Seed Of Chucky

DVD Rating: ***

Reviewed by: Gator MacReady

Read Gator MacReady's film review of Seed Of Chucky

Like every other Child's Play film, Seed Of Chucky is filmed in standard widescreen. The 1.85:1 picture is sharp and colourful, with hardly any flaws at all, which is expected from a recent high-ish profile release.

You have a choice of Dolby and DTS 5.1 tracks. Obviously DTS is the way to go. The mix in general is not a typical horror design. There are no stinger effects, or moments of dread, worked into it. The 5.1 can seriously boom when it wants to but the surrounds feature no more than ambience with the occasional dynamic sound effect.

There is a commentary from writer/director Don Mancini and Jennifer Tilly. They get on like old pals and discuss why they shot in Romania (on the same stage as Cold Mountain) and what it was like working with the cheapest budget of all Child's Play films. Brad Dourif is missed from this track. I wonder why he distances himself from this franchise so much.

Remember Jennifer Tilly's Diary from The Bride Of Chucky DVD? Well, she does the same thing over again here, detailing the history of the film right from its initial conception (heh heh), after The Bride came out, and the subsequent development hell, as well as the shooting.

A Family Hell-iday Slideshow shows Chucky, Tiffany and Glen/da at famous locations around the world, with Chucky either giving the finger, or having a freshly killed person in the background. Despite being dumb, it's really quite funny.

Fuzion seems to be some kind of American movie tabloid show that features the usual press junket stuff. Nothing of extreme interest.

Conceiving Seed of Chucky is a 20-minute history of the Child's Play franchise, featuring interviews with most of the cast members (where is Brad Dourif?), who speak positively of a series of films that are too often made a mockery of (especially with a certain gutter-level UK tabloid, blaming it for the Jamie Bulger murder in 1993). It's good to know there are such open-minded people making movies.

Cast Bios are also included. Wow!! (sarcasm)

Honestly, you are better off with the Region 1 DVD. Not only is it unrated and extended (a lowbrow term too often used these days), with a smidgen more of running time, but it also has loads more extra features. I have no idea why they never showed up on Momentum's Region 2 disc, but if you want more R1 is the way to go.

Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2005
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Product Code: MP424D

Region: 2

Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

Extras: Commentary by writer/director Don Mancini and actor Jennifer Tilly; Conceiving The Seed Of Chucky; Family Hell-iday Slideshow; Fuzion up close with The Seed Of Chucky Stars; Jennifer Tilly's Diary; cast biographies

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