Child's Play [WS] [20th Anniversary Edition] [DVD] [1988]

  • SKU: 9015013
  • Release Date: 09/09/2008
  • Rating: R
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (152 out of 156)

Special Features


  • Audio commentary with Alex Vincent, Catherine Hicks and "Chucky" designer Kevin Yagher
  • Audio commentary with producer David Kirschner and screenwriter Don Mancini
  • Scene specific Chucky commentary
  • Evil Comes in Small Packages featurette:
  • The Birth of Chucky
  • Creating the Horror
  • Unleashed
  • Chucky: Building a Nightmare featurette
  • A Monster Convention featurette
  • Introducing Chucky: The Making of Child's Play vintage featurette
  • Still photo gallery
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Child's Play
Child's Play seems to have been concocted by a parent who went berserk after standing in line for hours on end to purchase a Cabbage Patch doll in the early 1980s. The film opens with serial killer Brad Dourif taking refuge in a doll factory. Dourif is killed by the cops, but not before he has invoked a voodoo curse which transfers his soul into one of the dolls. That particular doll, nicknamed Chuckie, is unwittingly purchased by Catherine Hicks for her son Alex Vincent. Several murders occur shortly thereafter; all evidence points to Alex, who insists that his cherub-faced doll is responsible. Detective Chris Sarandon, the man responsible for Dourif's death, doesn't swallow Alex's story, but he agrees to investigate because he's sweet on Alex's mom. The slasher-flick ending of Child's Play would seem to have settled Chuckie's hash for good and all, but guess again--the film spawned numerous sequels. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Catherine Hicks
    Catherine Hicks - Karen Barclay
  • Chris Sarandon
    Chris Sarandon - Det. Mike Norris
  • Alex Vincent
    Alex Vincent - Andy Barclay
  • Brad Dourif
    Brad Dourif - Charles Lee Ray
  • Dinah Manoff
    Dinah Manoff - Maggie Peterson



Overall customer rating

4.7
98%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Hi! I'm a Chucky BluRay, wanna play?

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    JakeInLivnColor
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    What else can be said about Child's Play that already has been said since its release 29 years ago? The film is a classic, but with several flaws throughout, but worthy of the status. This brand new BluRay though? This is a fantastic set for fans of the film, and a big upgrade from the older MGM/Fox release. This release, spread over 2 discs, has all the old features and several new ones and a new 2k scan of the film on its own disc. Having owned the previous BluRay & DVD releases (The picture quality on those is fantastic and to save a few bucks, I would recommend a pick up on those and they come with a ton of extras as well), this is a superior release with a more accurate feel to the film, well-preserved film grain and upticks in detail across the board and looks nice on a larger screen. The sound does carry over the MGM 5.1 DTS-HD track from a few years ago and sounds great, but the inclusion of the original lossless 2.0 DTS-HD track is the way to go. Accurate, no warping or other major issues, and some surprising heft in the bass department, it works on all levels. The extras are the main reason to upgrade to this edition (Along with the 2k remaster and the cool artwork), starting with 4 commentaries (3 full length, 1 selected scenes.), 3 of them carried over from the MGM DVD/BluRay. Track #1: Stars Alex Vincent, Catherine Hicks and Chucky Designer Kevin Yagher (A good listen, with plenty of details and stories about the shoot and how the film means to them) Track #2: Film Series Producer David Kirshner and Screenwriter Don Mancini (A more technically oriented track that is equally entertaining and informative) Track #3: Brad Dourif as Chucky (Quick, slightly amusing, but only worth listening to once. Would've been great if Dourif was paired with the cast or etc.) Track #4: Director Tom Holland (Haven't listened to it, but this is the newest track of the bunch) Moving onto disc 2, there are plenty of new and all the old supplements starting with the old: Evil Comes in Small Packages (A good making-of/interview piece from the original BluRay/DVD) Chucky: Building a Nightmare (A good look on how Chucky came to be) A Monster Convention (An okay look at a piece from a convention) Introducing Chucky: The Making of Child's Play (A good look at the techniques used to bring the doll to life) Vintage Making-of (A short EPK of the making of the film from 1988) New stuff includes: Behind-the-Scenes Special Effects Footage (An hour-long look at creating the effects and interviews with the crew members) Howard Berger: Your Special Effects Friend Til the End (A lengthy talk with Berger and how he helped shape the film with Chucky) Life Behind the Mask: Being Chucky (Another lengthy interview, this time with Ed Gale, the human counterpart of Chucky used for more complicated work that puppetry couldn't pull of at the time) All of this is rounded off with the trailer, a TV spot and photo galleries of BTS photos and lobby cards and posters and reversible artwork on the case itself. Overall, this is a highly recommended purchase, with great video and audio quality, all the old extras, several new pieces and nice artwork, but if you are scraping by, get the MGM disc, its several dollars cheaper, has good AV qualities and a lot of the extras from this release.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Childs play gets the royal treatment it deserves

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    Animeboy413

    CHILD'S PLAY is simply one of the most effective horror films released in the 80's. , It benefits from a solid screenplay, a great cast, a great director and special effects that are a wow! Before CHILD'S PLAY, director Tom Holland gave us another 80's classic FRIGHT NIGHT and I must say this was a director in the top of his game. Little Vincent (Andy Barclay) lives with his single mom (Catherine Hicks) who works hard to make ends meet. He is sad because he wants for his birthday a Good Guy doll (a doll after a popular TV show). The dolls are great: they talk, each one has its own name... and they are very expensive. But mom (knowing her son is sad) finds a street seller who happens to have a Good Guy doll for sale - a doll he stole from a toy store where something horrible happened... ...And this is just the beginning because inside the doll is the spirit of a murderer (Brad Dourif) who managed to transfer his soul to the doll before getting shot by Detective Mike Norris (Chris Sarandon). So the doll will kill his way to Norris in search of revenge. Child's Play gets a quality Blu-Ray release. I've always been a fan of the Chucky series and I was not disappointed by Child's Play on Blu-Ray. The picture quality is good . This is an older film so it's not as stunning as a more recent release but the picture quality is a big upgrade when compared to previous releases of the film. The audio quality is also solid with a lossless audio track included. The Blu-Ray also includes the standard DVD version of the film. This is the definitive edition of Child's Play. If you're a horror fan you're gonna want to have this in your collection. here are the full Specs: Audio: English: Dolby Surround, 5.1 Dolby Surround, 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio / Spanish: Dolby Surround / French: Stereo, Dolby Surround Language: Dubbed: English, French & Spanish / Subtitled: English & Spanish Theatrical Aspect Ratio: Widescreen: 1.85:1 Episodes-Bonus Features:Disc 1: Widescreen Feature Film Blu-ray **Audio Commentary with Alex Vincent, Catherine Hicks and "Chucky" designer Kevin Yagher **Audio Commentary with Producer David Kirschner and Screenwriter Don Mancini **Select Scene Chucky Commentaries **Chucky's Thoughts **The Advantages of Being Chucky **Chucky on Filmmaking **Up close and personal with Chucky **Evil Comes in Small Packages **The Birth of Chucky **Creating the Horror **Unleashed **Chucky: Building a Nightmare **A Monster Convention **Vintage Featurette **Introducing Chucky: The Making of Child's Play Chucky's Back Designer Toy Disc 2: Widescreen Feature Film DVD so for the price of $1 you get two Feature films, don't miss out on this amazing offer

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An entertaining horror film that still works today

    Posted
    CrimsonKing42

    Child's Play is a fun experience, especially when you watch it and realize that surprisingly enough, instead of just being a slasher film about a killer doll stalking the young boy who owns him, the film is actually a surprisingly subtle critique of the 80's obsession with the ownership of kids' dolls. In all fairness, this is hardly a socially subversive masterpiece, but it is a lot of fun, and manages to be less shallow than a lot of similar slasher films. Child's Play is the story of Karen Barclay, a single mom in financial trouble who desperately wants to get her son one of the popular new Good Guy dolls for his birthday, but she can't afford one, unfortunately. When she gets the chance to buy one from a homeless man at a cut-rate price, she can't resist, and that's how little Andy Barclay gets his new doll Chucky. Little does Karen know, unfortuantely, that the doll was taken from the scene of a destroyed toy store where cop Mike Norris chased down Charles Lee Ray, the Lakeshore Strangler. As he lay in the store dying of a gunshot wound, Charles used voodoo magic to transfer his soul into the doll, which is now in the hands of young Andy. The body count begins to accumulate, and soon Karen doesn't know if her son is the killer, or if it is actually possible that her son's doll is alive. The technical aspects of the movie are reallly impressive. At no point does Chucky appear to be cheesy or stupid-looking. Whenever it was illogical for them to film the doll from far away, they did a close-up shot that hid the tracks or whatever they were using to move him, making it look more believable. The result is a series of effects that are still quite adequate by today's standards. The level of gore isn't too high, but good enough to satisfy horror afficionados. Overall, this is a tense, fun horror picture with good casting and some fun timeless appeal. If you're into the genre, I'd recommend this film.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Child's Play

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    metalhead
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    All Andy wanted for his birthday was the hottest toy on the market, a Good Guy doll. Odd that the evening of the day he got it, his aunt Maggie is killed mysteriously, then Andy points the blame to Chucky, his Good Guy doll. Only a sane person would want to believe that Andy has a wild imagination, right? Who would believe that a toy was possessed by the soul of a serial killer? Child's Play set a new precedent in the horror movie genre in the late 80's, and has many imitators, but there is only one killer doll: Chucky. Shout Factory's sci-fi/horror movie subsidiary Scream Factory has a penchant for putting out reissues of films for fans that want a nice supplemental package included with their Blu-Ray/DVD, and I get the feeling that they do this rather well because they're fans of these films themselves. Needless to say, this is highly recommended.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    THE SPECIAL FEATURES ARE VERY ENLIGHTENING

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    SOISSON
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    This classic slasher flick still does it for me. It's still the best in the series and when I watched the special features, I was educated on the history and development of the film and story. I don't want to give any spoilers, but watching the features gave me a whole other terrible idea of what this COULD HAVE BEEN if it weren't for Director/screenwriter Tom Holland and co-screenwriter John LaFia. If you ask me Don Macini's original idea sounded a lot like one of Charlie Band's killer doll movies and we know how bad those were. So, yes... I highly recommend the Shout Factory version of this. Plus it's still a great Christmas flick. Hi-de-ho.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Another Solid Collector Edition

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    Bluelinegod
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    Scream Factory has produced another solid, if not spectacular Collector's Edition for Child's Play. Please be aware that the audio track has an issue. The serial number around the ring on the silver side of the corrected disc is CDV/CA BD16110903 CHILD'S PLAY DISC 1. The original/problem disc serial number is BVDL-1288970. I submitted my request for a replacement to Scream/Shout Factory with a picture of my receipt and they sent me out the corrected disk the same day.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sorry Jack, Chucky's Back

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    Notops
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    The new 2k transfer is a definite step up from the old MGM Blu-ray, but the real highlight is the Tom Holland commentary. Holland sheds much as yet unseen light on the production of this movie. For years we've only really had David Kirschner and Don Mancini's interpretation of the events, so it's great to hear from the guy who actually worked the hardest to bring this movie to the screen. All of the original bonus materials are retained as well as several new interviews and the above-mentioned Holland commentary.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    20th Birthday!

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    iknowmyhorror

    Child's Play is a classic horror film with a little bit of dark comedy as well. This year is it's 20th Anniversary and even after that amount of time, it still does not get old. Everyone knows of Chucky, the killer doll and his many sequels and possibly a remake in the near future. However, As of right now, it's his birthday and not many killer dolls can say that, so sit back and enjoy this new release loaded with tons of new bonus features.

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