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Carrie (Special Edition)
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Based on the best-selling Stephen King novel, Carrie "catches the mind, shakes it and refuses to let it go" (Time)! Starring Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie (in OscarÂ(r)-nominated* performances), John Travolta and Amy Irving, this ultimate revenge fantasy is "absolutely spellbinding" (Roger Ebert), "outrageously witty" (Los Angeles Times) and one of the all-time great horror classics! At the center of the terror is Carrie (Spacek), a tortured high-school misfit 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! *1976: Spacek, Actress; Laurie, Supporting Actress
- Photo Gallery
- "Acting Carrie" 45 min. documentary
- "Visualizing Carrie" 45 min. documentary
- Stephen King and the writing of "Carrie"
- "Carrie: The Musical" featurette with Betty Buckley and L.D. Cohen
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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.
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
I was one of those who just thought this was a dumb teen horror movie, and was thus surprised when it was the first film we studied in one of my college film courses. Learning how deftly layered and brilliantly directed this movie is was in large part my first awakening to how interesting and well-done horror and other dismissed genres can be.
Although this film was considered horror when it came out, now, more than 20 years later, I think you have to look at it as more of a macabre tragic drama, because certainly no one will be scared by it. Many on the IMDb complain that "nothing happens" in the first hour, which I blame on its continuing place in the "horror" genre. Unfortunately, those people are missing all of the character development and thematic content that makes the ending so moving to those who have followed it.
The film is unflinching in its portrayal of female jealousy and sublimated sexual rage. The appearance of Carrie's powers coincides with her first period, i.e. the onset of sexual maturity. The following events are all about sexual attraction and jealousy, following Carrie's emergence as a woman, the dynamics of the other girls at school and their sexual/romantic intrigues, and the White family's bizarre sexual mores. The drama with the girls at school is all about dates and sex and going to the prom. Carrie's sympathetic gym teacher tries to get her to wear makeup and pay more attention to her hair. Meanwhile, Carrie's mother equates her menstruation with acceptance of sin, and later refers to her breasts as "dirty pillows." Once you start to look at it this way, you'll be surprised at the number of incidents and bits of dialogue that relate to this theme, and how carefully focused the entire screenplay is.
Sissy Spacek's performance really is multi-layered and heartbreaking, and gets better the more you get into the film. The early scenes at the prom, when you see her trying her best to get out of her shell, and how scared she is of being hurt, are all the more tragic knowing what is going to happen to her a few minutes later. When she is announced as Prom Queen, you see from the look on her face that she has finally come to believe that she has been accepted and liked. That the image of her walking silently through the burning school still remains so iconic and startlingly creepy is testament to her performance and this film's power.
The other amazing thing is DePalma's direction. The sequence beginning with the announcement of Carrie as Prom Queen is a masterpiece of building tension -- notice the music and editing as the sequence gathers speed, culminating with the spilling of the blood. You will also notice that this entire sequence is dialogue-free. It is so tight, audacious and over-the-top that you have to admire it. I know DePalma later expressed regret over the split screen effect, but I remember how effective it was when I first saw the film -- it left me feeling like so much is happening at once that you couldn't possibly take it all in. It's really overwhelming and distancing at the same time -- as opposed to most horror films that try to bring viewers INTO the terror.
The mere fact that this movie is still around almost 25 years later is a testament to its brilliance. It is much more respected now than when it first came out-- in part I think because the "horror" label worked against it. Look at the horror aspects the way they should be -- as a metaphor-- and you'll start to get into it. The closer you look the better it becomes.
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