Hellraiser: Judgment (Blu-ray) [Blu-ray]
Blu-ray B - United Kingdom - Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Review written by and copyright: Rick Curzon (11th February 2021).
The Film

The dreaded Pinhead returns in the classic Hellraiser series. Three detectives trying to stop a diabolical serial killer are sucked into a maze of otherworldly horror, where hellish denizens including the Auditor, the Assessor and the Jury await to pass judgment.

Video

Number ten in the ten film string Hellraiser franchise and an improvement on the last entry although that isn't difficult. This one struck me as more lavish and more considered with some decent moments and a richer, somewhat sepia colour palette. That said, this is obviously a digitally shot production with that clean, grainless look inherent to these things.

Overall the colour favours warm hues with healthy if naturalistic flesh tones. Blood, and there's plenty of the red stuff, is more dark brown unless seen in bright light but that isn't often. Contrast has decent range and is supportive with no blown out highlights which allows plenty of fine detail to show, particularly in closeups. This isn't going to blow the minds of technofreaks but was a lretty decent image

1080/24p / AVC MPEG-4 / 1.78:1 / 81:32

Audio

English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English HoH

A strong 5.1 track with plenty of bass; my subwoofer purred away quite a bit on this one. Dialogue is front and centre and is always clear. The score is used well and keeps the surrounds happy as does the ambiance which is frequently quiet and rumbly operating at a level that gets under the skin. I heard no distortions or sibilant issues. Make no mistake, this is a low budget film and the 5.1 isn't going to he mistaken for the ones found on the latest Marvel or DC superhero flick but it was impressive in it's low key modest way.

Subtitles for the hearing impaired are provided and welcome. On the sections I tested they covered all the dialogue with nothing missed.

Extras

Deleted and Extended Scenes (Play All - 7:11):
- Extended Watkins Cleansing (3:36)
- Egerton Goes to Church (3:34)


A couple of amusing deleted scenes that were worth a look. 1080/24p 1.78:1 with DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo track that played with plenty of surround welly when my Sony amp was switched to HD-D.C.S. (Studio).

Gag Reel (4:24)

Typically saturated in rock music this is a modest collection of crackups. 1080/24p 1.85:1 with DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo track that played with plenty of surround welly when my Sony amp was switched to HD-D.C.S. (Studio).

Packaging

Standard BD Keepcase.

Overall

An enjoyable if unremarkable franchise flick, Hellraiser: Judgement (2016) gets a decent single layered BD25 release from Lionsgate. Some very modest but decent extras are provided this time making this disc mirror it's American counterpart precisely. Preorder price is 12 on Amazon UK at the time of writing is well worth it for fans.

The Film: C+ Video: A- Audio: A- Extras: D+ Overall: B

 


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