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Director: Tommy Lee Wallace, John Ritter, Annette O'Toole, Tim Curry

Cast: Tommy Lee Wallace, John Ritter, Annette O'Toole, Tim Curry


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Terror abounds in the made-for-TV miniseries event Stephen King's It. The film is presented in a newly matted 1.85:1 widescreen edition that is modified from its original form (in other words, black bars have been inserted onto the top and bottom of the original full frame transfer). The image appears to be in better-than-average shape with colors and black


Terror abounds in the made-for-TV miniseries event Stephen King's It. The film is presented in a newly matted 1.85:1 widescreen edition that is modified from its original form (in other words, black bars have been inserted onto the top and bottom of the original full frame transfer). The image appears to be in better-than-average shape with colors and black levels all solid and well defined. While there appears to be some softness in the picture, overall this transfer should please horror fans everywhere. The soundtrack is presented in an apt Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mix in English. Since Stephen King's It was originally produced for TV, it's no surprise to find this audio track flat and somewhat boring. However, what this mix lacks in directional effects and fidelity it makes up for with crystal clear dialogue, music and effects. Also included on this disc are English, French and Spanish subtitles. The sole extra feature on this DVD is a commentary track by director Tommy Lee Wallace and actors John Ritter, Richard Thomas, Tim Ried and Dennis Christopher. Filled with some funny asides about the production and witty banter (especially from Ritter), this commentary track is worth the listen for any true Stephen King fans.

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One of the first of Stephen King's epic TV miniseries, It is an ode to the fears, fantasies, and friendships of youth. The sprawling story follows a group of childhood friends who return to their Maine hometown as adults to battle a demon from their past. A well-detailed adaptation of King's in-depth novel, It is beautifully structured, moving freely between past and present and perfectly realizing King's perennial, deeply resonant theme of the childhood fears that lurk beneath the veneer of adult life. It's an idea personified with devilish glee by Tim Curry, whose Pennywise the Clown is one of the demon's favorite forms. Clocking in around four-hours, It features a fine ensemble cast -- including John Ritter, Annette O'Toole, Harry Anderson, Tim Reid, Dennis Christopher, Olivia Hussey, and Richard Masur -- which is appropriate for what is perhaps the most character-driven of all King horror.
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Stephen King's much-maligned It TV miniseries might not be quite as horrible as it's generally considered to be, though the final 30 minutes is every bit as brutally stupid and lame as just about everyone recalls. If you can get past Richard Thomas' stomach-turning yuppie ponytail, much of the first few hours is pretty engaging, with such strong horror moments strewn throughout as bloody balloons, off-the-wall fortune cookies, and even a wolfman pop-up to keep the creepy momentum going. Sadly, the forward motion comes to a dead halt late in the third act, where the plot takes over and the screams stop. By the time the flashlight-stomached spider monster shows up at the end, the silly shock of it has already been tempered by a lackadaisical buildup. True, the book itself isn't known for the strongest ending, but considering the time audiences already invested in the miniseries, the televised product tends to have a much more immediate visceral letdown. The acting is a hodgepodge affair that stacks up for the most part with only a few miscasts to slow the sucker down (again, John Boy anyone?). Of course, the crown of the series is owned by Tim Curry, whose playful menace as Pennywise scarred countless clown-fearers through the years. Leaps and bounds above The Stand miniseries that followed this one, It remains a miniseries event that pushed the boundaries of the medium thanks to its love of blood, clown-dog demons, and overall endangerment of children -- certainly a match made in televised heaven that even the King would enjoy!

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Special Features

Closed Caption; Feature-length audio commentary by Dennis Christopher, Tim Reid, John Ritter, Richard Thomas and director Tommy Lee Wallace; Interactive menus; Scene access; Subtitles: English, Français & Español

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Side A
1. Death in Derry (Credits) [4:48]
2. Calling Bill Denbrough [3:02]
3. Remembering Georgie [2:15]
4. They Float [2:21]
5. Flowing Blood [3:53]
6. Calling Ben Hanscom [3:29]
7. You're Dead, Fat Boy [7:49]
8. Vision of the Dead [3:15]
9. Case of Nerves [4:51]
10. Badly Timed Poetry [2:46]
11. Dam Builders [2:12]
12. All the Dead Kids [3:00]
13. Balcony Mischief [4:39]
14. Eddie's Shower [4:00]
15. Future Plans [4:57]
16. Cafeteria Encounters [1:14]
17. Werewolf in the Basement [2:34]
18. Morbid Show and Tell [1:31]
19. Quarry Clash [5:46]
20. Everything You Fear [4:28]
21. Girding for Battle [4:13]
22. Into the Sewers [3:54]
23. Approaching Evil [5:31]
24. Hang On [1:48]
25. Pennywise Breaks Circle [1:06]
26. Down the Drain [2:45]
27. Written in Blood [1:33]
Side #2 -- Side B
1. Open Graves [5:34]
2. Bunch of Balloons [2:55]
3. Stacked Deck [1:32]
4. Old Ghosts in the Woods [3:30]
5. All in Eddie's Mind [3:09]
6. Tea and Terror [6:08]
7. Restaurant Reunion [7:10]
8. Fate of Henry Bowers [1:50]
9. Fortune Cookies [2:38]
10. Behind the Clown [6:22]
11. Library Under Seige [3:16]
12. Henry's Visitor [2:35]
13. Derry Disease [4:35]
14. Don't You Want It??? [1:13]
15. Stories Before the Fire [3:58]
16. Henry Strikes [4:07]
17. Not Blind Anymore [2:40]
18. Mike Provides Ammo [2:19]
19. This Whole Town [1:33]
20. Not Scared Anymore [2:30]
21. Discovery in the Sewers [4:23]
22. It's Warning [6:46]
23. Face to Face [3:38]
24. The Last of It [3:16]
25. Aftermath: An Awakening [4:03]
26. End Credits [1:25]


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It 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
rtaocmheeflf More than 1 year ago
I watched this when i was 5 and i am 12 now and i still have the picture in my head when ITs nose exploded
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the scariest books I've ever read.
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Best Stephen King Movie. It is a creature that can take any form. It feeds on terror and death. Every 30 years It stalks a small town and devours numerous children. It reads the minds of It's victims, taking the form of whatever terrifies them the most. It psychologically tortures it;s victims, driving them nearly mad with fear. It is everything it victims ever were afraid of. Flashbacks throughout the first half tell how 7 kids came together. It was hunting them, together they were stronger than It. They fought It and nearly killed It. In the second half. 30 years later, It is back, and vengeful. They return as Adults and must finish what they started.
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R-O-U-S More than 1 year ago
Reviews Of Unusual Size! ***Re: Seven tormented friends stumble across a much deeper problem than bullies - a dark evil living beneath the town of Derry, ME that has been killing men and children for centuries. ***Outstanding: Considering the fact that this is a TV movie from 1990, the scares and effects in it are quite effective. The cast, especially the kids are great. It's fun to see where the kids are now. Though I didn't picture Pennywise looking quite like he does, Tim Curry is spectacular as the evil clown. ***Unacceptable: Despite their best efforts, the effects show their age, especially the big climax, which deviates from the story quite a bit. The movie loses a lot of the elaborate stories and creatures from the novel. ***Summary: Long, creepily effective TV movie with some good performances. I wished they'd kept the more traditional clown outfit from the story, and the adaptation took some unusual turns. My wife and I thought we'd like it a lot less than we did, but we found ourselves quite enjoying the 3 hour film. ***3/5 ***Notes: There have been rumors about a new, major motion picture swirling around. I have a really hard time seeing how they could condense this into a theatrical release, but it'd be fun to see some better beasties.
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
But now it seems it's not as scary as we thought it to be but has some really creepy moments. Regardless I love this movie. Childhood friends reunite after they get a call that reminds them of their childhood and especially when they first encounter Pennywise. Creepiest scene for me the first time I watched this was Stan and the Mummy. The music in the movie is pretty good. Good movie to watch now and again.
wwe247 More than 1 year ago
i pooped my pantss it was so scary
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great movie this was. The book was great and the movie was great. I recomend it to any one who has a tv.
KaykayKD More than 1 year ago
i've been watching this movie since i was like two scared the crap out of me but kinda got over it i love the young bill he is so hot in this movie i was reading the book but its way to big i'll read it in the summer when i have more time but tim curry has got to be the perfect pennywise from his laughs to his razor sharp teeth
everybodys_a_critic More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie for the first time when I was twelve, thinking it was just going to be one of those laughably idiotic horror movies. I normally don't watch horror movies except for stupid ones, but I watched this, and at the same time it drew me in, and repulsed and terrified me. It was the only horror movie that I've ever seen that gave me nightmares but I'd watch it over and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome movie. It's one of the scariest movies I have ever seen. After I saw it, I have been afraid of clowns. I havent read the book, but I plan on it. I highly recommend this movie if you love scary movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read the book before you watch the movie. The movie is awesome the book is even better
Guest More than 1 year ago
i LUV this movie! the first time i saw this i cried of fear lol but then the next few times i saw funny pars in it i just had 2 laugh. thisis one of my favorite movies! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is one of those horror movies with a crazy clown that goes around and kills kids and people i seen this movie before i Seen It on abc family i really wish i had this movie A scary movie with a crazy possed clown
Sandy1Sweeney8 More than 1 year ago
Bought the movie It for my grandsons because they wanted to see it. I watched it first. Not very good. Ending terrible. Not one of Steven Kings best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw this movie when I was seven and I was terrifyed of IT. Now, years later I'm not afraid to say I still am. IT is a great movie that keeps you in suspence all the time. The way Pennywise just seems to apear everywhere keeps you guessing what will happen next.I also highly recommend readinng the novel this book is based on it's just as frightning as the movie if not more so
Guest More than 1 year ago
You can't get a better Stephen King movie than this!! IT really gave me a number of chills up my spine. And the suspense kept getting better and better. If you're in to chillers, get IT!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You know it must be good when a made for TV movie has people still to this day afraid of clowns after watching this. Tim Curry couldn't have been better!!! This really is a classic and definitely a must own in my book!