Seed of Chucky (HD DVD)

January 28, 2012 7 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Chucky and his bride Jennifer have been out of action for a while now, but their previous mayhem was the stuff of legend. As a result, Hollywood has decided to bring Chucky to the big screen in grand fashion, with a cast that includes the beautiful Jennifer Tilly. Her recent efforts have been less than successful, but she is convinced that her role in Chucky Goes Psycho will be a smash. In order to add some realism to the production, the dolls of Chucky and Jennifer are used in the shoot, which sparks a chain reacton of violence. Their estranged son Glen sees his parents on television and quickly flees to their side. Glen uses ancient magic to bring his parents back and soon enough, chaos has been unleashed. Both parents are quite proud, but Glen is neither a boy nor a girl, so the situation is complex. But Chucky has a plan, as he wants to impregnate Jennifer Tilly and provide Glen with a sibling for a companion. As the violence erupts, will Chucky’s sick plan be put into motion, or is this yet another curtain call for the living doll of death?

The sequel is a wicked tool, especially in horror cinema, as a great movie can often yield a series of less than impressive sequels. Child’s Play, for example, was a smash hit that genre fans fell in love with, but the two sequels never lived up to that standard. But then Bride of Chucky was unleashed, a movie that not only matched the original, but surpassed it in all respects. The success of Bride of Chucky spawned Seed of Chucky, but could lightning strike twice in one franchise? This is not on the same level of Bride of Chucky, but Seed of Chucky is a notch or two above the usual sequel. Jennifer Tilly returns and as always, Chucky is fun to watch, though he isn’t as prominent this time around. The focus is on outrageous gore and black humor, which results in a movie that is fun to watch from start to finish. Not as consistent as Bride of Chucky, but more than solid and a good addition to this franchise. This HD-DVD delivers all of the extras from the standard release, not to mention enhanced video & audio treatments, so this is the version fans will want to seek out.

Video: How does it look?

Seed of Chucky is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. This isn’t the kind of transfer to show off your system with, but this is a welcome improvement over the standard edition. I tend to look to detail as soon as I watch a high definition disc for the first time and in this case, the overall enhancement isn’t sizable. I did notice more detail in most scenes, but not to eye popping levels and softness is present at times. But the movie does benefit from richer, bolder colors, which means the reds here look deep, as opposed to bland on the standard disc. No issues with print defects or contrast either, the movie looks quite good here. I do wish detail was improved in some scenes, but this still puts the DVD to shame.

Audio: How does it sound?

I was a little surprised to find a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 option here, but I am glad Universal included the soundtrack. The movie sounds great here, with a nice improvement over the DTS track on the standard release. The differences are by no means massive, but you can tell there is more power and depth here. The music booms a little more and the atmosphere is a little more eerie, so the audio is a step up and fans should be pleased. No issues in terms of dialogue either, vocals sound crystal clear at all times. So this turns out to be an impressive track, one that really enhances the viewing experience. This disc also includes a Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 option, as well as subtitles in English and French.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This is the same assortment of extras from the standard release, so you can ditch those antique DVDs on this one. Not one, but two audio commentary tracks are present, the first with director Don Mancini and the second with Macini again, only this time with puppet master Tony Gardner. The first session is laid back, with Tilly on her game with some great stories and recollections. Mancini plays off her well and has some nice tidbits, but he lets Tilly be more vocal, which is good news. The second session is more technical, as Mancini and Gardner talk about how the characters were updated for this sequel. I found this to be a candid, in depth discussion of what went into some of the production side of the picture. You can also watch a deleted scene, watch Tilly’s skit from The Tonight Show, and even check out a cool interview with Chucky himself. The rest of the extras includes a couple of brief behind the scenes featurettes, a Chucky slide show, Tilly’s production diary, and an insider facts trivia track.

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