Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially announced the Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet Combo Pack release of director James Wan's The Conjuring, starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor. The well-received horror film was a surprise success at the box office earlier this summer, thanks to strong reviews and enthusiastic word of mouth. The Conjuring arrives on Blu-ray in time for Halloween, on October 22nd.
Synopsis: Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on a true story, The Conjuring tells the horrifying tale of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Wilson and Farmiga), world-renowned paranormal investigators who were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.
The film also stars Joey King, Shanley Caswell, Haley McFarland, Mackenzie Foy, Kyla Deaver and Sterling Jerins, from a script by Chad and Carey W. Hayes.
The Blu-ray release of The Conjuring is presented in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround, includes both a DVD and UltraViolet digital copy of the film, and features several extras:
Loved this movie. A well balance of creepiness and dread. That being said, considering the movie did so well what's up with the special features? How come we don't get an audio commentary or something substantial?
Great movie. Saw it in cinemas twice. I was hoping for an extras-filled edition though. It obviously makes a lot of sense for Warners to release this in time for Halloween (the theatrical-to-Blu window is an unbelievable 3 months and 3 days), but it also means a second edition is highly likely.
^Perhaps one of the mentioned bonuses may be a substantial making-of, or more special features may be announced later. The movie is pretty transparent as is, and I don't see a great deal of analysis to to be obtained from it. I'd rather not sit through bonus features which are just mutual back-slapping.
It is pretty frustrating to see that the major studios are getting cheaper and cheaper with special features. The whole concept of the blu-ray was not only hi-def picture and sound, but also the amount of special features that could be stored on them. It seems the more popular blu-ray has become, the less and less special features are added. As a movie is being filmed, the extras are pretty much created on set in some cases. Is it that freakin difficult to just include some of the material?
The majors really should take a look at Shout! Factory to see how to release a proper blu-ray edition.
They also keep getting more expensive. One would think that since more people are buying them, the prices would come down, not up.
Disney is the biggest culprit. They now release their 3D movies separately, no DVD copy, little features. But they charge something like $35 - $49 bucks!!! Is a 3D blu-ray THAT expensive to transfer to hi-def?
I agree with ravenus, great bonus features are always welcome, but some movies don't need deep analysis or aren't worth sitting through hours of repetative special features that cover the same ground like 4 commentaries and 12 featurettes, but of course it depends on the content of the features and some movies merit that kind of attention for the fans. I suppose my comment itself is redundant since he already said it pretty well.
Great movie that freaked my GF out pretty bad. I'm a bit disappointed in the special features though. This one was begging for a documentary about the real case (or hoax, depending on your POV) that the movie's based on. Oh well, not a deal breaker for such a solid movie.
I thought this was surprisingly good. It doesn't reinvent the haunted house film but it doesn't have to as it is very well-directed and acted, with some genuine chilling moments aside from typical "jump" scares. I may buy this after a while once it goes down in price.
James Wan has been pretty light on delivering special features after his first Saw movie (Dead Silence, Death Sentence, Insidious, all have pretty paltry bonus content), so I'm not all that surprised that the bonus features for this film are lacking.
WEll the lax bonuses on this release could be attributed to him helming Fast & Furious 7 but for his other films (Death Setence, Insidious, Dead Silence, etc), I guess he just felt like screwing out of substantial extras for fun....