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Storm of the Century

Storm of the Century

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Director: Craig R. Baxley

Cast: Tim Daly, Colm Feore, Debrah Farentino


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Stephen King's "novel for television" makes it to DVD as a flipper disc, with transitions edited for this format. As a result, it may be hard going for some people, for whom almost five hours of intense viewing might be more than they want to bear (the side break does serve a purpose). Storm of the Century is presented full-frame with Dolby 2.0 sound and a


Stephen King's "novel for television" makes it to DVD as a flipper disc, with transitions edited for this format. As a result, it may be hard going for some people, for whom almost five hours of intense viewing might be more than they want to bear (the side break does serve a purpose). Storm of the Century is presented full-frame with Dolby 2.0 sound and a total of 30 chapter stops. The image is good, with no obvious signs of compression, and has been handled well in the transfer -- the original master is rife with deliberate contrast drops and monochromatic lighting setups, as well as the heavy use of the bleach bypass process (which leaves silver in the film and gives the image a cold, grey-blue look.) Images in which flying snow is a major component are no easy feat -- here, the flying snow is sometimes the major component. The result looks more like a film than like something shot for television. In terms of sound, the Dolby 2.0 track is adequate, but could have used more time for the mixers and sound techs to really work their magic. Much of the eerie component of the story is conveyed by Gary Chang's mostly electronic score; the storm effects have some presence, but not as much as they should have -- this is a story where the sound effects can certainly carry the day. The disc extras amount to a commentary track featuring both writer Stephen King and director Craig R. Baxley, a trailer, and a promo for the book version of the script. The commentary has some definite problems: King is sometimes not very compelling when he speaks, and he seems to have difficulty speaking off the cuff. Consequently, his remarks seem to be all over the place when it comes to facts, and the commentary turns into a long-winded recital of King's ethos regarding miniseries and writing in general, rarely straying in the direction of the film for the first hour. Baxley takes over for a while after that, fortunately, with a very scene-specific commentary; King returns at intervals, a little more focused on the subject at hand. The commentary includes huge gaps where neither is heard from, and halfway through the second side, Baxley bids viewers farewell, leaving King at intervals until the end of the disc. The DVD version of Storm of the Century is functional as a means to having the entire piece in one place without interruption (bar the side flip), though the nature of the show and the fairly poor quality of the commentary track render it unessential -- rainy day viewing if you like.

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Storm of the Century, written by Stephen King specifically for television, is one of the better renderings of his work in recent years. The small-town locale, though familiar territory for King, is brought new life by the miniseries' commitment to the severity of its cold-blizzard setting, in which much of the action occurs in the darkness of night or in the blinding white of the snow. The color scheme is often bluish gray, lending the setting a sort of suspended, otherworldly tone that contributes to the eeriness of the story. The seldom-heard New England dialect of its characters also adds to the feeling of the island town's isolation in its peril. Storm's slow pace is both its strength and its weakness. The first two installments (the series was broadcast in three two-hour segments) masterfully set up the story and build up the requisite creepy tension, showing just enough to make viewers ill at ease and eager to know what is really going on in the town. Colm Feore's performance as the evil outsider Andre Linoge is perfectly sinister, played with subtlety rather than scene-chewing theatrics. His dead-on stare alone is enough to induce goose bumps or at least a quickened pulse in the viewer; strangely, he is more effective in his early "normal" form than in the old-man makeup in which he later appears. This high quality of acting does not, however, fully extend to the rest of the cast. Although Mike Anderson (Timothy Daly) and the other "good folk" of the town are reasonably believable, the acting still remains at the TV-movie level. Perhaps the script may also be to blame for this, but the huge size of the cast would have been the greatest prohibitive factor in creating fully realized characters. Overall, though, the overdone quality of the townspeople's innocence and naïveté is fitting to the story and makes Linoge seem all the more sinister, especially in his "outing" of their secret sins. The special effects are a mixed bag. The frantic blizzard and events that occur in its flurries are very effective, but the CGI actions of Linoge's evil cane, for instance, look fake and are not as terrifying as they aim to be. The slow pacing of the story, though effective in setting up the plot line and tone, eventually betrays the series, never building up to any grand heart-pounding ending. Although this creates a slick, well-executed eeriness, it defies audience expectation and may disappoint many viewers. Storm of the Century, more creepy than scary, is still a well-made King miniseries, even if it does not rise to the heights of horror that earlier, similar works such as It achieved.

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Original Release:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
[Dolby Surround]

Special Features

Commentary by Stephen King and director Craig Baxley; Complete miniseries; 2.0 Dolby Surround; Digitally mastered; Interactive menus; Cast information; Scene access; Spanish and English subtitles

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Side 1
1. Pay As You Go [8:09]
2. Trouble [10:53]
3. Repetition [8:00]
4. Confrontation [6:22]
5. To the Store [11:26]
6. Lock Up [10:40]
7. Buddy System [7:27]
8. House [6:09]
9. Night Watch [14:17]
10. Panic [7:35]
11. Help [7:39]
12. Bedtime Story [5:37]
13. Coward [10:25]
14. Bad Feeling [8:25]
15. Wolf's Head [10:01]
Side #2 -- Side 2
1. Teapot [5:07]
2. Message [9:46]
3. Hallelujah [8:47]
4. Lighthouse [6:04]
5. Legion [6:20]
6. Closet [7:23]
7. Job [5:00]
8. Story Time [5:40]
9. Kids [6:08]
10. Announcement [9:00]
11. Town Meeting [12:10]
12. Town Business [14:22]
13. Stones [13:14]
14. Ferry [10:17]
15. Choices [3:55]


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Storm of the Century 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the most dramatic movies I have seen!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
but the scary thing is what he wants.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Colm Feore has presented us with what I feel is his best acting performance ever. The entire cast keeps us suspended in the non-stop action and we embark on a exciting adventure alongside Linoge in his non-stop killing spree. Undoubtedly the best movie I'v ever watched. Should have won some sort of an award!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best movies of a King book
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Satan" goes to a island during a bad snow storm. I really enjoyed this movie. Good ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We have already rented this movie about three times. I think I need to purchase it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
fastest 4 hours ever spent. have a whole new respect for Stephen King. movie kept me spellbound. highly recommended!
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Mz.Booksmart More than 1 year ago
This movie is like the stories and you get to know the whole town. You will not believe the ending. If you like scary movies this is the one for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Scary? No. Interesting? Yes. Able to sleep through it? Yes. Boring? about half of the 4 hour movie is boring, (yes). Good ending? Yes!
JosephNicholas More than 1 year ago
Storm of the Century This is a film adaptation of Stephen King's novel by the same title. A small island town off the coast of Maine experiences the snowstorm of the century and at the same time they are visited by an ancient evil and supernatural being that kills for attention and demands of the town that they must freely give over to him one of their own children to raise as his own. It's an unsettling story. It's worth watching.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a movie that will scare you, this is not your movie. But it is good...well...Stephen King wrote it for God's sakes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only is the screenplay good to read but the movie really does bring the words to live. The acting is spot on and the ending really does leave you to think about what you would do if you ever came across a situation like the one in the movie!!!
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Stom of The Century was an amazingly scary fil on abc in august of 2003 the three part movie left us in suspense not knowing what was going to happen each night. Little Tal Island did not know what they were getting into when they had this hurricane and the people didn't understand this linoge man who came to kill people and his quotes whre ''born in sin come on in'' and ''give me what i want and i'll go away'' what this evil person wanted was a child many peopl died or disopeered in this freak storm and this is one of stephen kings best movies
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stephen Kings mastery of work never ceases to amaze me.This is one of my favorites!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
its awsome i rented it 5 times
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