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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 blackSee more details below

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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 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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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

Release Date:
10/01/2002
UPC:
0085391219828
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
3:07:00
Sales rank:
485

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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