Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release Date: December 24, 2013
Run Time: 106 minutes
James Wan has made a career as a horror director by simply focusing on creepy dolls and haunted houses, and it has done wonders for him and the box office sales. 2013 alone saw two haunted house installments from Wan, including the period film based on a true story, The Conjuring, and the follow-up to 2010’s Insidious. Insidious: Chapter 2 is not as consistent as either The Conjuring, but even amidst a mediocre film from Wan we are able to see his skill and confidence as a director in this medium has increased. The over-all film is uneven, but there are still some terrifying sequences and original ideas sprinkled in this sequel.
The Lambert family endured a battle with the spirit world in the first film when one of their children is under threat from a ghost wanting to take his body. In Insidious: Chapter 2, we learn more about this hereditary trait that allows members of the family to travel to the spirit world in their dreams. Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) has the same abilities as his son, learned and then forgotten in his troubled childhood, and returned to threaten his family once again in an Amityville Horror type transformation of personality. Meanwhile Renai Lambert (Rose Byrne) does all that she can to protect her family from the ongoing threat.
The film deals with time travel in a strange unexplained way, folding in on itself in one of the film’s more clever sequences. This along with a few good scares makes this for an entertaining film, though one which does not hold up on repeat viewings. This is second-tier horror after seeing The Conjuring. The Blu-ray combo pack has three ways of watching the film: Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy. The special features exclusive to the Blu-ray include a three-part webisodes made for promoting this film’s release, Leigh Whannell’s Insidious journal, an on set Q&A, and a location featurette. Also included is a behind-the-scenes featurette and one about the visual effects behind the film’s ghosts.
Entertainment Value: 7/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 6/10
Historical Significance: 6/10
Disc Features: 7/10