Us (2019) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Jordan Peele
STARRING: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss
RATED: R/REGION A/2:39/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 2
AVAILABLE FROM Universal Studios
Set along the North California coastline, Adelaide Wilson (Nyong’o) reluctantly returns to her beachside childhood home with her family and finds that she is haunted by unresolved trauma from her past along with a string of eerie coincidences. As darkness falls after a tense day at the beach, the Wilsons discover four figures standing in their driveway. They soon realize this is only the beginning of their troubles as they find that the four figures are terrifying and uncanny opponents: doppelgängers of themselves.
Jordan Peele keeps impressing us here in the horror community and he does so by delivering movies like his latest, Us. Being a fan of Get Out, I assumed that Us would be a good movie. It was just a matter of how good. Now, I know when it comes to these types of movies people want to use the term “elevated horror” and I think that whole thing is silly. There’s no such thing as elevated horror, there’s just bad horror and good horror. Us is a very good horror. But it isn’t perfect. I admit that I think the very start of the movie is a bit slow, but once the family here is face to face with their very own doppelgangers this one never lets up and is on point from that point on. You laugh, you get on the edge of your seat, and you just try to figure out just what the heck is going on before the movie drops its big twist on you. I don’t know if this is right up there with Get Out, but this is very good and stands out of the pack of newer horror films that have me along in 2019.
There’s certainly a different and fresh feel to Us. It could be the plot, it could be the acting, it could be the social commentary that Peels puts in his films. He’s pretty much being for the current state of horror what Romero was in the old days. He’s got a lot to say and he has a very creative and smart way to say it. Us isn’t a full-on horror movie, as I mentioned before you will find times where you laugh but it does stick to its guns by having all the horror moments be dark horror moments and nothing is ever too over the top. There was a lot of hype for Us and I think it’s safe to say that the movie delivers on that. It’s good now, but it’ll be very interesting to see just how much the praise and theories of the film evolve over the years.
– Scene Explorations – The making of three iconic scenes from the film including the Tyler house massacre, Jason’s abduction and Adelaide’s underground flashback.
Seven Second Massacre
It’s a Trap
I Just Want My Little Girl Back
– The Duality of US – Jordan Peele goes in-depth on some of the key themes and imagery in US– including Doppelgängers, Hands Across America, The Nutcracker dance scene, rabbits and the infamous 11:11 coincidence.
– The Monsters Within US – Examine how the great cast were able to find their characters, whether they were playing one of the Wilsons or their sinister doppelgängers.
– one of the Wilsons or their sinister doppelgängers.
Tethered Together: Making US Twice – Making of a movie is hard. Making a movie where all the main cast play dual roles can be downright mind-bending. In this piece, filmmakers, cast, and crew discuss some of the technical challenges to making the film, as well as some of the design choices for the characters.
– Redefining a Genre: Jordan Peele’s Brand of Horror – In the space of two films, Jordan Peele has set himself apart as an invaluable artistic voice. Hear cast and filmmakers highlight what makes him so unique, as well as Jordan’s own thoughts on his inspirations and the relationship between horror and comedy.
– Becoming Red – Using behind-the-scenes footage from between takes, we take a closer look at Lupita Nyong’o’s intense and mesmerizing performance as “Red.”
– Deleted Scenes
– We’re All Dying – Hilarious outtakes from the conversation between Winston Duke and Tim Heidecker on the beach.
– As Above, So Below: Grand Pas de Deux – An extended version of the dance sequence from the film, cutting between adolescent Adelaide at her recital to Red in the Underpass
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 98%