Misery, which ranks right up there as one of the best movie adaptations of a Stephen King novel, hits Blu-ray November 28 via Scream Factory. The 2-disc collector’s edition set features a new 4K restoration of the movie plus new interviews with director Rob Reiner (The Princess Bride, This Is Spinal Tap) and special effects artist Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead).
The story centers on a Paul Sheldon (James Caan), a novelist who is recuperating after sustaining injuries in a car accident. Offering him tender loving care is Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates giving an Oscar winning performance), Sheldon’s self-proclaimed “number one fan.” Unfortunately fandom has its price, and Paul may be stuck in Wilkes’ cabin for quite a spell. William Goldman, who also penned Reiner’s film The Princess Bride (based on Goldman’s own novel), is also the screenwriter behind Misery.
Along with the new extras, the disc comes with previous commentaries from Reiner, Goldman, and several features. Are you a fan of Misery and are you looking forward to this Scream Factory release? Feel free to comment below!
One of this year’s most notable Blu-ray releases was Carrie: Collector’s Edition. Any new iteration of Carrie is highly anticipated in the home video market, but this Scream Factory version celebrates the film’s 40th anniversary. Plus, this version is a 4K scan of the original negative, giving more pop and depth to the feature.
The film, which was the first Stephen King book to ever be adapted to the screen, also increased the star power of lead actress Sissy Spacek (who previously received notice for her work in Badlands). Brian De Palma, who was just coming off directing Obsession, took on Carrie with aplomb, visualizing every frame of the story months before production even started. What started out as the tale of an introverted teenager (Spacek) with destructive powers morphed into a box office hit.
The two-disc collection, while containing some of the previous special features from past releases, also includes new interviews with screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen, editor Paul Hirsch, director of photography Mario Tosi, casting director Harriet B. Helberg, and several actors (Piper Laurie, P.J. Soles, Nancy Allen, Betty Buckley, William Katt, Edie McClurg). Previously released Carrie interviews with Spacek, De Palma, art director Jack Fisk (Spacek’s husband), and Amy Irving are also featured in the disc.
The most notable anecdotes, along with De Palma’s insight on how he visualized Carrie, comes from Cohen. The writer details his initial attraction to Stephen King’s story and breaks down the long and winding process it took to get Carrie to production. He also explains how the films Throne of Blood and Deliverance were heavy influences in some of Carrie’s most memorable moments.