Blu-ray Review “Insidious: Chapter 2”

insidious2Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey
Directed by: James Wan
Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release Date: December 24, 2013
Run Time: 106 minutes

Film: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Let’s start off with the fact that “Insidious” is one of my favorite horror films, period. So I was very disappointed when I saw that “Insidious: Chapter 2” took the lazy typical horror film approach and didn’t stick with what made the first film so unique…and scary. The main goal of this film is to scare and it missing that mark complete. The first one still scares me even after seen it 15 times. This might scary a young teenager but it completely missing the mark. They tried to cram way too much in this film and focused too much on the ghosts’ back story that they became no longer a treat. There was also so many missed scared opportunities that could have really beefed up the terror. I hope they learn from their mistakes with the third (inevitable) film in this series coming out 2015. Less is more!

Official Premise: James Wan directs this supernatural suspense horror sequel. Picking up from where the last film left off, the Lamberts (Wilson and Byrne) have moved into a new home with their son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) and initially things are going well, but as the time passes it is revealed to them that whatever force was haunting them before still isn’t finished with them. They are then tasked with uncovering what it is that ties them to the spirit world while desperately trying to hold on to their sanity.

Sony is behind this Blu-ray release and they deliver us with a combo pack with a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Ultraviolet copy. The 1080p transfer is polished and does look impressive. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track scores with Joseph Bishara’s score, which is easily the best thing in the film. In terms of special features, the extras are a hit. “Peripheral Vision: Behind the Scenes” is a typical making-of featurette. “Ghostly Transformation” looks into the make-up effects. “Haunted Hospital: On Location” focuses on where the film was shot. “Leigh Whannell’s Insidious Journal” is a making of featurette with the writer/actor. “Work in Progress: On Set Q&A” includes chat with Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson, Jason Blum, James Wan, and Leigh Whannell. Lastly “Insidious: Spectral Sightings” is a third part series of webisodes for the film.

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