Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019)

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Released:  Friday, March 15, 2019  
Length:  89 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros.
Genre: Family
Rating: Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaSome material may not be suitable for children.


Synopsis

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase © Warner Bros.. All Rights Reserved.
After the death of his wife, Carson Drew decides to leave Chicago behind and make a fresh start with his daughter in River Heights. But for 16-year-old Nancy Drew, life in a small town is mighty dull. She longs for excitement, adventure, and the chance to make a difference. Nancy gets that opportunity when she is asked to help solve the ghostly activity at the Twin Elms mansion. Can she help explain the creaking footsteps, exploding lightbulbs and the ominous creature? Is it the handiwork of high-school bully Derek Barnes? Or is it possible that the ghost of original owner Malcolm Colfax is back for revenge? Recruiting her best friends George and Bess, along with local “mean girl” Helen, Nancy Drew is on the case!

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Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Blu-ray Review


Nancy Drew has been around as long as most of us can remember. The famous book character emerged in the 1930s and has undergone many changes throughout the years, keeping up with contemporary culture. Appearing in over 200 books, TV series, and films, the character has maintained popularity throughout the years and now, once again, we are treated to another story of the famed detective in "Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase", available April 2 on Blu-ray.

Sixteen-year-old Nancy Drew (Sophia Lillis; It) and her father Carson (Sam Trammell; True Blood) find themselves in a new town after the death of Nancy's mother. Nancy struggles in her new surroundings, even finding herself being served with community service after getting caught pulling an online prank. However, things change once she acquaints herself with an elderly woman Flora (Linda Lavin; The Good Wife), who needs help with her haunted home, Twin Elms. Along with Helen (Laura Slade Wiggins; Shameless) - who isn't exactly a best friend of Nancy - and friends, she seeks to find out just what is happening in their rural town of River Heights. They quickly learn that not everything is what it seems.

Sophia Lillis is definitely the standout in this film. Not only because she plays the title character but because her performance is what really draws you into this film and its story. She is easily believable as the smart and sassy Drew. Previously mentioned Slade Wiggins, Mackenzie Graham(Darlin'), who plays Bess Marvin(Jinn), and Zoe Renee, who plays George Fayne, also give noteworthy performances. 

The 1080p video quality is the standard and the picture presents nicely for the level of technology.  It is crisp and clean and the blacks are true.  Overall this is a solid transfer.  The DST-HD high definition audio quality is also pretty good.  The dialogue can be heard clearly and the ambient sound enhances the viewer's experience.  It gets the job done well and with a film such as this one that is what matters.

Special Features of this release include: 

  • "A Sleuth, A Girl, And An Inspiration"- This feature is a look at what went into making the film including interviews and film clips, as well as character discussion, and the history of Nancy Drew. 
  • "Pink Footprints: Touring Twin Elms"- take a better look at Twin Elms while listening to some info from cast and members.
  • Gag Reel
  • Warner Bros. Trailers

Overall, this is an enjoyable film, great for pre-teens and young teens, as well as any lifelong Nancy Drew fan, no matter what your age. It's also a wonderful way to introduce the character to a new generation of readers and filmgoers.  Be sure to pick up a copy!

Grade: B+

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