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The Initiation of Sarah

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INITIATION OF SARAH - DVD Movie


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  • Actors: Mika Boorem, Summer Glau, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Tessa Thompson, Ben Ziff
  • Directors: Stuart Gillard
  • Writers: Carol Saraceno, Dan Berendsen, Don Ingalls, Kenette Gfeller, Tom Holland
  • Producers: Charles W. Fries, Craig Roessler
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TJBNGC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,857 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Initiation of Sarah" on IMDb

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68 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Garbato on April 20, 2008
Format: DVD
I loved Summer Glau in FIREFLY, SERENITY and TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES, so when I saw THE INITIATION OF SARAH on Netflix, I decided to give it a try. (You might say I have a girl crush on her, and you mightn't be wrong.)

The story centers around two competing covens of witches, both set up as rival sororities on the same college campus. The "good" coven is comprised of natural-born witches - those who derive their power from Mother Earth - while the "bad" coven must occasionally feed The Eternal Flame with the blood of a very powerful natural-born witch ("The One") in order to maintain their powers. Believing newly arrived freshman pledge Sarah (Mika Boorem) to be The One, both sororities try to lure her and her fraternal twin sister, Lindsey (Summer Glau) to their side in the battle between Good and Evil.

THE INITIATION OF SARAH is an entertaining enough flick; a pleasant piece of fluff for those nights when you'd rather sit down with a bowl of Soy Dream and zone out on the couch. Though it was made for TV - and ABC Family, at that - it's not as cheesy as you'd expect. Think MEAN GIRLS meets CHARMED, but not quite as satisfying as either.

Oh, and Jennifer Tilly rocks as the magi. Love me some Jennifer Tilly, too!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Roger J. Buffington TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 27, 2011
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Yes, yes, two of the sororities on campus are actually covens of witches. That's normal behavior. Anyway, that is more or less the plot of this fun, campy, flick. If watching a lot of drop-dead gorgeous young college co-eds run around pursuant to a silly plot about witchcraft, sacrifices, etc. appeals to you (it did me) then this film too is for you. The acting is endurable, the dialog is fun, and the plot is one-dimensional but so what? Every now and then some of us want to take our critical and cognitive facilities off-line and just have fun. This film is perfect for that. RJB.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BensMom98 on October 20, 2012
Format: DVD
It didn't take me long to realize that this movie is never going to live up to the original - as is always the case with these remakes. From the opening scene, where mommy walks the girls right to their dorm room, I knew it was going to be a dumbed-down version, and that's fine. From there, I continued to watch, trying really hard not to look for the old storyline in the new one. It is in there, hidden behind the sarcasm and dumb jokes.

If you're old enough to have watched the original years ago, you'll probably hate this remake. If this is your first time seeing The Initiation of Sarah (and you're under 40 years old), I think you'll enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 5, 2014
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Obviously, this was supposed to be silly and campy. And so it was. But it wasn't really campy enough, and the dialog wasn't sharp enough, and the main character wasn't *anything* enough, and the sisters were entirely too blasé about finding out their lives were a lie, and then they wasted about the middle third of the movie not really doing much at all. And the horror wasn't horrible enough either. I suppose we were meant to be unnerved by the big bad witch magically appearing at random, but c'mon. We all knew what was going on there! And then the final fight scene was entirely anti-climactic...

Oh, and if I see one more movie about witches who are draining somebody's life energy to preserve their youth, I'm going to throw up. That's over and done with, screenwriters. Stop already. Come up with a better evil motivation.

On the plus side, it has Summer Glau doing moderately un-Summer Glauish things, which is good. So it's not entirely unwatchable, but you'd probably be better off with a decent episode of CHARMED. Unless you're a really serious Summer Glau fangirl, in which case carry on!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Angela Wilson VINE VOICE on September 22, 2011
Format: DVD
A little camp, some good magick and a few unexpected twists make this an occult flick to watch.

Sarah and her twin sister, Lindsey, are headed to college, where their mother has arranged for them to pledge at a snooty, Stepford-like sorority. Both want a fresh start. Sarah's uncontrollable supernatural abilities have made life difficult for the teens, and Sarah's fear of them makes her incredibly vulnerable - though you couldn't tell it from her attitude.

Lindsey is the wannabe. She wants to fit in, to pledge and be accepted in a way she's never been before. Sarah is the rogue, dressing a little grungy (but cute) and not so much into "fitting in." They are both sought after by the two oldest Greek organizations on campus. One is their mother's choice, the other is a dark, spooky group known as the Pigs.

Based on a TV movie of the same name, The Initiation of Sarah offers up some cool coven shots and interesting twists. Some of the twists you'll spot right off, but others aren't quite so obvious - depending on how many cult movies you watch. The scenes in the coven's fiery basement digs reminded me of The Mummy. And Morgan Fairchild looked SO good, her skin a little shiny, it made me wonder just how much plastic surgery she's had over the years. (Her hands give away her age.) Girl comment: LUV'd Jennifer Tilly's wardrobe.

I was thankful that a movie appealing to teens did not have a bunch of nudity, slutty costumes, or sex to drive the plot. It would have totally ruined it. (Anyone remember the remake of Night of the Living Dead?) It was way fun to watch Stepford girls go up against the "normally-dressed" ones. The funny thing is that Lindsey and Sarah look nothing alike - and no one says anything to them.
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