Director: Bernard Rose
Cast: Tony Todd, Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley
Release Date: May 24, 2022
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 9.5/10
This gut-wrenching thriller follows a graduate student whose research summons the spirit of the dead! When Helen Lyle hears about Candyman, a slave spirit with a hook hand who is said to haunt a notorious housing project, she thinks she has a new twist for her thesis. Braving the gang-ridden territory to visit the site, Helen arrogantly assumes Candyman can’t really exist … until he appears, igniting a string of terrifying, grisly slayings. But the police don’t believe in monsters, and charge Helen with the crimes. And the only one who can set her free is Candyman.
Please Note: Shout! Factory provided me with a free copy of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
The original cult classic that started it all, ‘Candyman’ follows graduate student Helen Lyle who after hearing about the legend of Candyman decides to utilize it for a fresh take on her thesis. After daringly visiting the housing project that Candyman supposedly haunts, she soon finds her sanity slipping as the urban legend she was hunting suddenly becomes a terrifying reality. Now she’ll have to try and decipher what is real and what is simply her imagination if she hopes to reclaim her sanity and prove that this terrifying legend is truly that before she loses everything. But then again, what if he actually is real?
The original 1992 classic ‘Candyman’ remains a true horror classic that hasn’t lost any of its charm over the three decades since its initial release. Written and directed by Bernard Rose and based on “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker, it stars Tony Todd along with Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Kasi Lemmon, Vanessa Williams and more. An eerie, powerful and at times delightfully gory horror classic that still capably delivers plenty of thrills and chills thirty years later, ‘Candyman’ has definitely stood the test of time and this new 4K set gives it a release that’s worthy of its legacy.
Scream Factory’s new 3-disc Collector’s Edition release of ‘Candyman’ brings the original cult classic home in magnificent 4K Ultra HD and sporting a quite gorgeous Ultra High Defintion video presentation with Dolby Vision and HDR-10 paired with a pretty spectacular new Dolby Atmos soundtrack that together bring the film home looking and sounding better than ever before. With the addition of 2 Blu-ray discs that feature both cuts of the film, not to mention hours of noteworthy extras, this new Collector’s Edition release will almost surely be a must own for 4K capable fans.
Overall, Scream Factory’s new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Collector’s Edition release of ‘Candyman’ brings the beloved horror classic directed by Bernard Rose and starring Tony Todd home in 4K Ultra HD and featuring a pretty fantastic Ultra High Definition presentation that’s further boosted by the addition of Dolby Vision and HDR-10 and paired with an immersive new Dolby Atmos soundtrack that is quite spectacular in its own right. Also including Blu-ray versions of both cuts in addition to a truly outstanding collection of bonus material new and old, this new 4K UHD release is quite the treat in almost every possible way. If you’re a diehard fan of ‘Candyman’ and are fully 4K capable, then you’ll almost certainly want to try and add this one to your collection whenever possible. If you’re considering a purchase but haven’t yet picked up your copy, this one is definitely highly recommended!
The Scream Factory Collector’s Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of ‘Candyman’ features a full 2160p Ultra High Definition presentation with Dolby Vision and HDR-10, with the film’s original 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio, utilizing a 4K transfer from the original negative, supervised and approved by writer/director Bernard Rose and director of photography Anthony B. Richmond (Theatrical Cut) by Arrow Video on both the Theatrical and Unrated Cuts (both included on the same disc via seamless branching). The video presentation looks quite fantastic as a whole and offers a sharp, vividly colored and richly detailed presentation from start to finish that never suffers from any notable trouble along the way, yet still retains a nice grain level and other welcome artifacts representative of the source. The Dolby Vision addition only ups the ante and nearly perfects the colors and beautifully deep blacks throughout and the end result should be a treat for any fan of this cult classic. Overall, this is a wonderful Ultra High Definition video presentation that never disappoints and should thoroughly please the fans.
The 4K Ultra HD Collector’s Edition release also includes both the Theatrical and Unrated versions of the film on separate Blu-ray discs, I believe with the same master utilized.
The Collector’s Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release features a new Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel compatible) soundtrack on both cuts of the film. Please note that this review pertains solely to the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio presentation. This multichannel soundtrack is pretty fantastic in its own right and provides a crisp, clean and surprisingly immersive audio presentation throughout. It regularly takes advantage of all seven available channels in order to send the memorable music, along with eerie sounds and action effects, plus nature content, bits of dialogue and more consistently zipping throughout the various speakers whenever fitting and always making certain that any dialogue or other audio elements that may be occurring simultaneously never become distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, this is a marvelous new Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible) soundtrack that delivers nicely across the board and is almost surely the best the film has ever sounded.
Both of the included Blu-ray discs also include the new Dolby Atmos soundtrack.
The Scream Factory Collector’s Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of ‘Candyman’ features a wealth of notable bonus content that fans of the cult classic should thoroughly appreciate, the majority of which can be found on the 2 included Blu-ray discs. For the sake of simplicity and easy navigation I’ve broken down the extras by disc below:
Disc One (4K UHD – Theatrical & Unrated Cuts) includes ‘2 Audio Commentary’ tracks on the Theatrical Cut. The first is an ‘Audio Commentary with writer/director Bernard Rose and actor Tony Todd’ and the second an ‘Audio Commentary with authors/film historians Stephen Jones and Kim Newman’. The disc also includes the film’s ‘Theatrical Trailer’ (running approximately 2 minutes in length).
Disc Two (Blu-ray Theatrical Cut) features a nice handful of extras including ‘4 Audio Commentary’ tracks: ‘Audio Commentary with writer/director Bernard Rose and actor Tony Todd’, ‘Audio Commentary with authors/film historians Stephen Jones and Kim Newman’, ‘Audio Commentary with Bernard Rose, author Clive Barker, producer Alan Poul and actors Tony Todd, Virginia Madsen and Kasi Lemmons’ and ‘Audio Commentary with Bernard Rose, from The Movie Crypt Podcast hosted by filmmakers Adam Green and Joe Lynch’. The disc also includes some Interviews/Featurettes including ‘Sweets to the Sweet: The Candyman Mythos’ (running approximately 24 minutes in length), ‘Clive Barker: Raising Hell’ (running approximately 11 minutes), and ‘The Heart of Candyman: An Interview with Tony Todd’ (approximately 7 minutes). Also included within are ‘Bernard Rose’s Storyboards’ (5 minutes), in addition to the film’s ‘Theatrical Trailer’ (2 minutes), plus ‘3 TV Spots’ (90 seconds combined), a ‘Still Gallery’ and a BD-Rom version of the ‘Original Script’.
Disc Three (Blu-ray Unrated Cut) features plenty more extras within in the way of some notable Interviews/Featurettes including ‘Looking Back in the Mirror with Vanessa Williams’ (running approximately 16 minutes in length), ‘Be My Victim: An Interview with Tony Todd’ (running approximately 10 minutes), ‘It Was Always You, Helen: An Interview with Virginia Madsen’ (approximately 13 minutes), along with ‘The Writing on the Wall: The Production Design of Candyman’ (6 minutes), ‘Forbidden Flesh: The Makeup FX of Candyman’ (8 minutes), ‘A Story to Tell: Clive Barker’s “The Forbidden”’ (19 minutes) , ‘Urban Legend: Unwrapping Candyman’ (21 minutes), ‘Reflections in the Mirror with Kasi Lemmons’ (10 minutes) and ‘A Kid in Candyman with Dejuan Guy (13 minutes).
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Disc Rating: 9.5/10
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