Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - April, 2013


"Mama" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton



Guillermo del Toro presents this supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. When the young sisters are found alive in a decrepit cabin, their uncle and his girlfriend take them in. As they try to introduce the children to a normal life, Annabel (Chastain) begins to wonder if the traumatized girls are the only guests they have welcomed into their home.



  • Universal Studios
  • 2013, PG-13, 1 Hr 40 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier
  • Directed by: Andy Muschietti
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild


This movie is about a ghost with separation anxiety. What makes it worthwhile is the better than average acting skills of Chastain and Charpentier. The concept for the film came from a 3 minute short by director Muschietti and his sister which impressed del Toro enough to push the production forward. The story line is simple and the ending is satisfying, but some of the middle portions are a bit drawn out. We have seen all of this before: The usual people get killed. The house, though fully lit, always appears too dark. Lights flicker and moths flutter about. Though no new ground is broken in this genre, the ending paid off without being too obvious. Still, this movie was more fun to watch than the typical dreck coming out over the last year or so from Hollywood. Creepy, yet not over-the-top gory.


Picture quality is good with most of the dark scenes coming through with good contrastand nice shadow delineation. The outdoor scenes have blown-out contrast look that is so prevalent in films these days, but the indoor scenes are fine, if dimly lit. Overall, the movie is drained of color and has a bluish tone to it. I guess blue tone is the new "spooky" color. Sound is lively and the sub kicks in whenever the tone of the movie turns ominous…which is every few minutes.


The extras only manage to scare up some deleted scenes, commentaries, the 3 minute short on which the film is based, and a special effects walk-through on how they created Mama.