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Blu-Ray + Digital  |  Universal  | 2020 |  97 mins |  Rated 14A  | January 26, 2021

Director:  Jacob Chase

Starring:  Gillian Jacobs, John Gallagher Jr., Rachel Wilson, Azhy Robertson

57 %

Video:

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

Audio

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: DTS 5.1
Spanish: DTS 5.1

| Film Synopsis |

Desperate for a friend, Oliver (Azhy Robertson), a lonely young boy who feels different from everyone else, seeks solace and refuge in his ever-present cell phone and tablet. When a mysterious creature uses Oliver's devices against him to break into our world, Oliver's parents (Gillian Jacobs and John Gallagher Jr.) must fight to save their son from the monster beyond the screen.

| Video |

Freaky's 1080p Blu-ray transfer isn't too scary. Noise is prevalent even in well lit scenes; look at a breakfast scene at the 11-minute mark for an example of the fairly dense noise visible throughout the film. Otherwise, everything is in fairly good working order. Compression issues are few and details are solid enough. Close-ups showcase plenty of applied makeup on female characters while facial scruff and pores are plainly visible on Vince Vaughn's face. School hallways, Millie's bedroom, and other assorted locales deliver sharp, clear object clarity across foregrounds and backgrounds alike. Color output is excellent. Tones are thoroughly saturated with plenty of punch and obvious nuance. The palette is diversely bright and holds true even in dark and/or foggy scenes. Black levels hold satisfyingly deep and skin tones look spot-on accurate. Overall, this is a well-rounded presentation from Universal.

| Audio |

Universal's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack for Freaky delivers the goods. The track is abundantly spacious and expertly balanced. The track's depth is prominent. Bass is regularly intense, whether in support of score or action, and often a balanced combination of the two. Music plays with seamless stage presence, immersing the listener with super clear notes and well defined stage presence, dominant along the front but not at all timid about back end stretch. Action elements – various thuds, squishy gore, a revving table saw – are all finely detailed and perfectly placed. Ambient sound effects play true throughout, particularly in packed school hallways. Dialogue clarity, positioning, and prioritization are excellent.

| Special Features |
  • The Butcher Lends a Hand

  • Charlene Hears a Rumor

  • Late for the Party

| Overall Reaction |

Freaky is a fun genre-blending flick that brings the Horror from traditional slashers while finding the humor and levity associated with the body swapping genre. It's an inventive film that plays to its strengths but can't quite build a story with enough worthwhile depth to match the superficial fun. The lead performances are terrific and truly the reason to give this one a watch. Universal's Blu-ray is very good, delivering solid video, excellent audio, and a quality assortment of extra content. Recommended.

Summary (out of 5)

Film:  4.5   Video:  5.0    Audio:  5.0    Extras:  4.0    Overall:  4.5