Christine [Blu-ray] [Edition limitée 3000 exemplaires]
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John Carpenters classic film based on the Steven King novel. This was released through Twilight Time who release exclusive Blu Rays limited to 3000 copies worldwide. This is sold out completely so this very rare and exclusive and a must for any John Carpenter or Steven King fan.
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First thing to say it looks great, not sure if my edition is exactly the same as the ones on Amazon but the picture quality was great for DVD with chrome glistening, the leather looking smooth and the blinding glare from Christine's headlamps making me shield my eyes. The characters are straight out of Steven King and I thought the performances were good. The special effects are fantastic pre-cgi they are all practical with one of the greatest practical special effects I have ever seen when the car gets covered in oil set on fire and chases after someone. This colossal burning ball of flame on wheels is made even more impressive as you can tell its a real car covered in real fire. That's just one of many great set pieces and on a technical level this is flawless, beautifully shot and lit, with brilliant sets and directing.
Fans of John Carpenters soundtracks will love this as it is one of his best ever having that unique sound that Carpenter creates while not being as raw as some of his other work. Add to this a great collection of 1950s rock'n'roll from the cars radio and the sound design becomes as perfect as the visuals.
Problems? Ok the script is kind of weak, the main character disappears for the whole middle section of the film, and most importantly it's not scary. But I don't believe it was ever really meant to be and is in fact often mislabeled as a horror. It is on the other hand extremely thrilling, exciting, tense and overall so much fun.Read more ›
The problem I have with Christine is that it was never the best of Stephen King's books to start with and I've never found the idea of a possessed car that sinister, ok it's no dafter than a possessed dog or cat, but there's just something that little bit to cumbersome about the idea of having a car commit murders.
Arnie Cunningham is the typical high school geek, skinny and with glasses he's the ideal target for the mean school bullies and it's good news for him that the high school football jock her, Dennis Guilder, is Arnie's best friend.
Arnie, in an attempt to break free from his mother's very tight apron strings, buys a beaten up wreak of a car from a dodgy looking character called George LeBay. The car in question is a red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury which we learn from Mr LeBay belonged to his brother, until his brother ran a pipe from the exhaust and killed himself.
Arnie buys the car and sets to work renovating it although as much work Arnie puts in the car seems to be helping him along by regenerating itself. When the car is finished it's a sight to behold, a classic piece of American Automobile, it's no wonder that behind the wheel Arnie cuts a different figure and his new found good looks lands him the prettiest girl in the school, Leigh Cabot. But the bullies haven't given up all ideas of keeping Arnie down.Read more ›
There's some great character actors dotted around the movie - Harry Dean Stanton (also in Carpenter's ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK), Roberts Blossom (from DERANGED and the "You can be too old for a lot of things, never too old to be afraid!" OLD MAN from HOME ALONE), Robert Prosky (GREMLINS 2), but this film belongs to the three stars - Keith Gordon (DRESSED TO KILL) as Arnie, John Stockwell as Dennis (most sympathetic movie jock ever) and Alexendra Paul (a convincing "smart and sexy" movie girl). Stockwell and Gordon get a really terrific scene near the end driving the wrong way down the highway, emotions souring high. I used to think Gordon was doing a well-intentioned but unconvincing job, but re-watching the movie recently I realised what a great performance it is - I cringe because I see myself there, everyone, I'm not afraid to admit that now.
CHRISTINE also has the distinction of being the most thematically rich film Carpenter has made - is Christine the car so very different to a drug entering a friend's life and asserting control? Note how much paler Arnie gets as the movie goes on (and like all good macguffins on this front, from the One Ring, the spice Melange, Aylmer in BRAIN DAMAGE, the bug powder in NAKED LUNCH...it doesn't fit EXACTLY, which is why it's so compelling). CHRISTINE only plays old rock and roll songs on her radio, too - is Christine a spectre of the baby boomers, continuing to haunt the teenagers of the late 1970s?Read more ›
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Classic car chiller from the mind of Stephen King and superbly directed by the master of suspense John Carpenter! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
New U.K. Distributor Powerhouse films
are reissuing John carpenters classic Christine on blu-ray/dvd for the U. Read more