Pet Sematary (1989) 4K Blu-ray Disc Review

30 year Anniversary release headed your way today. The bizarre story of ghosts, zombies and psychological turmoil that could only be written by the acid-tripping Stephen King. How scary is this horror classic and does the 4K upgrade add anything to this film? Continue on to find out! Movie reviews and disc quality reviews are color coded for your convenience, BillChete in orange and Lady Phantom in blue respectively.

IMDb Storyline: As a doctor, Louis Creed must face death all the time, but his wife and two young children might not have to. When the family pet is killed in the road, Louis’ well meaning neighbor introduces him to a mystic place beyond the old pet cemetery in the woods behind his house: the place where the dead walk.

Movie Review:
On this one I want you to hear to my good buddies review this. Listen to the AUDIO where Jay of the Dead and Craig “Terror” Tovey dive in! I align almost faithfully to Jay. My main differences are that Zelda didn’t scare me, and that character seemed forced and overacted. Also, I thought Gage coming back was the creepiest thing about this movie. It is a good horror movie, although I think the story jumps the shark, but it should definitely be seen if you haven’t watched it yet.

This is one of my favorite Stephen King stories, even if it has problems. It’s the story of Lewis Creed and his family, who move to a small town only to have their lives turned upside down by what lies beyond the road. The movie has a lot of things I like: Pascow is very good. He is there throughout the film to warn Lewis, only to be ignored. Also, this film doesn’t shy away from the death of a toddler, which is heartbreaking. I don’t know how they did all the Gage final sequence, but it’s really effective. Fred Gwynn was great in this too. The makeup all around is good, and the acting is decent (except for the little girl. I’m not a fan of hers at all). The story still has issues, but I guess you need to believe people would act this dumb in order to buy what happens. Even if the story doesn’t make much sense at times, it’s a decent movie all around.

4K Disc Quality:
We get a good release of an older film. DNR is effectively used to tamp down all the grain. While it does produce a softer tone it is a welcomed video presentation. The movie is very dated and it shows. The coloring is muted and bland, plus the lack of use of ample HDR is apparent. The 5.1 audio track is sufficient for this title as surrounds and stereo separation get a decent amount of workout. Overall, this is the best this film has ever looked and is a worthy pickup for Pet Sematary fans.

The 4K presentation is also very decent. There’s grain, but you can tell they used DNR to minimize it as much as they could. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like they pumped up the colors or added anything to the overall look. There’s a scene where there’s fire, and it looks very good, but it might be the only scene where something is truly bright. The sound is actually pretty good. The opening of the movie has voices of children reading what it says on their pets’ graves, and the sound comes at you from all over the place. You can distinctly hear all the speakers, but there aren’t many other instances in which you can. You can hear the surround throughout the film. The voices are always clear. I think that even though the 4K is not perfect, it is a definite upgrade. If you love this movie, it’s worth getting it.

Breakdown of “Pet Sematary (1989)

Movie Rating  
BillChete:  7 (Rental) Lady Phantom:  7 (Buy)

4K Blu-ray Disc Grade  
BillChete:  B- (Worthy) Lady Phantom:  C (Worthy)

Average 4K Disc Grade

C+