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Happy Death Day Blu-ray Review



Ralph Potts reviews this horror/thriller where a college student must relive the day of her murder over and over again in a loop that will end only when she discovers her killer's identity.



The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )

Film:

Extras:

Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )

89



Details:

Studio and Year: Universal - 2017
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 96 minutes
Genre: Horror/Thriller

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, French DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard
Directed by: Christopher Landon
Music by: Bear McCreary
Written by: Scott Lobdell
Region Code: A,B,C

Release Date: January 16, 2017


"Get up. Live Your Day. Get Killed. Again"


My Take:

Happy Death Day is a rewinding thriller in which a blissfully self-centered co-ed Tree (Jessica Rothe) is doomed to relive the day of her murder unless she can identify her masked assailant and hopefully stop the madness. If she can’t, she will be stuck in an insane loop, reliving a ghoulish nightmare that has become her death day.

Happy Death Day is a paint by the numbers chiller that contains the requisite foundational elements to make for a watchable mystery/horror story. The narrative ticks the boxes as it begins with a brief and rather bizarre introduction which is explained later. What it is and is designed to be is a murder/mystery where the victim must solve her own murder after reliving every day. To be honest, I thought it started out decently enough, despite the typical teen screen trappings. Unfortunately, the further you get into the story, and more of the layers are peeled back, the more it devolves into a rather silly whodunit with a cheesy helping of corn to go on top.

The elements of fright aren’t particularly effective, but I did find myself interested in finding out just who and why. As I said, the payoff just completely fails to deliver. The story then continues with a rather poorly contrived plot twist, which only added to the eye rolling. By that point, I really didn’t much care anyway. At the end of the day Happy Death Day proved to be just another drop in a sea of cliched teen horror flicks.


Replay Value:


Parental Guide:

The rating is for violence/terror, crude sexual content, language, some drug material and partial nudity.



AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**



Audio: 88
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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Video: 90
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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Happy Death Day comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 25 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.2 Mbps.

This film’s visual style doesn’t lend itself to eye catching color or infinite levels of dimension but this is a creative decision that doesn’t reflect negatively on its presentation. Resolution is excellent with clearly rendered images that exhibit refined levels of detail during close ups and discernible depth of field in wide angle shots. The chromatic range is purposefully limited to muted primary colors and softer secondary hues. That coupled with the drab lighting schemes and dark cinematography makes for a visually pallid but thematically affecting look. Skin tones among the cast vary and range from Rosy to pale while appearing textural and predominantly lifelike. Blacks are respectable and shadow detail is excellent. I didn’t see any signs of video related artifacts in this whistle clean high definition presentation that looks great.

The lossless DTS-HD MA soundtrack offers detail rich clarity while making use of the entire surround platform to support the film’s thematic elements. Dialog is firmly planted in the center channel and clearly renders voices and effects with appropriate distinction and balance within the front soundstage. The detection of subtle background sounds, off camera cues and spatial dimension within the room’s acoustic environment is notable. Dynamic range is solid which enriches the authority of low frequency effects contained in the mix. There isn’t perpetual use of the surround channels and subwoofer however when applied the effects are complimentary.




Bonus Features:
  • Alternate Ending
  • 3 Deleted Scenes
  • Worst Birthday Ever - Filmmakers and cast discuss the challenges of executing the time-loop concept at the center of the film, including how to make each day feel different despite the fact it's being repeated.
  • Behind the Mask: The Suspects - At the heart of any great murder mystery is a list of possible suspects. In this featurette, we explore all the possible identities of Tree's killer.
  • The Many Deaths of Tree - Director Christopher Landon, star Lena Rothe, and producer Jason Blum recap the various ways in which Tree is killed, but also explain why we never actually see her die.
  • Bonus DVD
  • Digital HD Copy


Final Thoughts:

Happy Death Day had potential, but quickly lost its way, resulting in a lackluster genre entry that left me wanting. It comes to Blu-ray from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring solid high definition video, excellent lossless sound and a middling supplemental package. Happy Death Day is a swing, and miss, that might be worth a Blu-ray rental when the pickings are scarce.





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Just by the title I can tell Hollywood hates their customers....

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I hate to say this but I liked this movie and have seen it twice already. It's definitely a $9.99 and under buy though.

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I hate to say this but I liked this movie and have seen it twice already. It's definitely a $9.99 and under buy though.

Greetings,

Thanks for posting your thoughts Mike. I am glad you got more out of it than I did. Movie tastes are purely subjective, so, it's all good.


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Thanks for posting your thoughts Mike. I am glad you got more out of it than I did. Movie tastes are purely subjective, so, it's all good.


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I think it's because I like Groundhog day and Edge of Tomorrow
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I actually really liked it too. It's cheap, trashy, and like melding "Mean Girls" with "Groundhog Day" and putting them in a slasher scenario. Pure guilty pleasure, but it's like twinkies or hot dogs. They're not high class, they're made of the lowest garbage available, but you just absolutely love the taste. a $9.99 type of movie for sure, but I found it way too much fun and have watched my review copy twice already
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Umm, yeah...
2.5 marks..., but I think I got more out of it then you did Ralph.

I quite enjoyed it _ almost a "spoof" on the "Ground Hog Day" theme.
How can something like this be taken seriously or was it meant to be ???

It could be just me though, I laugh at things that were not meant to be laughed it, so maybe that's why I enjoyed this.
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I forgot something.
Go to the scene where the father and daughter are about to have dinner.
Look at the ice in the water glasses.
It isn't floating ???

Is this a props blunder, I think even fake Acrylic ice cubes float ?
They don't ever touch the glasses....

It probably wasn't the most expensive movie to make, but at least they could have taken the time to get this right.

EDIT:
So it appears that fake ice doesn't float, it still makes me wonder why they would even bother using fake ice.

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I really enjoyed this movie. I got it as rental from Netflix. I enjoyed the bass in the party scene. I plan to purchase this when the price drops.
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It's a solid rental for me. I enjoyed it, but didn't love it. Is it just me or did the lead actress look like a young Britney Spears?
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It's a solid rental for me. I enjoyed it, but didn't love it. Is it just me or did the lead actress look like a young Britney Spears?
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It's not just you Ron..


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