Ouija (Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray)

A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.

January 16, 2023 7 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton and Matt Malouf

Plot: What’s it about?

I think most of us have played with an Ouija board at some point. I know I did. I don’t think much of them now and didn’t when I was younger. The film tries to use the board itself as its selling point, but don’t expect much from this lame, by-the-numbers horror flick. A group of teens must confront their fears after accidentally releasing a dark power from the other side. The film seems geared toward the MTV crowd who have an affection for loud noises and quick cut style editing. Let’s not get started on the acting or the dialogue which is equally bad. I suppose Ouija boards can be scary, or at least the idea behind them, but building a film around such a flimsy premise is questionable. Even by that standard, there’s little here to justify your time.

I have no problems admitting when a horror film scares me. Sadly, I haven’t done that in quite some time. I’ve learned that with the comedy and horror genres my enjoyment comes down to did it make me laugh and did it scare me. Two seemingly simple things, but surprisingly hard to do. I’ll forgive a comedy for being familiar and having a lackluster plot so long as it makes me laugh. That’s about the same way I feel with horror flicks. If they can successfully scare me then I’m more willing to forgive the flaws. Ouija did nothing for me. I dreaded nearly every minute of its 89 minute running time. The last thing you want from a horror film is for it to be boring, but Ouija does just that. Skip it.

Video: How’s it look?

There are two reasons to buy this new 4K disc (assuming you like the movie enough to consider a purchase): the additional commentary tracks and the new 4K image.  The movie itself is very dark, though the image is rarely compromised. Black levels are solid, I noticed no compression or artifacting in the least. Detail is razor sharp as well. I remember being fairly impressed with the Blu-ray, but I do have to (as I always do) tip my hat to these new 4K discs. HDR does a fine job of giving us some deeper blacks, Dolby Vision doesn’t exactly hurt either. For those that have been pining away for the definitive, best-looking version of this film – look no further.

Audio: How’s it sound?

The same DTS HD Master Audio soundtrack is full of little pieces of shock and awe and it’s straight from the Blu-ray. Yes, Ouija perpetuates the stereotype set by countless other horror films with the silent bits followed by a jolt of “energy.” Vocals seem rich and crisp with surrounds kicking in to offer some ambiance. There are a few good scenes with some rich sound, but by and large this is your standard horror-film mix. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Disc One (4K)

  • Audio Commentary – The new additions to this 4K disc are a pair of commentary tracks. I don’t know why we needed two, but I suppose it’s better to have two than none. First up is a track with Co-Writer/Director Stiles White who discusses the genesis of the project, its critical “reception” (if we can call it that) as well as the usual caveats: shooting locations, casting and so on. It’d have been great to loop in the producer’s track (below), but alas…
  • Audio Commentary – I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t give this one a full listen. After hearing the comments on the guy who wrote and directed the movie, I doubt the producer had much else to offer that wasn’t already covered.

Disc Two (Blu-ray)

  • Audio Commentary – The new additions to this 4K disc are a pair of commentary tracks. I don’t know why we needed two, but I suppose it’s better to have two than none. First up is a track with Co-Writer/Director Stiles White who discusses the genesis of the project, its critical “reception” (if we can call it that) as well as the usual caveats: shooting locations, casting and so on. It’d have been great to loop in the producer’s track (below), but alas…
  • Audio Commentary – I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t give this one a full listen. After hearing the comments on the guy who wrote and directed the movie, I doubt the producer had much else to offer that wasn’t already covered.
  • Adapting the Fear – This is essentially the process of adopting a board game for a feature-length film.
  • The Spirit Board: An Evolution – The history of the ouija board (yes, really) along with some interviews with the Director, Producer are joined by a doctor as well as a collector of boards.
  • Icon of the Unknown – The cast and crew as they babble about the movie, what led them to the role and so forth. Bleh.
  • Trailers – One for this film and another for the sequel: Ouija: Origin of Evil. Yay.

The Bottom Line

I went in with my mind open, ready for some good scares, but sadly that didn’t happen here. The flick is just a waste of time with zero talent on display. There are far better horror, or for that matter, supernatural flicks to check out before this dud. Avoid at all costs.

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