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Christine [Dual Format] [Region Free]
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John Carpenter brings Stephen King s best-selling novel to life in this chilling thriller.
She was born in Detroit ... on an automobile assembly line. But she is no ordinary automobile. Deep within her chassis lives an unholy presence. She is CHRISTINE a red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury whose unique standard equipment includes an evil, indestructible vengeance that will destroy anyone in her way. She seduces 17-year-old Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon), who becomes consumed with passion for her sleek, rounded chrome-laden body. She demands his complete and unquestioned devotion and when outsiders seek to interfere, they become the victims of Christine s horrifying wrath.
- INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION EXTRAS:
- Audio commentary featuring John Carpenter and Keith Gordon
- Deleted scenes (26 mins)
- Ignition (12 mins): how Christine got started
- Fast and Furious (29 mins): interviews with Carpenter and screenwriter Bill Phillips
- Finish Line (7 mins): a look at the score
- Isolated score track
- Original theatrical trailer
- New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
- Booklet with new and archival contents
- Dual format edition
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In Rockbridge, California 1978 - Arnold ''Arnie'' Cunningham (Keith Gordon) is an awkward and unpopular teen and if it weren't for his best friend Dennis (John Stockwell), poor Arnie's life would be a succession of embarrassment and ridicule. That is until he happens upon an old, beaten down 1958 Plymouth Fury (which the current owner simply refers to as 'Christine') and once purchased and restored back to her former glory - his life begins to take an upward turn. More confident, Arnold finds himself taking out the school's most popular girl Leigh (Alexandra Paul) whilst leaving his previous 'nerd-like' life behind... However, when a series of mysterious deaths begin to rock the school and sightings of a cherry red Plymouth Fury always sighted near the scenes of the murders, Arnold's life begins to crumble and with his mounting obsession with Christine reaching a peculiar fever pitch - even his last remaining closest friends begin to fear what Arnie has become...
Directed by genre supremo John Carpenter ('Halloween', 'The Thing') - this is one of the better big screen adaptations of novelist Stephen King's work. Sure, the '80s was a stellar decade for the author - what with 'The Shining', 'Dead Zone', 'Salem's Lot' and 'Cujo' proving difficult for the filmmakers of that time to 'top the previous adaptation' but thankfully Carpenter knocks this one out of the park with a deft screenplay, sharp cinematography and a likeable cast that enables his film to roll along as smooth as Christine herself... Lead Gordon essays the role of Arnie very well and his character has a satisfying arc, allowing you to connect to his plight with co-stars John Stockwell and Alexandra Paul lending able support. Elsewhere character actor stalwarts Robert Prosky, Roberts Blossom and Harry Dean Stanton steal each scene they are in adding a richer tapestry to the ghoulish vehicular mayhem on display. Carpenter surrounds his trademark synth score style with stylish Cinematography by Donald Morgan who embues the movie with a hazy, dreamlike rainswept look and razor sharp editing from Marion Rothman who between them ensure each sequence that features the roaming presence of a haunted car is magnified for all its worth. For sure, this is one stylish flick and although it finds Carpenter on a more ''director for hire'' vibe, he never once lets us down and proves he is a real master of horror...
Powerhouse/Indicator's UK Blu-Ray release is well... pretty awesome. With an amazingly sharp 2K restoration bolstered by pristine audio and a killer 5.1 surround track, the movie has never looked or sounded so good. Throw in a plethora of great extra special features such as a relaxed and informative audio commentary with director Carpenter and Keith Gordon, a 48 minute 3-part documentary from 2003 entitled 'Christine: Ignition, Fast and Furious & Finish Line', deleted scenes, isolated score, image gallery, theatrical trailers and TV spots - ensuring this adds up to a killer package. As I went into watching this again with my 'dubious, jaded horror hat on' - I approached with caution expecting the
worst yet pleasantly surprised by how well it had held up over the years since its initial 1983 release. Highly recommended.
It was a brilliant movie when it was made & still is! It arrived when expected & the price was good too.
Christine is a Red Plymouth Fury motor but she is no ordinary car, she is a lethal murder machine with a mind of her own who will happily kill anyone who tries to get in the way of her and the owner who loves her, a nerdy young man named Arnie Cunningham who soon becomes obsessed by his purchase and he will defend her to the death like she will do for him.
This is a thrill ride of a film and worth the watch.