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Firestarter (Blu-ray + DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet)


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Firestarter, the unforgettable best-seller by esteemed horror author Stephen King, chronicles the extraordinary life of Charlene “Charlie” McGee. Eight-year-old Drew Barrymore stars as the child who has the amazing ability to start fires with just a glance. Can her psychic power and the love of her father save her from the threatening government agency, "The Shop," that wants her destroyed? Filled with blazing special effects and featuring an all-star cast including Martin Sheen and Heather Locklear, Art Carney, Louise Fletcher and George C. Scott, Firestarter is a must-own film for any fan of the supernatural.

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    • Actors: Drew Barrymore, George C. Scott, David Keith, Martin Sheen, Art Carney
    • Directors: Mark L. Lester
    • Writers: Stanley Mann
    • Producers: Jr. Frank Capra, Dino De Laurentiis
    • Format: Blu-ray, Ultraviolet, Widescreen
    • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono)
    • Subtitles: French
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • Region: All Regions
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: R (Restricted)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2014
    • Digital Copy Expiration Date: May 2, 2016 (Click here for more information)
    • Run Time: 115 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00KW3A66I
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,287 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    4.3 out of 5 stars

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    34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 1999
    Format: DVD
    I had first seen this film in bits and pieces when I was four. I thought it was okay. Recently, I rented the film and found that I really, really like it. I just bought the book and was shocked to discover how faithful the movie stays to it.
    I love little Drew Barrymore. Watching her in this movie when she was eight years old, I wish that she was my little sister. David Keith is excellent as Charlie McGee's father. I've never seen him in anything else besides this film. George C. Scott portrays John Rainbird very well. He steals every scene he's in with a wonderfully twisted performance, whether it be trying to be friendly with Charlie, or talking to Martin Sheen about disposing of her.
    I've heard many comments about laughable dialogue and acting. I'll admit that I have chuckled once or twice at some of the lines, but that's because I like those lines; I don't hate them. I especially chuckled a lot at the scene in which Rainbird fakes that he is afraid of the dark. My most favorite line is spoken by Freddie Jones (Dr. Wanless), which regards Charlie's power and how it could destroy the earth.
    After reading comments by people in which they say that the film is silly and laughable (especially Leonard Maltin's review), I cannot understand that these people do not feel any emotion towards Charlie McGee. What I mean is, after all the trouble she's been through, her parents are both dead, you just can't help feeling sorry for her. Every time I watch the film, I am in tears at the end because nothing left in her life. The music during the end credits is what really gets me. It's a beautiful, sad tune that makes you think of Charlie's face.
    I wonder exactly how this film was received upon its theatrical release in 1984.
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Natalie on September 27, 2002
    Format: DVD
    What I think people don't understand about this story is that in
    the year 1984, alot of the "Big Brother" theories were coming to life, meaning there were alot more authors writing stories about the secret factions of the United States Government. The Shop is the faction that Stephen King created, and the novel Firestarter takes you on the complete ride of what it feels like to have nowhere to hide. The movie is terrific, but in some parts I do feel like it may have been quickly knocked together, so they left out some important parts in the script. In the novel, Andy and Vicki McGee naively take part in a government experiment in college, but have no idea what they've gotten themselves into. The Shop is portrayed as diabolical, cold, and heartless. 'Either you be brainwashed, or you'll be exterminated. It's your choice.'
    And THAT was what made it scary. Charlie and her power was not meant to be the frightening part at all (even though it is at times (: ) The frightening part is that a little girl is born into a situation in which there is no way out. So that's why I think that the movie and the book are underated by most critics.
    But Firestarter is my all time favorite King book next to The Shining.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erik North on February 6, 2002
    Format: VHS Tape
    Though not exactly a masterpiece, FIRESTARTER is a far better thriller than the critics led people to believe when it was first released in 1984.
    Based on Stephen King's 1980 novel, this film stars Drew Barrymore (fresh off her role in Spielberg's 1982 masterpiece E.T.) as Charlie McGee, a very young girl whose parents (David Keith, Heather Locklear) were part of a government-sponsored scientific experiment that gave the participants various types of psi powers. Barrymore's power is unique and, to put it mildly, incendiary. Just by thinking about it, she can start fires--pyrokinesis. And she is most apt to do that when she is under stress or angry.
    Given the fact that agents from a secret government agency known as the Shop have been after her, one can see why she'd use them, even though she doesn't want to. But the top two men (Martin Sheen, George C. Scott) in the Shop want her powers to be harnessed into the ultimate weapon. The thing they forget, of course, is that they should be careful what they wish for; they may get it. And in the explosive, fiery finale, they do indeed get it.
    Though not quite up to the cinematic standards set by CARRIE or THE SHINING, FIRESTARTER does benefit from a very good performance by Barrymore, and Keith isn't too bad either. Sheen (who played a political heavy in another King adaptation, THE DEAD ZONE) and Scott (the 1970 Oscar winner for PATTON) make for two very good villains. The special effects work by Mike Wood and Jeff Jarvis, who worked on both E.T. and POLTERGEIST, though not totally unflawed, also works wonders. Like another reviewer, I think FIRESTARTER could easily have passed for a 'PG-13' rating, instead of an 'R'. Unfortunately, such a rating didn't exist yet when the film came out in the winter of 1984.
    Combining science fiction with suspense and the supernatural, FIRESTARTER is an effective thriller, well worth watching, even if Stephen King is not your particular cinematic bag.
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sandra J. Long on September 6, 2012
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    I actually had a little script part in this movie and got to know most of the cast. This was the first Stephen King film to be made out of the Wilmington, North Carolina studio and started something wonderful.

    It's fun to see Drew Barrymore as a child again. She was fascinated with all the rings I wore back then. David Keith was very gracious and Martin Sheen was just a good guy all the way around. Not George C. Scott. He had nothing to do with anyone. Guess it takes all of his thoughts, all of the time to play a part.

    The producers,directors and whole crew were so professional and helpful. It was amazing to watch them put this 'Firey' story together and the special effects won awards and got a lot of notice in the industry back in the eighties.

    Just fun to watch how special effects were done about 30 years ago.
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