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The Fog - Special Edition [DVD]

Adrienne Barbeau , Hal Holbrook , John Carpenter    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Adrienne Barbeau, Hal Holbrook, John Houseman, Janet Leigh, Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Producers: Debra Hill
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Aug 2008
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019GJ4E2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,938 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

100 years ago at Antonio Bay, California, a ship was wrecked due to a false beaconlight, enveloped by a sinister fog. The ship's occupants return to punish the descendants of those responsible for their deaths - their arrival heralded by the fog inexorably rolling into Antonio Bay once again.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VAST improvement over previous Blu-ray Releases. 18 Aug 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE SCREAM FACTORY SPECIAL EDITION. If your reading this under the UK blu-ray listing forget it. That version is mediocre at best. If you can play Region A discs then go for the Scream Factory release. It's much better!

Now that's out of the way, and boy how I hate Amazons insistence on sticking these reviews on every other product out there, its time to get down to business.
If your one of those rare people who has never seen The Fog, then your in for a treat. Its a classic ghost story framed around a tale told to kids around a camp fire. This sets the tone of the film perfectly. Sleepy coastal town Antonio bay hides a dark secret, one that is about to be revealed on the towns Centenary as a strange Fog bank rolls in bringing a ghostly terror with it. The ghosts of dead mariners with a grudge against the town.

The film looks great and has an excellent score (as is the case with all carpenters films!) If you've seen the dreadful remake then you will know that in spite of a big budget and lots of CGI, Carpenters original makes the ghosts look FAR creepier with just some clever lighting courtesy of cinematographer Dean Cundy and the smarts to show as little as possible. As a result the original is still regarded as a classic of the genre while it's remake (or re-boot or whatever the hell their calling them these days) is just an embarrassment and not worth watching.

Scream factory, with the assistance of Dean Cundy have finally delivered the definitive presentation of the film. It looks so sharp and clear, detail previously obscured in the frame can be clearly seen. Make no mistakes, the film looks astonishing and is one of the best restorations the company has put out to date.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ghostly Goings On 1 July 2009
Made in 1979 The Fog has never enjoyed the same favourable attention as its illustrious forerunner Halloween. The cast Adrienne Barbeau, Janet Leigh, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hal Holbrook and B movie legend Tom Atkins really give this film its legs with good believable performances. There is also the additional treat of a John Houseman cameo at the start, which sets the scene for the yarn.
The revenge story about a group of lepers betrayed by the residents Antonio Bay and tricked out of their fortune is a juicey one. The locations and the pre CGI fog effects are vivid and realistic. The music by John Carpenter gives the proceedings a suitable sense of forboding as the little island is shrouded in the ghostly fog. I really like this film as it has many scenes that will make you jump and its a great one to watch on a cold winters night. The disc has an excellent Makin Of Featurette that fills in any questions us viewers may have. Its hard to believe its thirty years old now. So if you like creepy ghost stories without to much gore then you should give this a look. Its a million times better than the recent ghastly remake inexplicably made by John Carpenter a few years ago.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Joe-shmo Blu-Ray review, not movie 29 Oct 2009
We all know how good The Fog is, so skipping over the movie, let's get down to the quality of the Blu ray disc:

First off, the picture isn't a vast improvement over the DVD but it has its moments. The coastal scenes are bright enough and the night-time views of the ocean have a depth to them the DVD did not. But generally the picture is still quite soft and at times there is blurring. The dark scenes work reasonably well, but the format serves to show the limitations of the photography and film stock. Not something to show off your Blu-ray but I've seen worse. Picture: 3/5

The audio is a big improvement over the DVD. The DTS sound space is filled and the mix is impeccable for an old-ish movie. The music is handled well and the oppressive pounding of the score augments the movie perfectly. Only the voice mix seems to be a little one dimensional, but that's due to the sound mix of the time. Audio: 4/5

The extras are beyond terrible. The fact the standard 2 disc DVD has an outstanding commentary, trailers, docs etc and the Blu-ray has naff all, is inexcusable. Optimum have once again sold UK customers short and should be shot. Or worse, they should lose the rights to distribute these movies on Blu-ray. Extras: 0/5

(Reviewed on:
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Sony BDP350
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MASTERPIECE OF QUIETLY SCARY MOVIES 27 Sep 2009
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No weird effects, just John Carpenter's gift of making you use your own imagination to scare yourself. A mysterious fog, slowly but surely scared me more than Aliens or today's wild special effects. This is a classic.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a classic... 21 Sep 2006
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This was the first horror film I ever saw and continues to be one of my favourites. Living on the coast, I had always found the fog to be slighty eerie, and this film just confirmed what I had always known- there's something in the fog! The re-make loses most of the atmosphere that makes this a classic, so I hope that people reading this are ready for a real scare. The opening scene, with the old man telling the story to a group of children around a campfire, is one example of how the original is superior to the remake.The way the film is shot and how the music rests just on the edge of your subconcious is a masterpiece in editing, the acting is just cheesy enough to remind you that this is from the 70's without being ridiculous, and the vague shapes in the mist will stay in your mind for a long time. Even now, I hesitate when leaving the house when it is foggy. An amazing film, that taught me the meaning of fear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great film
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Published 4 days ago by julie jones

THE FOG is an old-fashioned minimalistic horror thriller and one of the better works of John Carpenter. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Caligula II.
3.0 out of 5 stars no subtitles
there are no subtitles as written in the product's features, otherwise I recommend it to all of you Carpenter freaks out there
Published 14 days ago by andrea Valdroni
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Horror
Forget the cheesy remake this is the one you want !!! One of my all time favourites... Everything John Carpenter did from the late 70s through the 80s was awesome why anyone cant... Read more
Published 19 days ago by mr c d charles
3.0 out of 5 stars Not John Carpenters best film but still watchable and, of course, far...
Killer ghost pirates attack a small coastal village town on the anniversary of a terrible bad thing (!). Scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis screams her way through the film. Read more
Published 24 days ago by BigAl82
5.0 out of 5 stars best film nearly
This is another of my all time favourates along with the Devil Rides Out and Dead of Night , its a good film a but understerstated and a good film to watch as well as a cult... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Mrs. Avril Gilbert
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch The Sky's, Keep Out Of The Fog
The Fog.
Directed by John Carpenter.
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Written byJohn Carpenter, Debra Hill. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Timelord007
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film
the old ones are the best
shipping was fast,packaging was good film qulity the best over all very good buy from them again
Published 1 month ago by sandra stokes
4.0 out of 5 stars The Fog, is cool, but it could have been better
It's a great classic history, from John Carpenter, it has a cool sound DTS 5.1, and 11 subtitles, one of them PORTUGUESE, PT-PT, not PT-BR, the only thing, that's bad is the lack... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paulo Constantino
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