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Stephen King: Salem's Lot [DVD] [2005]

Tobe Hooper    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Tobe Hooper
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 10 July 2006
  • Run Time: 184 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FDFWYG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,385 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A young novelist returning home to Salem's Lot after many years is disturbed by the strange behaviour of its people. He begins to believe that the source of the trouble may be the eerie old Marsten House that overlooks the town.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Italian ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Czech ( Subtitles ), Danish ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), Finnish ( Subtitles ), Italian ( Subtitles ), Norwegian ( Subtitles ), Polish ( Subtitles ), Portuguese ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Salem's Lot is a town which a new member, Mr. Straker, has taken as his new 'home', and has a mysterious partner, namely Mr. Barlow. Not too long after Straker arrives in Salem's Lot, people start disappearing from sight and dying from odd causes, and no one is sure why, including Ben Mears who is in town to write a new book on the town's rumored haunted house called the Marsten House, which overlooks the town and hides a terrible secret about to be unleashed. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Edgar Allan Poe Awards, Emmy Awards, ...Salem's Lot ( Salem's Lot: The Movie )

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89 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memories of a tv movie classic 19 Sep 2007
By G. Pace
Format:DVD
I remember as a twelve year old watching the concluding part of this original version and it frightened me so much that i actually got into my parents bed (much to my fathers utter disbelief), because i didn't want to sleep alone in my bedroom that night. He kicked me out after five minutes and later that night thought it would be a good idea to creep into my room in the dark, jump on my bed and hiss like a vampire---bringing me to tears and only stopping when my mother shouted at him to leave me alone. For weeks after i couldn't sit in my room at night without the curtains being drawn together -- with no gaps showing.
Such was the impact of this tv movie (although when i later read the novel by Stephen King, i found that if the movie had have been adapted even more closer to the novel then it would have been much better.
Three key scenes from the book are translated to the screen brilliantly
--Danny Glicks nocturnal visit to Mark Petries bedroom window
--Matt Burkes confrontation with an undead Mike Ryerson, is also a classic--with an exceptional change in the fact that when Burke opens the bedroom door, Ryerson is in a rocking chair as opposed to lying on the bed as in the novel and last but not least---
--Ben Mears and Doc Nortons vigil with Marjorie Glick in the mortuary where she rises to join the undead and is promptly banished with a crucifix.
The change to Barlow from a dracula like vampire to a hideous nosferatu like creature was probably a big risk when the film was being made but it pays off beautifully here, as in the scene where we first see him still makes me jump. The vampires in this film are probably the best looking vampires put on film as they look so evil, it's a pity that we don't see more of them.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You can do nothing against the Master.." 10 July 2006
Format:DVD
About time too! My ancient video copy has been threatening to snap so the news that "Salem's Lot" has a dvd release is just great.

Based on the novel by Stephen King this is truly frightening,a real white knuckle ride.It has Vampires who float through the air,sinister newcomers to a once cosy village,petrified priests and neighbours who rise from the dead!

David Soul is fabulously terrified as the writer who returns to his childhood home and the great James Mason looks classy and creepy.

Buy this, grab a pizza,draw the curtains....and watch out for The Master!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best 31 Oct 2007
Format:DVD
I remember watching this film as a young lad some 25 years ago and thinking that nothing else in the world could be as good or as scary. I had no idea who Mr. King was at the time but boy, I was about to. When anyone went into the Marston House in this movie I thought my chest was going to explode with fear and I lived the adventure with them. How could Ben Mears have even thought about moving in there? And then there was James Mason. My goodness, how on earth could he be so friendly and so sinister at the same time. And don't even get me started on Barlow. He haunts me even now.
It might have been 25 years ago when I first saw this but I have watched it countless times since and still shudder in the right places. This film and story leave you thinking that it is watching you and could still catch you by surprise.
I was far too young to be a King fan, but I begged my parents to let me read the books after watching this. How many more films make ten year old kids want to read?
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It does the novel proud 25 April 2007
Format:DVD
This is a masterly tale of horror, set in a small town, expertly directed by Tobe Hooper (who also directed The Texas Chain Saw Massacre & Poltergeist) and based on the chilling classic novel by Stephen King.

This made-for-television two-part mini-series clocks in at over 3 hours and each part is presented on its own disc with this DVD version.

The plot consists of a writer called Ben Mears (David Soul) who returns to his hometown of Salem's Lot to write a book about the Marsten House - an imposing property with a dreadful history attached to it. Shortly after he arrives he meets Susan Norton (Bonnie Bedelia), who is a fan of his work, and they become more than just good friends. Ben learns that the Marsten House has been bought by a couple of mysterious European gentlemen called Mr Barlow and Mr Straker. They have also purchased another property in the town that they are planning to open as an antiques shop.

Soon after Ben and Straker's arrival, strange things start happening. Young Ralphie Glick goes missing and his older brother Danny suddenly dies from unusual symptoms.

Before long most of the town's residents become sick and start dying. There is some sort of strange plague spreading through the town but who or what is causing it?

Part One on Disc One mainly involves the introduction of the various characters and setting up the elements of the plot but it is Part Two that really delivers the goods with an almost non-stop series of shocks and scares with enough jump-out-of-your-seat moments to rival Steven Spielberg's `Jaws'.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The Master.
A horror classic.
Published 2 days ago by clair b
5.0 out of 5 stars The kiddie vampires dwelled in my nightmares when I saw ...
The kiddie vampires dwelled in my nightmares when I saw this on the BBC in the 80's. Still very scarey.
Published 10 days ago by paulilian
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Scary Movie
Its dated now but still sends shivers down my spine, one of the best King adaptations ever done, the book is better but as a movie this has some great actors in it and is still... Read more
Published 29 days ago by fsam
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
I'd not seen this classic in nigh-on 20yrs as a kid and it scared 7 shades out of me, obviously as a desensitised adult its tame by today's standards but for all-out late-70's... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Azee
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary
This has got to be the best horror film I have ever watched. Saw it one on S4C (Channel 4) and thought it was great, so when I saw it was available on DVD, I just had to have it.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars i like it
many thanks for my dvd stephen kings salems lot with david soul dissapionted with lengh of time delevered but fine
Published 1 month ago by Dean Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars An exellent classic
First I read the novel and decided to get the movie. Of course the movie is never as good as the book as they always change bits. But it is still a great classic. Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I watched this years ago and the memory of Mr.Barlow appearing in the kitchen has stayed with me.
70's haircuts, flared pants - wonderful! Read more
Published 2 months ago by michael hanson
5.0 out of 5 stars very scary
I thought this film ended abruptly until I realised you have to turn the disc over to continue part two of the film. Great Stephen King thriller.
Published 2 months ago by EAP of B
5.0 out of 5 stars love this dvd
i lve this one more because this has got David Soul which he is my hero for year now so that is why i got this one
Published 3 months ago by Lesley
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