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Blu-ray Review: The Cloverfield Paradox and The Cloverfield 3-Movie Collection

February 5, 2019

By John Corrado

This week, Paramount is releasing the Netflix film The Cloverfield Paradox on Blu-ray, both on its own and as part of a new 3-movie collection that also includes the 2008 found footage film Cloverfield and the 2016 followup 10 Cloverfield Lane. Famously released on Netflix as a surprise directly following last year’s Super Bowl, The Cloverfield Paradox is the third entry into the loosely connected series, and this unconventional release strategy was arguably one of the most interesting aspects of the film.

I found the film itself to be a pretty mediocre sci-fi flick that often feels more like an extended episode of a TV show than it does an actual movie, but it’s not without some entertaining moments. While it seems quite suited to being viewed on a streaming service, fans of the J.J. Abrams-produced series who already own the first two on Blu-ray and are looking to add a physical copy of this one to their collections might still want to pick it up. For more on the film itself, you can read my full review – which was published exactly a year ago – right here.

As an added bonus, the Blu-ray also comes with the two very well assembled featurettes Things Are Not As They Appear: The Making of The Cloverfield Paradox and Shepard Team: The Cast, which shed a surprising amount of light on the production through a mix of behind the scenes footage and interviews with the cast and crew. But without a digital copy or regular DVD included in the case, this still feels like a pretty bare bones release, which I guess is to be expected considering that most Netflix films don’t even get physical releases.

If you don’t already have copies of Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane – which basically functions as a standalone suspense thriller and remains the high point of the series – then the Cloverfield 3-Movie Collection, which includes all three films on Blu-ray neatly packaged in a single case along with their previously released bonus features on each of the separate discs, is definitely the better value for your money rather than the standalone release. But which one you get is really up to you.

The Cloverfield Paradox and The Cloverfield 3-Movie Collection are both Paramount Home Media Distribution releases. The Cloverfield Paradox is 102 minutes and rated 14A.

Street Date: February 5th, 2019

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