Carrie Blu Ray review

Definitive is a word thrown around like a skating partner in Dancing on Ice, however this is the definitive version of a King story. No messing. Carrie White (Spacek) is a awkward girl. She is bullied for it. At home her mother a religious zealot attacks her for not being chaste enough. In school her friends feel she is not cool enough. She cant do sports, is odd around boys and worst of all cried when her period came.  However there is something else. She seems to be able to move things with her mind. She can hurt others by a thought. A simple action could result in horrific vengeance. So no one should provoke her.

It is a lot for someone as simple as me to say that a film like Carrie is a transcending work. On one level it plays like a very simple school based, bully takes victim down. Victim turns the tables on them and lessons are learnt. However on the other we have a film and story that is very much obsessed with modernity, sexuality and the growing distance from tradition. De Palma is one of the greatest vision film makers and he infuses throughout this discourse. Layering visual references (like blood that washes away from Carrie and washes over her) that supplant ideas with heavy gravity. This all leaves the audience with such a wealth of richness in the text that you will watch it again and again. It also scares you witless. A doubly rare treat…

To the extras. Well its a feast for the eyes and ears a like. The transfer looks great and has the fuzz and shine of a newly polished car. Audio is also great and Pino score is crisp and unsettling as it ever was. The commentary packs two great informers into it but still feels too brisk. Then the top other extra is Neil Mitchell. Carrie got his skilled and frankly brilliant eye, cast over it and it is a revelation. All around excellent stuff.

 

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

4K restoration from the original negative

 

  • High Definition (1080p) presentation
  • DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio and uncompressed 1.0 mono soundtracks
  • Optional subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Comentary by Lee Gambin, author of Nope, Nothing Wrong Here: The Making of Cujo, and Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, author of Cultographies: Ms. 45 and Devil s Advocates: Suspiria, recorded exclusively for this release
  • Brand-new visual essay comparing the various versions and adaptations of Carrie across the years
  • Alternate title sequence created for network television screenings
  • Acting Carrie, archive featurette containing interviews with director Brian De Palma, actors Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, William Katt and others
  • More Acting Carrie, additional cast interviews with Laurie, Katt, Nancy Allen, Betty Buckley, Edie McClurg and P.J. Soles
  • Visualising Carrie: From Words to Images, archive featurette cotaining interviews with De Palma, writer Lawrence D. Cohen, editor Paul Hirsch and art director Jack Fisk
  • Singing Carrie: Carrie the Musical, archive featurette on the stage musical adaptation of King s novel
  • Writing Carrie, an interview with writer Lawrence D. Cohen
  • Shooting Carrie, an interview with cinematographer Mario Tosi
  • Cutting Carrie, an interview with editor Paul Hirsch
  • Casting Carrie, an interview with casting director Harriet B. Helberg
  • Bucket of Blood, an interview with composer Pino Donaggio
  • Horror s Hallowed Grounds, a look back at the locations of Carrie
  • Gallery
  • Trailer
  • TV spots
  • Radio spots
  • Carrie trailer reel
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and new artwork by Laz Marquez
  • Limited edition 60-page booklet featuring new writing on the film by Neil Mitchell, author of Devil s Advocates: Carrie, a reprint of the Final Girls 40th anniversary Carrie zine, and an archive interview with Brian De Palma

 

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