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Paramount is once again pushing out another classy steelbook on 4K UHD. This time it's one that's already had a 4K UHD release, but NOT a steelbook release. Back in November of 2018 Paramount did release a steelbook at the same time as the day and date Blu-ray and 4K "regular" release, but they failed to put out a 4K steelbook. Well, with their line of Mondo steelbook releases being pushed out it only made sense to remedy that situation for steelbook collectors. With that in mind be aware that the snazzy new packaging is really the only change from the previous release. The same 2 discs are found inside the case as are found in the regular 4K UHD release, and the same digital code as well (although updated for a later expiration date). This release is aimed squarely at the raw addiction that is steelbook collecting and they've outdone themselves this time. Not only does the set come with a great steelbook, but also a clear slipcover for the steelbook that features reflective labels and the Mono title on it as well. As a steelbook snob I've got to say that the artwork for the set really captures the mood and feel of the film (not to spoil anything), and the glossy coating is smooth and silken to the touch. A great looking steelbook for certain.
Usually I’m the first to poo-poo a PG-13 rated horror film, as most of them are so heavily neutered that they don’t even give a modicum of entertainment. No blood, no flesh, no gore, no intensity. They just peter out as being “horror-light” films. With that being said, I was curious about A Quiet Place due to the great cast and the fact that it got RAVE critical reviews despite having the dreaded PG-13 ratings curse over its head. Unfortunately I missed this in theaters, but I had friends telling me I NEEDED to see this, so I begrudgingly decided to review it, only to be shocked to my core when I find out that it is one of the best survival horror films of the last 10 years. John Krasinski (the husband in the film, and the ACTUAL husband of Emily Blunt) has written, starred in, and directed a film that grips you from beginning to end, and doesn’t let go until the credits start rolling. There’s a hint of M. Night Shamalamadingdong, some 10 Cloverfield Lane and classic monster movie elements in the production, but at it’s core A Quiet Place is a story of survival in a world filled with intense terror.
The film doesn’t clue you in to when in time this takes place, what happened to bring them here, and what remnants of humanity remain, but all we know is that the world is a scary place. Monsters lurk in the darkness and the remnants of humanity are living in a post apocalyptic world where everyone has to live in utter silence, for the only thing stronger than these monster’s teeth and claws are it’s incredible hearing (and seemingly no sight). The film opens up with mother Evelyn (Emily Blunt), father Lee (John Krasinski) and his three children, deaf daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds), Marcus (Noah Jupe) and Beau (Cade Woodward) scavenging for supplies in an abandoned town. The first thing you notice is that they are being INCREDIBLY quiet. Not a whisper, everyone communicates in sign language, and they appear to be fearful of something. That something is soon explained when little Beau lights off a noisy toy and the monsters of the film leap out and devour him in seconds.
From this point on we can see the conundrum of this world. Humanity is on the brink of extinction (or so it seems, the film doesn’t really let us see anything outside of this one little family unit), and the slightest noise will attract the monsters to them. Lee and Evelyn are doing their best to provide for the family, but it’s terrifying when even the slightest noise will bring the monsters to their doorstep. To make matters worse, Evelyn is pregnant and soon to birth a squalling baby into the world, which means that the family unit has to create a sound proofed room in their farm house to shield them from the monsters. At least before the creatures hunt down and destroy them all.
Despite the “alien” or “monster” aspect of the film, this is not a big sweeping epic with hints at a larger picture. Krasinski’s film is about one thing, the family unit. We don’t know WHY these monsters are here, or what their goals are, or even how much of humanity is left unscathed. All we know is that they are HERE, right NOW, and the Abbott family is learning how to survive one more day in this terrible world. Its the sense of closed off urgency that gives the film much of its potency, and you’re fascinated by how it unfolds, even though we realize there is no beginning, and there is no end to their plight. It’s just NOW. Despite the lack of vocals in the film, the movie is expertly acted, as real life husband and wide duo John Krasinski and Emily Blunt display an intimate chemistry that must come from their personal life. A chemistry that adds a good deal of authenticity to the close knit family nature of the film. The children do well, but it’s really Millicent Simmons who steals the show as deaf Regan (especially since she IS deaf in real life herself). The use of sound as a weapon and crutch in the film is highly intoxicating, and the lack of vocals really gives the actors a way to communicate through their bodies and actions in ways we usually take for granted.
Rated PG-13 for terror and some bloody images
4K Video: Video:
• The Sound of Darkness – Editing Sound for A Quiet Place
• A Reason for Silence – The Visual Effects of A Quiet Place
A Quiet Place is an incredibly powerful horror/thriller that thrives DESPITE being given the PG-13 kiss of death. In fact, don’t let the rating bother you at all, as it still is able to evoke intense moments of terror and fear without the necessity of showing blood and harsh language. Usually I’m the first to curse a PG-13 rated horror film, but John Krasinski really knocked this one out of the park. The movie is a simple story about the PRESENT, without need of future or past explanations, allowing us to bond with the characters and really get absorbed into the 91 minute fear fest. For those wondering about upgrading, this is the exact same discs as the 2018 edition, same digital code, the only thing different being the Mondo Steelbook packaging (which I will admit is pretty nice). As such, this is totally going to depend on if you're steelbook collector, as this is EXACTLY what niche Paramount is aiming for with these new steelbook re-releases. A great movie, great packaging, and if you don't own it already, then it's certainly a great set to pick up.
Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds
Directed by: John Krasinski
Written by: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 HEVC
Audio: English: Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Core), German, Spanish, French (Canadian), French, Italian, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese DD 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Cantonese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Korean, Malay, Mandarin (Traditional), Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
Runtime: 90 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: March 10th 2020
Recommendation: Highly Recommended