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1408 [Blu-ray] (2007)

John Cusack , Samuel L. Jackson , Mikael Hfstrm  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (422 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Tony Shalhoub, Mary McCormack, Jasmine Jessica Anthony
  • Directors: Mikael Hfstrm
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: September 16, 2008
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (422 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AR0D4K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,940 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Based on a story by Stephen King, the Dolphin Hotel hides a deadly secret - a long-closed room so evil, no guest has ever survived an hour within its walls. But when a skeptical writer Mike Enslin defies the grave warnings of the Dolphin's manager and insists on spending the night, 1408 reopens for business.

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159 of 169 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An above- average, atmospheric horror thriller September 6, 2007
Format:DVD
1408 is one of the best film adaptations of a Stephen King story, and is highly atmospheric. I too am growing weary of movies masquerading themselves as horror films these days, when all they offer are ludicruous plot lines and excess gore, violence and gratuituous sex.

By comparison, 1408 exceeds all expectations when taken for what it is - an intelligent horror movie that despite being rated a tame PG-13 delivers chills, thrills, and a strong performance by its lead actor, John Cusack, as well as a good supporting role by Samuel L Jackson. The story centers around a jaded author, Mike Enslin [John Cusack] who pens 'true horror' books but is actually a skeptic who doesn't believe in the afterworld or entities associated with it. He receives a cryptic postcard one day that tells him 'Do Not Enter 1408' -being a room in the Dolphin Hotel in NY, where Enslin has left behind a painful past.

The rest of the movie picks up pace very quickly and viewers are in for a thrill ride as Enslin manages to overcome the protestations of the hotel manager [Samuel Jackson] and spends the night in 1408, which has one of the grisliest & bloody reputations in the annals of hotel history. Enslin finds his skepticism melting in the face of the unbelievable horrors he faces in 1408, and struggles to keep his wits about him to survive.

The horror in this movie is very palpable - there is no gore or excess violence, but there's a pervasive sense of menace and evil that sends chills down one's spine, and a couple of jump-out-your-seat moments[not to mention a couple of plot twists]. But what truly lifts this movie is the strong & riveting performance by John Cusack.
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77 of 83 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Movie Made Stronger By Masterful Pacing... June 28, 2007
Format:Theatrical Release
My wife and I went to see 1408 the other night. It was a birthday gift--otherwise she'd never have gone. She hates horror movies.

Interestingly, we both ended up enjoying the movie.

I read (or should I say listened to?) the short story prior to seeing the movie. Much like I prefer the movie version of the Shawshank Redemption, I prefer the movie version of 1408.

John Cusak is great. He usually is. Samuel Jackson gives a wonderful performance. Whoever the little girl actress is--she also did a remarkable job.

The ending rocks (I promise I won't spoil anything).

What makes this movie a little stronger than most horror fare is this:

1. The pacing is great. Things never go over the top by being too intense for too long. This has been a big issue in horror films lately. They lose their suspension of disbelief from too much emotional weight. I don't know about you, but I find myself mentally withdrawing from such stories to come up for air. When I re-engage, much is lost.

2. Speaking of suspension of disbelief wreckers...there is very little gore here. In this movie, when gore does come, it usually comes in the old photos. I feel this lack of abundant gore strengthens the pyschological impact of the movie as a whole. It also prevents the movie from turning plain old silly like recent gore-fests along the lines of The Hills Have Eyes.

While this is not my favorite Stephen King adaptation--Shawshank still reigns there--1408 is a solid, intelligent and emotionally resonant movie. You will not be wasting your money if you go to see this over the 4th of July holiday.

I give 1408 a strong recommendation.

PS- This also gets the award for best use of a Carpenters song in a horror film since In the Mouth of Madness.
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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
First things first. This is one of the best horror movies I've seen in years. I'm happy that three of my favorite, recent horror films (1408, EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE and THE RING) have been PG-13. They rely more on great writing than gore. The two-disc DVD of 1408 had a second disc with the director's original ending, which was a bit of a downer. I understood why it was reshot, as the ending shown in theaters framed the action with a bit more meaning and a bit less nihilism. Anyway, I bought the blu-ray version for the better picture quality and the slimmer, space-saving package. In checking the packaging, it looked like the blu-ray was pretty much the same as the two-disc DVD. WRONG! THE BLU-RAY HAS THE DIRECTOR'S CUT ENDING! Nowhere on the package is this indicated. Granted, the ending seen in theaters is available in the special features as an isolated scene... but I don't want that. I want what the package implies: the theatrical cut in the blu-ray format. So, buyer beware. Doesn't make this a bad film, but I'm not going to be able to get rid of my DVD.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By dooby
Format:DVD
Although I've enjoyed Stephen King's books for many years, the film adaptations have been pretty much hit-or-miss affairs. This film is one of the better ones. It is an adaptation of one of his short stories, a pretty straightforward tale about an "evil" hotel room and a skeptical horror writer's brief stay in it.

There is no gore, little blood, and little in the way of shocks. If those are your requirements for a horror film, you had best stay away. It is closer to a psychological thriller than a typical horror movie. It is essentially a one-man show and John Cusack as the writer acquits himself admirably. He is the quintessential everyman that we find in all of Stephen King's books. Actually the character could almost be King himself. The scene in the bookshop where he goes to promote his new book is pretty funny and reminiscent of something that King himself experienced in Australia when he was chased out of a local bookstore by clueless store-clerks who thought he was a vandal defacing their merchandise. The film is a fine mix of comedy and horror. Witness Cusack's cynical and deadpan "That's it?" when he first enters the much-hyped room 1408, followed by the room's welcoming ditty "We've Only Just Begun" sung by the golden-voiced Karen Carpenter.

The version to get is the 2-disc Collector's Edition. This is the only way you'll get to see the "Director's Cut" which is found on Disc 2. It also includes an engaging commentary from Swedish director Mikael Håfström and writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. The Director's Cut is about 8 minutes longer and contains several new and extended scenes as well as a very different ending. Neither version is similar to the original short story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the watch.
It was, as expected, scary and somewhat confusing. Kept my girl on the edge of her seat (figuratively - we watch movies in bed). Read more
Published 6 hours ago by anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Gives me chills every time I watch it! If you're a movie snob like me don't worry, you will love it.
Published 13 hours ago by Doug Paschall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
one of my favorites
Published 1 day ago by Eric Hanson
3.0 out of 5 stars But like most adaptations it is tough to translate to the ...
It was ok and from what I remember true to the book. But like most adaptations it is tough to translate to the big screen.
Published 5 days ago by John
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a fan of this ending
I've watched this movie numerous times, but this was the first time with the original ending. In fact, I was unaware that there were 2 different endings for this film until this... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Rusti R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As described and good bargain.
Published 7 days ago by James W.
3.0 out of 5 stars had a few good
Ok, kind of dragged on, had a few good momments
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Some clever plot twists. Not overly gory, but still disturbing.
Published 10 days ago by C. TENEYCK
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 18 days ago by Gino
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie Made From A Short Story
I really love this movie! Not only am I a Stephan King Fan I'm a John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson fan too. This movie just played out so well. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Callie Kleeb
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Different versions of 1408
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My biggest problem with the ending of the director's cut is not that Enslin dies at the end, but the overlong sequence of bad dialog and clichés that follow his death. When he suddenly appears (all burned up and grotesque, of course) it's meant to be scary but instead just... Read More
Mar 27, 2009 by Some Guy |  See all 8 posts
Buyer Beware: Blu Ray only has the "director's cut" and is not the...
IMHO the Theatrical ending is the best ending.
Sep 14, 2011 by G. DelTres |  See all 7 posts
Unrated?
It actually only has the unrated director's cut on the blu-ray version. I watched it and was surprised that it wasn't the theatrical version, as everything on the back of the box indicates that this would only be the PG-13 version. I'm okay with it now because I now appreciate the different... Read More
Nov 2, 2008 by Michael Crane |  See all 3 posts
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