Annabelle Creation Blu-ray Disc October 24th, 2017

Posted in Atmos, Blu-ray, Commentary, Horror, Mystery, New Line, Thriller, Warner on October 31st, 2017 by Dave

Annabelle Creation Blu-ray

Annabelle: Creation was unleashed by Warner Home Video on Blu-ray Disc on October 24th, 2017.

Gary Dauberman wrote the screenplay for this supernatural horror film.

It is a prequel to Annabelle, and the fourth installment in The Conjuring series.

The movie is effectively the origin story for the possessed Annabelle doll.

The film has grossed over $304 million worldwide against a $15M budget.

Annabelle: Creation the Movie

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The film opens in 1943, where we meet dollmaker Samuel Mullins, his wife Esther, and their seven-year-old daughter they call Bee.

Tragically when the family are changing a flat tire, Bee is killed when she is run over by a passing car.

Twelve years later the Mullins decide to provide shelter for Sister Charlotte and six girls left homeless by the closing of their orphanage.

The children have the run of the house with the exception of Esther’s room and Bee’s former bedroom, which is kept locked at all times.

One night an orphan named Janice is awakened by a noise, and sneaks into Bee’s room which has mysteriously become unlocked.

Janice opens Bee’s closet, where she finds a spooky porcelain doll, surrounded by dozens of Bible pages on the walls.

With the doll now released from its captivity, its evil forces take over the house, terrorizing the orphans and the Mullins alike.

With increasingly violent attacks in the house, will they even be able to survive the night?

Annabelle: Creation – My Thoughts

Annabelle: Creation is a fitting new addition to The Conjuring franchise with a spooky origin story for the Annabelle doll.

The film has the atmosphere and chills of the other films in the series, and the prequel necessarily has an open ending of sorts.

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While the film does have its moments once the evil is released, I found the opening quite slow.

On the plus side the film is well shot with a genuinely creepy atmosphere and a number of interesting camera moves and styles.

Darkness is often used to create tension, and the composition leaves the audience wondering what lurks just out of frame.

Ultimately I felt that the film served a questionable purpose, though fans of the Conjuring franchise will likely enjoy this foruth installment.

Annabelle: Creation Cast, Crew and Performance

The cast includes Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Anthony LaPaglia, Miranda Otto, Mark Bramhall, Talitha Eliana Bateman, Lulu Wilson and Samara Lee.

Annabelle: Creation was directed by David F. Sandberg, who was also behind the horror film Lights Out.

The movie received predominantly positive reviews, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 69%.

The film did fairly well with the public as well, earning an IMDb score of 6.7/10.

Annabelle: Creation was very lucrative in the cinema, taking in $102M at the US box office with a budget of only $15M.

Annabelle: Creation on Blu-ray Disc

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The video on the disc is an AVC 1080p encode at 28 Mbps, and is presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.40:1.

The cinematography in this movie is strong and moody, with scenes that are dark and foreboding.

The film makers do an excellent job of making the frame claustrophobic at times.

Often the framing keeps us wondering what is hiding just out the picture.

The image quality is solid throughout, though there was an occasional challenge for the high bitrate encode.

For full resolution PNG screen captures taken directly from the disc you can check the details page for Annabelle: Creation.

The main audio is Dolby Atmos object based audio – a pleasant surprise on a relatively low budget horror movie.

The disc is a dual layer BD50, with 43.0 GB used and is coded for All Regions.

Annabelle Creation Blu-ray – The Bonus Features

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This low budget horror films comes with a nice collection of supplemental features.

Director’s Commentary

David F Sandberg likes to talk about his craft, so it is no surprise to see that there is a director’s commentary.

Sandberg has a lot to say about the different aspects of the film and is quite entertaining to listen to.

He discusses the experience working on the studio lot, which was new for him, as Lights Out was shot on location.

Sandberg gives away a lot of his film making techniques and styles, which makes for an interesting commentary.

Deleted Scenes Featurette – 12:04

In a bit of a departure from the norm, the deleted scenes are presented in a featurette form, with discussion from the director.

The scenes include a number of unnecessary moments and some back story that was not essential.

We also get to see a number of elements that were eventually changed for the final cut of the movie.

Directing Annabelle – 42:21

Director David F. Sandberg presents an extensive tutorial on directing.

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Inspired by the behind the scenes footage and director commentaries, Sandberg decided to use behind the scenes footage to demonstrate the craft of directing.

Sandberg felt that there wasn’t much out there covering directing, and this extensive featurette was the result.

This is worth a look if you are interested in film making and directing movies.

The Conjuring Universe – 4:51

James Wan talks about the inspiration behind the Conjuring series, and the decision to make it into a franchise.

The ties between the movies and the need for the Annabelle movies and other spin-offs are also covered.

The disc also has a couple of short films that Sandberg previously made.

Horror Shorts: Attic Panic – 3:10

The first of the two horror shorts features a character trapped in a haunted attic.

Horror Shorts: Coffer – 3:09

The second of the horror shorts has a creepy presence in a large antique chest.

All in all this is an impressive collection of supplements, especially for a low budget movie.

This release includes a DVD Copy for legacy players and an UltraViolet Digital Copy code.

Annabelle Creation Blu-ray – Final Thoughts

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Annabelle: Creation is a pretty solid addition to The Conjuring series and comes recommended to fans of the series.

Warner Home Video has put together a technically excellent release with a high bitrate encode and Dolby Atmos audio.

The retail price is $35.99, though you can get it at Amazon for $22.99, saving 36%!

Annabelle Creation Blu-ray Extras:

  • Director’s Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes Featurette
  • Directing Annabelle
  • The Conjuring Universe
  • Horror Shorts: Attic Panic and Coffer

Annabelle Creation Blu-ray Synopsis:

12 years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, where they soon become the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

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