January 9, 2018
Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare — an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town’s children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise.
- Pennywise Lives! – Discover how Bill Skarsgard prepared to portray the primordial creature known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown.
- The Loser’s Club – Get up close and personal with the teenage stars of IT as they bond together during the film’s production.
- Author Of Fear – Stephen King reveals the roots of his best-selling novel, the nature of childhood fear, and how he created his most famous monster, Pennywise.
- Deleted Scenes – Eleven deleted or extended scenes from the film.
Though the special features are limited, there’s enough here to offer up an in-depth look at the film, from pre-production, all the way to post-production. The Pennywise Lives! feature is a fascinating video showing how director Andy Muschietti cast Bill Skarsgard. Fans of the film will appreciate it even more after watching the feature as Skarsgard looks back at the grueling shoot.
The Loser’s Club is a great feature that shows the bond between the child actors on and off set. The chemistry between the actors is the glue that keeps the whole film together. Author of Fear is another nice feature that has Stephen King discussing his thoughts on the film and how it compares to the novel and the 1990 miniseries.
There’s a lot to like in the special features which will leave fans chomping at the bit for the sequel and the inevitable re-release with multiple cuts of the film and bonus special features.
In theatres the film looked and sounded superb and the home entertainment release manages to translate the same quality on the small screen. The Atmos track is an immersive experience that puts you in a theatrical mindset from the comfort of your own home. Bottom line, this is a film worth picking up on home entertainment thanks to the quality of the film itself, the precise sound and video transfer, and the intriguing bonus features.
It is now available to purchase on 4K, blu ray, DVD, and through streaming services.