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Stephen King's The Stand [DVD]

Gary Sinise , Molly Ringwald    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan, Laura San Giacomo, Ruby Dee
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009V8YC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,640 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

A deadly virus is unleashed by a military lab, wiping out almost the entire population of Earth. A few terrified individuals set out on a desperate race to find other survivors...

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After a government-spawned "superflu" wipes out more than 90 per cent of the earth's population, the devastated survivors must decide whether to support or resist the advances of a mysterious stranger from way down South (heh-heh) who wishes to claim this new world order for himself. Although the six-hour length of The Stand makes it nigh-impossible to digest in one sitting, this well-paced adaptation of Stephen King's apocalyptic magnum opus ranks among the best adaptations of the author's work, with strong performances from Gary Sinise, Miguel Ferrer, and especially Jamey Sheridan as a good-old-boy version of Old Scratch. The opening scene, set to the strains of Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear the Reaper," is one of the most chilling things ever shot for television. Director Mick Garris is no stranger to King's world, having also helmed Sleepwalkers, the recent television remake of The Shining, and the upcoming Desperation. --Andrew Wright --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite film 31 Oct 2003
By Richard
Format:VHS Tape
This is easily my favourite film of all time. Regardless of the fact it is a tv. movie, the film is amazing. From the very first scene the acting is superb, the fear of the trapped scientists is extremely believable, and Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't fear the reaper" creates a very chilling atmosphere to begin the film with.
As the film progresses, the viewer is shown what happens when both science, and fantasy combine. The ancient rivalry of good versus Evil is well presented in a modern day situation. The story leads to a climax that is acceptable but nowhere near as good as it should have been in scale with the rest of the film.
Sound and Special Effects are ok, nothing especially breath taking, and the effects in the last scene are a definate anti climax. However this is made up for by the non-flashy effects experienced earlier in the film, such as the stigmata-guitar scene.
In summary, the outstanding plot of this film, coupled with the highly developed characters (which is definately what makes this film so brilliant) make for a story of almost epic proportions.
Buy it now, and you will be glad you did.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally it's here 23 Jan 2004
Format:DVD
This is truly the best Stephen King novel made into an awesome film! The cast is great and story greater! I first saw this years ago on tv and finally found the video but due to me constantly watching this spectacular film it has kind of started to ware out! So for any Stephen King lover you will not be disappointed and finally the dvd is released this year! Watch out for a cameo by the great author himself
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars M O O N - that spells gotta get it 10 Jan 2004
Format:DVD
I first saw this when it was put on sky over a few nights years and years ago. I had the foresight then to tape it, and it has stood the test of time, and has given me hours of enjoyment ever since.
There is humour, humanity, evil, fear, loving, you see how the survivors of a flu epidemic in the USA divide into two groups , the good and the bad. The acting is superb, the storyline intense, and I can honestly say this is one of the best translations into film of Stephen Kings work.
I have been waiting anxiously for this to be released, as my old tape is now seriously on its last legs. Thats how good it is.
Did I mention the music? Decent and has great variety.
M O O N that spells buy it, you certainly wont be disappointed. Hours of entertainment that will have you enthralled with the honest portrayal of man at his best and worst. The epidemic could happen, especially nowadays with the SARRS virus, maybe it gives us all an insight as to the worst that could happen.
Rob Lowe's portrayal of a deaf mute only fails once, and I myself only noticed this the 15th time of watching it. I cannot think of any actor or character that lets the standard down. The only thing I don't understand is why it hasn't been on screen since.
I could rant more about the storyline, the characters, but there is no need to spoil what is a thought provoking film done with humour and the Stephen King touch of humanity at its worst.
Buy it, watch it, you wont be disappointed
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of The Stand 19 July 2011
Format:DVD
Many of Stephen King's stories made unsuccessful leaps from the pages to the big screen. This is an exception. The plot is fantastic and some of the actors really hit the mark. I think the story is a success because it isn't too far from reality. Man trying to interfere with nature or play God, only for it to backfire spectacularly. The opening sequence to this film is immense and the song that supports it, awesome. BOC - 'Don't fear the reaper' fits perfectly with this film and gives the opening of the movie a real edge. As well as this, there are other great tracks such as 'Don't dream it's over' by Crowded House. As well as the pieces written by W.G. Snuffy Walden. As a story it works, it is certainly up there with 'The Langoliers' and other King classics. Every character has their own dimension and inner plot, which gives the film terrific depth. Randall Flagg plays the role of the devil fantastically well, even now as an adult, he sends chills down my spine. To anyone who enjoys horror movies and is a fan of King, then I would definitely recommend this film.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
Stephen King fanatics such as myself waited a long time to see a cinematic version of Stephen King's The Stand, the apocalyptic epic which many fans then and now consider King's masterpiece (although The Dark Tower series may have passed it in terms of importance to King's legacy). Personally, I consider the novel It to be King's magnum opus, but The Stand naturally means a lot to me. One wondered if a film version could ever be made that could do the original novel justice; certainly, King himself would not proceed with such a project until such time as he felt he could pull it off. This six-hour miniseries is fantastic, due largely to King's hands-on overseeing of what can be called "his baby." This was a massive undertaking, and it yielded a final product just about as good as it could possibly be. The obvious truth is, though, that even this monumental film pales in comparison to the novel. While the onset of the superflu and its horrifying effects is told extremely well and in great detail, other parts of the story are glossed over to some degree, particularly the activities in the Free Boulder Zone; more importantly, there simply isn't enough time to flesh out all of the important characters, and it is this unfortunate yet essentially unavoidable quandary that somewhat diminishes a fan's enjoyment of the story.
By and large, the casting is excellent. Gary Sinise is one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood, and he essentially becomes Stu Redman in this production. Jamey Sheridan is more than acceptable as Randall Flagg, Ray Walston is brilliant as Glen Bateman, Rob Lowe gives a powerful performance as deaf-mute Nick Andros, and Bill Fagerbakke oftentimes steals the show as the mentally challenged Tom Cullen.
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