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Mist [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2008
I bought this DVD with a little hesitence due to the somewhat hit and miss history of movie adaptations in the past.The name of Frank Darabont swung me in the end due to his stunning work 'The Green Mile' and 'Shawshank..'.I sat down on a sunday afternoon with a thought of hopefully just being entertained for a couple of hours,as a fan of of thoughtful horror i was not prepared for this at all.I am not going to spoil the plot for inquisitive buyers but suprisingly this got to me on an emotional level thanks to Frank Darabont sticking to his guns about an ending that will stay with me for some time.I beleive this to be a classic in the genre..it certainly makes alot of so called modern horror look frankly hopeless.The feeling that struck me and one which fascinated was the atmosphere of something H.P Lovecraft may have influenced..i enjoy reading his stories and was minded of 'The Call Of Cthulhu'not overtly but in the feeling of where the threat in the film has come from.
As i say no spoilers but the use of Dead Can Dance 'The Host Of Seraphim' in the last few scenes was inspired and heightened the emotional power this builds to.
I hope this will encourage you to view this film.It did not seem to get a well publicised release in the cinemas but dont be put off by this.If a story is more important to you than endless gore(there are some cracking set pieces though)This may be for you.I cant recommend this highly enough.A great piece of work.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2011
I have been a King fan for over 30 years and held back on buying this DVD for quite some time because 'The Mist' (along with 'The Long Walk') happen to be two of my favourite short stories by the author and I didn't want to be let down. What finally changed my mind was knowing that Frank Darabont was directing. Many adaptations of Stephen King stories over the years haven't lived up to expectations but 'The Green Mile' and 'The Shawshank Redemption' have been two of the finest and I hoped this would be number three.

I needn't have worried. 'The Mist' is excellent even if the budget for it appears less than the two previously mentioned films. I thought the cast all acted very well (I note some people feel 'The Religious Lady' irritating), although that is actually meant to be how you feel about her, the Special Effects good (It was nice to see some models and stop motion for a change rather than being force fed rubbish CGI and the screenplay has been tweaked nicely by the Director so as not to be overlong.

Which brings me to the ending. Changing the ending of a book for a film/ TV series adaptation (especially when dealing with Horror or Science Fiction) normally results in either a dumbed down attempt at an upbeat/ happy ending or a cynical attempt to write in a quick teaser for the inevitable sequel. Here the Director has chosen, not only to ignore both of those alternatives, but to actually improve on the original story and deliver one of the most shocking and upsetting endings I have ever watched. Frank Darabont just seems to understand King's written words perfectly which is why I feel his adaptations have always worked. Get the tissues ready.

With all the extras in the two disc edition (Including the Black & White version of the film, which is how Stephen King always wanted it to be seen) this is an absolute must buy, especially at this price. You will not be disappointed.

Now someone Please tell Mr Darabont to adapt 'The Long Walk' and I will be eternally grateful!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 5 July 2014
I had some initial doubts about this as the Stephen King novel was quite outstanding and it's never an easy task to make that work well on a film production.
Happy to report that the film is excellent in most ways, though the ending does differ from the book, it did evidently get the approval of Stephen King.

I won't go hugely in depth on the plot as it's very simple, the mist arrives at the town where David Drayton an artist lives (Thomas Jane) with his son Billy (played by Nathan Gamble) The two get stuck in a local shopping centre where we meet many other characters most of whom I feel are well portrayed with some good supporting cast members, Laurie Holden, Toby Jones, and Marcia Gay Harden who plays the part of a religious fanatic Mrs. Carmody. What ensues is a fight for survival against the creatures that come out of the mist.

Frank Darabont takes on multiple roles as Director, Producer and does the screenplay too and a good job in all those areas. The effects are decent (budget wise the film isn't low, but it's not high end by modern standards) creatures are well done and the film looks nice overall.

What really stands out though (the story is good as you would expect based on a King Novel) is the ending which first time around is quite devastating in it's effect and really not expected at all. It's a grim way to end a film, but it does mean that it leaves a lasting impact on viewers. It would have been all too easy to end it the normal way, in a predictable fashion. Daring to be different works here. It's rated a 15 so there is some violence but not to the point where it takes over the film. It's not a perfect production, but it's certainly one of the better takes on the genre in recent years and worthy of praise.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 11 January 2009
this is the third collaberation between stephen king and director frank darabont after the shawshank redemption and the green mile, and is quite frankly, one of the best horror films i've seen in years!
it's tense, well acted, the fact that thomas jane can actually act is a major shock. can this really be the same bland actor who played the punisher??!! but acting honours in this must surely go to the excellent maricia gay harden, who gives an absoultely terrifying performance. an absolute horror masterpiece, and one of the best twist endings since the sixth sense that you just do not see coming. if you're a horror fan, you'll love it!! can't praise this film highly enough.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 29 March 2010
Wonderful film, which was sadly overlooked as a cinema release, but does seem to be slowly building up quite a reputation on DVD/BD). Have now seen both the B&W and colour versions, and they both have their merits. The fact that you get both here means you can revisit the film 6 months later and watch the other version. The B&W version does hark back to 50s cinema, although the image is too crisp to truly feel retro.
However, the film itself is a wonderful mix of horror and terror, with the horrors without bringing out the horrors within. Well-structured, some great performances, and an ending that is harrowing and doesn't give in to the standard Hollywood cliche.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 April 2013
Absolutely, fantastic film well worth a watch especially to any sci fi horror etc fans out there why this film wasn't bigger in the beginning of its first cinema release. I don't know, a must buy for any serious movie fans, a cult classic ,, hmm almost. Very good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 May 2014
This film will always stand out for me as the place in which I invented my aforementioned catchphrase whilst watching, but it ask stands out as an excellent horror film, simply as, for a Steven king adaptation it actually pays attention to the rest of the story other than simply giving us gratuitous gore (LOOKING AT YOU DREAMCATCHER!). It tells the story of a group of people trapped in a small supermarket by a mysterious mist, in which lurk horrors beyond the amount of time I am willing to take writing this review. This already bad situation is made worse by the deranged ramblings of a mentally unstable lady who believes that it is the end of days, and that God calls for blood. The film has a very tense, claustrophobic and frustrating feel to it, which suits it perfectly. As a horror it has more originality than a hundred friday the 13th movies, and it is an excellent watch, culminating in what has to be one of the most bittersweet endings that i have ever seen in a film.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2008
I won't provide a synopsis as there is already one provided on Amazon.
I got this on US import in a 2 disc edition which contains the original version and a black and white version of the film (Frank Darabont wanted to release it in black and white but the studio was not happy with this idea, "the kids" don't "get" black and white apparently!!)and I would definitely recommend tracking this edition down.The film itself is most definitely a homage to '50's and '60's monster B-movies, and does not take itself too seriously, but is obviously made with great care and love by Darabont. The effects are not top notch, but that really doesn't matter as you find yourself so engrossed in the panic of the characters and their interactions with each other.It has been said many times, but the ending is incredibly, devastatingly bleak, which is a very refreshing change.This is also the best adaptation of a Stephen King horror story since The Shining (which sounds like not much, but I digress). The superb camerawork looks quite astounding on hi def and is definitely worth shelling out the extra for. All in all, superb!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2014
This is a great horror movie. It has a tense atmosphere following a local disaster and the panic transmits through the diverse mix of characters who are all stuck together in a vulnerable location. As well as a few heroes, there are monsters aplenty outside, not too mention the human "monsters" amid the group. So sit back, turn off the lights (if you dare) and enjoy this film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
What should have been a straight forward monster/people trapped somewhere movie, turns into something else thanks to a magnificent screenplay by Darabont and a career best from Marcia Gay Harden.

Just who are the monsters in this film? The creatures on the outside or the crowd trapped in the store, who are becoming more frustrated and more segregated as the film goes on.

This film harks back to horror movies and claustrophobic thrillers such as Dawn of Dead and The Fog, with everyday people just trying to get back to their loved ones or to escape their makeshift prison. Jane is great as the everyman who is trying to keep everything under control whilst looking after his son.

There are obvious connotations to religion and how people can be brainwashed by someone in an hour of weakness/desperation, and this plays a vital role to the scariest part of the film, the crowd of the new 'cult' just keeps getting bigger and bigger, and begin to play god by believing that they will keep the creatures at bay by sacrifice.

Some of the CGI is very bad though, and knocks a point of the film for me, but to balance it out, there is a lot of needed humour in the film at surprising points to give you a little lift before the ending.

And what an ending. if you've seen it, you will know where i'm coming from. If you haven't seen the film and don't really like the sound of it, see it just for the ending, the last 2 minutes are priceless.

So apart from some very bad CGI, this film is a must, heavily overlooked on its initial release, but worth seeing now.
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