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Blu-ray Review: CANDYMAN (2021)

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CANDYMAN 2021
Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 91 minutes, alternate ending, deleted and extended scenes, featurettes
VIDEO: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition
AUDIO: English Dolby Atmos, French 5.1 Dolby, Spanish 5.1 DD, English DVS
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

STUDIO: SDS/ Universal Pictures/ MGM/ Monkey Paw Productions
RELEASE DATE: 11-16-2021
CANDYMAN is one of my favorite horror movies from the 1990s. It created an iconic horror character played by the deep voiced Tony Todd (who could easily read the phone book or a menu and you would be captivated by the way he says it). The first movie is a modern horror classic. The first sequel wasn't as great and the third one was even less so (but it will be released by Lionsgate through their Vestron Video line very soon). Now Nia DaCosta has brought forth a new vision of Candyman that acts as a sequel to the first one and be able to continue it in the first really great sequel. I do wish we had more Tony Todd in it than what we got, but otherwise it manages to expand on the mythology by explaining Candyman is like a hive and many people have been him over the decades. This latest CANDYMAN manages to hook us in by focusing on Helen's story from the first movie that leads an artist's to investigate the legend and history of Candyman. Will his search cause more people to die at the hands of Candyman and will it drive him mad?

SPECIAL FEATURES:
An alternate ending that should have stayed in the movie or been a mid or end credits scene.

Three deleted and extended scenes cut for pacing reasons

Fetaurettes:
SAY HIS NAME (6:45)- a featurette on the new movie
BODY HORROR (6:22)- a behind-the-scenes look at the work that went into creating the Candyman for the movie to show the transformation of the main character during the movie and how they accomplished it
THE FILMMAKER'S EYE- NIA DaCOSTA (4:48)
PAINTING CHAOS (7:17)- all about the artists they got to create the work of Anthony McCoy, Hamza Walker serving as an art consultant to borrow real works from local Chicago artists for the fictional gallery show in the movie.
THE ART OF ROBERT AUBREY LOWE (4:54)- a behind-the scenes look at the music process for the composer of the new Candyman
TERROR IN THE SHADOWS (4:04)- a look at Manual Cinema who created the puppet art flashback scenes in the movie
CANDYMAN: THE IMPACT OF BLACK HORROR (20:24)- a round table of filmmakers discuss the impact of CANDYMAN and other films on the black horror genre.

FINAL ANALYSIS: This is the best CANDYMAN since the first movie. It manages to honor the first movie and still expand/ reinvent the mythos. A good assortment of behind-the-scenes extras round out the blu-ray.

This blu-ray review is (c)12-2-2021 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com