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Katie Featherston, Sprague Grayden, Emily Bader
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A collection of seven "found footage" films that involve supernatural events.

Rated R/Unrated.

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Spanish Dolby 51
French Dolby 5.1
Latin Spanish Dolby 5.1
German Dolby 5.1
Italian Dolby 5.1
Latin Spanish

See individual reviews for additional specs on the collection.

Price: $67.99

Available Only as Part of “Paranormal Activity Ultimate Chills Collection”
Release Date: 10/11/2022

• “The Unseen Dimension” Documentary


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Paranormal Activity: Ultimate Chills Collection [Blu-Ray] (2007-2021)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (November 22, 2022)


PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: “For the life of me, I can’t figure out why this dull, tedious film earned such rave reviews. I appreciate its attempts to avoid obvious shocks/scares, but the problem is that it goes too far in the other direction. In its pursuit of subtlety, it forgot to give us anything interesting. That makes it a complete dud.”

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2: “While not a literal remake of the first film, Paranormal Activity 2 strongly echoes its predecessor. Though I find it marginally more involving than that stinker, it still fails to become an engaging horror story.”

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3: “Although Paranormal Activity 3 fails to reinvent any found footage wheels, it manages to work better than its two predecessors. It still relies on too many jump scares, but at least it builds actual tension and narrative elements.”

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4: “Back in 2009, Paranormal Activity bored me, and in 2013, Paranormal Activity 4 left me with the same reaction. The fourth flick probably threw out a few more scares, but it wasn’t any more involving in terms of plot or characters so it remained slow and tedious.”

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES: “Does Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones improve on its predecessors? Yup. Does that make it a good movie? Nope. While it comes with a few effective moments, much of the film meanders and leaves us without much drama.”

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION: “With The Ghost Dimension, the Paranormal Activity series makes implicit spookiness more explicit. That seems like a good idea, but the film so blatantly borrows from so many superior movies that the end result falters.”

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: NEXT OF KIN: “After a six year break, the Paranormal Activity franchise resumed with Next of Kin. That time off didn’t rejuvenate the series, though, so expect another film long on tedium and low on inspiration from Kin.”

The Blu-ray Grades: Picture C+/ Audio C+/ Bonus C-

The Bonus Disc:

Back in 2009, the micro-budgeted Paranormal Activity became the most profitable movie of all-time. It then spawned a slew of sequels, most of which made good money as well.

This 2022 “Ultimate Chills Collection” collects all seven Actvity flicks in one place. Though this article covers the series as a whole, I want to concentrate mainly on the package’s final platter, a disc that provides a new documentary called “Unknown Dimension”.

“Unknown Dimension” runs one hour, 34 minutes, 34 seconds. It provides comments from filmmakers Dean Alioto, Eduardo Sanchez, Oren Peli, Colin Minahan, Stuart Ortiz, Tod Williams, Christopher Landon, Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman, Gregory Plotkin, and Will Eubank, producers Steven Schneider, Jason Blum, Akiva Goldsman and Joe Bandelli, critic Luke Y Thompson, horror historian Nate Ragon, horror journalist Brian W. Collins, “Dread Central” co-founder Steve Barton, ScreamFest founder Rachel Belofsky, Paramount Senior VP Ashley Brucks, former Paramount president Adam Goodman, director of photography Pedro Luque, unit production manager Jenny Hinkey, and actors Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Brian Boland, Molly Ephraim, Sprague Grayden, Chris Smith, Lauren Bittner, Kathryn Newton, Matt Shively, Aiden Lovekamp, Brady Allen, Andrew Jacobs, Jorge Diaz, Gabrielle Walsh, Renee Victor, Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Ivy George, Roland Buck III, Emily Bader, and Dan Lippert.

With “Dimension”, we get a look at the found footage genre and the development of the first Paranormal Activity film. From there we look at aspects of that flick’s production as well as its release/success, the sequels and general thoughts about the franchise.

95 minutes for a documentary about seven movies seems like an insubstantial running time. Of course, the first film gets the lion’s share of the attention, but even then, the semi-abbreviated length of “Unseen” becomes an issue.

We get a decent exploration of the initial movie’s origins and development. However, as noted, that topic doesn’t receive tremendous discussion, so we find basics without a lot of real depth.

Matters don’t improve with the many sequels. “Unseen” dashes through them and fails to give us much in terms of specifics.

I won’t say that this makes “Unseen” a bad documentary, and at least the brisk pace means it never slows or bores. We get a reasonable feel for the different productions and learn enough to keep us engaged.

I appreciate that we find actual criticism of some of the films at times. None of this feels brutal or tremendously frank, but given that programs like this usually deliver lovefests, the presence of negative appraisals seems refreshing.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the part about Next of Kin becomes the least revealing. Without the perspective of time – and also with Paramount’s desire to sell the newest release – we get mostly promotion for that one.

Still, the rest boast moderate objectivity, and I certainly can’t complain about the range of participants. “Unseen” includes a good roster of folks involved with the movies, and that gives the show a nice breadth.

I just wish “Unseen” ran a good twice as long as its 95 minutes. I feel certain that the subject matter could sustain a three-hour exploration, so this documentary feels enjoyable but superficial.

Circa 2009, the enormous success of Paranormal Activity perplexed me, and six sequels/spin-offs later, I still fail to comprehend the appeal. Though the movies vary in quality, they all prove unsatisfying overall. The Blu-rays come with acceptable picture and audio as well as minor bonus materials, though the documentary on this bonus disc adds some value. Fans will probably appreciate the “one-stop shopping” of this seven-movie boxed set, but I won’t want to watch any of the films again.

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