The Nun 4K/Blu Ray Review (Warner Bros)
The Nun is a 2018 horror film directed by Corin Hardy (The Hallow & Gangs of London). It was written by Gary Dauberman (IT, Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, & Swamp Thing TV series). It was produced by James Wan (Saw franchise, The Conjuring franchise, & Insidious franchise) & Peter Safran (Aquaman, Shazam!, Scary Movie, & The Belko Experiment). It’s a spin off of 2016’s The Conjuring 2 & the 5th installment in The Conjuring Universe. It’s a prequel to the horror franchise. It had a budget of $22 million & it grossed $365.6 million worldwide at the box office. A possible sequel has been discussed & rumored for the future.
In 1952 Romania, two Roman Catholic nuns living at the Saint Cartha’s monastery are attacked by an unseen force when they enter a tunnel to retrieve an ancient Christian relic. The surviving nun Sister Victoria (played by: Charlotte Hope from Game of Thrones, The Theory of Everything, & Allied) runs away & it’s revealed as a demon appearing as a nun. Frenchie (played by: Jonas Bloquet from Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, The Family, Elle, & 3 Days to Kill) ends up at the location & sees the disastrous results. This ends up a mess for the church. The Vatican brings in Father Burke (played by: Demián Bichir from Che, Alien: Covenant, The Hateful Eight, & Machete Kills) with Sister Irene (played by: Taissa Farmiga from American Horror Story, The Mule, The Final Girls, & Anna) to investigate. Mother Superior sets them up with Frenchie as a guide. Father Burke is dealing with his own troubled past & this event brings up some bad memories for him. Sister Oana (played by: Ingrid Bisu from Dracula: The Dark Prince, The Zero Theorem, & Outbound) tells them the history of the abbey. Father Burke discovers the identity of their living nightmare as Valak (played by: Bonnie Aarons from Mulholland Drive, The Fighter, The Conjuring 2, & Annabelle: Creation). This leads to a deadly confrontation between good & evil, who will win????
The Nun is not the best entry in The Conjuring franchise by any means but it’s a solid prequel. It started out a little slow at first but towards the end it really made up for it. I was surprised how dark it got towards the finale. The two leads Demián Bichir & Taissa Farmiga elevated the production but it did suffer from some of the other performances especially Jonas Bloquet as Frenchie. They tried to make him too comical & it kinda killed the vibe of the feature during moments. I thought the character was out of place in this. The Nun is a cool villain & horror character, I really hope they continue her story because this didn’t live up to her potential. It had a nice atmosphere, beautiful cinematography, & a killer score to enhance the final product. I think it honestly got a much worse rep than it deserved & it’s definitely worth checking out. Just have to be patience with this one because it’s gets much better after awhile, RECOMMENDED!!!!
Let’s talk about the high definition presentation from Warner Bros! This 2160p (2.40:1) transfer really shines in 4K! I love the entire vibe & look of this production. It’s loaded with audio options, it has all kinds of different tracks to choose from which include English: Dolby Atmos, English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1, English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French (Canada): Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1, & English: Dolby Digital 5.1! As far as sound goes, this one knocks it out of the park. The dialogue is very clean, all the suspenseful moments are boosted, & the score sounds awesome here. It also has English SDH, French, & Spanish subtitles. This is a high quality release when it comes to picture & sound.
Let’s talk about the special features from Warner Bros on this release. The 4K disc has none, all of the extras are located on the blu ray disc. “A New Horror Icon” is a little over 5 minutes. It has interviews with actors Charlotte Hope, Jonas Bloquet, Demián Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Bonnie Aarons, producer James Wan, writer Gary Dauberman, director Corin Hardy, & others. They talk about the film. They go over their experience. They chat about The Nun character. “Gruesome Planet” is a little over 6 minutes. It has interviews with various cast & crew members from the film. It focuses on Romania. It takes you on a tour & gives a inside look into the locations of The Nun. “The Conjuring Chronology” is almost 4 minutes. It has interviews with some of the same cast & crew members from the other extras. They go over The Conjuring universe timeline. They do a quick overview of each film in the franchise. 7 “Deleted Scenes” that end up a little over 12 minutes. It also comes with a slipcover, digital code, & a blu ray copy of the release. It’s available everywhere right now, CHECK IT OUT!!!!