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1408 - Director's Cut Edition [2007] [DVD]

John Cusack , Samuel L. Jackson , Mikael Hafstrom    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormack, Tony Shalhoub, Jasmine Jessica Anthony
  • Directors: Mikael Hafstrom
  • Producers: Lorenzo Di Bonaventura
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Dec 2007
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WM9WKA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,495 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Conclusive proof both that one man can power a horror film, and also that John Cusack is one of the most believable actors of his generation, 1408 is an entertaining and surprisingly effective Stephen King adaptation, albeit one that runs out of steam by the final reel.

The premise finds Cusack’s character as an author of paranormal books, even though he doesn’t believe in such things himself. However, when researching his latest work, he checks into the mysterious room 1408 at The Dolphin Hotel in New York, managed by Samuel L Jackson in an effective cameo. But room 1408 is a room where nobody has lasted more than an hour in it, and thus Cusack considers it the perfect location for some book research.

It’s in the build up of its premise where 1408 is very much at its strongest. Cusack is a compelling guide through the story, and the film delivers some effective chills and jumps as the tension ratchets up. Into the final act and this control is relaxed, and as a result some of the potential is wasted, but you’re still hard-pushed to feel short-changed as the credits role. For 1408 proves to be both an effective little horror film, and one of the best Stephen King adaptations in many, many years. --Simon Brew

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Horror/Scary movie 27 Jan 2013
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This is a good horror/scary movie...it starts very well with great potencial and unfortunatly doesn't end as well as it starts but that still doesn't ruin the movie. This box set seems to be the only way I could find of getting the movie with the original theatrical ending included and not just the alternate ending from the Director's Cut. For that alone the 2 DVD box is a must.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Half-decent, but a worse cut 13 April 2012
Format:DVD
I remember watching 1408 in the cinema, and found it to be a genuinely scary film. Admittedly, many of those scares came from jumpy moments, but then the horror would continue, unrelenting. I'm a bit of a fan of films based on Stephen King's work, as the characters tend to be carefully built and have real problems in their lives, and John Cusack's writer is no exception to this. This film is a testament to his acting ability that he can hold his own throughout the film while often being the only actor on screen.

However, this cut of the film isn't as tense. Some of the scenes are dragged out and lose their intensity. And the ending is different - about as different from the original theatrical version as is possible. It means that overall the film feels less scary and ends with less of a bang. In my mind, it doesn't feel like a Stephen King ending, though I don't know how the original story ended.

Bottom-line: It's an interesting horror film with some scary moments, and John Cusack is excellent in this. However, 1408's Director's Cut isn't as tense and ends on a bit of a poor note. Not a good horror film, but not a bad one either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supernatural movie 16 April 2013
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Great movie with John Kusak, and also starring Samuel Jackson. John Kusak stays at a hotel to write a book about how he believes the haunted room there has a logical explination, when he starts changing his mind and seeing the room is indeed very haunted!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I'm not a massive Stephen King fan .In fact I would go as far as to say he is hideously over-rated. Having said that there have been some excellent movie adaptations of his books and short stories. "The Shining", "Dead Zone" ,"Salems Lot" "Shawshank Redemption" spring readily to mind. 1408 is based on a short story and is not deserving to slot easily into the preceding list. What is frustrating is it could have if it had stayed within the story's simple premise rather than evolve into an overwrought special effects bonanza.
Mike Enslin (John Cusack) is a hack writer of supernatural travel books like "Ten Most Haunted Bed And Breakfasts" , Ten Most Haunted Public Toilets"( I made that one up) but in truth is cynical about the paranormal though he uses the catchphrase "Stay scared" at book signings , something that George A Romero ,a friend of Kings uses.. He receives an anonymous postcard that gives clues to the existence of the Dolphin hotel in New York which has a haunted room -room 1408. His interest piqued he tries to book the room only to be told it's not available.
His publisher Sam Farrell (Tony Shalhoub) gets his company's lawyer to look into this and he finds an obscure law that says if a hotel room is free then no paying customer can be denied access. Now this seems to me a convenient plot device to keep things moving forward so Enslin is soon arriving at The Dolphin where he engages in a fascinating exchange with the manager Mr Olin (Samuel L Jackson)Olin doesn't want Eslin to stay in the room at all and when pushed puts it in a very Samuel L Jackson type way :"Its an evil f***ing room".
Mr Olin is right .Once Enslin is happily settled in room 1408 things start going awry .
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 2 Sep 2007
Format:DVD
Personally thought it was surprisingly scary for a high budget title, also a lot weirder than I expected. At times the obscurity makes it hard to understand what exactly is going on, which leads me to believe they were trying a bit too hard to make the audience jump at every occasion possible! Although the storyline is unoriginal in parts, it is still very entertaining and definitely worth seeing a few times to take it all in. There was no real need to include the whole subplot about the main character's daughter and wife; it doesn't really add much to the film.
Acting is superb as is the general ambience and score. Overall, the film is much better than you would expect upon reading a synopsis and probably the best in its genre to be released this year.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best King adaptions 25 Sep 2007
By Dr Evil TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Based on one the short stories from Stephen King in his 2002 collection "Everything's Eventual", '1408' is about an author named Mike Enslin (played by John Cusack) who is writing the next book in his series called The 10 Most Haunted Hotels. Enslin is losing his belief in the supernatural though as he has never actually seen a ghost. Then one day he receives an anonymous postcard telling him not to stay in room 1408 at The Dolphin Hotel in New York.

After convicing the hotel manager (Samuel L. Jackson) to let him stay in 1408 and being warned that no one who has stayed in the room lasts longer than an hour, Enslin begins to see ghosts of the people that have been killed or died in the room and also experiences ghosts from his own past.

Everyone knows that King's film adaptions usually aren't that good, especially the ones from his short stories (with the exception of Stand by Me/The Body) but 1408 is actually a very creepy and well thought out film. Once Enslin gets into room 1408 things get very strange indeed and may be a little confusing at times, but all does make sense in the end.

Cusack does and excellent job in his role as Enslin and made me wonder what he was thinking about when acting out the part as he does seem genuinely terrified throughout the whole ordeal.

Overall this is a scary, weird and exciting supernatural thriller that both fans of Stephen King and the horror genre in general should enjoy. There's plenty of clever special effects and lots of scares and enough to keep you thinking from start to finish.
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Published 1 month ago by MISS N T PILISO
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
all good
Published 1 month ago by Den
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This doesn't seem to be scary when you first watch it but just give it a little time.. John cusack is a ghost writer who fails to believe in the other side.. Read more
Published 2 months ago by loveforfilms
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what we expected
We had been told about this movie and had heard that it was a real scary and quite intense. What we found was a bit of a let down, either that or we just did not get is. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JandP
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good film, well with Cusack & Jackson what else would you expect............spooky!!!
Published 2 months ago by Sparkyknees
1.0 out of 5 stars a shame as i love this film
doesnt work on my DVD player. a shame as i love this film
Published 2 months ago by Leanne Dearden
4.0 out of 5 stars Genuine scares
The premise of the film - sceptic stays night in haunted hotel and gets haunted - might not win any awards for originality, but 1408 is a well made film, delivering some decent... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Discerning Reader/Viewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychological thrillier
Great psychological thrillier, keeps you on the edge of your seat, expect the unexpected and you'll be fine. Not suitable for those of a nervous disposition!
Published 6 months ago by Ribena berry
1.0 out of 5 stars dis voz not a good buy!
Seeing as that's about as good as my German gets, I couldn't understand a word of the film.
Was rather unexpected to find the film in German, simply wouldn't have bought it if... Read more
Published 6 months ago by James Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars This is true horror
This film draws you slowly into total horror & seems even worst when you realise that it is based on a true story..so don't expect to sleep that night..
Published 6 months ago by Dav'id
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