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Director: Tommy Lee Wallace

Cast: 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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Barnes & Noble
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stephen King's It is even better on DVD. This movie is a brilliant adaption of Stephen King's novel. It is about a group of seven best friends who return to their childhood town as adults to confront the evil monster that haunted them as children, they have to do battle with It for one last time. Before you buy It on DVD, I recommend you read the novel first; the book of It is even better than the movie.
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
A great movie, the book was okay, but a little dirty, but the movie is really cool
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The makers of this televised version of Stephen King's bestseller did a remarkable job editing the 1000+ page book down to a ''trim'' 4 hours. They managed to keep a good number of scenes intact, and it seems clear that what changes they did make were done with the best intentions in order to simplify the story. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, the heart of King's story was lost. In book form, ''It'' is a story about the wonders of childhood: the pure love of childhood friends, the fears of an unknown world (and the unknowns in the known world), and the simple belief that good will conquer evil-- all things that are lost as we cross the threshold into adulthood (except, perhaps, the fear of the unknown). ''It'' is also a story about adults rediscovering the magic of being a child, and coming to understand what true friendship really is. Sadly, these themes are missing from the movie version. In an effort to get the story right, the moviemakers left little time for the type of character development and elaboration on those themes that make King's novel a hallmark of horror writing. And the story falls flat without those two things. Tim Curry is indeed frightening as Pennywise, but not nearly as frightening as the It that grows in the reader's imagination while the book is read. Watching the movie, the viewer is given too many glimpses of the clown and his mouthful of fangs, and quickly becomes desensetized to Curry's portrayal of evil incarnate. Worse, no explanation is given for many of the things Pennywise does to scare the protagonists. True, these episodes are somewhat frightening in and of themselves, but not nearly as scary as similar episodes in the book that are explained in full. Likewise the climax (which comes, and ends, all too quickly and seemingly easily). It's true nature is visualized but not explained, leaving the viewer puzzled and unfulfilled. On the positive side, the actors portraying the protagonists at age 11 are a wonder to behold. For the most part, they each manage to capture the essence of King's young characters. The scenes with these kids show depth and charisma that elevate the movie, for those brief moments, above the poor direction and low budget. The adult actors, however, can't seem to rise above either of those two things and at times seem to overact as if that might compensate for poor dialogue and uneven directing. All in all, ''It'' does have a few moments of slight terror, but in the end, the weaknesses outweigh the strengths. Without heart, and with little horror, ''It'' fails to please. True King fanatics will want to watch the movie, but will also be the most disappointed. I suggest they rent the video and spend their money on ''Stand By Me'' or ''The Shawshank Redemption'' or, if they must have a King horror movie, ''Carrie.'' For those who may just be interested in getting to know this Stephen King classic, READ THE BOOK! The 1100 pages fly by almost of their own accord, and the end result is much more satisfying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was awesome, like the others said, the book is even better. As much as I hate clowns, I got to make an exception for this guy. Him and Freddy would be a great team. But there's only one thing I didn't like about this movie. And that was the Ending,. But besides that, this movie was awesome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best adaptations i've ever seen. The book was great, the movie was great, one of my favorite movies of all time. Pennywise is the coolest villain since Freddy Krueger.
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
The movie It is a mini series about a killer clown and 6 friends who go back to the city to kill it. The movie is also entertaining with humor and balloons with blood. Good job Tommy and King.
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember the first time this movie came out. It was a made for T.V. miniseries. I was about twelve years old when it came out. Before I saw this movie, I was never really fond of clowns. I always thought they were boring. Now as an adult, I still hate clowns to this day because of this movie. What I remember most is when Pennywise the clown revealed his fangs when he smiled.
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!!