Pet Sematary (1989) (30th Anniversary Edition) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Mary Lambert
Starring: Denise Crosby, Fred Gwynne, Miko Hughes
Rated: R/Region O/1:78/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 2
Available from Paramount Pictures
Dr. Louis Creed, having just moved to Maine with his wife and two children, is heartbroken when he finds that his daughter’s beloved cat has been hit by a truck and killed. Thankfully, a strange, elderly neighbor called Jud knows a secret that may spare the young girl’s tears. He takes the dead cat to an ancient Indian burial ground that lies hidden in the surrounding hilltops; and when he buries the feline there, it comes back to life a few days later. But Louis can’t be trusted with the secret, and, despite strong warnings that something horrible will happen, he uses the power of the burial ground to bring his son back from the dead.
Death is a very creepy subject matter in my book. And everyone has dealt with the loss of a pet, friend, or even a family member. This movie here deals with what someone would do to bring that person or thing back. And just what bad consequences could come from it. Louis Creed, our family man, and doctor that this film mainly features, means well in what he does in this movie. But meaning well doesn’t always work out for the best and in this film the results are terrible. You might think after disaster strikes more than once that our good doctor would have learned. But for your viewing pleasure, you might want to keep in mind that the actions of Creed are those of a guilt-ridden and grieving man. Plus, logic in this film isn’t the point. Among the awesome plot, the film does feature some very good characters. Among those, we have a spirit with good intentions, a very nasty acting undead cat, and a little boy that goes from sweet to creepy about as soon as you could splat someone with a big truck…Yeah, we have those moments in this film too. But then again, this movie packs plenty of cool and skin-crawling moments. And regardless of the age of the person watching, it seems this movie what whatever it takes to make you be entertained and feel uneasy. That’s a GREAT combo!
Give credit to the director, Mary Lambert. Give credit to the writer, Stephen King. Or just the swell thing and divide it out evenly between the two. No matter which way you spread it, this film is awesome from top to bottom and it is the type of stuff we can appreciate and watch over and over again for years to come. It’s hard to find legit horror films, and this one is about as legit as you can get. If you’ve never seen it, you should SEE IT NOW! This new 30th-anniversary release from Paramount shows that you can make old movies look pretty good in 4K. You know not all movies will be perfect but for whatever reason, it is they have knocked this one out of the park and the results are something I’m sure that everyone who checks this release out will be happy about. You get a good mix of old extras as well as new extras too. That only helps seal the deal when it comes to this release of Pet Sematary. I also love the cover!
– Audio Commentary with Director Mary Lambert
– NEW! Pet Sematary: Fear and Remembrance
– NEW! Pet Sematary: Revisitation
– NEW! Galleries with Introduction from Director Mary Lambert
– Stephen King Territory
– The Characters
– Filming the Horror
Quality of Transfer: 96%