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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Blu-ray Review: Chucky: The Complete Collection

Sit down, get comfy, and get ready for Chucky.  All six films, including the all-new Curse of Chucky, together at last in one complete set.

Is it worth your money?  It damn well is.

Click the RAWR and I'll tell you more!

I've always been a Chucky fan.  He's sort of the black sheep of the horror world.  Everyone is all Freddy this, Jason that and Chucky sort of gets the short end of the stick.   I sat down and watched these movies and instantly remembered why I loved them when I was younger and I still love them now. They hold up and Chucky is still a blast

I realized something as I made my way through the series and some might find it shocking. The Child's Play series is the most consistently good franchise that exists in horror today.  In terms of quality, no other franchise manages the success rate of the Child's Play franchise.   Some of these movies are better than others of course but none of them, not a single one, is bad.  Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13, Hellraiser, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, all of these franchises have entries that some would call terrible.  Chucky's legacy is pristine, all of them are good, and a few of them are great.

Rather than go through the titles one by one I'll just give you the gist of the set.  All of the films look wonderful.   Some, unfortunately, have more features than others, and the one glaring omission for a set like this is a bonus disc with all new features.  It would have been great to have a nice compendium of new features, interviews, bloopers, deleted scenes, just something to make this a comprehensive collection rather than just a gathering of the films.

That said, the movies are definitely worth the price of admission.  I really love all of these films.  I can't get enough Chucky and after watching the first three movies for the first time in years I am reminded why.  They're great fun and Chucky is delightfully evil.

After the third entry, the Chucky series went a different direction with the brilliant Bride of Chucky and even more so with Seed of Chucky.  These two entries ramped up the comedic elements and this evolution really fit the character and the franchise well.  They breathed new life into the series.

With this set also comes the latest entry, one that was unfortunately and inexplicably denied a theatrical release, Curse of Chucky.  Of course I was nervous about a sequel that was sent straight to video and after watching it, I don't really understand why it wasn't in theaters.  Maybe Universal doesn't think the franchise has legs anymore?  Well, it does.  Curse of Chucky is great.  It's a return to form for the series as it goes back to the horror roots for a darker, scarier film.  Still, it pays its respects to the franchise in wonderful ways (stay through the credits!)

Overall, Chucky: The Complete Collection is a wonderful set well worth your money.  In a perfect world, it'd have a plethora of features for us to get lost in but we'll have to make due with what they give us.

9/10 Friends to the End

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