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Truth or Dare Blu-ray Review



A harmless game of Truth or Dare among friends turns deadly when someone -- or something -- begins to punish those who tell a lie or refuse the dare.



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Audio/Video total rating:
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88



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Studio and Year: Universal - 2018
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 111 minutes
Genre: Horror

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish/French DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violet Beane, Hayden Szeto, Landon Liboiron
Directed by: Jeff Wadlow
Music by: Matthew Margeson
Written by: Michael Reisz, Lillian Jacobs, Chris Roach, Jeff Wadlow
Region Code: A,B,C

Release Date: July 17, 2018


"You Can’t Win"


My Take:

Olivia, Lucas and a group of their college friends travel to Mexico for one last getaway before graduation. While there, a stranger convinces one of the students to play a seemingly harmless game of truth or dare with the others. Once the game starts, it awakens something evil -- a demon which forces the friends to share dark secrets and confront their deepest fears. The rules are simple but wicked -- tell the truth or die, do the dare or die, and if you stop playing, you die.

I find that with supernatural horror films it is essential that the elements contained within the story allow us to identify with it on a level that successfully draws us in prior to unleashing the evil required to generate chilling suspense and terror. I didn’t have that experience. This is a decidedly contrived film, beginning with the paint by the numbers script which includes a series of been there and done that encounters and a silly ending. The cast of unknowns do little to add to the proceedings. At 111 minutes this film can't sustain its runtime resulting in pacing that is abysmally slow. The end result is a lackluster genre entry that is just plain forgettable.


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The rating is for violence and disturbing content, alcohol abuse, some sexuality, language and thematic material.


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: 86
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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Video: 90
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Truth or Dare comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound.

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:
  • Game On: The Making of Truth or Dare
  • Directing the Deaths
  • Feature Commentary with Director Jeff Wadlow and Actress Lucy Hale
  • DVD
  • Digital Copy


Final Thoughts:

Truth or Dare is a supernatural horror/thriller that brings nothing original to the table and winds up a contrived, flavorless and ultimate ineffective genre entry. It comes to Blu-ray from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring solid high definition audio/video. Truth or Dare is an unremarkable film that is best left for viewing on late night cable TV.






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How do movies like this even get funding? I halfway knew how’d you’d rate this before I clicked the link.

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How do movies like this even get funding? I halfway knew how’d you’d rate this before I clicked the link.
It grossed almost $93M worldwide on a $3.5M budget. Not sure what the P&A costs were, but it definitely doesn't seem to be a money-loser.
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I had high hopes for this movie! At least it will be a day one rental for me from Netflix. If this had been released on UHD BLU-RAY I might of blind bought it and then I am sure I would of been disappointed. Was this a Blum House film?
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I had high hopes for this movie! At least it will be a day one rental for me from Netflix. If this had been released on UHD BLU-RAY I might of blind bought it and then I am sure I would of been disappointed. Was this a Blum House film?

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Since, I am so behind in my movies, that I have bought.
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I rented this on 1080P blu-ray from Netflix. I had an issue with the menu loading with my Sony UBP-800 player. The menu picture would load with music but the menu options wouldn't load so I had no way of starting the movie. On the second try I bypassed the previews and went straight to the menu and the choice to choose theatrical or unrated showed up. I chose the unrated. First off this movie isn't scary the acting is terrible but once the mystery was revealed it was pretty good. For Blum House film I was disappointed I liked "Happy Death Day" a lot better. Sound wise it had it's moments with the bass especially towards the end.
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