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Carrie [Collector's Edition] [Blu-ray]
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Based on the best-selling Stephen King novel, this "absolutely spellbinding horror movie", (Roger Ebert) has become a pervasive, pop-culture touchstone for anyone who's ever wanted to get even. Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie deliver Oscar-nominated performances and John Travolta and Amy Irving are terrific in this ultimate revenge fantasy that has become one of the all-time great horror classics, and is now, finally, offered as a definitive, two-disc Collector's Edition Blu-ray!
At the center of the terror is Carrie (Spacek), a high school loner with no confidence, no friends... and no idea about the extent of her secret powers of telekinesis. But when her psychotic mother and sadistic classmates finally go too far, the once-shy teen becomes an unrestrained, vengeance-seeking powerhouse who, with the help of her "special gift, ", causes all hell to break loose in a famed cinematic frenzy of blood, fire and brimstone!
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And of course, Scream! Factory has done it's usual fantastic job of Restoring the film quality. Plus packing it full of extras that any fan will love.
This is an overall AWESOME edition of Carrie
This is a two-disc set, with Disc 1 containing the film, plus the trailers for all four "Carrie" movies (the original 1976 version, the 2000 sequel, the 2002 TV version and the 2013 remake). Disc 2 is where all of the bonus features are included. What you get are the following:
- New interviews with Lawrence D. Cohen (Writer), Paul Hirsch (Editor), cast members Piper Laurie, Nancy Allen, William Katt, P.J. Soles, Betty Buckley and Edie McClurg, Harriet B. Helberg (Casting Director), Mario Tosi (Director of Photography), and Pino Donaggio (Composer). These interviews are relatively interesting, and really show how the film came together.
- A 10-minute segment called "Horror's Hallowed Grounds", which goes back to the film's original shooting locations. It's kind of interesting to see how things have changed (or not) in 40 years, but the guy hosting the segment is a bit grating on the nerves. At the end, you see outtakes of him doing the segment, and he can't even remember the actors or character names in the film.
- TV Spots (About 6 of them)
- Radio Spots (2 of them)
- Still Gallery (Lobby cards, posters, etc.)
- Rare Behind-the-Scenes Photos
The remainder of the bonus features were ported over from the previous DVD and Blu-Ray releases, which include:
- Acting Carrie: Interviews with Sissy Spacek, Amy Irving, Betty Buckley, Nancy Allen, William Katt, Piper Laurie, Priscilla Pointer, P.J. Soles, Jack Fisk (Art Director) and Brian DePalma (Director)
- Visualizing Carrie: Interviews with Brian DePalma, Jack Fisk, Lawrence D. Cohen & Paul Hirsch
- A Look at "Carrie: The Musical"
- Stephen King & the Evolution of "Carrie" (Text Gallery)
As for packaging, the standard edition comes with a slipcase with new artwork depicting Carrie walking away from the burning school with a car bearing down on her. There is also reversible cover art, which gives you the option of either using the new artwork or the flip side, which is the original poster art. There was also a limited deluxe edition with an additional slipcase with alternate artwork (the one I prefer), as well as two posters showing the new artwork.
Overall, another great release from Shout! Factory, who consistently release quality products and put the extra effort into their releases that many other companies won't. Again, if I had to make a suggestion on which copy of the film to purchase (no matter what format), this is the one I recommend. This is by far the best the film has ever looked.
The high caliber acting and the subtle, rather than "in your face," horror elements nudge this film into the classics category, right alongside Rosemary's Baby. Seeing a very young John Travolta is a bonus.
Just as Hitchcock used suspense and suggestion (we never actually see Marion Crane be stabbed in the Psycho shower scene), rather than gore and gratuitous violence, this original 1976 version of Carrie also relies on steady acting, measured use of gore and violence, and subtlety.
The main plot point is a universal one: teenaged girl does not fit in at school - other students are mean to her. Who doesn't fantasize about getting even and who wouldn't love to have real power to get back at all the haters. The sub plot involving Carrie and her mother is truly chilling.
I do not like movies that put in bits solely to make the audience jump - it seems desperate as though the director does not trust his movie to be scary enough on its own merits. Unfortunately, this movie resorts to that in one scene - to tell you which one would spoil it, but you'll recognize it when you see it.
I watched this with one of my daughters - she wanted to see the original before watching the 2013 remake. So we had "Carrie" night last night. The 2013 Carrie suffers in comparison and we question the need for its existence.