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CANDYMAN(2021) UHD Review

The horror franchise is stylishly revived for a new century. 3 Stars

Candyman(2021) is a direct remake of the 1992 original that revives the franchise for a new generation.

Candyman (2021)
Released: 27 Aug 2021
Rated: R
Runtime: 91 min
Director: Nia DaCosta
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Cast: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett
Writer(s): Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, Nia DaCosta
Plot: A sequel to the horror film Candyman (1992) that returns to the now-gentrified Chicago neighborhood where the legend began.
IMDB rating: 6.0
MetaScore: 72

Disc Information
Studio: Universal
Distributed By: N/A
Video Resolution: 2160p HEVC w/HDR
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Audio: Dolby Atmos, English 2.0 DD, Spanish 5.1 DD, French 5.1 DD
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Rating: R
Run Time: 1 Hr. 31 Min.
Package Includes: UHD, Blu-ray, Digital Copy
Case Type: Amaray
Disc Type: UHD
Region: ABC
Release Date: 11/16/2021
MSRP: $44.98

The Production: 3/5

Video: 4.5/5

3D Rating: NA

Candyman appears on 4K UHD in its original 2.39:1 screen aspect ratio.  The video presentation is virtually flawless, and the striking imagery and compositions make for substantial eye candy even if the film seems to favor style over substance.  The vibrant color palette of the film is presented with seeming fidelity to the director’s intentions, with exquisite fine detail apparent throughout the film.

Audio: 5/5

Candyman is presented by default in sublime Dolby Atmos audio.  Directional audio is used selectively but effectively, and the unusual score composed by Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe adds much to the atmospheric tension permeating the film.

Special Features: 4/5

Special features on the UHD disc include all of the following:

Overall: 3/5

Candyman(2021) is a stylish and visually striking reinvention of the horror franchise.  The video and audio presentation are uniformly excellent, and the special features are entertaining and much more than mere filler.  The Candyman franchise shows potential to expand artistically from the baseline established here by Nia DaCosta and producer Jordan Peele.  The producer may be the victim of his own success here as his previous genre films like Get Out and Us set the bar high, perhaps unreasonably so, so that Peele’s newer films elevate audience expectations.  Candyman(2021) may be more style than substance but horror fans will definitely want to sample it at least once.

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