"Seed of Chucky" is the kind of film that will make some fans cringe and others howl with laughter and now it's Unrated on HD-DVD.
Seed of Chucky (2004, HD-DVD)
Directors: Don Mancini
Producers: David Kirschner...producer Guy J. Louthan...executive producer Laura Moskowitz...co-producer Corey Sienega....producer
Writers: Don Mancini
Features: * Commentaries * Trivia Track * Feaurettes * Trailers * Immage Gallery * Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Jennifer Tilly...Herself/Tiffany (voice)
Brad Dourif...Chucky (voice)
Billy Boyd...Glen (voice)
John Waters...Sleazy Reporter
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Seed of Chucky: Unrated
"Seed of Chucky" starts pretty much where "Bride of Chucky" left off. The spawn of Tiffany and Chucky, Glen, or Glenda as the doll is not anatomically correct (voiced by Billy Boyd), is being used in a sideshow act in jolly old England. Confused about who he is, heís become depressed, certain only that his parents are from Japan, since ĎMade In Japaní is branded on his wrist. He becomes convinced that the Chucky and Tiffany dolls (voiced by Brad Dourif and Jennifer Tilly) from the upcoming "Chucky Goes Psycho" movie are his parents, so he treks across the world to find them.
When he finally reaches his destination, he manages to resurrect the dolls and havoc, of course, ensues. Wanting to find human bodies, yet again, Chucky and Tiffany choose rap star-turned director, Redman and actress Jennifer Tilly as their new prey, but thatís not all these two murderous dolls have up their sleeves.
"Seed of Chucky" is the kind of film that will make some fans cringe and others howl with laughter. Itís not good per se, but itís not bad either. Rather, itís helplessly extraordinary in a way few films are.
Often, a horror sequel is chuck full of rehashed bits, the same plot and paper thin characters to kill. "Seed of Chucky", though, manages to sail beyond that barrier delivering quite possibly one of the most original stories in the history of the sequel. This is a good thing, while at the same time, an unsettling thing.
"Seed of Chucky", at its very core, is a lavishly produced John Waters movie with shades of Ed Wood. True, it was not written or directed by the man (though he does star), but this is without a doubt a film created in the image of the cult master. The film is wholly disturbing...itís manic, itís unruly, and itís zany and mischievous...all at the same time. Only a John Waterís film can reach the lunacy of this motion picture.
Writer/director Don Mancini has succeeded in being the first John Waters imitator to really capture the insanity and style of a true John Waters film. Iím not sure whether the Waterís feel was intentional or not. Johnís ubiquitous presence in the film might have been toxin enough.
Without a doubt, this film will be loathed by critics. Whenever the John Waterís style is used by anyone but John Waters, itís criticized. Why is that? Why can one filmmaker get away with murder while the other cannot? It just doesnít make sense. Plus the film's a sequel and critics are rarely kind to sequels.
Casual fans of the original "Childís Play" films might be deterred by "Seed" as itís so original and crazy that it works as its own film, rather than a sequel. Not even "Bride" came close to the level of craze this film exhibits. Fans of horror comedies and gore films will be delighted to no end. The MPAA let "Seed" get away with murder (no pun intended).
Whenever a film like this reaches the cinema, Iím reminded that eventually, this film, through satellites, will make its way into space and maybe, just maybe, someday an extraterrestrial will sit down and watch "Seed of Chucky". What will the alien being think? What will itís reaction be? Will "Seed of Chucky" spell out our entire annihilation or will it be the one thing that ushers in an era of peace?
Who knows? But in the mean time, "Seed of Chucky" is bound to keep many entertained. Itís a brilliant throwback to John Waters and itís not afraid to make fun of itself. Itís not deceptive like "Scream", which tries to be a horror film just as much as it tries to be funny. Rather, "Seed of Chucky" is not subtle. Itís an out-and-out spoof. For those desiring a bloody good time, turn to Chucky. He wonít disappoint.
As entertainment: A-
As a film: C+
This is a review of the HD-DVD version of "Seed of Chucky."
Not surprisingly, "Seed of Chucky" looks pretty good. The film is presented on HD-DVD in 1.85:1 widescreen, encoded in 1080p/VC-1 video. The DVD presentation was pretty stunning so I'm not too surprised that this transfer looks good. It fares a little better having been encoded at a higher bitrate. Colors are still spot-on with the contrast set just right. However the quality isn't a huge jump from the DVD. There are a few spots though were the DVD ran into digital grain issues, none of which are present here. This is a pretty good transfer for a catalogue title.
"Chucky" is presented in a robust, Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix and it's a thunderous track, sometimes too thunderous, but it fits with the nature and tone of the film. The center channel is mixed quite well, with crystal clarity and surround effects never drown out the dialogue.
From my comparison to the DVD, there appears to be no missing special features, nor are there any new ones.
The HD-DVD version of the film is the 'Unrated' version of the film featuring a few additional scenes and a little more violence than the R-rated version. That's about a it.
The special features included are, Chucky's Inside Facts On Demand, Slashed Scene with Optional Audio Commentary , Heeeere's Chucky, Family Hell-iday Slide Show, Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Don Mancini and Actress Jennifer Tilly, Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Don Mancini & Puppet Master Tony Gardner, Conceiving The Seed of Chucky, Tilly on The Tonight Show, Jennifer Tilly's Diary, FuZion Up Close mun2 with The Seed of Chucky Stars, Storyboard to Final Comparison, Theatrical Trailers, Family Legacy and Emotional Parents.
There is a wealth of fun stuff here, particularly the commentary track with Tilly, but I can't help but want to see Brad Dourif represented somewhere on the disc. He's the heart of this series, not Jennifer Tilly, but she's all over this disc like she's been the star since film one. Perhaps he was still busy with something.
As with most of Universal's catalogue titles thus far, we are not treated to any HD-DVD-only special features. Again, a Bard Dourif commentary would have been an awesome treat for fans. Pity.
"Seed of Chucky" is a delightful little schlock-fest for fans of the genre and the series. Bring on "Revenge of Chucky!" The HD-DVD boasts a number of fun special features and the audio and video presentations are quite good. If you don't own this one already, pick it up. Now if Universal could only put out the other three films they own and MGM could finally put out a respectable version of the first film, we'd have a nice HD collection.
*HD-DVD Report Card*
Overall Value: A-
On HD-DVD: October 23rd, 2007
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