ANNABELLE COMES HOME Blu-ray Review

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After the events of Annabel with the three nurses, the Warren’s brought the doll Annabelle home to be locked away in there a cold/cursed items room. They figured out that is a conduit to attracting souls and instead of a simple blessing, they need to put it behind the chapel glass. The case is marked with a warning “POSITIVELY DO NOT OPEN.”

A year later, Judy Warren has been taking slack from the school kids saying that she’s weird and know all about her parent’s work. She has a birthday party coming but she thinks none of the kids will come. Her baby-sitter, Mary Ellen, decides that she wants to make her a cake to make her feel better. Mary Ellen’s friend Daniela invites herself to the baby-sitting gig because she thinks she has a better chance to speak with her late father. After some snooping, she finds the locked room in the house and finds her way in.

ANNABELLE COMES HOME is written and directed by Gary Dauberman. This is his directorial debut but he has a history of writing horror screenplays. He has written the previous two ANNABELLE films and the IT films as well. In this, the audience really gets a look at the items in the Warren’s house and explores the artifacts from old cases. Some of the objects are inspired by real cases and are somewhat frightening.

Cast
Mckenna Grace – Judy Warren
Madison Iseman – Mary Ellen
Katie Sarife – Daniela Rios
Patrick Wilson – Ed Warren
Vera Farmiga – Lorraine Warren
Michael Cimino – Bob Palmeri

VIDEO QUALITY:

The video is a 1080p AVC presentation that, mostly, has sort of a soft look in places. It might be a conscious move to make the film have more of a vintage look because it was shot digitally. The colors are bright and are reflective of the time period. Practically everything in the house is designed or colored properly. The details are strong in the faces, textures of the clothing, and in the creatures. There are places in the dark that have deep blacks and a little bit of noise when mist/fog is involved.

AUDIO QUALITY:

The audio is a Dolby Atmos mix that defaults to a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mix depending on the equipment. What it does is create an incredibly creepy environment that makes the inside of this house feel unnatural. The overhead speakers help with this by having the spirits surround each victim. The “evil” comes to life with the LFEs as of the tone is the beginning of something terrible. One other heavy moment is with the ringing bells that seem reverberate In every channel to give the effect that the Warren’s collection is extensive. Music sounds great and not overly processed to also keep that vintage sound. The dialogue is prioritized well.

SUPPLEMENTS & PACKAGING

-Behind the Scenes: This has 3 parts breaking down creature designs.
Part 1: The Ferryman/Demon
Part 2: The Bloody Bride
Part 3: The Werewolf

-The Artifact Room and the Occult: This is a look at the room and the items in it.

-The Light and the Love: This is about The Warren’s and their relationship with evil as well as each other.

-Deleted Scenes

Disc Details
2 Disc Set w/ 1 Blu-ray and 1 DVD
Digital Copy

Running Time
106 mins

Edition Ratings
Rated R

Region Coding
Region Free

Video Resolution
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio Mixes
English Dolby Atmos
English Dolby TrueHD 7.1
English Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles
English SDH
French
Portuguese
Spanish

THE BOTTOM LINE:

ANNABELLE COMES HOME is a little different than the other entries and brings things from the entire CONJURING Universe full circle. Also, this is less about Ed and Lorraine but more about the daughter this time. The video is nice and the audio is excellent. The extras are pretty good content wise but I was wishing for more exploration about the room itself. Either way, this is a solid entry into the universe and gives it reasons to continue the lore.

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MEDIA JOURNALIST | Michael is a fanatic about all cinema old and new. He collects anything from 1:6 Scale Collectibles and vinyl collectibles to movies and Steelbooks. He loves pop culture, writing, reviewing films & collectibles, and journalism. An avid Batman, The Joker and anything comics junkie, he will also chat it up about pretty much anything. Go ahead and ask...