Blu-ray Review: CARRIE Still Scares

Carrie is a magical entry from a master filmmaker.

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Blu-ray Review: CARRIE Still Scares

Directed by Brian De Palma, Carrie is one of the all-time greats in the canon of horror. Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie collectively scared the living hell out of America as the awkward, oppressed daughter and zealot mother duo --- and they each picked up Oscar nominations for their efforts to boot. And for a horror film to be nominated by the Academy... well, that film has to be pretty damn special.

I won't go spouting the plot of the film, because you're probably already familiar with it. If you're not, it's a fantastic piece of filmmaking --- the kind that entrances in an instant. Carrie is one of those films for me --- like The Shining or The Godfather --- that I will sit down and watch if I catch it on TV. Carrie is a magical entry from a master filmmaker. The performances are kinetic, and Pino Donaggio's score is mysterious, haunting, and strangely comforting all at once. For many of the cast, Carrie was their first big-screen role; that includes PJ Soles, John Travolta, Betty Buckley, and Amy Irving. (I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that Nancy Allen is awesome in this, but this wasn't her first feature film.)

Out today from Scream Factory comes their Collector's Edition, just in time for the 40th anniversary of the film. It's hard to believe that much time has gone by since the film shocked viewers in actual theaters, but we've had several Carrie sequels and remakes --- and even a musical --- in between.

To that end, there's a Carrie trailer gallery wherein you can view The Rage: Carrie 2, the 2002 TV movie Carrie, and Kimberly Peirce's recent remake. I feel like I'm forgetting one of them, but let's just say that there's enough religious trauma to go around. There's also a look into the Carrie musical.

Scream Factory (the weirdo horror arm of Shout! Factory) delivers a blood-soaked love letter to the film in the form of a two-disc blu-ray with a new 4K scan as well as nearly THREE HOURS of bonus material. It's truly exhaustive --- and in some cases --- repetitive. For instance, there are two featurettes that interview cast members, and some of them tell the same stories from the set. While I'm not sure this is really necessary, it is interesting to see how the actors have changed in the time frame between when these featurettes were shot.

Speaking of bonus features --- wow. Again, there are A TON. It was cool to hear the screenwriter (Lawrence D. Cohen) talk about the inception of the screenplay and how the film went from idea to script to finished film. Even Carrie was stuck in development hell for a time. Of course, the film adaptation was culled from Stephen King's very first novel and he wasn't well known yet, but it's still mind boggling to consider. 

While there was some grain a lot of flickering in some places in the image, they were mostly intermittent, and these are very minor. The film sounds great and Scream Factory has done a terrific job on this screen gem. Very highly recommended. 

Interested? Check out the trailer below or head to Scream Factory here.

Bonus Features

DISC ONE:

  • NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Negative
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (HD)
  • Carrie Franchise Trailer Gallery

DISC TWO:

  • NEW More Acting Carrie – featuring interviews with Nancy Allen, Betty Buckley, William Katt, Piper Laurie, Edie McClurg and P.J. Soles (20 minutes)
  • NEW Writing Carrie – an interview with screenwriter Lawrence Cohen (29 minutes)
  • NEW Cutting Carrie – an interview with editor Paul Hirsch (25 minutes)
  • NEW Shooting Carrie – an interview with director of photography Mario Tosi (15 minutes)
  • NEW Casting Carrie –an interview with casting director Harriet B. Helberg (16 minutes)
  • NEW Bucket of Blood – a new interview with composer Pino Donaggio (24 minutes)
  • NEW Horror's Hallowed Grounds – Revisiting The Film's Original Locations (11 minutes)
  • Acting Carrie – Interviews With Actors Sissy Spacek, Amy Irving, Betty Buckley, Nancy Allen, William Katt, Piper Laurie, Priscilla Pointer and P.J. Soles And Art Director Jack Fisk And Director Brian De Palma (43 minutes)
  • Visualizing Carrie – Interviews With Brian De Palma, Jack Fisk, Lawrence D. Cohen, Paul Hirsch (41 minutes)
  • A Look At "Carrie: The Musical" (6 minutes)
  • TV Spots
  • Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery – Rare Behind-The-Scenes Photos, Posters And Lobby Cards
  • Stephen King And The Evolution Of Carrie Text Gallery
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  • Jonatan Longinos

    Excuse me, the movie have subtitles in spanish?

  • ManateeAdvocate

    It's a gorgeous couple of discs and the film is truly, truly a classic. Just showed it to my eldest daughter for the first time about a week ago (I order directly from them so pre-orders are shipped prior to street date). It rocked her world. She loved it. I think she's ready for The Exorcist now. Kinda waiting on The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Still testing the proverbial waters with her.

    Anyways, this is most definitely worth the purchase (or double dip for those who already own a previous release).

  • cjohnston

    this has NOTHing to do with carrie.

    ..just getting back with some short film "deliveries" i spoke of some days ago... *like i made mention of, lemme know if this is any degree or fraction of just Not very interesting for you; Likewise, if you tire of this either; 'cause this might even get drawn out over some week(s) or so - and ~ i have a BUNCH. **At least initially, i'll only slowly unleash the floodgates though, as i know some users have different ways and means of looking at their mail..

    i'll try and keep editorials with these to a minimum, too. I Will give audibles though if/when they might go ambling off towards the red-light district...
    ~
    https://vimeo.com/126371564 (this one might be slightly on the nsfw side.)
    https://vimeo.com/184380829
    https://vimeo.com/50839732
    https://vimeo.com/162554910
    (NSFW. Impressive, Intellectual, and mentally engaging.)
    https://vimeo.com/152122379 (visually creative and imaginative. Kinda a "michael gondry meets .......i dunno. Ben Wheatley perhaps.. .?")
    https://vimeo.com/152122379 (parts of this are NSFW. might be a bit cheesy and dumb, perhaps, for some; i rather dug it though..)
    https://vimeo.com/8076064 (STAGGERING..)
    https://vimeo.com/47946872 (portions are on the nsfw side of things..)

    I'll hold off on sending any more on for now.
    This Is just the tip of the iceburg...... .!
    - - -
    If/when you'd like more selection(s); hit me up and let me know.

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