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The Fog (Special Edition) (1980) (1979)

Adrienne Barbeau , Jamie Lee Curtis , John Carpenter  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (425 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, John Houseman, Tom Atkins
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Writers: John Carpenter, Debra Hill, Edgar Allan Poe
  • Producers: Barry Bernardi, Charles B. Bloch, Debra Hill, Pegi Brotman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: August 27, 2002
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (425 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JKG7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,890 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Fog (Special Edition) (1980)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New documentary "Tales from the Mist: Inside The Fog"
  • Original 1980 documentary: "Fear on Film:  Inside The Fog"
  • Storyboard to film comparison
  • Outtakes
  • Advertising gallery
  • Liner notes by John Carpenter
  • And more

Editorial Reviews

Horror master John Carpenter offers up a triple treat with "The Fog": Jamie Lee Curtis, Adrienne Barbeau, and Janet Leigh all in the same movie. As if that weren't enough, both John Houseman and Hal Holbrook make appearances, each clearly enjoying the novelty of being in a horror flick. "The Fog" opens just before the centennial celebration of the seaside town of Antonio Bay. Then the witching hour strikes, glowing fog rolls in, and all hell breaks loose. Carpenter wrote the script with pr

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107 of 112 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easter Egg Alert! September 9, 2002
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Finally! The Fog comes to DVD! The Fog is one of my favorite horror films, and it's great to see it get the full DVD treatment!
The plot is simple: On her 100th anniversary, the small hamlet of Antonio Bay is beseiged by a strange fog, cloaking the vengeful ghosts of a murdered leper colony, whose deaths provided the wealth necessary to start the town. Writer/Director John Carpenter gets right to the point, and there isn't a wasted frame of film in this tightly paced chiller. The scene where the men on the fishing boat see the ghost-ship is one of the classic movie creep-outs, and the ending is great. This film really harks back to the old ghost story films of the 40's.
The DVD is full-frame on one side, and the widescreen side of the disc has all of the extras, including commentary by Carpenter and co-writer/producer Debra Hill, an old documentary and a made-for-the-DVD documentary, trailers and commercials, posters and print ads, and lots more. (I would have liked to have seen more about the makeup effects for Blake and his crew, but that's just me...) The film transfer is GREAT- The Fog has never looked better, and the colors are lovely and vibrant. I even managed to find an easter egg! On the "Special features" screen, tab up until a pair of glowing eyes appear in the fog- press enter and you'll see a brief (a little under three minutes) music video of behind-the-scenes-footage from the making of the film.
Overall, The Fog is a must-have for fans of Ghost stories or John Carpenter. Now lets see Escape From New York and Prince of Darkness get the deluxe treatment.....
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70 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fog at last! June 26, 2000
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I am so glad this got a re-release on video! I have been searching for this movie for years. Okay, so this one is not the classic that Halloween was but look at the cast... Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, Adrianne Barbeau, Hal Holbrook, and Nancy Loomis. It's a mood piece (not too much happens quickly)...pure and simply put it's just a creepy movie. But the scenes with Adrianne Barbeau as a deejay pleading for anybody who can hear her to help her son "get out of the fog" are worth the price of the video alone. It's a wonderfully fun film that any John Carpenter fan will enjoy! The signature music is there, and the cinematography is great too! It's not your typical "slasher" movie. THE FOG aspires to be something more...or maybe something less depending on how you see it. It opens with a man telling a ghost story around a campfire about a ship of un-dead lepers exacting their revenge on the inhabitants of a small coastal town. Well, that's what this is! It's a ghost story that you might hear around a campfire. Primal and scary, and not really all that gory or violent. It's a wise purchase for any horror fans out there!
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83 of 94 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blue vs. Green: Answers revealed September 8, 2006
Format:DVD
Here is the lowdown on the re-release of this Special Edition. The original S.E (Green cover art) was put out by MGM in late 2002 with the Hi-Def transfer, 5.1 audio, featurettes - all the bells and whistles. When Sony acquired MGM in 2005, they discontinued this version. Taking the existing DLT, they slapped on a trailer for their new re-make (as well as the prerequisite umpteen cross-promotional trailers) and altered the cover art (Blue!) for no other reason than to drive ticket sales for what turned out to be one of the worst horror re-makes of this truly ugly cycle American cinema seems to be going through now. So unless you're hungry for advertising, go with whichever one you can find for the least amount of money - it's all the same thing.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Finally Gets A Class-Act Treatment! September 11, 2002
Format:DVD
Let's just cut to the chase right now and say THIS is THE version of The Fog to own. If you're a fan of the movie, or of John Carpenter (before he turned into a pod person and became incapable of releasing anything but dreck), buy this disc now! The transfer is beautiful: the contrast is high, the detail incredible, the colour rich, and the sound well-balanced. In fact, the overall image quality is better than that of the laserdisc version, with almost no noticeable flecks or scratches, and is almost entirely free of compression artifacting (the only spot I noticed it was after the attack on The Seagrass, when the fog completely covers the screen, and even then I really had to look to notice it). Even the menu screens get the professional touch, with artfully composed looping clips from the movie as well as art and sounds created specifically for the DVD.
As far as sound, I'm no expert, but this disc really seemed to clean up all the problems found on previous versions. The levels seem balanced: no playing remote jockey to lower or raise the volume. And MGM even fixed faulty dialogue cues (for example, on the laserdisc version, during the attack on the church, when Father Malone makes his way out of the study to take the gold cross to Blake, and Andy warns him not to, the line "Don't go out there" plays, and then about five seconds later you see Andy's lips move. On the DVD, the cue and action are perfectly synched).
The extras are decent, but nothing to write home about.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked good movie
LOVE this movie. Soooo scary. This is an excellent addition to the scary movies that we watch in October for Halloween. This original is MUCH better than the remake. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Annette White
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great John Carpenter movie
This movie is a classic - don't bother with the remake. If you like John Carpenter movies - you'll like this one. It's a excellent ghost story with jumps.
Published 6 days ago by KIM STEVENS
5.0 out of 5 stars Shout Factory Reigns Supreme
Another cracking print from Shout. Whereas the UK blu-ray is simply an upscale of an SD print this one simply blisters with detail. Read more
Published 7 days ago by M. Hevingham
2.0 out of 5 stars JOHN CARPENTER FAME
This film is droning. I do not understand what has brought John Carpenter into the forefront of horror cinema, other than "Halloween". He is a one-hit-wonder. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Stefan Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Gloomy and Foreboding film
What can I say, It's The Fog, I mean I love this film... Grew up watching this, Creepshow, the Howling... Adrienne Barbeau gives a great performance, as usual.
Published 17 days ago by Jason A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a peasouper
What a wonderful story - beautifully filmed in glorious locations. Every member of the cast gave a great performance. Still beats the remake forgenuinely horrific moments. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hattie Shepherd
4.0 out of 5 stars great Collectors item !
ordered thinking that it was going to be damage or something description said appreciable but it was in mint condition when i received it !
Published 1 month ago by cody
5.0 out of 5 stars great shipping
This is one of the best of the best.It is very realistic and believable. the original has a great cast and adds to the story
Published 1 month ago by Anna M. Steen
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good
This is a really good movie, there is a new remake, but this original one i think it's way better.
Published 1 month ago by Ricky
5.0 out of 5 stars OG Fog
The original version of this movie and not the one with Tom "Smallville" Welling more recently. True horror fans know full well that THIS is the version you want. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark J. House
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