I’ll admit, I haven’t seen the 1990 version of IT in quite some time, though I do remember enough to know it was creepy and disturbing as it dazzled TV viewers across the country back then. I would’ve never thought it would be remade into something even more sinister and disturbing in 2017’s IT, which terrifies even more thanks to 4K UHD visuals with HDR color along with Dolby HD audio. If you enjoyed the classic TV version, the Stephen King story, or just freaky horror films, you’ll want to see if this movie floats your horror boat.
Chris Pandolfi was pleasantly surprised and terrified last year when he gave us his review on the theatrical release that you can check out for all of the plot details and such. This leaves me to give my two cents on this 4K release of it and the special features. I can say without a doubt that this version is definitely a lot more violent and chilling than the 1990 version, as it pulls no punches with its scares and gory moments with its child protagonists. You know you’re in for a scary time when the infamous opening scene with Georgie and the paper boat takes a gory, disturbing turn. Anyone who has seen the famous Netflix series Stranger Things will often find themselves comparing this movie to it, but keep in mind that the show in turn was based off classic Stephen King stuff such as this tale.
Thanks to the 4K UHD Blu-ray, everything looks and sounds amazing, which is always a plus for a horror film. The super detailed visuals ensure you notice every creepy detail, right down to every fiber of Pennywise’s clown outfit. The HDR color also helps with the dark, spooky setting that makes sure darks are really dark, and that red balloons look redder than ever. Then there’s the Dolby HD audio that really brings the jump scares and chills to life as you’re sure to find yourself hiding behind something when the scary bits come out of nowhere. When you’re done clowning around with the film, there’s some special features you can take a look at, such as “Pennywise Lives!” that shows how Bill Skarsgard brought Pennywise to creepy life. It was fun to learn that none of the kid actors saw or talked to him until they filmed their first scene with him, as to capture their real reactions on film. “The Losers’ Club” goes into the bond the kids formed while filming and how it transitioned onto the movie. There’s also some nice behind the scenes moments of them playing around on set and trying to do difficult parts such as crying or laughing on a dime when needed. “Author of Fear” talks to the man himself, Stephen King, and how he went about writing IT, what inspired him to make the characters, story, and more. The deleted scenes here also feature alternate and extended takes as well. A sweet bonus within these is a blooper/gag piece that has Georgie taking back the paper boat from Pennywise and leaving him there in the sewer to curse to himself. If only more deleted scenes extra could include something this hilarious.
If you’re a fan of the King story, the 1990 TV version, and have a strong stomach to boot, you’ll want to see what IT is all about (pun intended). The amazing 4K HDR visuals and Dolby HD sound make the scares that much scarier, and some short but awesome extras shape this into an experience you’ll want to float along into your 4K collection.