Blu-ray Review “Pet Sematary”

Director: Mary Lambert
Starring: Denise Crosby, Fred Gwynne, Miko Hughes, Dale Midkiff, Brad Greenquist, Michael Lombard
MPAA Rating: R
Distributed by: Paramount Home Entertainment
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Running Time: 102 minutes

Film: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3 out of 5 stars

As Halloween approaches, “Pet Sematary” is one of those films that are a must watch. This film was adapted from author Stephen King own novel and follows the supernatural happenings surrounding a small-town pet cemetery. This still packs some good scares and holds up despite its growing age and high-tech newer horror films.  Paramount really delivered the goods on this release and didn’t disappoint and also delivers the film in a nice lenticular case. If you are looking to revisit this film whether it has been a few months or a few years since your last viewing, this is a must purchase. Horror fans should definitely not miss this opportunity.

Paramount’s official synopsis: “[The film] tells the story of Louis and Rachel Creed (Dale Midkiff, The Crow: Salvation, and Denise Crosby, Star Trek: The Next Generation) and their two children, an average family who move into an idyllic home in the countryside to begin what promises to be a perfect new life. Unfortunately, their dream home sits next to a pet cemetery with a horrible and dark secret. When a family tragedy causes Louis to become unhinged with grief, he pays a visit to the cemetery and unleashes an unspeakable evil on the world.”

The Blu-ray looks very sharp in its 1080p transfer and its 1.85:1 original aspect ratio. Paramount did right with this film and gave it a real sharp Blu-ray restore. The audio track included DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, works great with the jump and the film’s wonderful score. The special features included are a little slim but all effective. There is an good commentary track from director Mary Lambert. “Stephen King Territory” follow the author as his dives into both the film’s locations and the origins of his novel. There are two Behind-the-scenes featurettes also included. The first is called “The Characters” and the second is called “Filming the Horror”, both are great if you are a fan of the film.

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