Stephen King's Rose Red

Stephen King's Rose Red

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Director: Craig R. Baxley

Cast: Craig R. Baxley, Nancy Travis, Matt Keeslar, Kimberly J. Brown

     
 

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Stephen King puts pen to paper and paper to celluloid with the spooky haunted house TV movie Rose Red. Lion's Gate's work on this 1.33:1 full-frame transfer is great, sporting solid colors and dark black levels. While there are quick moments where the image tends to appear a tad soft, overall this is a very nice transfer with a pleasing appearance (especiallySee more details below

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Stephen King puts pen to paper and paper to celluloid with the spooky haunted house TV movie Rose Red. Lion's Gate's work on this 1.33:1 full-frame transfer is great, sporting solid colors and dark black levels. While there are quick moments where the image tends to appear a tad soft, overall this is a very nice transfer with a pleasing appearance (especially for a TV movie). The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround in English, French, and Spanish. This 5.1 soundtrack is very well-mixed with a multitude of eerie, atmospheric sounds to scare even the most steel-hearted viewer. No distortion or hiss was detected in any of the dialogue, music, or effects. Also included on this disc are English and Spanish subtitles. This two-DVD set includes a very nice array of extra features, starting with a commentary track by director Craig Baxley, producer Mark Carliner, and a few brief appearances by some of the crew. This is a very long and engaging commentary that slows down a bit at the end, though overall, there are some interesting and informative stories to be heard. A 50-minute documentary titled "Bad House: The Making of Rose Red" is in-depth and features interviews with cast members Nancy Travis, Julian Sands, Matt Keeslar, Judith Ivey, and Melanie Lynskey, as well as author Stephen King. This feature chronicles the film from development to production to airing and should give viewers a better understanding of how it came to the screen. "Unlocking Rose Red: The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer" is a nearly half-hour faux documentary that is interesting, if a bit trite. Finally, there are some storyboards of three separate scenes, a gallery of artwork from the conceptual stages of the film, and some video promo spots for other Lion's Gate movies.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Stephen King tells the ultimate haunted house story in Stephen King's Rose Red, a lavish four-hour extravaganza written by the horror novelist, originally aired as an ABC-TV miniseries. Borrowing its set-up from Shirley Jackson's novel The Haunting of Hill House (the basis for 1963's The Haunting), Rose Red tells the story of a psychology professor (Nancy Travis) who assembles a diverse group of extrasensory adepts to spend a weekend in a 90-year-old haunted house in hopes of bringing out its supernatural side. Travis effectively conveys the professor's precarious position on the razor's edge between passion and obsession. The ensemble of guests includes, among many others, Matt Keeslar, Julian Sands, Judith Ivey, and David Dukes (who passed away during production). Echoes from earlier King works resonate, such as the presence of an autistic, telekinetic teen (Kimberly J. Brown) who evokes moments of Carrie and Firestarter déjà vu. With a wealth of inspiration and source materials -- including The Legend of Hell House and House on Haunted Hill -- King revels in the miniseries format, developing the characters and building background before we even set foot in the devilish abode. The elaborate sets and special effects are splendidly scary, as one would expect from a King creation, in this case directed with flair by Action Jackson auteur Craig R. Baxley. The result is an exciting stay in an enormous house with enough ghosts -- both vaporous and gruesome -- to satisfy even the most ravenous of spectral appetites.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/14/2002
UPC:
0031398801528
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Lions Gate
Sound:
[Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
4:14:00

Special Features

5.1 Dolby Digital; Production commentary; The making of "Rose Red"; The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer; 5.1 Dolby Digital Spanish-language track; Storyboard comparisons; Production design artwork; Trailer; Interactive menus; Scene access; English & Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nancy Travis Dr. Joyce Reardon
Matt Keeslar Steve Rimbauer
Kimberly J. Brown Annie Wheaton
David Dukes Professor Miller
Judith Ivey Cathy Kramer
Melanie Lynskey Rachel Wheaton
Matt Ross Emery Waterman
Julian Sands Nick Hardaway
Kevin Tighe Victor Kandinsky
Julia Campbell Ellen Rimbauer
Emily Deschanel Pam Ashbury
Laura Kenny Kay Waterman
Tsidii Leloka Sukeena
Yvonne Scio Deanna Petrie
Jimmi Simpson Kevin Bollinger

Technical Credits
Craig R. Baxley Director
Sonny Baskin Editor
Thomas H. Brodek Producer
Mark Carliner Executive Producer
Gary Chang Score Composer
David Connell Cinematographer
Bruce Dunn Associate Producer
Stephen King Executive Producer,Screenwriter,Source Author
Lynn Kressel Casting
Robert F. Phillips Producer
Douglas Tourtelot Sound/Sound Designer
Heidi Walker Casting

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Seattle 1991 [7:48]
2. Ten Years Later [6:56]
3. Mr. Waterman [5:53]
4. Annie [6:23]
5. Orientation [9:24]
6. Spetember 1909 [5:55]
7. Stop It [6:15]
8. Good Thoughts [7:51]
9. Nasty Cut [4:51]
10. A Step Away [8:15]
11. Greenhouse [8:12]
12. Be Not Afraid [6:14]
13. Getting Started [6:39]
14. Phantom Draft [7:24]
15. Little Tea Pot [7:56]
16. What You Wanted [5:58]
17. Wall of Frame [7:28]
18. Story Time [5:33]
19. People Proximity [7:21]
20. Night Dreams [7:15]
21. Boogey Lady [7:54]
22. Dominoes [6:49]
23. Visitors [7:07]
24. Let Me Help [9:25]
Side #2 -- Disc 2
1. Festered Up [6:56]
2. Into the Woods [7:12]
3. Hard-Up [6:40]
4. Library [5:58]
5. Help Me Build [6:47]
6. Iced Tea [7:07]
7. Mrs. Waterman [6:18]
8. I'm Not Crazy [7:35]
9. Ellen [7:24]
10. Open the Doors [7:45]
11. Bad House [6:37]
12. Six Months Later [6:44]

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