This Week In Home Entertainment: “Us” (Blu-ray Review)

Watching Us At Home

The horror movie genre is in the midst of a renaissance led by Jordan Peele. His follow-up to Get Out more than lives up to the hype and his promise to continue bringing unique horror stories that center Black actors and a decidedly Black perspective in his storytelling. Peele knows how to tell a story with levels, messages, that welcomes all viewers to its visual narrative. Us its story of a government-created shadow clan incorporates traditional horror elements into a contemporary setting with just a touch of sci-fi. I thoroughly enjoyed my first view of Us. So much so, I turned around and saw it again in order to spot all the Easter eggs and genre hat-tips buried in the plot. I knew by the end of the first five minutes, this was a fill worth owning.

The Blu-ray/DVD/Digital offering of Us from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment doesn’t disappoint. It looks great on 1080p screens and the sound quality is excellent. An at-home experience (even for first timers) is more than satisfying viewing. If you missed this in the theater, or just knew it needs to become a go-to in your Halloween horror watch (alright that may just be my annual tradition) bring home the Blu-ray is absolutely worth it.

 

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Us Bonus Content & Extras:

Watching Us i is in-and-of-itself an experience. Getting a peek behind the scenes and into the mind of creator Jordan Peele, just added depth to a re-watch. Universal was generous with the offerings; which is increasingly rare when it’s a horror movie.  I don’t know about you, but the first thing I do when I bring home a new movie is hit the extras on the disc. I already know I like the film so it’s all about the extras.

The Blu-ray/Digital Package Content:

The Bonus featurettes run the gamut when it comes to going behind the scenes.

  • The Duality of Us: An in-depth explanation from Jordan Peele on a few key themes and imagery in Us.
  • The Monsters Within Us: Learn how cast members dove into their characters, whether they were playing one of the Wilsons or their twisted doppelgängers
  • Tethered Together: Making Us Twice – Filmmakers, cast, and crew discuss some of the technical challenges and some of the design choices for the characters.
  • Redefining a Genre: Jordan Peele’s Brand of Horror – Listen to the cast and filmmakers highlight what makes Jordan Peele unique, and hear Peele’s thoughts inspirations and the relationship between horror & comedy
  • Becoming Red – Between-the-scenes footage of Lupita Nyong’o’s performance as “Red.”

Exclusive Bonus(es) on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray & Digital

    • Scene Explorations – The making of three iconic scenes from the film including the Tyler house massacre, Jason’s abduction, and Adelaide’s underground flashback.
      • Seven Second Massacre
      • It’s a Trap
      • I Just Want My Little Girl Back
  • Deleted Scenes
    • I’m Not Even Near You: 
    • Rabbit Season 
    • That’s Badass
    • Driftwood 
    • The P is Silent 
    • I Wanna Go Home 
  • We’re All Dying
  • Becoming Red – Using behind-the-scenes footage from between takes, we take a closer look at Lupita Nyong’o’s intense and mesmerizing performance as “Red.”

The now standard quick turn-around-time from theater to home entertainment means you can add Captian Marvel to your home collection as of June 18, 2019.


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