Director: Jack Bender
Cast: Justin Whalin, Perrey Reeves, Jeremy Sylvers
Release Date: August 16, 2022
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 8.5/10
Eight years after seemingly destroying the killer doll, Andy Barclay (now played by Justin Whalin), turns 16 and is placed in a military school. Meanwhile, the greedy president of Play Pals Toy Company decides to resurrect the popular Good Guys doll line, confident that the bad publicity is forgotten. As the assembly line recreates the first doll from a mass of melted plastic, the spirit of Chucky returns to renew his quest and seek revenge on Andy. Once again, it’s up to Andy to stop the unrelenting killer in this fast-paced and frightening thriller.
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.
Be sure to also check out our reviews of the other 2 ‘Child’s Play’ 4K UHD Collector’s Edition Releases From Scream Factory!
‘Child’s Play 3’ picks up eight years after the events of the second film as the Play Pals Toy Company decides to finally resume production on the Good Guy dolls regardless of the bad publicity that plagued it in the past. Meanwhile, Andy is now a sixteen year old being placed in military school due to various troubles that have arisen in the years since his terrifying childhood experiences. But when the return of the Good Guys doll production also revives Chucky, the serial killer possessed doll tracks down Andy and heads to the military camp to reunite with his old friend and nemesis which naturally leads to a new body count promptly plaguing the school along with his arrival.
The third film in the franchise once again tries to find a way to change the overall setting and take things in a mildly new direction to allow a fun new area for Chucky to terrorize. This time around the series utilizes a multi-year time jump in order to allow us to rejoin Andy as a sixteen year old who has landed in military school where his old friend (or enemy) Chucky naturally tracks him down and yet again embarks upon a new bloody killing spree. The sequel finds some mildly clever new ways to take the story and is certainly still thoroughly enjoyable, although at the same time is quite likely the weakest entry in the franchise. Yet even though it might be one of the less notable entries, that certainly doesn’t mean it still isn’t a whole lot of fun and a fairly worthy addition.
Child’s Play 3’ was initially released in theaters in August of 1991 (just over nine months after the second film’s release) and was directed by Jack Bender from a screenplay once again written by creator Don Mancini. The cast this time includes Brad Dourif naturally reprising his iconic voice role of Chucky once again, along with series newcomers Justin Whalin, Perrey Reeves and Jeremy Sylvers.
In addition to their new 4K UHD Collector’s Edition releases of the first two films, Scream Factory also brings home ‘Child’s Play 3’, the third movie in the fan-favorite horror franchise which also makes its 4K Ultra HD debut with a new 2-disc 4K Ultra HD Collector’s Edition release. The release features an altogether pretty great 4K Ultra High Definition video presentation with Dolby Vision and HDR-10, as well as a new Dolby Atmos soundtrack and a nice handful of great extras on top of it including quite a few brand new supplements created just for this release. Fans of the franchise who are fully 4K capable will probably want to consider picking up this solid 4K UHD debut of the third film along with the other two if you haven’t already done so, and just as with the other two releases fans should be quite thrilled with what this one has to offer.
Overall, Scream Factory’s 2-disc 4K Ultra HD Collector’s Edition release for ‘Child’s Play 3’ brings the second sequel home with a nice new Ultra High Definition video presentation with Dolby Vision and HDR-10 from a new 4K Scan of the Original Camera Negative, paired with a new Dolby Atmos soundtrack that together deliver what is surely the best video and audio this sequel has ever been available in at home. The release also features a nice helping of bonus content including numerous brand new extras that fans should enjoy. Even while quite possibly the weakest film in the Chucky series so far, ‘Child’s Play 3’ is still a great deal of fun with plenty of redeeming qualities and is definitely worthy of revisiting along with the other films. If you’re a dedicated Chucky fan that’s considering a purchase, this new 4K UHD release is recommended along with the other two.
The Scream Factory Collector’s Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of ‘Child’s Play 3’ features a full 2160p Ultra High Definition presentation with Dolby Vision and HDR-10, with the film’s original 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio, from a new 4K scan of the original camera negative. The video presentation on this one looks pretty great for the most part as well and offers a clean, sharp and source faithful presentation that never falters or disappoints along the way. It keeps things looking richly detailed and balanced while still retaining plenty of grain and other artifacts representative of the source. The Dolby Vision addition also complements the film throughout and contributes a more vivid color scheme that’s noticeable throughout and well balanced with satisfyingly deep blacks. Overall, this is a very nice Ultra High Definition video presentation that stays faithful to the film’s source while still improving on nearly everything throughout.
The 4K Ultra HD Collector’s Edition release additionally includes film on Blu-ray which is also taken from the new 4K scan.
The Collector’s Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release features a new Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel compatible) soundtrack. Please note that this review pertains solely to the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio presentation. This multichannel soundtrack is another nice upgrade to the film and provides a clean, crisp and at times fairly immersive audio presentation throughout. It consistently utilizes all seven available channels in order to let the music seep throughout the various speakers, along with bits of crowd chatter, nature effects and gunshots, plus plenty more while never allowing any dialogue or other audio elements that may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, this is a solid Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible) soundtrack that may not be overly extravagant but does its job well and shouldn’t disappoint.
The included Blu-ray disc also features the new Dolby Atmos soundtrack on the film.
The Scream Factory Collector’s Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of ‘Child’s Play 3’ also features a notable collection of worthwhile extras both new and old, the majority of which can once again be found on the included Blu-ray disc. The extras have been broken down by disc below.
Disc One (4K UHD) includes 2 different Audio Commentary tracks. The first is a new ‘Audio Commentary with Director Jack Bender’ and the second an ‘Audio Commentary with Producer Robert Latham Brown’.
Disc Two (Blu-ray) features the ‘2 Audio Commentary’ tracks included on the UHD disc (see above), in addition to plenty of other great extras including multiple brand new interviews with the cast and crew which are exclusive to this release. The included Interviews are ‘Ride the Frightening with Writer Don Mancini’ (running approximately 13 minutes in length), ‘War Games with Actress Perrey Reeves’ (running approximately 6 minutes), ‘Chucky Goes East with Producer David Kirschner’ (approximately 6 minutes), ‘Carnivals and Campouts with Producer Robert Latham Brown’ (4 minutes), ‘Midway Centurions with Actor Michael Chieffo’ (4 minutes), ‘Shear Terror with Key Makeup Artist Craig Reardon’ (7 minutes) and ‘Unholy Mountain with Production Designer Richard Sawyer’ (7 minutes). Also included on the disc are some ‘Extra Scenes from the Broadcast TV Version’ (approximately 6 minutes combined), along with the film’s ‘Theatrical Trailer’ (2 minutes) and a ‘TV Spot’ (30 seconds).
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Disc Rating: 8.5/10
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