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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 (101 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 (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005ABTU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,751 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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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3 of 3 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.

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.

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

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.

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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16 of 18 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PIGS BLOOD 4 April 2012
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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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tremendously powerful film. 17 Jan 2004
I was looking through my TV guide for something to watch and this film automatically stood out to me. When i told my mum I was going to watch it she recommended it to me, which really surprised me because my mum is not usually a horror movie fan. I am so glad that I did notice this film because it is one of the best films ive seen recently, which considering the films i have watched recently, (One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, LA Confidential, The Shining and other reknown films) is a really amazing feat. Well it may not be as good as One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, but what is? I dont think that it is fair to compare carrie to anything outside of the horror genre so I will say it is up there in the top three horror films I have seen. To sum up that paragraph , VERY VERY VERY GOOD!!!
With regards to the film itself, I was unsure how to feel towards the main character, but ultimately I felt a great deal of sympathy for her. Sissy Spacek's portrayl of the naive and bullied Carrie is truely amazing, and considering she got an oscar nomination for it it proves how remarkable it was, as horror films tend not to be acknowledge by the Academy. This film left me with a great deal to think about and left me feeling tremendously sorry for Carrie and her eventual victims.
The final scenes in this film however are what set it apart from other films. Usually horror films tend to have violence for the majority of the way through, but in this film the beginning is very quiet in terms of violence/horror and until the last 20 or so minuites could be from a film in the drama genre. The contrast is stark and disturbing. The effects are remarkable and considering the age of the film are still very powerful images. The film is worth buying for the ending alone, it is that damned good.
To sum up this entire blabbering on by me, if you like horror films are psycological films, like me, BY THIS FILM NOW.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing thriller
as amazing now as when it was first released
Published 3 days ago by Helen Hadingham
BRIAN DE PALMA'S CARRIE is still a classic thriller/Horror these days, better than the remake
based on Stephen kings novel CARRIE
Brilliant acting from Amy irving, Nancy... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Ben30
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror
Strange but interesting film. Good clean entertainment !!
Published 13 days ago by Michael Headford
4.0 out of 5 stars So much better than the remake
So much better than the remake! Sissy Spacek is the only person who could do this role. It is both chilling and the perfect amount of upsetting. A classic!
Published 20 days ago by F. Jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars It all leads to the explosive ending.
Carrie isn't a standard horror movie. It isn't laced with grotesque monsters, just scares, or ominous corridors, ghostly figures lurking and all. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Owen Pritchard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good to view it again. Best version
Published 1 month ago by Granny
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad DVD as such
Not a bad DVD as such, just that i didn't like the fact that the case was damaged upon arrival.
Published 1 month ago by Leonardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A true melodrama - immaculately played and photographed - all my thanks !!!
Published 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago by GRAHAM
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