Bride of Chucky Review
No-one who reads the news could have failed to notice Child's Play 3 in the newspapers a couple of years ago. It was picked out as a movie which could influence violence - especially in children. It would have been safe to assume that we wouldn't be seeing any more Childs Play movies featuring Chucky the homicidal doll.
Fast forward to 1999 and what do we see hit the cinema's - Bride of Chucky - the fourth movie in the Child's Play series. Most people expected the movie to hit the front page headlines in the same way its predecessor did. However, the writer and director moved the film away from its violent, horror based prequels and into the more modern horror mould recently occupied by Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer. They also took the opportunity to make the movie far funnier than any other in the series and their changes paid off.
Bride of Chucky is far lighter in terms of subject material. That's not to say that it's tame in comparison - there's still plenty of blood and gore but this time it's more amusing than horrifying. In fact, this movie does a better job than most spoofs would at poking fun at itself. It's both chilling and darkly funny.
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The DVD itself is up to the usual high standard of Universals other Region 1 releases. It features a crystal clear anamorphic transfer and makes good use of surround effects - especially in the rainy scenes where it is easy to mistake the rain in the rear speakers for real rain outside! I can't fault the picture - it really does show how DVD can be made to excel in darker scenes and the guys who transfered this movie to the small disc have done an excellent job.
Univeral have also done a fine job with the Extras. There are two audio commentaries - one by director Ronny Yu and the other featuring the films stars Jennifer Tilly (Tiffany) and Brad Dourif (Chucky) along with Producer Don Mancini. On top of that you also have the theatrical trailer, some interesting production notes, Jennifers Diary which was seen in Premiere magazine in the US and finally some information on the history of Chucky.
A pretty packed disc which it is very difficult to pick fault with. The only thing which would have been nice is a making of featurette but to be honest I don't think the disc needs one.
There's not really much else to say. As with all of Universals Region 1 work, this disc really is something special. The top notch transfer and special features make this disc one which deserves a place in any horror DVD collection.
In fact, you don't need to be a horror fan to enjoy this disc - I don't really consider myself to be a great fan of the genre but I still rate this disc highly. The movie itself is genuinely funny and scary at the same time and there are plenty of moments when you'll jump out of your seat! Even the really bloody bits are done in such a way that they're not really too bad - they appear to be somewhat exagerated which surprisingly makes the movie more fun.
This is a great after pub disc which for a change can also be watched when you're sober. If you're stuck for discs to buy this should deffinitely be considered. I expect you'd be pleasantly surprised!
Oh, and just one more thing - don't let the kids watch it!