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Carrie (Special Edition) [DVD] [1976]

Sissy Spacek , Piper Laurie , Brian De Palma    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, John Travolta, William Katt
  • Directors: Brian De Palma
  • Writers: Lawrence D. Cohen, Stephen King
  • Producers: Brian De Palma, Louis A. Stroller, Paul Monash
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, English, Finnish, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: 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: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct 2001
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005ABTU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,011 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

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Carrie (Sissy Spacek) is a gawky, unloved teenager whose awakening sexuality is at odds with her puritanical mother's fanatical teachings. Physically abused at home and shunned at school, an unexpected Prom invitation seems to be Carrie's first chance at happiness. But when the Prom night ends in a vicious practical joke, Carrie's despair manifests itself in a fiery telekinetic revenge. Brian De Palma's breakthrough psycho-sexual horror yarn is adapted from a Stephen King novel.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars creepy Carrie delivers 7 Jun 2007
By Tim.T
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying Supernatural Classic 18 Nov 2013
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Carrie, Dvd,Running time 94 minutes approx, Horror.

Positive.
Sissy Spacek & Piper Laurie both give top notch performances.
It's a classic 70's horror done justice to it's source material..
Great direction by Brian De Palma.

Negative.
None, This is a classic horror movie before sequel overload of masked maniacs took over horror movies.

Trivia.
John Travolta star's in his first movie role here as a thug.
Nancy Allen was Brian De Palmas girlfriend at the time & later became his wife, But she's best known as officer Anne Lewis in cult classic Robocop.

Review.
Based on the novel by Stephen King this movie delves into the life of teenager Carrie White an adolescent who is innocent to the facts of life who is constantly ridiculed, Tormented & bullied by her classmates & ruled by her domineering religious mother who fears Carrie has inherited her late father's gift of telekinesis.

Her classmates decided to play the ultimate joke on Carrie as they decide to pretend befriending her, Setting her up on a date for the prom & then exposing her to a cruel joke on stage.

But for her tormentors the joke becomes a nightmare scenario as there prank on Carrie backfires in the most disturbing of ways as they find the innocent shy Carrie is a force to be reckoned with as she unleashes her rage & unleashes her telekinesis powers on her tormentors in one of the most shocking sequences of horror ever filmed.

Then there's the matter of that jump scare ending which still shocks today.

This is a exellent adaptation of Stephen Kings novel that merits it's source material.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Worth Watching 4 Jan 2014
By M. Dowden HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PIGS BLOOD 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A true melodrama - immaculately played and photographed - all my thanks !!!
Published 21 hours ago by neil moray urquhart phelps
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Was excellent first time around but is now very dated.
Published 15 days ago by Mrs J L Caddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A classic that i can watch time and time again
Published 16 days ago by GRAHAM
5.0 out of 5 stars a very good film. would recommend
Have seen this film before, arrived promptly, as described by seller, a very good film. would recommend, a great film to have in one's collection. A good buy.
Published 19 days ago by frank thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars OLD BUT GOOD
THE TRANSFER OF THIS FILM TO BLU RAY IS VERY GOOD INDEED AND MADE IT A VERY ENJOYABLE TO WATCH.
Published 1 month ago by Donboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Relative purchase
I bought this DVD on behalf on my brother-in-law who raves about this type of film. He was happy with the price and the film arrived well packaged and in good time.
Published 1 month ago by B. Coote
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be a better Blu Ray edition
We all know the movie...it's great... already have the dvd so was expecting a litle more on the bluray, it's a bit grainy, seems they didn't restore a lot.
Published 2 months ago by Bruno Bernardo
1.0 out of 5 stars Has Virtually Nothing To Do With Stephen King's Novel ! Watch The 2013...
I used to like this film a lot, and watched it several times, and didn't even bother reading the Stephen King novel (who is my favourite author, of whom I have read 13 books) as I... Read more
Published 2 months ago by B H Cornwall
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Version in the world -EVER!
Many people will have seen this spooky story about the girl with telekinetic powers,that everybody doesn't like at high school and her religious ranting mother who treats her... Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. Laidlaw
5.0 out of 5 stars So Good To Finally Have This On Blu-Ray
As above.

Can't beat the original. Advanced special effects before it's time and Sissy Spacek will always be Carrie to me :-)
Published 2 months ago by Mike
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