Curse of Chucky appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. This became a satisfying presentation.
Sharpness worked well much of the time. A few interiors could seem a smidgen soft, but for the most part, the movie appeared accurate and well-defined. I saw no moiré effects or jaggies, and the film also lacked edge haloes or source flaws.
Cult went for a heavily desaturated palette that favored chilly blues. A few brighter tones occasionally appeared – mainly reds – but the hues largely remained cold. These suited the story and looked appropriate.
Blacks seemed deep and dense, while shadows showed nice clarity and smoothness. The image came across well.
I also felt satisfied with the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, though it won’t win awards for ambition. The soundscape tended toward a feeling of creepy atmosphere, and this meant it opened up only occasionally. A few action/scare sequences made good use of the various speakers, but they remained sporadic.
Audio quality seemed fine. Music was lively and full, while effects came across as accurate and robust. Speech appeared concise and natural, with no issues connected to edginess. This was a more than acceptable mix.
As we move to the package’s extras, we find two different versions of the film. We get an R-Rated Cut (1:30:03) and an Unrated Cut (1:30:56). What do you get from the added 53 seconds? I have no idea, as I only watched the longer version. Still, I wanted to mention that both editions appear.
After this comes an audio commentary from writer/director Don Mancini and head puppeteer Tony Gardner. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/character areas, camerawork and visual design, sets and locations, influences, cast and performances, effects and bringing Chucky to life, music, and related areas.
Veterans of the format, Mancini and Gardner seem at ease during the commentary and they prove to be consistently chatty. They cover a nice array of topics and do so with verve in this enjoyable and informatuve piece.
Three Deleted Scenes fill a total of five minutes, 36 seconds. We find “Nurse Carlos Sells Photos of Nica” (2:34), “Madeleine’s Prescription” (1:27) and “Nurse Carlos Makes Amends” (1:35). These add to some supporting characters and offer mildly interesting material, but I can’t claim they’re especially engaging.
We can watch these scenes with or without commentary from Mancini and Gardner. They give us perspective about the cut footage and let us know why the segments got the boot. They add useful information.
Three featurettes follow. Inside the Insanity runs six minutes, 43 seconds and offers notes from Mancini, Gardner, director of photography Michael Marshall, and actors Alex Vincent, Fiona Dourif, Jennifer Tilly, and Michael Therriault.
“Insanity” discusses storyboards and puppet-related complications, cast and performances, story and characters, sets and locations, some kill scenes, and effects. “Insanity” throws out some interesting notes but it’s rather disjointed, which makes it less effective. It also delivers massive spoilers, so skip it until you’ve seen the movie.
Good Guy Gone Bad lasts five minutes, three seconds and features Mancini, Gardner, Dourif and puppeteer Peter Chevako. “Bad” views the design of the Chucky puppets and their execution. It becomes a fun glimpse of all the issues involved.
Finally, we move to The Dollhouse, a seven-minute, 37-second piece with Gardner, Mancini, Dourif, producer David Kirschner, and actor Brad Dourif. The show looks at the “family” aspect of the Child’s Play franchise and stresses on the participants. Created by Gardner’s daughter Kyra, “Dollhouse” offers some interesting moments, but it feels rushed and not especially coherent.
The disc opens with ads for Death Race: Beyond Anarchy, Dead Again in Tombstone and Atomic Blonde. No trailer for Cult appears here.
A second disc presents a DVD copy of Cult. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
Seven films into the Child’s Play franchise, Cult of Chucky shows continued signs of life. The series opts for a dark, somber feel that suits it and makes this a largely winning thriller. The Blu-ray offers good picture and audio as well as a decent set of supplements. Cult becomes an above average horror experience.