Krampus: The Naughty Cut (2015) | 4K Blu-ray Review


A holiday horror comedy that’s now extended and in 4K? Sign me up. Let’s see if Scream Factory’s latest 4K release is really worth picking up, or if you should save a few bucks this holiday season and stick with the original.


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Tech Specs:

Format(s):UltraHD/4K Blu-ray (BD-100)
Blu-ray (BD-50)
Released By:Shout!/Scream Factory
Release Date:December 7th, 2021
Video Format / Codec:4K: H.265 (HEVC)
BR: MPEG-4 (AVC)
Resolution:4K: Upscaled 4K, 2160/24p
BR: Full HD, 1080/24p
Digital Intermediate (DI):2K (captured digitally)
High-Dynamic Range (HDR):Dolby Vision (FEL), HDR10
Aspect Ratio:2.39:1
Audio Format(s):English (4K/BR):
Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
DTS-HD MA 5.1 (48kHZ, 24-bit)
Subtitles:English, English SDH
Packaging:Dual disc snapcase with slipcover*

*Slipcover may only be available on initial pressing
Region Coding:4K: Region-free
BR: Region A (locked)

Video Review:

Krampus is a relatively recent release (on the grand scale of movie history) and so it found its way into existence through digital capture. It was finished at 2K likely due to the large amount of visual effects, and also the relatively modest budget. As a result this is an upscaled image from the 2K digital intermediate. With that said, there is still a small but noticeable uptick in detail over the past Blu-ray release. There are more nuanced textures in snow, skin and hair and set pieces, but I would not call the difference revolutionary especially given the clean and well-presented image available on past Blu-ray releases. As a result we are getting an improvement that goes from very good to excellent in terms of detail.

While the detail in the image was not a major upgrade, the color grade and HDR are definitely where this release surpasses existing 1080p discs. The overall color grade has been improved, with much more natural skin tones, while still allowing for some warmth and punch in interior scenes, and taking the outdoor night time scenes from a green/blue towards a nice icy blue which really provides a much greater visual impact. On top of that, shadow details and blacks that were a bit crushed on the 2K disc, no longer suffer from those flaws, with shadow details being preserved and black becoming deep, inky and well graded. On the flip side, whites and speculars do definitely get a boost here, but not to the same level as the dark end of the spectrum.  Overall the presentation across the gamut and dynamic range is a stark improvement.

The included Blu-ray also includes the improved color grade, but naturally suffers a bit more to handle the dark shadowy scenes in the movie than the 4K disc.

Video Score (4K): 4.6 / 5

Video Score (BR): 4.3 / 5

Audio Review:

Past releases of Krampus had an excellent DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix, and thankfully Scream Factory kept that mix on both discs for those who really enjoyed it. But they also gave us a brand new Dolby Atmos mix that takes the auditory experience to a new level. Paired with clear and clean dialog, there is a strong use of surround and overhead effects to truly immerse the listener in the scenes, from the blustery wind to the discrete creaks and spooky noise coming from all around, and the thumping presence of Krampus up on the rooftop. There is a lot going on in this mix to take in and enjoy. Bass and LFE is strong and present and while not likely to make a demo list for its prowess, it’s still no slouch.

Audio Score (4K/BR): 4.8 / 5

Special Features and Packaging:

The biggest feature and one of the main selling points beyond 4K is supposed to make this the “Naughty Cut”. I will say the added scenes including in the film do make it a better experience, but it still falls a bit short. It does make this cut push a bit more towards that “R” rating here in the States, but maybe just. There’a touch more gore and a few more choice words included but fundamentally it feels like an incremental improvement in the movie itself but it’s not game-changing.

Scream Factory thankfully carried over the extras from past releases including audio commentaries and featurettes and then topped it all off with well over an hour of new interviews. Overall there’s plenty here for the fans of this film to enjoy and appreciate.

For packaging, we get some nice custom artwork on the slipcover and the case and a bit of artwork on both discs. It’s a standard look for Scream Factory, and one that thankfully takes step up from the standard releases from the big studios. Oh, and if you order from them direct, they throw in a poster featuring the same artwork for you to hang up (and it comes in a tube rather than folded like other studios).

Features Score: 4.1 / 5

Buy/Upgrade-worthiness:

This one is a bit of a tough call, but ultimately the answer is YES! The Naughty Cut is better than the theatrical. The visuals are better than the 1080p releases. The Atmos mix is better than the 5.1. But even with all of that, if you do own this film already, it could still be hard to justify the double-dip here unless you love this film. Now I do, so I’m happy to buy this version, but you may have to decide for yourself as the opening release price for this is $30 (as of publishing). I do expect it will drop, but likely to not much less than $20 for quite some time so if you are on the fence you may want to bide your time and see where it ends up.

Now if you don’t own it yet, absolutely get this over the standard Blu-ray. The additions make this the better release for sure


Buy Recommendation: YES!

Upgrade Recommendation: Yes* (when price drops)

If after checking out the review, you decide to pick it up, you can find it here*: Amazon

Summary and Overall Scores:

Overall, this is the way this movie was meant to be seen and heard and if you can justify the cost, then this is definitely a high quality release for any fan of the film. I commend Scream Factory on a great looking and sounding release which elevates the experience of this film.

Experience Score**: 4.6 / 5  (Excellent)

** Experience score does not take into account the quality of the film itself, just the technical presentation, packaging and included features.

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