Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

PET SEMATARY (2019)

Blu-ray + DVD + HD   |  Paramount  | 2019 | 101 min | Rated R | July 9, 2019

Video

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio

English: Dolby Atmos
English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1

Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1

Director:    Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer 
Starring:    Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, Amy Seimetz, Jeté Laurence

| Film Synopsis |

After the Creed family relocates from Boston to rural Maine, they soon discover an ancient burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. When tragedy strikes, the grief-stricken father is driven by the cemetery’s sinister power, setting off a perilous chain of events that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.  Some secrets are best left buried in this twisted thrill ride.

| Video |

Pet Sematary was shot on digital and comes to Blu-ray with a well-rounded 1080p transfer.  The film was reportedly digitally photographed at resolutions of 2.8K and 3.4K and most likely finished at 2K. A couple of poorly-lit interiors and nighttime sequences can seem flat.  Black levels have strong shadow detailing within the darkest corners.

| Audio |

Pet Sematary's Dolby Atmos soundtrack spans the range from quiet to intense. The overhead channels offer both general support and some discrete effects. Dialogue is detailed from a front-center location. 

| Special Features |
  • Alternate Ending.

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes: Included are Daddy's Nervous Too, Your Kids are Lucky, I Wanted Her to Die, She Didn't Come Back the Same, It's Not Real, I'm Leaving in the Morning, and Did You Miss Me Judson?.

  • Night Terrors: Scenes of three characters facing their fears. Included are Louis, Rachel, and Ellie.

  • The Tale of Timmy Baterman: Jud Crandall tells the tale of a boy killed in war and resurrected in the Micmac burying ground.

  • Beyond the Deadfall: A four-part feature:
     

  • Chapter One: Resurrection: Cast and crew recall reading King's works, followed by a look at the process of bringing the tale back to the screen, including changes, moving on from the original, crafting a film for contemporary audiences, casting this film, performances, and more.

  • Chapter Two: The Final Resting Place: Shooting in Montreal, exploring specific locations, costumes, and creating the title locale.

  • Chapter Three: The Road to Sorrow: Training and working with cats, shooting on both sides of the deadfall and the locations created for the world beyond it, making the truck death scene, building the father-daughter relationship, and more.

  • Chapter Four: Death Comes Home: The perspective and themes of death in the story, "undead" makeup, Jeté Laurence's performance, keeping Zelda and Victor in the movie, Zelda makeup, on-the-fly changes on the set, and more.

| Overall Reaction |

In being an fan of the original, this was going to be a hard sell for me.   I did enjoy the update but was very disappointed with the ending.  Though they is an alternate ending in the Special Features that is worth checking out. Paramount does offer an excellent 1080p video and a strong Atmos soundtrack.   It is worth a watch but as I say, "You can also go back to the original".

Summary (out of 5)

Film:   3.0

Video:   3.5

Audio:   4.0

Extras:   3

Overall:   3.5