Child’s Play 3 (4K Ultra HD Review)

  • Reviewed by Tim Salmons
  • Review Date: Sep 27, 2022
  • Format: Blu-ray Disc

Review

Its rushed production is partly to blame. Child’s Play 3 wasn’t as successful or as well received as its predecessors. Although it’s more accepted now, pushing the story forward in time and seeing Andy Barclay as a teenager—meaning that Alex Vincent was left out altogether—wasn’t exactly what fans wanted in a sequel. It also didn’t perform as well as the previous film at the box office. Released only nine months later, it’s clear that Chucky had quickly become oversaturated.

Eight years have elapsed since the events in Child’s Play 2. Andy Barclay (Justin Whalin), now a teen, but still orphaned has been sent to military school, still traumatized and haunted by his childhood. The company that caused the incident is still in existence. “Good Guys”This doll line wants to relaunch and forget about the murderous controversy surrounding Chucky or Andy. Chucky is accidentally revived after some of his blood is added to a pot of hot plastic. The hot plastic is then used to mold a new doll. Chucky sets out in search of Andy. But he accidentally reveals the identity to Tyler Sylvers, a younger boy at school. Killing everyone in his way, Chucky proceeds with his original plan, to perform a ritual that will allow him to inhabit a new human body, this time Tyler’s.

Unfortunately, Child’s Play 3 is the lesser of the three original films—perhaps one of the least entries in the series. One can certainly argue that more of a young Andy Barclay being terrorized and potentially taken over by Chucky would have been stale, but why include Andy at all if he’s to be not much more than a side character? It doesn’t help that the new potential human host for Chucky’s soul seems a little too old and, therefore, not as sympathetic. Don Mancini admitted that he was pressured into delivering another sequel in a hurry. As a result, it feels forced to produce the final product. The story is similar to Friday, July 13th, Part V: A New BeginningThe term “traumatic”Someone who has had to go through something horrible and has to do it again later in his life. Everyone around him often questions his sanity. Andy’s obsession with Chucky makes him seem crazy, but not enough is really done with it to make it interesting. It’s more pathetic than anything.

Regardless, the general public just wasn’t that concerned with Child’s Play 3It was at the time. Perhaps it was too much Chucky too fast, and the gap of time between this film and 1998’s Bride of ChuckyThe characters and the ongoing story had the breathing space they needed. The series is still loved by fans. Child’s Play 3’s better qualities, including its effects and cinematography, but it remains one of the least-appealing films of the entire franchise.

Child’s Play 3John R. Leonetti, the cinematographer, shot the film on 35mm film. Leonetti Ultracam 35 cameras were used by Leonetti. The film was processed photochemically and presented in an aspect ratio 1:85. Scream Factory’s 4K Ultra HD presentation of the film uses a 4K scan of the original camera negative, which was finished as a 4K Digital Intermediate, and graded for high dynamic range (HDR10 and Dolby Vision options are available). Child’s Play 3The images are now more detailed and have a better quality. There is some film grain visible. The HDR grades, including the DolbyVision pass, have expanded the gamut of colors with deep, rich blacks, and a wide variety of hues. The look of the factory in the opening, Sullivan’s office, many of the areas inside and outside of the military school, and the amusement park are fully nuanced. The image is clear and stable with no obvious visual flaws. It’s a crisp presentation that sails past any and all previous home video releases.

Audio is available in English Dolby Atmos, 2.0 DTS HD master audio and English Dolby Atmos. Subtitles are available in English SDH. The new Atmos track provides the film’s very active soundtrack a vehicle to perform even better, especially when it comes to staging and ambient activity. The dialogue exchanges are clear and easily discernible, while John D’Andrea’s score is full of weight. It’s unclear whether the additional stereo track is the original theatrical audio or a fold-down of some kind, but even though there’s less spatial activity to be had, it’s a fine alternative for those without access to multiple channels of audio.

Child’s Play 3The 4K Ultra HD DVD is housed in a black amaray box with a Blu-ray copy in 1080p. It uses the same 4K master and contains most of the bonus materials. The original theatrical artwork is featured in the slipcover and insert. Additional features are available on both discs.

DISCONE: FILM UHD

DISC TWO – FILM & SPECIAL FEATURES – (BD)

This release only features the first audio commentary with Jack Bender. It was recorded by Justin Beahm as a moderator. Beahm basically interviews Bender about his involvement with the film as they watch it together, and he’s more than game to answer questions. He gives his thoughts on the series and seems to have a fairly good working knowledge. They discuss the film’s various aspects, including the cinematography, generating suspense, working with the cast and crew, Bruce Vilanch providing Chucky lines, his other film work, and the film dipping its toes into black humor. It’s a very nice track. Robert Latham Brown recorded the second audio commentary in 2019 for a German Bluray release. It’s a much more passive track than its predecessor as Brown falls into the trap of watching the film instead of commenting on it, but he still manages to provide additional details as the track goes along.

Next is a series new interviews by Reverend Entertainment. Some of them are conducted via Skype/Zoom. Don Mancini discusses feeling exhausted during the writing process of Child’s Play 3, freshening up the story, casting issues, having conflicts on the set, and predicting the film’s failure. Perrey Reeves discusses auditioning for the film and being a strong female character. He also talks about working with Jack Bender, shooting in location, working alongside Chucky, the fans, as well as the appeal of Chucky. Don Kirschner talks about the idea of doing a third movie and beyond, his thoughts about Jack Bender, the pressures involved in shooting, his thoughts on Chucky dying in a fan, and pitching the next sequel. Robert Latham Brown talks through the process of moving on to the third movie, shooting the title sequence, various locations and set shoots, as well as cameos by his kids. Michael Chieffo discusses his wife Beth Grant’s role in the second film, the day he spent on the film, the fact that he was pretending to be dead and the success of Chucky. Craig Reardon discusses being interviewed for the film, reading the script and the various effects. He also talks about his crew shirt and his final thoughts. Richard Sawyer talks about meeting Jack Bender, the creation of the amusement park idea, his thoughts as an editor and his satisfaction with his work. A series of seven scenes from TV’s version of the film are included. They include additional scenes, gore and language coverage, as well as scene extensions. Last is the film’s trailer and a TV spot. A video commentary with Robert Latham Brown and a 2019 interview with Robert Latham Brown are not included on the German Bluray. There is also a stills gallery and additional TV spots.

The US has Child’s Play 3As well as Child’s Play 2Multiple Blu-ray and DVD releases have been released with a trailer as the only extra. Scream Factory has rectified this with excellent video quality and a nice selection extras. Far and away, it’s the best presentation of Child’s Play 3Video at home

– Tim Salmons

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