I saw Carrie taped off TV when I was a kid. I didn't fully understand the opening shower scene, but I knew that Sissy Spacek was a tremendous actress who could get me to cry for her. I could feel ultimate sympathy for her. I think I would take that feeling of isolation, loneliness and unchecked anger to heart in high school. I didn't have telekinetic powers, but I wanted them. Years after my first viewing I can recall spending the night at my grandmother's house. She let me watch the movie, uncut. She had no idea quite how ar the rabbit hole went, but I was given a modest education in adult feature films that day. The R rating showed it self easily. I knew that I would always want to see more, the R Rating meant you got the WHOLE story.
No commentary tracks for Carrie? I found that somewhat odd, but I also prefer interviews to commentary tracks, and this disc has a well constructed web of interviews with nearly everyone involved. Actors, editor, DOP, casting director, director... It's an impressive list of folks who took the time out to be a part of this release with quite a few of the interviews being newly conducted. Of course my beloved Pino Donaggio does a new interview for the release. There's even a look at the musical adaptation of Carrie. I missed the local performance at the college around the corner from my house when they put it on, but it was nice to see what it was all about. There's even a shooting location visit with Horror's Hallowed Grounds. You guys know what a big fan of that series I am.
The summation of many of the interviews from the performers is that Carrie was a labor of love by rookie actors who were cutting their teeth on a Horror movie (the way so many do) with an accomplished Director. I don't think the cast new that Stephen King would become the Master of Horror in the next decade. While the adaptation of Carrie may not necessarily be altogether faithful to the source material, the film that was created had its own life and breath. It menstruated for the first time in front of us all and learned the birds and the bees on the big screen. It plugged us up... with fear.
This is a new 4k scan of the original negative. It is transferred to impress. It conveys DePalma's vision in perfect detail. DePalma has been seeing the love from Criterion and Scream Factory with a couple different releases recently. Dressed to Kill was stunning and Raising Cain was given a powerful release, perhaps more powerful than it deserved. Phantom of the Paradise, delivered by Scream, is a personal favorite release of mine, but Carrie... Carrie has been given a treatment that rivals them all, even the Criterion Dressed to Kill (Criterion often seen as the gold standard of Blu-ray releases).
Wanna have some fun? Check out the Carrie franchise trailer reel. Remember that Scream Factory has been busy releasing the sequel and another adaptation done in the 2000's.
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Based on the best-selling Stephen King novel, this "absolutely spellbinding horror movie" (Roger Ebert) has become a pervasive, pop-culture touchstone for anyone who's ever wanted to get even. Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie deliver Oscar®-nominated* performances and John Travolta and Amy Irving are terrific in this ultimate revenge fantasy that has become one of the all-time great horror classics, and is now, finally, offered as a definitive, two-disc Collector's Edition Blu-ray!
At the center of the terror is Carrie (Spacek), a high school loner with no confidence, no friends... and no idea about the extent of her secret powers of telekinesis. But when her psychotic mother and sadistic classmates finally go too far, the once-shy teen becomes an unrestrained, vengeance-seeking powerhouse who, with the help of her "special gift," causes all hell to break loose in a famed cinematic frenzy of blood, fire and brimstone!
NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Negative
Original Theatrical Trailer (HD)
Carrie Franchise Trailer Gallery
NEW More Acting Carrie – featuring interviews with Nancy Allen, Betty Buckley, William Katt, Piper Laurie, Edie McClurg and P.J. Soles (20 minutes)
NEW Writing Carrie – an interview with screenwriter Lawrence Cohen (29 minutes)
NEW Cutting Carrie – an interview with editor Paul Hirsch (25 minutes)
NEW Shooting Carrie – an interview with director of photography Mario Tosi (15 minutes)
NEW Casting Carrie –an interview with casting director Harriet B. Helberg (16 minutes)
NEW Bucket of Blood – a new interview with composer Pino Donaggio (24 minutes)
NEW Horror's Hallowed Grounds – Revisiting The Film's Original Locations (11 minutes)
Acting Carrie – Interviews With Actors Sissy Spacek, Amy Irving, Betty Buckley, Nancy Allen, William Katt, Piper Laurie, Priscilla Pointer and P.J. Soles And Art Director Jack Fisk And Director Brian De Palma (43 minutes)
Visualizing Carrie – Interviews With Brian De Palma, Jack Fisk, Lawrence D. Cohen, Paul Hirsch (41 minutes)
A Look At "Carrie: The Musical" (6 minutes)
Still Gallery – Rare Behind-The-Scenes Photos, Posters And Lobby Cards
Stephen King And The Evolution Of Carrie Text Gallery