MALIGNANT (2021) Reviews and 4K Ultra-HD news

  

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Malignant – James Wan’s memorably bonkers horror-thriller hybrid (which polarised many fans into either lovers or haters, plus the merely baffled) – was released last year on HBO Max and then Blu-ray + Digital.

Now, a 4K Ultra HD release of Malignant has been announced for May 24, 2022.

On Instagram, Wan commented, “Gabriel slithering, slinking and slashing their way home in this beautiful 4K UHD, coming this May 24!! I’m all about physical media, so I’m happy to add this to my 4K collection. Thank you WB Home Entertainment.”

Meanwhile, here’s our previous epic critical overview of this contentious movie:

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Malignant is a 2021 American horror film about a young woman who is paralyzed by shocking visions of grisly murders; her torment worsens as she discovers that these waking dreams are in fact terrifying realities.

Directed by James Wan (Aquaman; The Conjuring; Insidious; Saw) from a screenplay written by Akela Cooper (The Nun 2; M3GAN; Hell Fest) based on a story Wan co-wrote with his wife Ingrid Bisu (The Nun). Produced by Michael Clear (Salem’s Lot 2022; There’s Someone Inside Your House; Annabelle: Creation).

The New Line-Atomic Monster production stars Annabelle Wallis (Annabelle; Annabelle: Creation and The Mummy), Maddie Hasson, Jake Abel, Jacqueline McKenzie, Michele Briana White, George Young and Paul Mabon.

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Blu-ray and Digital and DVD release:

Malignant was released on Digital on October 22nd and on Blu-ray and DVD on November 30 via Warner Bros.

Reviews:
“Maybe the bar has been set very high in regards to the standards we are used to with Wan but Malignant for us fails to reach the standards required. Never have we experienced a film that fluctuates so much from potentially being one of the best films of the year to being one of the worst. In the end, it ended up becoming an average movie…” All Things Movies

“Wan doesn’t inject any surprising twists or turns in terms of narrative, but more in how far he pushes the envelope and how much fun he’s clearly having doing it. That you connect the dots long before the protagonists do means that the pacing sags in the second act, but Wan swoops in with a Grand Guignol-style third act that gleefully goes for broke.” Bloody Disgusting

” …will probably elicit some unintentional laughter out of viewers, especially those desiring something a bit more grounded after sitting through 90 minutes of puzzling motives and deep-dive research. Wan wants to leave the audience knocked out by his showmanship, but a tighter script and better casting are mostly ignored in the hunt for a killer ending.” Blu-ray.com

“It’s overlong, and its story is much more convoluted than it needs to be; the murders don’t even begin in earnest until the half-hour mark. Yet I found something refreshing about a major studio horror movie with the confidence to be messy […] This is not “elevated horror,” but rather a true-blue exploitation film which is more than happy to remain in the gutter.” Boston Hassle

“No one is holding punches, and thanks to a sound design that isn’t afraid to immerse its audiences, viewers hear how devastating, gruesome and painful some of the more heavy hits are. Malignant isn’t afraid to be brutal and gross at times, and instead of a jump scare eliciting shock from the audience, the unrelenting imagery and action will do the job just fine.” CBR

For many, many more reviews go to page 2

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