Carrie

Carrie

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Director: Brian De Palma

Cast: Brian De Palma, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving

     
 

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This special edition transfer to DVD comes with an array of impressive special or bonus features. They include a photo gallery, two 45-minute documentary/featurettes ("Acting Carrie" and "Visualizing Carrie"), a Stephen King piece on the writing of Carrie, "Carrie: The Musical," and the usual theatrical trailers. The picture is presented inSee more details below

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This special edition transfer to DVD comes with an array of impressive special or bonus features. They include a photo gallery, two 45-minute documentary/featurettes ("Acting Carrie" and "Visualizing Carrie"), a Stephen King piece on the writing of Carrie, "Carrie: The Musical," and the usual theatrical trailers. The picture is presented in widescreen anamorphic format (1.85:1 aspect ratio), and the soundtrack options include English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with subtitles available in Spanish and French. Closed-captioning is also included. Sound and picture quality are fairly sharp considering that this DVD version comes from a '70s movie.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Monica McIntyre
The film that launched Brian De Palma's career as an A-list director, and one of the most flamboyantly gory hits of the 1970s, Carrie deftly mixed knowing wit with abject terror long before it became Hollywood convention. Based on Stephen King's novel, the plot concerns Carrie White (Sissy Spacek), a painfully shy high school girl who freaks out when she begins to menstruate. The ranting by her witchy, evangelical mother (Piper Laurie) and the teasing by her cooler classmates only add to her paranoid adolescent horror. Two particularly nasty peers (Nancy Allen and John Travolta) even plot to humiliate her at the senior prom, oblivious to the fact that, for Carrie, womanhood has arrived with telekinetic powers -- the ability to propel inanimate objects by force of her mind. The march toward the movie's climactic showdown, thanks to De Palma's virtuoso camera movement and bold use of color, is as grippingly satisfying as it gets. Spacek and Laurie turn in tremendous performances, and Amy Irving turns heads as a kindhearted classmate. But it's truly De Palma's bravura storytelling -- right down to the final scene -- that makes Carrie one of the most shocking portraits of teen cruelty ever to come out of Hollywood.
All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Stephen King's first novel was also his first work adapted for the screen and, with the arguable exception of The Shining, is still the best, thanks largely to a remarkable performance from Sissy Spacek as Carrie White and a surprisingly subtle, intelligent presentation by director Brian De Palma. De Palma wisely doesn't focus on Carrie's strange power to move objects with her mind in the first act. Instead, he emphasizes her miserable existence as a high-school outcast with a remarkably awful home life, and Spacek's performance brings Carrie to painfully vivid life. Carrie White personifies every high-school student who didn't fit in, and Spacek makes her sympathetic without making us wonder why people pick on her; when Carrie finally takes her revenge, Spacek transforms her into a monster with a strange dignity, at once terrifying and heroic. De Palma presents the story in clear, well-paced fashion, for the most part avoiding the all-too-obvious homages to other filmmakers that often mark his work and (with the exception of the split screen for Carrie's rampage at the prom) laying off distracting visual trickery, letting his cast and Larry Cohen's screenplay do the work. Often regarded as a watershed of '70s mainstream horror, Carrie is at the same time one of the truest and most painfully perceptive films about the high-school caste system; nothing would touch it in this regard until Todd Solondz's Welcome to the Dollhouse in 1996.
Entertainment Weekly - Michael Sauter
Though Carrie has been on DVD since 1998, the special edition is worth taking a look at, if only to check out the improvements on an extras roster that was woefully inadequate. It still doesn't offer a director's commentary...but the producer has compensated with not one but two "making of" documentaries.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2001
UPC:
0027616865519
Original Release:
1976
Rating:
R
Source:
20Th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
18,656

Special Features

Widescreen 1.85:1 enhanced for 16x9 TVs; 45-minute "Acting Carrie" documentary; 45-minute "Visualizing Carrie" documentary; "Carrie: The Musical" featurette with Betty Buckley and L.D. Cohen; Stephen King and the writing of Carrie; animated photo gallery; original theatrical trailer; Dolby Digital 5.1 English language track; Dolby Digital Stereo Spanish and French lnguage tracks.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sissy Spacek Carrie White
Piper Laurie Margaret White
Amy Irving Sue Snell
William Katt Tommy Ross
Nancy Allen Chris Hargenson
John Travolta Billy Nolan
Betty Buckley Miss Collins
Sidney Lassick Mr. Fromm
Stefan Gierasch Principal Morton
Priscilla Pointer Mrs. Snell
Michael Talbott Freddy
Cameron de Palma Boy On Bicycle
Doug Cox The Beak
Anson Downes Ernest
Edie McClurg Helen
Noelle North Frieda
P.J. Soles Norma Watson

Technical Credits
Brian De Palma Director
Gregory M. Auer Special Effects
Larry Cohen Screenwriter
Lawrence D. Cohen Screenwriter
Wes Dawn Makeup
Pino Donaggio Score Composer
Jack Fisk Art Director
Bert Hallberg Sound/Sound Designer
Donald Heitzer Asst. Director
Paul Hirsch Editor
William Kennedy Art Director
Bill Kenney Production Designer
Paul Monash Producer
Rosanna Norton Costumes/Costume Designer
Ken Pepiot Special Effects
Louis A. Stroller Associate Producer
Mario Tosi Cinematographer
Dick Vorisek Sound/Sound Designer
Stephen King Source Author

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/Title/The Shower [:11]
2. "It's Carrie!" [:13]
3. Creepy Carrie [3:32]
4. Mrs. White visits [2:48]
5. "You're A Woman Now" [2:30]
6. The Mirror Crack'd [:36]
7. Tommy's Beautiful Poem [2:34]
8. Drill Sgt. Collins [4:14]
9. "One-Two-Three-Four" [2:25]
10. "Telekinesis"/The Slap [2:22]
11. Sue Asks A Favor [4:04]
12. Heatwave [1:14]
13. For The Love Of Billy [2:29]
14. The Pitch/The Pep Talk [:06]
15. "Why?" [:43]
16. Perseverance/Pighunt [2:54]
17. Mama Says No [2:44]
18. Let You Pull The Rope [1:08]
19. Everybody's Talkin' [2:09]
20. "All Gonna Laugh" [2:26]
21. "Are You Scared?" [3:29]
22. Memory/First Dance [3:25]
23. "We're On Here" [1:13]
24. The Old Switcheroo [2:00]
25. King And Queen [1:21]
26. Crowned In Blood [2:28]
27. Carrie's Revenge [3:13]
28. The Car Toss [6:43]
29. "Devil Has Come Home" [1:26]
30. Mama's Blessing [1:01]
31. The Final Grab [2:15]
32. End Credits [3:00]

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