It was a seemingly normal day at the MGM/UA Home Video headquarters in Culver City when Suds, my assistant, buzzed in to say that a special guest had just arrived … not just any special guest, but a Hollywood star.
“June Allison?” I asked. “No, shorter,” smiled Suds.
“Mickey Rooney?” She could hardly contain herself, “No, even shorter.”
And then suddenly standing there in the doorway to my office was none other than the star of United Artists’ recent theatrical hit Child’s Play. It was none other than Chucky himself.
Now the only reason I bring this Spring of 1989 encounter with Chucky up is that Universal Studios Home Entertainment announced this past week that his last film outing, Curse of Chucky, will be heading to DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (with UltraViolet) on Oct. 8.
Let’s get a few things out in the open. First, Chucky is real; a little person — I signed a non-disclosure agreement back then that I honor to this day not to reveal his real name. I can tell you this much, he has a child-like voice, so producer David Kirschner and screenwriter Don Mancini recruited Brad Dourif to provide a more sinister tone to the character — it was a masterstroke; genius.
On this particular day he had stopped by Filmland in Culver City to approve the packaging for the April of 1989 VHS launch of Child’s Play (had a clause in his contract that gave him artwork approval … what a pain that is when the talent has artwork approval).
The conversation was pleasant at first. A little chit-chat as we walked down to creative services to review the selections. But once Chucky saw the choices he blew his top, grabbed a pair of scissors and attacked me. “Not scary enough,” he kept screaming!
Eventually we calmed him down, made the packaging more menacing (see the final VHS sleeve) and he went on his merry way.
It’s now the 25th anniversary of the original Child’s Play theatrical launch and Universal has the sixth installment in this venerable horror franchise ready for fans to enjoy. How this film franchise ended up at Universal is a story for another day, but let’s just say it had to do with an Australian conman, a clueless Hollywood mogul and a little something called a force majeure.
Once again the team of Chucky and Brad Dourif work their magic in both rated and unrated versions of Curse of Chucky. Bonus features include commentary from director Don Mancini, make-up and f/x wizard Tony Gardner and the film’s co-star Fiona Dourif, a gag reel, deleted scenes and the featurette titled “Playing with Dolls: The Making of Curse of Chucky.”
Exclusive to the Blu-ray SKU are two additional featurettes.
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