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IT

In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.

ITbluStudio: Warner Brothers
Year: 2018
Release Date: January 9, 2018
Run time: 120 mins
Rating: R

Audio: Dolby Atmos mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Disc Spec: 1 4KBD/1 BD
Region: A

“IT” is a Horror, coming-of-age film directed by Andy Muschietti, and stars Bill Skarsgard, Jaden Lieberher, Wyatt Oleff, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Chosen Jacobs, Nicholas Hamilton, and Jackson Robert Scott.

Great horror films are rare these days mainly because most of them are redundant sequels and remakes that do very little to aid the story or the scares. Even though this 2017 version of IT is a remake of the Stephen King classic, it is one of the best horror films I have seen in a long time. With killer clowns, death of children and monsters attacking you left and right, what’s not to love? The film follows the same plot as the massive first part of the classic 1986 novel with the second half to be finished in a sequel.

Seven children are being hunted and prayed on by a child-eating alien disguised as a clown known as Pennywise for each of their own fears and traumas. One child in particular, Bill Denbrough (Jayden Lieberher) is obsessed with founding and defeating the clown because he believes he will also find his younger brother who was captured by the alien months earlier with many believing him to be dead.  This makes us connect emotionally with Bill as well as the other characters who have fears of their own such as Beverly Marsh (Sophia Lillis) the only female of the group who is sexually abused by her father. This formula can be repetitive but it is terrifying when each child has their own encounter with Pennywise. Cinematography is also to great effect in IT.

Movie Content: 9/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 2160p with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. “IT” encompasses a dark atmosphere in content as it does on print. Warner did a fantastic job with bringing some real life to the print. I found colors to be strong throughout the entire presentation. Colors are strong especially with the addition of HDR. The color yellow and browns do take center stage. Blacks are deep, especially in the darker looking scenes. Fleshtones have a natural look and feel to them. Details are excellent throughout holding a very strong look and feel. There is no print damage either which is fantastic.
Video Quality: 9/10

The audio mix is presented in Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mix. “IT” has a nice mix between actions and dialogue driven scenes throughout. When there is transition from dialogue to actions scenes it is a seamless transition fitting so well. This is a nice sound mix as one would expect during the action sequences. I felt several times that I was in the middle of some of the action in my living room that the sound was that good. Dialogue is centered properly through the center channel providing a nice deep clarity.
Audio Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • Pennywise Lives! [HD]
  • The Losers’ Club [HD]
  • Author of Fear [HD]
  • Deleted Scenes [HD]
  • Introductory Trailers

Special Features: 9/10

The Final Word

The movie works so well because it captures the book’s key juxtaposition of sweetness with horror. There is a gentle innocence about the story’s circle of adolescent protagonists, who remain kind and good in King’s story. I highly recommend that you pick this film up if you are a fan of the original and especially in UHD this film is beautiful looking.
Overall Rating: 8/10