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Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 96 minutes, alternate ending, three deleted scenes, three featurettes, DVD, digital copy
VIDEO: 2.40:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition
AUDIO (blu-ray): English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English DVS, French 5.1 DTS Digital Surround, Spanish 5.1 DTS Digital Surround,
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

STUDIO: Universal Pictures/ Blumhouse Productions
RELEASE DATE: 1-16-2018

Bitchy sorority sister Tree wakes up with a hangover in a dorm room on her birthday. It is the start of a worst day ever for her as she repeats the day over and over again as a masked killer kills her (which resets the day). She goes down the list of suspects who may want her dead as she has wronged many men and women due to stealing boyfriends and having an affair with a married professor. As the time loop continues, the strain begins to weigh on her mentally and physically. She must find out who killed her and stop her death to end the time loop for good.

HAPPY DEATH DAY is a fun mix of horror, slasher film, Groundhog Day-type time loops, and humor. It manages to keep it fresh with presenting the same day over and over in different ways while delivering a few twists to this fresh horror movie.

The alternate ending is best left on the cutting room floor except for the horror movie twist ending. The three deleted scenes are entertaining in their own right and were cut for pacing.

Three short featurettes are on the blu-ray which you want to watch after you have seen the movie due to the massive spoilers in the featurettes:
WORST BIRTHDAY EVER!- a promotional featurette on the movie which is best described as GROUNDHOG DAY meets SCREAM QUEENS meets coming of age story
BEHIND THE MASK: THE SUSPECTS- a look at the various suspects in the movie
THE MANY DEATHS OF TREE- a look at some of the various ways Tree is killed

Previews for other Universal Pictures releases play before the main menu which include BEFORE I FALL and the forthcoming new DEATH RACE prequel.

Also in the combo pack is a code to download and stream a digital copy of HAPPY DEATH DAY and the movie on DVD in standard definition.

FINAL ANALYSIS: HAPPY DEATH DAY is an inventive mix of Groundhog Day-type time loops and horror in this twisty and entertaining thriller.

This initial review is 1-28-2018 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

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