Blu-Ray Spotlight: ‘Carrie: Collector’s Edition’ Gets The 4K Treatment

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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.

Carrie: Collector’s Edition is now out on Blu-ray via Scream Factory.

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TODAY IN MOVIE HISTORY: DIRTY PILLOWS

On this day in 1976, director BRIAN DePALMA brought STEPHEN KING’S debut novel, CARRIE, to the big screen and made superstars of SISSY SPACEK, WILLIAM KATT and PIPER LAURIE (who had already been a superstar but was back for a second helping).

 

 

MAKING A COMEBACK

It’s been reported that actor WILLIAM KATT confirmed during his day one appearance at COMIC-CON that writer/producer STEPHEN J. CANNELL has completed a script for the big screen version of 70’s tv cult fave, THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO.

KATT had no info on who would be cast in the remake, but we’re assuming he would be involved in some capacity.

HOLLYWOOD OUTBREAK has an interview scheduled with CANNELL to discuss his new novel, AT FIRST SIGHT, but you can bet we’ll be hitting him up for HERO news too.