Child’s Play 3 (4K Ultra HD Review)

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

Review

Partly due to its rushed production 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), an orphaned teen who is now in high school, has been sent to military school. He is still traumatized from his childhood. The company responsible for the incident is still operating. “Good Guys”This doll line wants to relaunch and forget all about the murderous controversies that surrounded Chucky and Andy. After some of Chucky’s blood is poured into a hot pot of plastic, it is accidentally resurrected. The hot plastic is then transformed into a doll. Chucky sets out on finding Andy. He accidentally reveals Andy’s identity to Tyler (Jeremy Sylvers), a younger student at the 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 also very similar. Friday, July 13th Part V: A New BeginningThe term “traumatic”A person who has suffered a terrible experience and must go through it again later in their lives. 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 3At the time. Perhaps it was too much Chucky too fast, and the gap of time between this film and 1998’s Bride of ChuckyThe character and the ongoing story were given the breathing room they required. The series continues to be loved by its 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 was the cinematographer for the film, which was shot on 35mm film. Leonetti Ultracam 35 cameras were used by Leonetti. The film was photochemically processed, and presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. 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 have improved in quality with the finer details. There is moderate film grain visible. The HDR grades, particularly the Dolby Vision pass, have broadened the range with deep, rich blacks as well as a wide range in 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 stable and clean with no visible flaws. It’s a crisp presentation that sails past any and all previous home video releases.

Audio is available in English Dolby Atmos and 2.0 DTS HD Master audio. Subtitles in English SDH can be found. 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 can be found in the insert and slipcover. Additional features are available on both discs.

DISC ONE FILM (UHD).

DISC TWO – FILM & SPECIAL FEATURES – (BD)

Justin Beahm moderated the first audio commentary featuring Jack Bender. This recording was made exclusively for this release. 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, Reverend Entertainment will be conducting a series of interviews via Skype/Zoom. Don Mancini talks about being exhausted while writing of Child’s Play 3, freshening up the story, casting issues, having conflicts on the set, and predicting the film’s failure. Perrey talks about auditioning, being a strong woman character, working on location, working closely with Jack Bender and 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 his plans for pitching the next sequel. Robert Latham Brown discusses the progress of the third film, including shooting the title sequence, various locations and set shoots, as well as cameos by his kids. Michael Chieffo speaks about his wife Beth Grant, filming for a day, pretending to die, and the success story of Chucky. Craig Reardon discusses being interviewed for the film, the script, the various effects, how they were done and his crew shirt. He also shares his final thoughts on the series. Richard Sawyer discusses his meeting with Jack Bender, how he came up with the idea for the amusement park, how he ended up editing it, and how he is happy with his work. Seven scenes from the TV version are also included. These scenes include additional scenes, language and gore coverage, and extended scenes. Last is the film’s trailer and a TV spot. The German Blu-ray does not include a video commentary with Robert Latham Brown. This 2019 interview with Robert Latham Brown is included, as well as a stills gallery and additional TV spots.

The US has Child’s Play 3Also, Child’s Play 2Multiple Blu-ray and DVD releases of, had a trailer as the only extra. Scream Factory has made this a reality with their excellent video quality and a wide selection of extras. Far and away, it’s the best presentation of Child’s Play 3You can also watch it at home.

– Tim Salmons

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