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Carrie [DVD] [1976]

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  • Actors: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, William Katt, John Travolta
  • Directors: Brian De Palma
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Oct. 2013
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AN6HEXW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,304 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All hell breaks loose when a tortured, misfit teenager (Sissy Spacek) unleashes her secret telekinetic powers against her psychotic mother (Piper Laurie) and sadistic classmates. Based on the best-selling Stephen King novel, this ultimate revenge fantasy is one of the all-time great horror classics.

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This terrifying adaptation of Stephen King's bestselling horror novel was directed by shock maestro Brian De Palma for maximum, no-holds-barred effect. Sissy Spacek stars as Carrie White, the beleaguered daughter of a religious kook (Piper Laurie) and a social outcast tormented by her cruel, insensitive classmates. When her rage turns into telekinetic powers, however, school's out in every sense of the word. De Palma's horrific climax in a school gym lingers forever in the memory, though the film is also built upon Spacek's remarkable performance and Piper Laurie's outlandishly creepy one. John Travolta has a small part as a thug, De Palma's future wife, Nancy Allen, is his girlfriend, and Amy Irving makes her screen debut as one of the girls giving Carrie a hard time.--Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Graham on 28 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
Sissy Spacek plays Carrie White, a 17 year old girl, a loner, who is picked on and bullied, by other girls in her class. Her home life is no better, having a bible bashing mother to contend with, played by Piper Laurie, who won't let her do what she wants or see anyone else. But Carrie has hidden powers of Telekinesis, that nobody else realizes she has. When she gets 'invited' to the prom, by Tommy Ross played by William Katt, (who has been asked by his girlfriend to invite her as a favour) her mother refuses to allow her to go, Carrie is adamant that she will go. Soon she is inflicting her powers on everybody who has been nasty to her.

If anybody who saw this in a darkened cinema for the first time, when first released, who can forget the end scene, and jumping out of their seat. This is a good horror from the 70's with a lot of young actors who would make it big in the not too distant future. The print used for this transfer suffers from minor scratches. Fortunately, they do not detract from the enjoyment of the film. I suspect that when this film was made, there were filters used, as the focus appears soft and misty in some shots, but, because this was intentional, there is no problem.

This dvd transfer is in the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 colours are normal, and the image is good. According to the box, the soundtrack has been transferred in 5.1 as opposed to it's original mono.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD
After all these years this film is still more than worth watching. I do have a bit of a gripe about this DVD though, and that is that I found I did have to turn up the volume quite a bit, as it was too quiet. Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name the story does work better in a visual format such as film than it does in its original book form, this is because of the way the book was written and set out.

I will admit that I do always laugh at the opening scenes of this as the camera pans in a girl's changing room. With all those nubile nude and semi-nude bodies it feels more like the opening to some Seventies porn movie. Although falling into the horror genre this film does actually offer more than that. Apart from the chilling finale, although we can see that Carrie has telekinetic powers this is more centred on a lonely girl who is bullied, not just because she is shy, but also due to the way she acts, due to the upbringing by her mother, who is a Fundamentalist and sees evil everywhere.

Perhaps for younger generations this may be a bit lame as the thing these days seems to be loads of blood and gore from start to finish, with no proper strong story. Carrie is still a great little chiller and Sissy Spacek in the title role really makes it her own and brings the character to life in a thoughtful way.

This disc also includes subtitles, and some featurettes, which may make your overall enjoyment of this a little bit more interesting and entertaining.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tim.T on 7 Jun. 2007
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This movie has always stayed with me. Yes it's rather dated, and the effects compared to today's are lame, but still it conveys a certain level of genuine creepiness that, well, current horrors rarely deliver. I suppose this comes from the music, Brian de Palma's direction, and the focus on Carrie's relationship with her Christian fundamentalist mother, played wonderfully by Piper Laurie. Ultimately the tension and abuse Carrie has had to endure both at school from bullies, and at home at the hands of her crazed mother, culminate in perhaps one of the most famous scenes in movie history. Its build-up is just as amazing, as it ratchets up the tension immensely to the final "bloody" act.

So, put away your brash, overboard modern day Hollywood horrors ladened with gore and nothing else. If you want a real horror movie that stays with you, that affects you in ways you might not understand, get this movie.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nelson Viper on 4 April 2012
Format: DVD
Carrie stands centre stage drenched in pigs blood. Her head lowers and lifts slowly. The screen splits. An ominous hum echoes through the soundtrack as the stage curtains burst into flames behind her. Even writing about this scene gives me me goose bumps. Not because it's scary or because it's a classic horror. It's just so staggeringly beautiful. A total cinematic rejection of realism.

The story of Carrie may belong to Stephen King, but the film belongs to DePalma. This movie is the perfect example of why cinema is more than scripts and performances. DePalma was never just a Hitchcock copyist. His own style is instantly recognizable, an amalgam of many different influences infused with his own instincts. The influence of Hitchcock is there, but is no more evident than the Antononioni of Zabriskie Point or the colour coordination of Bergman's Cries and Whispers. The influence of Carrie was itself felt throughout horror well into the 1980s. This was in lots of ways the last American cinematic art-form to remain committed to set pieces and important scenes rather than mundane realism. Scary is an overrated concept in horror. Nothing is scary after a while, but style and mood transcend the limits and become something else.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oxford Bookworm on 7 July 2015
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Having read Stephen King's novel, I proceeded to watch the 2013 film version with Chloë Grace Moretz in the title rôle, followed by the 2002 TV film (both on Netflix). I then bought the DVD starring Sissy Spacek, to see how this original version compared with its successors, and I have to say it was unfavourably. All three films have their good and bad points, but this was the version in which I felt the characters were least convincing. It is also the shortest, and has some disappointing omissions, such as the exploding gas station and many of the details of the school prom debacle. I preferred the recent remake, as Chloë Grace Moretz is one of my favourite actresses, but I liked the TV film best. In that version Angela Bettis makes a more convincing portrayal of Carrie White, as a shy, downtrodden mouse of a girl who when pushed beyond her limit of endurance, uses her telekinetic powers with devastating effect. All three films have endings that significantly differ from King's original, and it's for the viewer to decide which is preferred. This is a good film, but in my opinion the others are better.
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