Misery

Misery

4.8 5
Director: Rob Reiner

Cast: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Frances Sternhagen

     
 

Rob Reiner's effective adaptation of Stephen King's Misery comes to DVD with two different images. The widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is preferable to the standard full-frame 1.33:1 image. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish and French subtitles are alsoSee more details below

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Overview

Rob Reiner's effective adaptation of Stephen King's Misery comes to DVD with two different images. The widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is preferable to the standard full-frame 1.33:1 image. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish and French subtitles are also available. Supplemental features include a collectible booklet, the original theatrical trailer, and a teaser trailer. Though the film is short on extras, Kathy Bates' Academy Award-winning performance makes this a disc worth watching.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
Horror novelist Stephen King often tells the story of how he once took a picture with a fan whom he learned was Mark David Chapman, after Chapman had murdered John Lennon. It is that very kind of celebrity anxiety that fuels the film Misery, based on King's novel. James Caan plays Paul Sheldon, a romance novelist injured in a bone-breaking car wreck in the middle of nowhere and rescued by nurse Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates, in her Oscar-winning breakthrough role). For better and for worse, Annie happens to be Sheldon's "number one fan," and she turns from motherly rescuer to sadistic captor after learning that Sheldon will kill off her favorite character, Misery, in his next book. Director Rob Reiner, in his second King adaptation (Stand By Me), explores both the horror and the humanity in Bates's tragically deranged nurse, who is torn between her compulsions to nurture and destroy. William Goldman's script is sublime storytelling in what is essentially a one-location, two-character tale, both of whom by the end have brutally blurred the lines between insanity and the struggle for survival. Although slightly tamer than King's novel, Misery never once fails to shock, scare, or disturb.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/01/2000
UPC:
0027616851390
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
2,137

Special Features

Collectable booklet; Original theatrical trailer; Teaser trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Caan Paul Sheldon
Kathy Bates Annie Wilkes
Frances Sternhagen Virginia
Richard Farnsworth Buster, Sheriff
Lauren Bacall Marcia Sindell
Graham Jarvis Libby
J.T. Walsh Park Ranger (uncredited)
Wendy Bowers Waitress
Tom Brunelle Anchorman
June Christopher Anchorwoman
Archie Hahn Actor
Janet Hirshenson Actor
Jane Jenkins Actor
Pig: Misery Actor
Julie Payne Reporter #1
Jerry Potter Pete
Rob Reiner Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Greg Snegoff Reporter

Technical Credits
Rob Reiner Director,Co-producer
Philip C. Cory Special Effects
John Elliott Makeup
Margaret Elliott Makeup
David R. Ellis Stunts
Norman Garwood Production Designer
William Goldman Screenwriter
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
M. Todd Henry Cinematographer
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Jane Jenkins Casting
K.N.B. EFX Group Special Effects
Robert Leighton Editor
Garry Lewis Set Decoration/Design
Mark Mansbridge Art Director
Steve Nicolaides Co-producer,Production Manager
Andrew Scheinman Co-producer
Marc Shaiman Score Composer
Barry Sonnenfeld Cinematographer
Jeffrey Stott Co-producer
Stan Tropp Set Decoration/Design
Stephen King Source Author

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Scene Index

Side #1- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Chapter 1 [:15]
2. Chapter 2 [:14]
3. Chapter 3 [4:01]
4. Chapter 4 [:12]
5. Chapter 5 [2:10]
6. Chapter 6 [2:21]
7. Chapter 7 [1:10]
8. Chapter 8 [6:11]
9. Chapter 9 [2:19]
10. Chapter 10 [2:41]
11. Chapter 11 [2:29]
12. Chapter 12 [1:43]
13. Chapter 13 [1:52]
14. Chapter 14 [5:02]
15. Chapter 15 [:44]
16. Chapter 16 [7:46]
17. Chapter 17 [:04]
18. Chapter 18 [4:53]
19. Chapter 19 [3:27]
20. Chapter 20 [5:06]
21. Chapter 21 [2:20]
22. Chapter 22 [2:27]
23. Chapter 23 [5:18]
24. Chapter 24 [1:09]
25. Chapter 25 [5:09]
26. Chapter 26 [3:13]
Side #2- Standard
0. Scene Selections
1. Chapter 1 [:15]
2. Chapter 2 [:14]
3. Chapter 3 [4:01]
4. Chapter 4 [:12]
5. Chapter 5 [2:10]
6. Chapter 6 [2:21]
7. Chapter 7 [1:10]
8. Chapter 8 [6:11]
9. Chapter 9 [2:19]
10. Chapter 10 [2:41]
11. Chapter 11 [2:29]
12. Chapter 12 [1:43]
13. Chapter 13 [1:52]
14. Chapter 14 [5:02]
15. Chapter 15 [:44]
16. Chapter 16 [7:46]
17. Chapter 17 [:04]
18. Chapter 18 [4:53]
19. Chapter 19 [3:27]
20. Chapter 20 [5:06]
21. Chapter 21 [2:20]
22. Chapter 22 [2:27]
23. Chapter 23 [5:18]
24. Chapter 24 [1:09]
25. Chapter 25 [5:09]
26. Chapter 26 [3:13]

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