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Candyman 4K (2021 remake/Universal 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)

4K Ultra HD Picture: A Picture: B+ Sound: A Extras: B Film: B+

Most horror remakes and reboots seem to be lacking in one department or another, but every so often you get a home run. Director Nia DaCosta brings a frightening new vision of Clive Barker's Candyman 4K (2021) to the big screen. One thing that the film does that is smart is that it doesn't negate the classic original film that followed it and pay too much ''fan service'' as is a common complaint amongst film goers. DaCosta proves that she is a first rate filmmaker with some very suspenseful filmmaking that is hard to take your eyes off of. Luckily, Universal did a tremendous job with this home video presentation that includes some interesting extras that are a step above your typical studio release.

The film stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, and Vanessa Williams. We do end up seeing Tony Todd (who played the original Candyman in the first three installments of the series), but I will leave that as a surprise for those who haven't seen this film yet. The story for the film is based on the writings of horror master of the macabre Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Nightbreed.) The film is executive produced by comedian turned horror director Jordan Peele.

Chicago's Cabrini Green neighborhood is victim to a deadly folklore about an evil man with a hook for a hand that offers children candy with razor blades in them. Accompanied by killer bees, this figure has been feared by many for generations. Visual artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who is a rising star as of this writing with big roles in the Aquaman, Matrix, and Watchmen franchises) becomes intrigued by the story and makes an art installation that brings the tale to life. While they know they probably shouldn't tempt fate, many characters in the film say his name five times in a mirror, and as the legend has it, Candyman comes to life with a vengeance and leaves bloody bodies in his wake.

Candyman 4K is presented on 4K UHD disc with a 2160p Ultra High Definition transfer, an HEVC / H.265 codec, HDR, a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1, and audio mixes in lossless, English Dolby Atmos and a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) mixdown for older systems. The film is beautifully photographed and always interesting to look at and has a fantastic soundtrack that really adds to the uneasy metamorphosis of the film's main character. Also included is a 1080p Blu-ray version of the film that is very nicely done as well with the same audio mixes as the 4K UHD.

Special Features include (per the press release): an ALTERNATE ENDING, DELETED AND EXTENDED SCENES and these six featurettes:

  • SAY MY NAME: Filmmakers and cast discuss how the horror at the center of Candyman is both timely and timeless, which is a tragedy in and of itself.

  • BODY HORROR: We explore director Nia DaCosta's influences in the subgenre of body horror, and what Anthony's physical transformation means to the story.

  • THE FILMMAKER'S EYE: NIA DACOSTA: Take a closer look at director Nia DaCosta, and how her singular voice and perspective were perfect to tell this story.

  • PAINTING CHAOS: Filmmakers reveal how Anthony's artwork evolves throughout the film and how they strived for authenticity in recreating Chicago's vibrant art scene.

  • THE ART OF ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE: Composer Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe reveals some of the unconventional methodology he used to create the unique and haunting soundscapes sounds of the film.

  • TERROR IN THE SHADOWS: A behind-the-scenes look at how the analogue shadow puppetry scenes were created and an unpacking of why this ancient artistic medium was the most conceptually relevant for depicting the legends' cycle of violence.

  • and CANDYMAN: THE IMPACT OF BLACK HORROR: A roundtable discussion moderated by Colman Domingo about the nuanced relationship Black Americans have with Candyman, the horror genre and the overall idea of monsters and victims.

Candyman (2021) is a worthy update to the original film and cements Nia DaCosta as a major Hollywood player. While it's unknown as of this writing whether the film series will continue or not, what has been made here is certainly an accomplishment and must see for horror fans.

- James Lockhart



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