Zoë's Blu-ray Review: PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 - EXTENDED CUT

The record-breaking franchise that has terrified audiences around the world returns with the scariest story yet as PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 debuts on January 24, 2012 from Paramount Home Entertainment in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with UltraViolet™ and a Digital Copy.

The Film

As a follower of this franchise, I was expecting more from this third installment. I thoroughly enjoyed the first film and felt that, although entertaining, the second one suffered from sluggish pacing. I had heard good things about this third film, including the repeatedly used critic quote "The last 15 minutes will mess you up for life”. Coming from an easily scared viewer, I found the ending to be completely bogus and hardly frightening at all. Although I was not startled-scared as I had been by the previous films, the storyline was strong and I was very creeped out by the haunting imagery.

If you are a fan of this record breaking series of horror films, you will more than likely enjoy adding this one to your collection. Unfortunately, do not expect any behind the scenes footage, information, or featurettes because there aren't any special features worth mentioning.

Special Features Breakdown

Lost Tapes: Scare Montage & Dennis’ Commercial - The first is a montage of Dennis scaring Julie throughout the house, which only makes her angry. Next is Dennis’s commercial for his wedding videographer business, which is very 80's cheesy.

Extended Cut - The extended cut is ten minutes longer than the theatrical version, but nothing substantial was added. There still appears to be scenes which were featured in the trailers that did not make it into either version.

2.5 Stars

Arriving on January 24th, the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 Blu-ray/DVD combo pack includes both the theatrical version of the film and an unrated version with footage not seen in theaters, as well as Lost Tapes that reveal more footage not seen in the film. In addition, all Blu-ray and DVD releases available for purchase will be enabled with UltraViolet, a new way to collect, access and enjoy movies. With UltraViolet, consumers can add movies to their digital collection in the cloud, and then stream or download them – safely and securely – to a variety of devices. And, in a first, all three films in the franchise will be available for Digital Download prior to the Blu-ray/DVD debut. This unique experience, called Paranormal Activity: The Chronology, presents the films in chronological order as a seamless marathon.