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 "Chucky - The Complete Collection" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Clements

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Synopsis

Universal has released the definitive Chucky collection on Blu-ray just in time for Halloween!  This set includes all six Chucky movies starting with 1988's "Child's Play", its two direct sequels, "Child's Play 2" and "Child's Play 3" along with a couple of reimaginings - "Bride of Chucky" and "Seed of Chucky".  As if this wasn't enough for the die-hard fans out there, the set also includes the latest Chucky installment - 2013's direct to video release, "Curse of Chucky".  This is the first time all six films are available in a single box set.  Plus they out did themselves by offering the best possible picture and sound quality by issuing these films on the Blu-ray disc format. 

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 1988 - 2013, Color, R, 8 Hr 55 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: All 1.85:1 except Curse of Chucky (1.78:1)
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Excpet Child's Play 2 & 3 (DTS-HD Master 2.0)
  • Starring: Alex Vincent, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Brad Dourif, Justin Whalin, Jennifer Tilly, Fiona Dourif and Danielle Bisutti
  • Directed by Tom Holland, John Lafia, Jack Bender, Ronny Yu and Don Mancini
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

Before I got this set, I would have guessed that the first Chucky film was originally released in the late 70's, not 1988.  It just felt like I'd seen it way before it was actually released.  I also would not have been able to guess that there were 6 installments all together.  But now that I've watched them all, I can say that I found this experience to be a fun ride.  The first three films are sort of serious horror movies (though they are campy).  Then Bride and Seed came along as humorous stories centered more on Chucky and his bride Tiffany.  Then the final chapter goes back to more of a pure horror format.  All in all, I was highly engaged throughout all these movies and I started to pull for Chucky as one might root for Walter White in Breaking Bad.  This is a recommended set for any collector of horror films.

Technical

The image quality is reasonably consistent over the first three movies.   That is to say decent image detail, solid colors and good grayscale tracking with noticable film grain present.  Bride and Seed fall short of the first three movies due to limited shadow detail and some added sharpness.  Curse of Chucky was clearly shot on video and it is the best transfer in the bunch.     

The audio is a mixed bag as well.  Again, the two main sequels - Child's Play 2 and 3 get the short end of the stick with stereo tracks (no surround).  All others are DTS HD Master 5.1 that sound good within the limitations of the original audio mix.  

Extras

This six disc package is chock full of extras (except for Child's Play 2 and 3 though?).  There are too many features to list in the space available here.  One noteworthy addition is that you also get an Ultraviolet streaming code for the whole set.