new neighbor Jud (John Lithgow), a lonely old man who’s full of secrets and warnings about the surrounding area. Everything seems near perfect until Louis gets a small taste of the supernatural one day at work and this unsettling experience begins to haunt the doctor but it’s just the beginning of what’s in store for him. Rachel also lives a haunted life because of what happened to her sister Zelda years earlier and this remake spends more time on that.

What happens is, Ellie’s cat Church is found dead and since Jud has taken a liking to Ellie, he takes Louis to the old Pet Sematary to bury it and the cat resurrects from the dead and finds its way home. This shakes Louis at first because it’s unnatural and the cat comes back different. When tragedy strikes the family and it leaves them heartbroken and nearly torn apart, Louis decides to take his recently deceased child and perform the same ritual that he did for the cat. Once again, the dead returns to Louis but something is different this time around and this is when everything really turns into a neverending nightmare for the Creed family.

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 artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The UHD disc has a black finish and features the movie logo and the Blu-ray disc has a light blue finish and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this new release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio quality. The 4K Ultra HD disc and 4K Ultra HD Digital release feature Dolby Vision, which brings entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality with spectacular colors, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker.  The film also boasts a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.

Bottom line is, even though this Pet Sematary remake isn’t as good as the original, I still enjoyed it and the differences between the two movies. This one still deals with death and resurrection but changes things up a bit so the audience doesn’t get the exact retread of the original. I’ve read different stories about how the movie strays away from the book or how it stays closer to the source material but I’ve never checked it out it so I really don’t know. What I do know is the cast did a good job with their characters, just like they did in the original. I feel like young Jeté Laurence kind of stole the show in this one too. The 1989 movie, celebrating its 30th anniversary, is a true horror classic and even though this 2019 version isn’t as good, it does offer some things that the original didn’t. The set designs and cinematography are absolutely amazing in this one. This pet graveyard is much creepier than the first movie and the cinematography gives the movie a moody and atmospheric look that’s so much darker than the original. I had a problem with the pacing at times because the movie would slow down to the point I found myself drifting at times. Thankfully, there is a redeeming quality in the final act that also gives something a little different than the original did so the eerie payoff is worth the wait. This movie definitely relies more on atmosphere and jump scares than the original that featured a lot more blood and gore. Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer did a good job with this remake but I like the original better. This 2019 remake of Pet Sematary will be available on a 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital) on July 9th.

Distributor: Paramount Home Media Distribution

Run Time: 100 Minutes

Rated: R

4K UHD Video: 2160p Ultra High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

4K UHD Audio: English Dolby Atmos / French, Spanish, German, Italian and Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widecreen (1.85:1)

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

Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Portuguese

Special Features: There’s over 90 minutes of extras that include hair-raising deleted and extended scenes, a chilling alternate ending, a look at the main characters, behind-the-scenes footage, cast interviews and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Alternate Ending (09:16)
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  1. Daddy’s Nervous Too (02:17)
  2. Your Kids are Lucky (01:53)
  3. I Wanted Her to Die (03:27)
  4. She Didn’t Come Back the Same (03:44)
  5. It’s Not Real (01:58)
  6. I’m Leaving in the Morning (01:11)
  7. Did You Miss Me Judson? (01:43)
  • Night Terrors – Family Haunting Visions
  1. Louis (01:40)
  2. Rachel (02:08)
  3. Ellie (01:09)
  • The Tale of Timmy Baterman (03:04)
  • Beyond the Deadfall
  1. Chapter One: Resurrection – Directors, screenwriters and cast discuss bringing this classic back to life (16:54)
  2. Chapter Two: The Final Resting Place – A deeper look into finding the right location for the terror to unfold (12:38)
  3. Chapter Three: The Road to Sorrow – Inside the film’s tragic themes and creating the iconic cat “Church” (13:59)
  4. Chapter Four: Death Comes home – Unearth the creepy elements behind the climax and final scenes of the film (18:07)
  • Digital Copy
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