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Blu-ray Review: It

January 9, 2018

By John Corrado

Adapted from Stephen King’s classic horror novel, It follows a group of misfit friends in the 1980s who dub themselves the Loser’s Club, and have to take down a demonic entity that feeds on children and manifests as a terrifying clown named Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), who terrorizes their town of Derry, Maine every 27 years.

Like pretty much everyone who saw this film, which was a lot of people judging by the box office numbers, I was a huge fan of It.  This is a wildly entertaining funhouse thrill ride, that delivers both in terms of genuine scares and compelling characters, carried by excellent performances from its young stars and magnificently creepy work by Bill Skarsgård.  This is one of the best Stephen King adaptations, and you can read my full review of the film right here.

The Blu-ray also includes eleven deleted and extended scenes that are edited together into a fifteen minute chunk, offering an excellent selection of added character moments that could easily be inserted back into a longer cut of the film, as well as three featurettes.  Pennywise Lives! presents a compelling look at how Bill Skarsgård prepared for the role and utilized his physicalality for the clown’s unique movements, The Losers’ Club focuses on the young stars of the film and the bonds that they formed on set, and Author of Fear features Stephen King talking about his inspiration for writing the novel.

Between the entertaining deleted scenes and these three very well done featuretres, the disc has about an hour of bonus material in all.  It’s also worth noting that filmmaker Andy Mischietti has made reference to an extended director’s cut of the film that is said to be coming sometime down the line – I wouldn’t be surprised if they are even holding it off until closer to the release of the highly anticipated It: Chapter Two in 2019 – but this is a very solid Blu-ray release to tide fans over until then.

It is a Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release.  It’s 135 minutes and rated 14A.

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