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The Craft (Special Edition) (1996)

Robin Tunney , Fairuza Balk , Andrew Fleming  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (286 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Rachel True, Skeet Ulrich
  • Directors: Andrew Fleming
  • Writers: Andrew Fleming, Peter Filardi
  • Producers: Douglas Wick, Ginny Nugent, Lisa Tornell
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Portuguese (Unknown), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 12, 2000
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (286 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004W4UD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,624 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Craft (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 2 Making Of featurettes
  • Deleted Footage with commentary

Editorial Reviews

Sarah has always been different. So as the new girl at St. Benedict's Academy, she immediately falls in with the high school outsiders. But these girls won't settle for being powerless misfits. They have discovered The Craft, and they are going to use it.

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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars These Girls Know Their Rites! July 15, 2004
Format:DVD
Sarah Bailey (Robin Tunney) is the new kid in town, but even under the best of circumstances she has never been accepted by the popular crowd. At her new school, she falls in with a trio of other female misfits (Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True) who, it so happens, are trying to learn witchcraft and form their own little coven. When Sarah joins them to make it a quartet, they slowly develop multifold preternatural powers and learn how to focus and use them. With such abilities literally at their fingertips, it's not too long until the little coven, initially formed for self-protection and companionship, becomes an instrument for personal gain and revenge. Sarah soon realizes that one of her friends is evil to the core, and fearful of what THAT one may do with the group's newfound powers, she decides it's best to resign from the coven and thereby weaken the magic abilities of the others. But the coven has different plans, particularly regarding Sarah....
The sleeper hit THE CRAFT (1996) could've easily been played for camp, but it is instead a story of modern urban witchcraft that is both literate and emotionally powerful. The success of the film is due to Peter Filardi and Andrew Fleming's tight, well-written script, excellent direction from Fleming, and outstanding acting from principals Tunney, Balk, Campbell, and True. The supernatural elements of the story are handled carefully and earnestly, and witchcraft or the belief in it is never ridiculed or treated derisively. This keeps the tone of the film somewhat dark and edgy, which in turn creates an uneasy, spooky atmosphere that cues the audience to the fact that this is a serious horror film.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
In 1996, with a plethora of teen horror movies coming out to theaters, one supernatural film that stood out was "The Craft".

The film was directed by Andrew Fleming ("Grosse Pointe", "Paranormal Girl", "Dick") and featured a story written by Peter Filardi ("Flatliners", "Salem's Lot"). Joining the two are composer Grame Revell ("Pineapple Express", "The Ruins", "The Condemned", "Eleventh Hour") and cinematographer Alexander Gruszynski ("The In-Laws", "Nancy Drew" and "Madea Goes to Jail").

VIDEO & AUDIO:

"The Craft" is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:85:1). For a film that was released in 1996, "The Craft" actually looks good for being nearly 13-years-old. The film is not exactly vibrant nor do you see tons of detail but the film does manage to retain the film's grain and blacks are nice and deep. If anything, outdoor scenes manages to look nice, colorful and bright but for the most part, it's a good transfer but nothing that would be scene as reference or spectacular.

As for audio, this is where things get interesting. "The Craft" is one of the few Blu-ray releases in 2009 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to utilize an a 5.1 DTS-HD MA lossless track instead of DolbyTrue HD. The film gives a choice of English, French and Portuguese lossless tracks but what I was truly impressed by is how immersive the soundtrack for this film was.

So far, Sony has done a good job of bringing out the audio track for 90's films this year such as "Air Force One" and now, the same can be said with "The Craft". From lighting, to rain, ambient noises, conversations in the background and crickets, you hear it utilized quite nicely through the surround channels.

The sound effects really are utilized through the surround channels.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In the beginning... November 11, 2004
Format:DVD
With the incredible success of the television smash hit "Charmed" it seems only fair to remind people of that show's absolute beginning. It was a 1996 film entitled "The Craft" starring Neve Campbell(of "Scream" fame), Rachel True, an utterly gorgeous Robin Tunney in the lead role, and a fantastic casting choice of Fairuza Balk as a witch who eventually embraces the darkside of her art. This film was a pleasant surprise with some good acting, a plausible yet magical storyline which focuses almost entirely on the lives of four outsiders who find each other through "The Craft" of illusion and glamour. This isn't a scary film at all, unless you dislike snakes, bugs, worms, rats, etc. For that matter, a story like this, in retrospect, is an excellent idea for a television program. It works better in such a medium, but for the most part, it works here as well. This film is an essential pick-up for fans of the show "Charmed" and for anyone who celebrates "Girl Power." (pun intended) This is an enjoyable yarn that is, thanks to "Charmed," destined for Cult film status.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take it for what it is... November 4, 2002
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Format:DVD
I love this movie! It's charming, fun, and actually has a decent message behind all the special effects.
In response to people who were less than complimentary:
1. I am not the normal demographic for the film (my own high school days being far behind me).
2. Don't confuse Wicca and Witchcraft.
3. This is a Hollywood movie and a horror/comedy to boot. Are we holding it to higher standards than, say, "Big Trouble In Little China"?
4. If you don't think witchcraft is real, see number three.
5. If you think your religion was smeared or degraded, see number three.
6. If this isn't what "real" witches do, see number three.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks to all the parents who complained & nagged how Horror films...
What, can I say.... I'm a freak when it comes to Vampires, Werewolves, Warlocks, & Witches. They make the best Horror movies but, the don't make movies like they use to cause now &... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Cathy S. Tachera
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Wicca Chic Flick
Although a bit on the dark side, magic is used in creative ways and the depth of the historic background is almost believable.
I did enjoy the "good witch"... Read more
Published 18 days ago by KymberLunas, of Eastern Washington
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past
I loved this movie when it first came out, and I still love it. It's just a classic movie no matter how terrible some of the lines are =P
Published 1 month ago by Leslie Kromphardt
5.0 out of 5 stars ooohhhh the 90's
I love everything about the 90's, most of the best music and movies were made in the 90's and this is on e of them
Published 1 month ago by tiffany bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic for me
My daughter and I have loved this movie since it came out. This ones good for a Mom and daughter movie night. All these young ladies are wonderful actors. Read more
Published 1 month ago by cyndylu
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than most others...
This was better and more entertaining than most other movies on the wichcraft subject or involving these actors. I definitely enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by Dan R. Vasilescu
1.0 out of 5 stars did not get to see to see video broke
Would have been fine if the tape had not broke. Not sure whos fault My machine or the movie itself
Published 2 months ago by Lisa B. Tate
3.0 out of 5 stars its an ok film
Not the best film ive seen but not the worst either. Its kind of cool to see how ordinary meets insanity and how easily power corrupts.
Published 2 months ago by Arturo Del Campillo Reyes
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than I remembered
I love this movie! Angsty teen witches playing with powers that are bigger than they know. I even made a drinking game out of it. DVD quality was great.
Published 2 months ago by Malik
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
Fun movie about teenaged witches...always brings back good memories! I hadn't seen this in years,I watched it with my daughter the other night and she loved it!
Published 2 months ago by P. A. CURCIO
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will most likely be garbage. straight to video means very little time, money, effort or talent went into it. just wanted to capitalize on the popularity of the first one.
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