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Carrie – Shout! Factory (BluRay) 
Written by: on January 25th, 2017

Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1976
Director: Brian De Palma
Writer: Lawrence D. Cohen
Cast: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, William Katt, John Travolta, Nancy Allen, Betty Buckley, P.J. Soles

BluRay released: October 11th, 2016
Approximate running times: 98 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: R
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 English, DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Shout! Factory
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $34.95

Synopsis: A shy teenage girl who has no friends and lives with her overbearing religious mother is asked to the prom by one of the most popular boys in school. Reluctantly she accepts the invitation to go to prom and once their she has the time of her life. And just when things could have not gotten better as she is announced with her date as the queen and king of the prom. A few of her classmates decide to humiliate her by dumping pigs blood on her. At first distraught over what had just been done to her, things quickly take a turn for the worse when she turns her rage on her classmates.

Carrie was adapted from the debut novel from Stephen King, an author whose name has since become synonymous with Horror literature. Carrie is also widely considered the film that put Brian De Palma on the map as one of the prominent directors of his generation. And when it comes to its place in the lexicon of Horror cinema, it influence is undeniable. Needless to say, there is no denying Carrie’s cultural impact.

Like many adaptions, the film differs greatly from the novel. With the majority of said differences done for cinematic reasons. Finding such a balance between these two worlds is an essential ingredient to every adaption. And more importantly, said differences are not at the expense of the final.

From a production standpoint, this film delvers in spades. The plot is well constructed and pacing is never an issue. With each new revelation and moment of shock given an ample amount of time to fully resonate. The characters are well defined and their motivations are crystal clear! And Pino Donaggio’s outstanding score does a superb job maintaining the mood of the film.

Visually this film is another where this film sets itself apart from the majority of its contemporaries. The cinematographer for Carrie was Mario Tosi whose other notable films include, The Glory Stompers, Some Call It Loving and The Stunt Man. Standout moments include, Carrie unleashing her rage on her classmates at the prom and Carrie’s mother’s death scene.

Performance wise the entire cast are excellent in their respective roles. With this film’s standout performance coming from Piper Laurie (The Hustler) in the role of Carrie’s mother. She delivers a hysteric infused performance that is utterly convincing. Another performance of note is Sissy Spacek (Badlands) in the role of Carrie. Other notable cast members include, Amy Irving (The Fury), William Katt (House), John Travolta (Blow Out), Nancy Allen (Dressed to Kill), Betty Buckley (Frantic) and P.J. Soles (Halloween).

The BluRay:

Carrie comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. For this release a new 4 transfer has been created from the original camera negative and the end result is by far and away the best this film has ever look on home video. Grain looks natural and there are no issues with DNR or compression.

This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in English and a DTS-HD mono mix in English. Both audio mixes sound clean, clear and balanced. Range wise both audio mixes offer a very satisfying audio experience. Included with this release are English SDH subtitles.

Extras for this release are spread over two discs.

Extras on disc one include, a trailer for the film (2 minutes 6 seconds and a trailer for the Carrie franchise (4 minutes 12 seconds).

Extras on disc two include, T.V. spots (3 minutes 11 seconds), radio spots (1 minute 29 seconds), Stills: Behind the Scenes, Stills: Posters & Lobby Cards, a vintage featurette titled Carrie the Musical (6 minutes 23 seconds), a vintage featurette titled Acting Carrie (42 minutes 42 seconds), a vintage featurette titled Visualizing Carrie (41 minutes 33 seconds) and Stephen King and The Evolution of Carrie.

The extra titled Stephen King and The Evolution of Carrie is a text based extra that is broken down into three sections. Stephen King and Writing Carrie, From Novel to Script and Book & Film Comparison.

Other extras include, two featurette’s – Horror’s Hallowed Ground (11 minutes 25 seconds) and More Acting Carrie (20 minutes 19 seconds) and five interviews – screenwriter Lawrence Cohen titled Writing Carrie (29 minutes 7 seconds), editor Paul Hirsch titled Cutting Carrie (25 minutes 9 seconds), director of photography Mario Tosi titled Shooting Carrie (15 minutes 22 seconds), casting director Harriet B. Helberg titled Casting Carrie (16 minutes 3 seconds) and composer Pino Donaggio titled Bucket of Blood (23 minutes 53 seconds).

The extra titled More Acting Carrie featurettes comments from Nancy Allen, Betty Buckley, William Katt, Piper Laurie, Edie McClurg and P.J. Soles who discuss, their auditions, working with Brian De Palma, the prom, their death scenes and their thoughts about the film.

The extra titled Horror’s Hallowed Ground show how locations look now verse then.

Topics discussed in the interview with Lawrence Cohen include, his first impressions of Stephen King’s novel, how he got involved in writing the screenplay, challenges he faced adapted book to film, Brian De Palma and the changes he made to the screenplay, Carrie the Musical and Stephen King’s thoughts about the movie.

Topics discussed in the interview with Paul Hirsch include, Sisters, Phantom of the Paradise, Obsession, Carrie and the use of split screen visuals, unused pro-log and the film’s ending.

Topics discussed in the interview with Mario Tosi include, how this film has many tricky shots that were difficult to shoot, working with Brian De Palma and the most difficult scene to shoot.

Topics discussed in the interview with Harriet B. Helberg include, casting and her thoughts about the various cast members.

Topics discussed in the interview with Pino Donaggio include, the score and how the score is a homage to composer Bernard Herrmann.

Rounding out the extras is slip cover and optional alternate cover art.

Overall Carrie gets a definitive release from Shout! Factory, highly recommended.

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