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Blu-ray Cover

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Release Date: October 24, 2017

Region: Region A

Length: 109 min

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: 7.1 English Dolby True HD (48kHz, 24-bit)

Alternate Audio:

English Dolby Atmos
5.1 French (Canada) Dolby Digital
5.1 Spanish Dolby Digital
5.1 Portuguese Dolby Digital
5.1 English Narrative Descriptive Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish

Ratio: 2.39:1

Bitrate: 27.95 Mbps

Notes: This release includes a DVD copy of the film and s DVD edition is available for purchase. However, this edition only includes the Deleted Scenes Featurettes. All other supplements are exclusive to the Blu-ray edition.

Title

In Annabelle: Creation, several years after the tragic death of their young daughter, a doll maker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shut-down orphanage into their home. They soon become the target of the doll maker’s possessed creation, Annabelle. So, riddle me this: Why would any doll-maker in their right mind create such a doll as Annabelle? Even if it weren’t possessed by an evil entity, one can’t imagine anyone saying, “Oh, what an adorable doll!” No normal child would want it in their room at night. One also wonders who came up with the idea of making a prequel to what was already a prequel. David F. Sandberg’s direction elevates the material into a reasonably effective horror diversion, but the film never offers the viewer anything that they haven’t already experienced in better films. What’s more, certain scenes are absolutely ruined by the cartoonish CGI effects which are utilized in situations that should depend on practical effects.

CGI Enhancement

Here is a taste of the aforementioned CGI.

It probably seems as if I am nitpicking, but CGI is one of the top three worst things to happen to the horror genre (the other two are probably the “found footage” gimmick and Rob Zombie). Once upon a time, in the olden days before CGI developed into what it has become today, the horror that unfolded before the viewer’s eyes seemed impossible to fake. After the chills subsided, one had to wonder how the filmmakers made such things unfold before their eyes—and it all looked organic. Everyone now knows that CGI artists can simply create such effects with relative ease and the magic is gone. What’s more, it never feels organic! As a matter of fact it usually looks slightly cartoonish. Even gore is created with CGI now, and it doesn’t result in more realism despite what some people may think. Worse, the magic has been drained from these films.

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The Presentation:

4 of 5 Stars

The disc is protected in the standard Blu-ray case with film related artwork, and the case is protected by a slipcover showcasing the same artwork.

One Sheets

One Sheets

 

Surprisingly enough, the design is decidedly superior to both of the one sheet’s that we’ve seen.

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Picture Quality:

4.5 of 5 Stars

Warner Brothers provides a strong transfer that faithfully carries over the strengths and weaknesses of the original photography. The image supports an impressive amount of fine detail and colors are represented as they were intended by the filmmakers. There might be some slight banding in some portions of the image, but this is really the only problem here. Most will be more than satisfied.

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Sound Quality:

5 of 5 Stars

Better are the sound options available on the disc which include a Dolby Atmos track that is as close to perfect a track as anyone could possibly hope to experience. Dialogue is clear and well prioritized in the center speakers while a healthy amount of ambience and music wraps around you while effectively sucking you into the film’s universe. The 7.1 English Dolby True HD track is nearly as effective and will certainly satisfy those without Atmos capabilities.

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Special Features:

4 of 5 Stars

Feature Length Audio Commentary with David F. Sandberg

David F. Sandberg is an interesting commentator and his track is both engaging and informative. It actually makes this reviewer wish that he had more affection for the film.

Deleted Scenes Featurette – (12:04) – (HD)

This is really a collection of deleted scenes but there is contextual information about why they were left out of the film as well. One would have preferred to have these included separately with an optional “play all” function, but it is always nice to have a film’s deleted scenes available on a disc.

Directing Annabelle: Creation – (42:21) – (HD)

Surprisingly informative and more comprehensive than one expects from a standard studio Blu-ray release, this short documentary examines David F. Sandberg’s work on the film. Fans should enjoy watching this better than average look at the film’s production as there is quite a bit of “behind the scenes” footage included.

The Conjuring Universe – (04:51) – (HD)

Not so much a featurette as a shameless plug for the upcoming release of The Nun, the interviews available here are pure fluff and hardly worth the viewer’s time unless they are die-hard fans of the franchise and look forward to the aforementioned film.

Two Short Films by David F. Sandberg:

Those who admire David F. Sandberg’s works should enjoy these two shorts. Actually, one wonders why a director’s short efforts aren’t included on more Blu-ray releases.

Attic Panic – (03:10) – (HD)

Coffer – (03:09) – (HD)

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Final Words:

Those who insist on watching only recent releases this Halloween could certainly do worse than Annabelle: Creation, but we recommend that those people broaden their horizons. Those who refuse to do so should be happy with this Blu-ray as it exhibits great picture and sound quality and supplemental material that is well above average.

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