Misery

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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 ...
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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.
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Special Features

Collectable booklet; Original theatrical trailer; Teaser trailer
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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.
All Movie Guide
A stark departure from director Rob Reiner's nostalgic coming-of-age tales Stand By Me (1986) and When Harry Met Sally (1989), Misery (1990) adeptly juggled agonizing suspense with cartoonish freakishness. Based on a Stephen King story, the film was generally well-liked by both audiences and critics, though it doesn't strive for the depth of Martin Scorsese's similar The King of Comedy. It does, however, allow for a restrained but offbeat performance from the previously little-known character actress Kathy Bates. Her compellingly deranged Annie is the film's centerpiece, and she won an Academy Award for her work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/1/2000
  • UPC: 027616851390
  • Original Release: 1990
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan / Wide Screen / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,146

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 III
Janet Hirshenson
Jane Jenkins
Pig: Misery
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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Menu

Side #1- Widescreen
   Play Movie
   Theatrical Teaser
   Subtitles
Side #2- Standard
   Play Movie
   Theatrical Teaser
   Subtitles
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It definitly got cheated by the Academy

    This movie was so good, it almost isn't worthy of a review. That's the magic of Stephen King, he can take a seemingly rediculous scenario and make it totaly believable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Scariest Nurse Ever!

    Wow. This is one of my favorite Steven King movies. Everybody in this film is witty and funny. You even get a couple of laughs out of Annie once and a while. James Caan's performance is brilliant. The torture that he goes through makes you wonder if he was better off being shot to death in The Godfather. But the best performance has to be Kathy Bates who plays Annie. Even though this is just a movie you can't help but think if Annie is real. Bates's performance is not only scary but enjoyable. It's just amazing at one time Annie can be a nice nurse that takes care of Paul. But all of a sudden she's bringing out a sledge hammer on his ankles. That kind of thing we don't see a lot. And I am very happy to see something that different.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Favorite of Mine

    This movie was great. I gave it 5 stars because it was awesome. Here's the description. A novelist named Paul Sheldon drove off the road and got bruised a little. He winds up in the home of Ms. Annie Wilkes who is his #1 fan. He doesn't remember winding up in her home. Annie is a little coo-coo. Her moods switch. She has a pig named Misery. She thinks that Mr. Sheldon killed her. After a few days, in the news, Paul was presumed dead soon.(But Paul is really alive, but no one knows.)One day, Annie buys a typewriter and lets Paul write the rest of his books. When Paul found out that Annie was a murderer, he knew he was in danger.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great Stephen King film!!!!!

    A suspensful thriller! A must see!I loved the book and the film. Kathey Bates gives a great performance as the crassed Annie Wilkes. Even though some parts are changed from the book I still loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Terrific, suspense is around every corner!

    Bates does an outstanding job at being the ''bad guy.'' Stephen King has an awsome mind for making anything scary.

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