Director: Ronny Yu
Cast: Jennifer Tilly, Brad Dourif , Katherine Heigl
Release Date: August 29, 2023
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 8/10
For ten years, the tortured soul of serial killer Charles Lee Ray has been imprisoned inside a child’s doll. “Chucky” is reborn when his old flame, Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly), rescues his battered doll parts from a police impound. But Chucky wants his favorite playmate cut down to size, so he transforms his blushing bride into a stunning little terror. Chucky and Tiffany can’t wait to start their own homicidal honeymoon. When this demonic duo hits the road and hooks up with a pair of unsuspecting newlyweds, they leave a trail of murder and mayhem behind them.
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 ‘Child’s Play/Chucky’ 4K UHD Collector’s Edition Releases From Scream Factory!
Your favorite killer doll returns in ‘Bride of Chucky’ and this time he’s got company! The film rejoins the serial killer trapped in a Good Guy doll who is revived after his old girlfriend Tiffany tricks a policeman into stealing the doll out of evidence. Bringing the doll back to her trailer, Tiffany revives the killer yet again, but when he refuses to succumb to her wishes and hopes for a relationship, Chucky snaps and enacts his usual brand of vengeance before reviving her as a doll herself. Now, desperate to get ahold of a medallion that he was buried with, the two trick a young couple looking for a way out to take them on a road trip back to New Jersey in the hopes of tracking it down and allowing them both to possess new human bodies, although as usual the road will be paved with blood, carnage and plenty of dark humor.
‘Bride of Chucky’ brings back the killer doll with a newly revamped approach that takes things in a somewhat different direction than the previous films and also brings Chucky more front and center this time around. The film is directed by Ronny Yu from a screenplay by franchise creator and writer Don Mancini, and Yu does a great job at the helm of ‘Bride of Chucky’ guiding along the bloody, somewhat goofy, yet thoroughly enjoyable sequel. The film’s cast includes Brad Dourif once again reprising his (voice) role as Chucky, and also stars Jennifer Tilly, Katherine Heigl, Nick Stabile and John Ritter along with more, the majority each offering solid enough or at least fitting performances in their roles; Jennifer Tilly in particular making a marvelous addition to the franchise with her character being first introduced in this installment.
‘Bride of Chucky’ was first unleashed upon moviegoers in October of 1998; more than seven years after the release of ‘Child’s Play 3’, yet interestingly placing the franchise back into alignment with modern time after the multi-year time jump utilized in the third film, and therefore making the events of this installment take place roughly six months after the last entry the franchise timeline. It delivers a fresh new twist on the series and takes things in an amusing new direction while also making Chucky the key character for the first time in the series; plus of course upping the ante in the blood, carnage and chaos department this time around. I can still remember catching this one in theaters when it was released and it holds up remarkably well today, nearly 25 years after its debut; still serving up a ridiculously enjoyable ride that’s as amusing and goofy as it is violent and graphic.
Joining their previously released 4K UHD/Blu-ray Collector’s Edition releases of the first three ‘Child’s Play’ films, Scream Factory brings home ‘Bride of Chucky’ (and the other 3 sequels, so be sure to also keep an eye out for our reviews of those soon) on 4K Ultra HD for the first time. The release brings the film onto 4K disc sporting a new Ultra High Definition presentation with Dolby Vision and HDR-10 from a new 4K Scan of the original camera negative that looks truly spectacular and breathes some new life into this enjoyable and ever-amusing sequel. The new 4K presentation is nicely complemented by a 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack that never disappoints and a few notable extras including a couple of Audio Commentary tracks, plus some archival Featurettes and deleted scenes.
The ‘Bride of Chucky’ 4K UHD release may offer the fewest extras of Scream Factory’s seven 4K releases for the series but fortunately the quite wonderful new 4K UHD video presentation and accompanying 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack will likely still make this one a must own for diehard fans of the horror franchise. If you’re a fully 4K capable fan that’s already considering a purchase, then this one is certainly recommended and is also by far the best this sequel has ever looked at home.
The Scream Factory Collector’s Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of ‘Bride of Chucky’ 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 looks fantastic as a whole and delivers a clean, sharp and richly detailed presentation that brings the film home looking better than it ever has; breathing some new life into the sequel while still retaining the filmic appearance fans want. It shows impressive improvements in detail and clarity across the board, with everything from character specifics (both human and doll) looking sharp, clean and more precise than ever, while the exterior backgrounds, rainy nighttime scenes and the interior of the van and trailer all show more pinpoint detail and depth than before. The Dolby Vision addition complements nearly all of it by contributing a rewarding color palette that refines and improves upon everything from character clothing and a great deal more, all of which is further boosted by clean, rich and problem-free black levels that never disappoint. Overall, this is a wonderful new Ultra High Definition video presentation that delivers splendidly every step of the way and should thrill fans of the series who have been hoping to see this sequel receive a much needed upgrade.
The 4K Ultra HD Collector’s Edition release additionally includes the film on Blu-ray which is also taken from the new 4K scan.
The Collector’s Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release features both 5.1 channel and 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks. As I often do, I opted to view with the 5.1 DTS-HD MA presentation utilized and the multichannel soundtrack provides a clean, crisp and often surprisingly aggressive presentation throughout that doesn’t disappoint. It frequently takes advantage of all five available channels in order to send the film’s incredibly ‘90s metal soundtrack booming throughout the various speakers, along with rain pouring, some action effects and plenty more making its way throughout the channels at every reasonable opportunity, while never causing any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, this is a great 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack that holds up nicely throughout and should more than satisfy fans.
The Scream Factory Collector’s Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of ‘Bride of Chucky’ features a number of enjoyable extras, the majority of which can be found on the included Blu-ray disc. Included on both the 4K UHD and Blu-ray discs are ‘2 Audio Commentary’ tracks; the first of which is an ‘Audio Commentary with Director Ronny Yu’, while the second is an ‘Audio Commentary with Actors Jennifer Tilly, Brad Dourif and Screenwriter Don Mancini’.
The Blu-ray disc also includes a few other bonus features including ‘Bride of Chucky: Spotlight on Location’ (running approximately 10 minutes in length) and ‘Making of Bride of Chucky’ (running approximately 11 minutes), although curiously the Spotlight on Location Featurette has a title card of ‘The Making of Bride of Chucky’, yet both are different from one another. Also included on the disc are some ‘Additional Deleted TV Scenes’ from the movie (approximately 3 minutes altogether), plus the film’s ‘Theatrical Trailer’ (1 minute) and ‘2 TV Spots’ (1 minute combined).
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Disc Rating: 8/10
‘Bride Of Chucky’ Arrives Home in a 2-Disc Collector’s Edition 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Set August 29, 2023 from Scream Factory!
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