After 17 years, Chucky still keeps getting lucky at the box office, despite the fact that the films have turned a tad silly and the plots have gone completely over-the-top. Still, if one can give the series credit, it at least stays true to its R-rated roots in a marketplace where what few horror films are being released are routinely being cut down to PG-13 to try and market the pictures to a teen audience.
The fifth picture in the series, "Seed of Chucky" starts off with talking puppet Glen or Glenda (voiced by Billy Boyd) making its way to Hollywood and ending up on the set of "Chucky Goes Psycho", a real film that stars the now-silent Chucky (voiced by Brad Dourif) and Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) dolls, as well as the actual Jennifer Tilly, who does a pretty nice job parodying herself.
The plot's nothing too surprising: the little doll sees the Chucky movie being filmed and sets out to try and meet its parents. Of course, the parentals manage to get reanimated once again, and go about wrecking the movie set and attacking everyone within reach. However, Glen/Glenda isn't sure whether or not he wants to be like his rather mean-spirited folks.
Jennifer Tilly almost steals the movie from the dolls, as the actress seems remarkably willing to parody herself, with nicely delivered dialogue that gets a laugh, despite its cheesiness, such as one bit where she notes that she could have played Erin Brockovich and not needed a push-up bra. Redman plays a rapper-turned-director in fine form (for the material), Dourif voices Chucky perfectly, and cult director John Waters even turns up in a cameo. The rest of the movie plays the humor in a similar fashion to Tilly's performance - it's goofy, it's campy, it's a bit cheesy - and it knows it. The humor is definitely low-brow, but it's done right, and there were times when I couldn't help but laugh.
I'm not a fan of the series and not a horror buff, either, but "Seed of Chucky" somehow manages to blend humor and gory horror in entertaining fashion. While the humor does take away from any scares and drags the pacing down a tad, the movie is still somewhat entertaining stuff. It's nothing groundbreaking, but it's certainly good rainy day viewing material.
This is the "Unrated" edition, which, as far as I can tell, adds a bit more gore to the already gory flick. If you're seeking the movie out on DVD, get this edition not because of the additional footage, but the additional extras.
VIDEO: "Seed of Chucky" is presented by Universal in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The presentation is first-rate, as the image remains crisp and clear throughout the proceedings. While some scenes appear slightly softer than the rest, the overall transfer mostly appeared well-defined.
Some minor edge enhancement and a trace or two of pixelation were spotted, but the majority of the presentation looked clear and clean. The print was also, not surprisingly for a new release, in top-notch shape. Colors looked bright and vivid, with no smearing or other faults.
SOUND: "Seed of Chucky" is presented in Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 by Universal. The presentation isn't too aggressive, but the material doesn't really call for it to be. Surrounds kick in for some light effects and ambience, but the majority of the audio is rooted in the front speakers. Audio quality is quite fine, with clear dialogue and effects. The DTS sound option seemed a bit fuller and more dynamic than its Dolby Digital counterpart, but both were enjoyable.
EXTRAS: Exclusive to the Unrated edition are: a commentary from director Don Mancini and puppeteer Tony Gardner, a deleted scene with Tiffany, an interview with Chucky and 150 Chucky trivia facts. Also included are a photo gallery, a behind-the-scenes look at the series, Jennifer Tilly on "The Tonight Show", an interview with Chucky and Tiffany, a commentary with director Don Mancini and actress Jennifer Tilly, trailers and bios.
Final Thoughts: "Seed of Chucky" sees the series getting silly, but the well-played humor seems to be the kind of change that the series needed to reinvent itself a bit and keep going. Universal's DVD edition offers plenty of supplements, as well as good audio/video quality. Recommended for fans.
The Film C+