The Bye Bye Man Blu-ray Review
From the producer of Oculus and The Strangers comes The Bye Bye Man. When three college friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, they discover that there is only one way to avoid his curse: don’t think it, don’t say it. But once the Bye Bye Man gets inside your head, he takes control, making you see and do the most unspeakable acts committed by man. Is there a way to survive his possession? Starring Douglas Smith (Ouija) and Carrie Anne-Moss (The Matrix), see the chilling thriller that critics are calling “a paranormal thrill ride that will echo in your nightmares” (Elizabeth Rayne, Den Of Geek).
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Release Date: April 11, 2017
Run time: 100 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50
The film starts on the 20th October, 1969 with a man named Larry, who has been cursed by “The Bye Bye Man”. He turns up at an aquatints house with a shotgun, with the main intention of killing those who know of the said name/film title. He repeats the same lines over & over. This is also the film’s tagline too. “Don’t Think It. Don’t Say It.” Apparently it’s said to keep “The Bye Bye Man” away! Elliot, John and Sasha are three students renting a huge and creepy, but cheap, house for college. After hearing a few weird noises, Elliot discovers a bedside table, a mysterious coin and scrawlings saying “Don’t say it, don’t think it”, referring to the Bye Bye Man – a figure that haunts and torments people who utter his name, causing them to have bizarre hallucinations.
During a home séance an enigmatic entity, The Bye Bye Man (Doug Jones), emerges from limbo and begins driving the friends insane with hallucinations of infidelity, all because they said his name. With help from the only survivor of the massacre (Faye Dunaway), Elliot sets out to stop Bye Bye.
Movie Content: 7/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. I found that the film’s overall very dark environments looked great since proper lighting was used. My only small complaint was the issue with some shadow details not looking up to par like I would of expected. Colors are very bold and vibrant as they pop off the screen in many scenes throughout the film. Blacks are also very deep. Fleshtones also have excellent details with proper lighting that gives faces a more natural look.
Print Quality: 9/10
The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. The soundfield is utterly amazing in this film as the rears take full blown advantage of the chaos taking place throughout the film. I felt like the atmosphere works well with the high def audio presenting a presentation where the jumps and scares are that much more. Any sound that you can think of in ‘The Bye Bye Man’ comes through so vibrant and loud that there were a few times I thought my house was going to blow away. Fidelity is fantastic, presenting dialogue, effects and score cleanly, clearly and extremely well prioritized. The dialogue mix is also well balanced with the soundfield which I am happy to report.
Audio Quality: 9/10
Special Features: 0/10
The Final Word
The only redeeming qualities I guess would be that the concept is somewhat interesting, and with a little bit more tighter script this really could have been a really good horror film.
Overall Rating: 7/10