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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.
Well so far I have to say that the 70's seem to have horror down. The best movies so far have come from this genre. Even "The Devil's Rain" had some camp value.
There are a few outstanding points about "Carrie" I noticed.
I was kept engaged. The scene of a high school misfit is so overplayed to my generation I'd be here forever trying to list all of them. From entire TV series and tons of films, books, and comics. In fact, I'd go further and say the misfit character is in many more stories where they are not the main character. I'm not saying it is due to "Carrie." What I am saying is "Carrie" did this very well. I kept expecting I would get bored as I started to see what this was truly about but there was a lot of meat on the bones so to speak.
Much of the camera work was very good and pulled me in.
Sissy Space was outstanding! She caused me to be emotionally invested, I cared for her, she was menacing. You truly see the gambit in her performance. I can't begin to imagine another actress in this role.
The prom scene was a thing of beauty and was probably the scene at the Clinton's headquarters the night of the 2016 election. It even reminded of the fixed primary and its winner. I kid, I kid. Truthfully it was as great as I have always been told it was.
Some things I didn't like was the truly poor music. It's clear to me now that there could have been great music but that was not provided. The rip off of "Phsyco" wasn't cute to me at all, it was just unoriginal.
Some scenes were drawn out where they should have been short while others were quick and should have been longer. For example: the boring, extended, exercise scene to set up the fury of the villain was unnecessary and hurt the pacing, but the teens trying to run Carrie over in their car was comically abrupt.
Overall I'm glad I finally got to see this.
-genuinely creepy scenes
-a little bit too much focus on the wrong things