The Witch (2015) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

The Witch (2015) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

The Witch (2015) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

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The Witch (2015) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Robert Eggers
Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie
Rated: R/Region A/1:66/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 2
Available from Lionsgate Films

New England, 1630: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life with their five children, homesteading on the edge of an impassable wilderness. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. The Witch is a chilling portrait of a family unraveling within their own fears and anxieties, leaving them prey to an inescapable evil.

I’m going to make a big statement here at the risk of sounding like I’m over-hyping something, but I feel if you look at the last ten years of horror movies that have come out the main two you’ll probably think of first is It Follows and The Witch. The later of which we are talking about here because Lionsgate has re-released the movie on 4K. This is an extremely creative and creepy movie that keeps people talking about it long after they have seen it. We sit here now four years after the original release and we still have people creeped out and full of questions regarding it. I don’t want to give too much away if you haven’t seen it, but we’ll say this much, we are back in the old times and a man and his family are sort of made outcasts by the rest of the people in the area. From there things get really weird and at times very artsy as a baby comes up missing, people are getting sick, and a goat is there that may or may not just be the devil. All of that comes at you with one of the best performances you’ll find out there in Anya Taylor-Joy who plays the daughter of the family who is caught up in all the mess and strangeness around her.

Yes, The Witch is a slow burning movie at times but it all leads to a finish I’d call very much worth the experience. The last act of this at times methodical and artsy movie is one that leaves more questions perhaps than answers, but the movie is so solid I don’t think anyone will really mind that much. It’s a damn good cinematic experience and film. The 4K release comes with the same extras as the Blu-ray did before but the picture and such is why you’d want to upgrade. Given you old school nature of the way, this movie has been shot and presented you might be shocked to learn that it does benefit from a 4K upgrade and looks pretty cool at times due to such. The atmosphere is also a big part of what makes the movie work and the upgrade in quality only helps that here. So if you’ve never seen this one before, be sure to check it out. If you are wanting to upgrade, I’d say go for it as well.

Extras

– DOLBY VISION HDR PRESENTATION OF THE FILM
– Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
– “The Witch: A Primal Folklore” Featurette
– Salem Panel Q&A
– Design Gallery
– Audio Commentary with Director Robert Eggers
– Optional English SDH and Spanish subtitles for the main feature

QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 97%

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