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Rose Red (2002)

Nancy Travis , Matt Keeslar  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (398 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Nancy Travis, Matt Keeslar, Kimberly J. Brown, David Dukes, Judith Ivey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: May 14, 2002
  • Run Time: 254 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (398 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063US5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,179 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rose Red" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 2 Featurettes ("The Making of Rose Red" and "The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer")
  • Storyboard Comparisons
  • Production Design Artwork

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Nancy Travis, Julian Sands, David Dukes. Exploring a young autistic girl's mind lands a psychologist inside a bizarre haunted mansion filled with vengeful spirits and malevolent forces-inside the girl's head. 2001/color/4 hrs/PG-13/fullscreen.

On regular television, punctuated by frenetic commercials, the leisurely pace of the horror miniseries Rose Red probably felt grueling; but on its own terms, the effect is like settling into a long book full of detail--a book not unlike those of Stephen King, who wrote the script. The story (about a researcher into the paranormal who takes a team of psychics into a haunted house) recycles themes that King has used before--a telekinetic girl, a house with its own consciousness--but for his fans, the familiarity is probably comfortable and even enjoyable. The cast (including Nancy Travis, Julian Sands, and Melanie Lynsky from Heavenly Creatures) give committed performances, and the special effects are television-grade but used pretty well. Most of it doesn't make much sense, but at its best Rose Red is absurd and creepy at the same time. --Bret Fetzer

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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Habitat for Inhumanity March 21, 2005
Sometimes I am blithely unobservant. Arriving at the decision to see Rose Red based on one of those AI recommendation machines, I never noticed that it was 1) by Stephen King, and 2) the four hour version of a television special. In retrospect, I'm really not sure why I decided to see it, since haunted house horror movies generally don't grab me. But I did, and after a moment of shocked realization discovered that I was having fun watching it.

The story isn't anything spectacularly original. Joyce Reardon (Nancy Travis), a parapsychology teacher, bets her entire career on the possibility of finding measurable psychic phenomena at an eerie old mansion (Rose Red) in the heart of Seattle. Said mansion has a long history of eating people, and Reardon's plan is to invite a selection of psychics to spend a weekend at the house in order to wake it from a dormant state. Her ace in the hole is Annie Wheaton (Kimberly Brown), an autistic 15 year old who is an industrial strength tele-everything.

Sure enough, the house wakes up, fingers get lopped off, people drown, and a whole host of equally nasty things start to happen. As the mysteries about the house begin to unravel, things get even worse and it becomes clear that Rose Red has no intention of letting anyone go. From that point on it is a pure battle for survival.

The house is the real star of the film. It is huge, full of weird rooms and interconnected hallways, and has a knack for rebuilding and changing itself. CBS went all out to make it a spooky masterpiece, and they did a good job of it. It's the kind of nightmare that you really would like to visit. Think of it as a haunted theme park and you have the atmosphere.

Acting varies, but is generally decent. I'm not sure about Nancy Travis though.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Rose Red, a spectacular miniseries written by horror-master Stephen King and directed by Craig Baxley (Storm of the Century), was shown on ABC in late January 2002. Many reviewers in the media were not exactly excited about this film. I did not see it when it first aired, though I deeply wished to. Eventually, I bought the DVD; I was ready to watch it. I enjoyed it throughly.
I think Nancy Travis' role as Joyce Reardon was a little overdone, however. (Maybe Ms. Travis should just stick to Comedy.) I was hypnotized by Kimberly J. Brown's performance as Annie Wheaton, a autistic telepath. I also could not help but love Julian Sands' portrayal as the incredibly witty, incredibly psychic Nick Hardaway. The score is haunting and beautiful, and it makes me wish there was a CD available that had that on it (10 points go to Gary Chang!).
As for the movie, I think that the beginning characterization is something that was necessary, and it was a nice switch from the usuaul gore fest you in Horrors today. Bravo, Stephen. The special effects are superb. Flying stones, building houses, close-ups that get your heart going, ghosts that make you afraid of what may be sleeping on the other side of your bed. Not to mention the stunning animatronics made for the role of Ellen Rimbauer. Some people have found it chillingly scary, but I didn't find it all that frightening (And I'm only 13!).
Now for the plot. The basic story is much like Shirley Jackson's THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE. (Or was it Hell House?) "Some Houses Are Born Bad". You betcha. This house, which was built in the late 1800s/early 1900s, builds on to itself (To understand more about the history of Rose Red, I highly suggest the page-turner THE DIARY OF ELLEN RIMBAUER: MY LIFE AT ROSE RED).
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Mini Series since Stephen King's IT!! May 25, 2002
By Melissa
I love Stephen King's mini series, I would make sure and set my VCR every time one would come on. This was no exception I had to sit and watch. Yes its long but very detailed and enthrawlling masterpiece. Stephen King captures this Haunted House tale of "Rose Red." If you love good old haunted houses and scary stories you'll love this. It has the sense of reality, maybe perhapes because some haunted houses are real or we would like to think so. Every house has a story, and this one is certainly has it's tale to tell.
It's about a mansion of a house thats been built by John Rimbauer who built it for his wife as a wedding gift. Some gift I have to say. His wife then gets the idea about ghosts, and her having to build the house until it's done. It's a spectacular house with mysteries to every room. And every room having a story to tell. But that's not where the story ends. Dr. Joyce Reardon played by a very great Nancy Travis, loves the story of Rose Red...who wouldn't? She embarkes on getting a group of psychics with their own specialties to awaken the house of Rose Red. The one with the key to open the house is an amazing teenage girl who's Autistic girl named Annie Wheaton who has a special gift. I think that's why I love most of Stephen King's stories he seems to use children as the key to the unseen world. Such as in Stephen King's IT. Not to mention he's a fantastic story teller bringing together a remarkable cast and crew together to tell this haunted tale of which originally aired on ABC. It has a wonderful haunted tale, amazing characters that you'll love and love to hate.
The DVD is a great buy! I was really impressed with it. It has a fantasic The Making of Rose Red. Which is very detailed and I think longer than a half an hour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ROSE RED
I received my used DVD from the warehouse and will look for them on my other purchases not only are the dvds in great condition but it also came with the booklet it's like brand... Read more
Published 11 hours ago by The Dragon/Wind Ninja
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary but very long.
Pretty scary, held my attention throughout the movie. Movie was very long though.
Published 6 days ago by JC
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT! Haunted House Extraordinaire!!
In the special features on the two-disc version, Stephen King says this project was Spielberg's idea -- he asked Stephen King to write the best haunted house story ever -- and in... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Sparrow
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many unanswered questions....*SPOILERS*
The reason I'm giving this film two stars is because of it's lack of explanation. Yes, we all know the house is haunted due to sitting on ancient Indian burial ground, but it never... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Cynthia Peach
5.0 out of 5 stars Rose Red Delivers Greatness And Makes Stephen King Proud.
This is the best mini-series by Stephen King, I wanted to get it on DVD; but the prices were outrageous. This is in 3 parts with the DVD; and in two parts with the VHS. Read more
Published 12 days ago by K.L. CocKayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Movie!
Published 12 days ago by C. Aguilar
3.0 out of 5 stars i read book & liked book better
i was hopin for more. i read book & liked book better. Not bad ....but i wanted more somehow
Published 12 days ago by kathy
2.0 out of 5 stars Trite and not scary
Are you alone in the house on a dark and stormy night? Get out the popcorn, this is perfectly safe to watch. Over-acted, absurd, so bad as to be comedic. Read more
Published 12 days ago by E.Dickenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome! This was a replacement for one borrowed & never returned.
Published 12 days ago by C.craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great price
Published 14 days ago by Leslie A. Pedigo
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