Bride of Chucky(SE)/C,A
Universal/1998/89m/ANA 1.85
 Chucky is a thoroughly disgusting horror character, a twisted vision of a child’s doll come to life with a mouth as foul as anything William Peter Blatty thought up for Megan to say in The Exorcist. The fourth in a series of films that began with Child's Play, The Bride of Chucky capitalizes on the garish humor that is inherent in the Chucky series. This time out the filmmakers have emphasized the humor in situations. It is a strange combination considering the amount of blood pouring over the screen, but there are a lot of good lines. I would have liked more live Jennifer Tilly. She’s a gifted comedienne and while her voice is a hoot, she’s a joyous presence on screen for members of the lascivious club.
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Who do this voodoo?©Universal

     In Chucky's last screen appearance as a serial killer he was wasted pretty seriously. Sequels have little trouble resurrecting their assets. A little voodoo by a vamping Jennifer Tilly and the poor little Chucky doll comes back to life sporting some stitch work inspired by Frankenstein. Tilly, the girlfriend of the diceased serial killer wants him back in the flesh and the only way she can do that is to bring the Chucky doll to life and transform him to flesh and blood. Chucky has other ideas and Tilly little plan backfires nicely. Which means Chucky gets his own little dolly to fornicate with. It all doesn't really matter since it's just an excuse to get Chucky back in the game. And the game is murder and mayhem.
     How much fun is The Bride of Chucky? It's certainly going for the laughs but the nasty nature of the concept gets in its own way. Perhaps there's a bit too much blood and an excess of puppetry.
The Bride of Chucky is chuck full of special edition goodies. There's an audio commentary from director Ronnie Yu on one track and another with Jennifer Tilly, Brad Dourif and Don Mancini on another. You have to access the commentaries from the "Language Selection" of the main menu and then select "Spoken Languages." Jennifer Tilly's diary about her Chucky experience is an additional treat. Tilly’s diary is very funny. Think of it like that little extra appetizer they give you at fancy restaurants these days. There's also a nice "Spotlight on Location" short chronicling the making of The Bride of Chucky. Using a computer DVD ROM drive you can access the individual pages of Jennifer’s diary as jpg files and print them or admire the originality of the prose.
     The DVD is transferred with great expertise. Colors are saturated and tightly controlled. Detail is very sharp in the anamorphic transfer with no unsightly edge artifacts resulting. The picture packs maximum punch with night scenes brightly lit. Darker scenes have excellent shadow detail. The Dolby Digital 5:1 surround sound is aggressive creating an additional layer of delight for Chucky's shenanigans.






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