Abigail: Blood Bath Edition

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
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Strong bloody violence and gore throughout, pervasive language and brief drug use
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Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett
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"Abigail" is a brash and bloodthirsty new vision of vampires. A heist team is hired by a mysterious fixer to kidnap the daughter of a powerful underworld figure. They must guard the 12-year-old ballerina for one night to net a $50 million ransom. As the captors start to dwindle one by one, they discover to their mounting terror that they're locked inside an isolated mansion with no ordinary little girl. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett and Editor Michael P. Shawyer; four featurettes: "Blood Bath" (HD 07:04), "Hunters To Hunted" (HD 05:36), "Becoming A Ballerina Vampire" (HD 04:29) and "Directing Duo Matt & Tyler" (HD 05;40); three deleted and extended scenes (HD 06:52), gag reel (HD 09:41) and a Movies Anywhere digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a VIZIO Quantum X P85QX-JI UHD/HDR display, was photographed digitally using the ARRI Alexa LF camera system and sourced from a 4K Digital Intermediate. The picture exhibits a sharp and clear quality with a color palette whose hues are natural. Colors are warm and rich with excellent depth. The imagery appears realistic throughout with generally good depth. Flesh tones and complexions are perfectly natural. Contrast is excellent with deep black levels, revealing shadows and realistic lighting. Resolution is revealing of fine detail in facial features such a lines, hair and beards, as well as clothing and object textures. This is a good looking horror movie with a peculiar twist. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding with the usual bass accentuated enhancements accompanying sound effects. Atmospherics are subtle as for the most part the setting is inside a fortified mansion. The orchestral score occupies a wide and deep soundstage that aggressively extends to envelop the four surrounds. The music is a prominent sound element that provides dimensionality. Deep bass engages the music and sound effects. Foley sound effects are precise. Dialogue is intelligible throughout with decent spatial integration. Overall, this is a holosonic® soundtrack with at times intense sound effects. (Gary Reber)