Movie Review: THE WITCH (4K UHD Combo Pack)

THE WITCH: A New England Folktale was written and directed by Robert Eggers and stars Ralph Ineson, Katie Dickie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Harvey Scrimshaw, Madlen Sopadzhiyan, Julian Richings and Bathsheba Garnett. The music is by Mark Korven.

New England, 1630: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life with their five children, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. The Witch is a chilling portrait of a family unraveling within their own fears and anxieties, leaving them prey to an inescapable evil.

The Witch takes place in 17th century New England and follows a family that gets exiled from a Puritan plantation because of the prideful father. The family members are William (Ralph Ineson), his wife Katherine (Katie Dickie), their oldest daughter Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy), oldest son Caleb (Harvey Scrimshaw), and twins Mercy and Jonas. They move away from the plantation deep into the woods where they claim some land for themselves and consider it a gift from God. The thing is, this land already belongs to someone else.

It doesn’t take long for William and his wife to welcome a baby to the family but this is short-lived when the new born comes up missing. The family’s troubles continue when their crops begin to rot away and other bad things keep on happening. The family’s curse slowly grows in a number of ways which puts a strain on each member and this is when Thomasin is accused by some of her own family members for being a witch. Things only get worse for William and his family as they each suffer terrifying concequences for accidentally moving in next door to a coven of witches but in the end Thomason finally finds a place where she’s accepted.

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 features some matching artwork and the Blu-ray disc is grey with the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this 4K upgrade were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release. Experience four times the resolution of Full HD with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes Dolby Vision® HDR, bringing entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on-screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker.

Bottom line is, The Witch is a well executed movie that I really enjoyed revisiting. The movie took genre fans by storm back in 2015 with its folk horror – a subgenre that we just don’t get enough of. We hadn’t gotten anything this unsettling that dealt with witchcraft since The Blair Witch Project back in 1999 but this one takes the creepy factor to the next level. It’s a slow burn that builds suspense as it plays out and we watch so many horrible things happen to this unfortunate family that’s mysterious neighbor happens to be the witch in the woods and she’s put a curse on them. The cast does a great job with their characters that are put in so many intense and uncomfortable moments. We’re talking religion, temptation and lust. Robert Eggers did his homework when it comes to the historical accuracy of the movie, from the dialogue to the wardrobe, it’s all spot on and simply perfect. There’s also this isolated location that plays an important part of the story because it gives the sense that there’s no hope near by. And last but not least, there’s Black Phillip, the terrifying goat from hell that has since become a horror icon. The Witch is only four years old and I still consider this one a masterful slice of cinema that stands out among the rest of the witchy movies. The Witch is now available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital).

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 92 Minutes

Rated: R

4K UHD Video: 2160p Ultra-High Definition Widescreen (1.66:1)

4K UHD Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.66:1)

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

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, a featurette, a Q&A with cast and crew, a design gallery and a digital copy of the movie.

  • The Witch: A Primal Folklore” Featurette (08:28)
  • Salem Panel Q&A (27:59)
  • Design Gallery (00:16)
  • Audio Commentary with Director Robert Eggers
  • Digital Copy
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