The Forever Purge – Blu-ray Review

The Forever Purge

When I reviewed The Forever Purge back in June, I said, “like Night of the Living Dead, The Forever Purge uses the socio-political climate of today and comments on it through the lens of a horror film.” After watching the film again, I still firmly believe that the movie feels like a zombie film. Instead of the undead, though, we have racist Texas rednecks who want to “reclaim” America as theirs. While the socio-political message is a little too on the nose, it’s still a much-needed, worst-case scenario warning of what would happen if someone reckless becomes president again. So much like how Justin Chon’s Blue Bayou is unsubtle by design, The Forever Purge also needs to be blunt to showcase the Kafkaesque reality it’s trying to depict. 

Yet much of the scares and thrills of the game will disappear once you watch the film again. Since The Forever Purge solely relies on the tension of which character lives and dies, you won’t find many jump scares to frighten audiences. Thus, you’re simply rewatching the film to experience it once again without any of the scares. Not to mention, the rampant violence that you found in the previous Purge flicks is kept to a minimum here. Not that it doesn’t have it, but director Everardo Gout chose to feature it in several crucial scenes, such as the one-shot scene and the start of the forever purge. So keep that in mind if you’re looking for something scary to watch this upcoming Halloween season.

Overall, The Forever Purge is an exciting new chapter in the Purge franchise. As I said before, the Purge franchise isn’t really spectacular works of art, but they’re still entertaining pieces of cathartic escapism. The difference is that these films have a strong political message to say.

Movie Rating: 4/5 atoms

The Forever Purge - Josh Lucas

Video

The Forever Purge hits Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG-AVC with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The whites are exceptionally bright, but you also lose a lot of details due to the overall high contrast of the picture. For example, you lose a lot of details and texture in the clouds. The high contrast also leads to some deep blacks that lead to some crushed blacks. The colors pop, but they tend to have a natural look to them. However, the color that stands out the most is red—for obvious reasons. The red lights, the fire, and of course, the blood look vibrant. As you can imagine, The Forever Purge is a messy film in terms of the textures and post-apocalyptic scenery. The video transfer showcases it well with its crisp details. Overall, this is a good-looking picture despite some flaws.

Video Rating: 4/5 atoms

The Forever Purge - Ana de la Reguera

Audio

The Forever Purge hits Blu-ray with a Dolby Atmos and a core 7.1 Dolby TrueHD Master Audio track. This review will reflect The Forever Purge‘s Dolby Atmos track. The audio mix features a ton of fun moments of sound moving seamlessly throughout the soundstage, such as the climax of the film, where the motocross cycle is riding around the barn. The sound effects are also accurately placed around the soundstage in relation to what’s going on onscreen.

Not to mention, when any scenes with gunfire occur, the sounds permeate through the soundstage and get you from all sides. It’s one of the best aspects of this Atmos mix. The instrument separation from The Newton Brothers’ score adds some dynamic sound to the mix. With the dialogue, it’s clear as a whistle. At the same time, the LFE brings a lot of boom to the mix, which doesn’t drown out the other audio elements as well. Overall, it’s a perfect mix to showcase your Atmos setup.

Audio Rating: 5/5 atoms

The Forever Purge - Tenoch Huerta

Special Features

The Forever Purge‘s Blu-ray disc has the following special features on Blu-ray disc:

  • Alternate Opening – Storyboard Sequence
  • Deleted Scene
  • Collapsing the System: Behind The Forever Purge
  • Creeptastic Wardrobe
  • Theatrical Trailer

Technically, the alternate opening is more of an extended scene rather than an alternate one. The scene shows more of the reasoning why Adela and Juan want to leave the motherland and sneak into the United States. Spoiler alert: It has to do with the Mexican drug cartels. Now, the deleted scene is an intriguing watch. Instead of a brewing conflict between Kirk and the rest of the ranch hands, the deleted scene shows them as friends. Even to the point of them cracking jokes with each other. It’s a total reversal from Kirk we know from the theatrical cut. 

Collapsing the System is your typical EPK-style behind-the-scenes featurette. Nothing special, but you do get to see the process of the film’s epic one-shot scene. Creeptastic is a short feature where costume designer Leah Butler talks a little about the thought process behind the villain costumes.

Special Features Rating: 2.5/5 atoms


Overall, The Forever Purge is a step-up over the past few installments of the franchise. While that’s not saying much, it’s certainly heading in the right direction. Although Ultra HD is usually the best option, the video transfer and Atmos mix make it feel like a 4K release. It’s just unfortunate that the bonus features are severely lacking in quantity and quality.

Overall Rating: 4/5 atoms

The Forever Purge hits stores on Blu-ray on September 28th.

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

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