Goosebumps appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a high-quality presentation.
Sharpness was fine, as the movie offered solid clarity. Virtually no softness interfered with this tight, concise image.
I saw no moiré effects or jaggies, and the film lacked edge haloes. Source flaws were non-existent, as I detected no specks, marks or other blemishes.
The film’s palette usually opted for a standard orange and teal orientation. Within that design range, the colors seemed strong.
Blacks showed nice depth and darkness, while low-light shots presented appropriate delineation and smoothness. Across the board, the image looked terrific.
I also felt pleased with the Dolby Atmos soundtrack of Goosebumps, as the soundfield appeared broad and engaging throughout the movie. Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, all the speakers got a strong workout as they displayed a lot of discrete audio.
This made for a convincing environment, as we heard plenty of atmosphere and objects swirl actively and appropriately about us. Segments like the chases and fights stood out as particularly dynamic, and a mix of action sequences kicked things into high gear. All these elements created excellent feelings of place and brought the material to life well.
Sound quality also appeared good. Dialogue was crisp and distinct. Speech showed no signs of edginess or any problems related to intelligibility.
Effects were always clear and dynamic. No distortion appeared, so the track stayed clean.
Music sounded appropriately bright and accurate and portrayed the score appropriately. The mix featured some pretty solid bass at times, and the entire affair seemed nicely deep. Overall, the audio provided the expected levels of involvement and activity.
This 3-disc package includes both the 2D and 3D versions of the film. I discussed picture quality for the 2D edition above – how did the 3D presentation compare?
The 3D offered a nice sense of depth with occasional “pop out” moments. Not shot on native cameras, the movie underwent a conversion that worked pretty well and used the stereo imaging to add to the experience.
That said, I thought Goosebumps could’ve been more aggressive. While the 3D added spice, a tale like this begs for something more dynamic.
Compared to the 2D, picture quality took a hit in terms of sharpness. Though much of the 3D image boasted positive delineation, it could look a little soft and “smoothed out” at times. These concerns weren’t major, but I’d give the 3D presentation a “B” for picture, a moderate drop from the “A-“ I awarded to the 2D.
The mild lack of definition complicated my preference. I’d probably still opt for the 3D version, as the softness wasn’t a big issue, and the stereo elements seemed fun. However, this is a tentative recommendation, as the 3D image didn’t quite live up to expectations.
Also note that the 3D Goosebumps downgraded the 2D version’s Atmos audio. Instead, the 3D edition came with DTS-HD MA 5.1 sonics, a factor that may make it less appealing to some.
As we move to extras, we open with a Cast Blooper Reel. It runs three minutes, eight seconds and mainly brings the usual goofs and giggles. A few improv lines add value, though.
Cut footage arrives via an Alternate Opening (3:28) and seven Deleted Scenes (12:39). The “Opening” hints at the mayhem yet to come. It features Kumail Nanjiani – absent from the final film – and it’s pretty funny.
As for the deleted scenes, a glimpse of Zach’s first day at his new school fills much of the running time, as it goes six minutes. It would’ve slowed down the story, but it’s interesting in its own right.
We also find an “Alternate Ending”, one that makes a pretty big change in the existing finale. It’s less crowd-pleasing, so I see why it wasn’t used.
The remaining scenes offer minor tidbits. Though they offer nothing special, they’re fun to see.
Four featurettes follow, and they launch with All About Slappy. It goes for four minutes, 44 seconds and includes notes from author RL Stine, puppeteer Jake McKinnon, director Rob Letterman, and actors Jack Black, Dylan Minnette and Jillian Bell.
“About” gives us notes about the Slappy character’s literary origins and his adaptation for the screen. It’s use of Slappy as narrator gives us a comedic tone but it still offers decent notes, even though Black doesn’t reprise the Slappy part for the featurette.
Next comes the five-minute, 47-second Beginner’s Guide to Surviving a Goosebumps Creature. It features Minnette and Ryan Lee in character as they tell us how to beat various monsters. The reel offers some entertainment value but it’s largely forgettable and promotional.
Strange Things Are Happening takes up three minutes, 30 seconds and focuses mainly on Minnette’s “behind the scenes” footage from the set. He claims weird, spooky shenanigans took place during the shoot, and the clip shows the result. Like “Guide”, it presents moderate amusement.
For the last featurette, we go to Creaturefied. It spans eight minutes, 56 seconds and provides comments from makeup department head Fionagh Cush and creature makeup designer Steve Prouty.
They lead us through “makeup projects” to be done at home. These show how to create fake blood and a mummy mask. Kids might enjoy these tutorials.
A Cast Screen Test Gallery goes for seven minutes, 16 seconds and provides these pairings: “Dylan Minnette and Odeya Rush”, “Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush and Jack Black”, “Dylan Minnette and Jack Black” twice. They’re entertaining to see.
The 2D disc opens with ads for The Goldbergs, Pixels, Hotel Transylvania 2, The Angry Birds Movie, Open Season: Scared Silly and The 5th Wave. No trailer for Goosebumps appears here.
The 3D disc launches with 3D promos for Pixels and Hotel Transylvania 2.
A comedy/horror tale that emphasizes the laughs, Goosebumps delivers a fun adventure. It mixes genres in a loose, lively way that allows it to become a likable romp. The Blu-ray brings excellent picture and audio along with a decent array of bonus materials. Goosebumps offers a solid family film, and the 3D version brings some fun visuals, though it’s not a great presentation.
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