"They're all gonna laugh at you"
They're all gonna laugh at you if you don't check out the Carrie - Special
Edition DVD, that is. I've been waiting for this one for quite some time and
If you don't know the story, you probably shouldn't be reading this
Review in the first place but here's the scoop:
Carrie, adapted from Stephen King's first novel, is one of the
Greatest teen movies of all time (and what I believe to be Brian DePalma's
best film). Sissy Spacek stars as the high school outcast that has
telekinetic powers and uses them to get revenge on all who have humiliated
and abused her, including her religious mother, played with mucho gusto by
Piper Laurie. With an incredible supporting cast, including Nancy Allen, Amy
Irving, John Travolta, William Katt and my favorite, the ultimate
tomboy...P.J. Soles...the movie plays like a Judy Blume book from hell.
And what a great looking film it is!
Some think DePalma's style is too over the top. He even mentions in one
of the interviews on the disc, that he hates the split screen effect during the prom
scene. However, I love every gimmicky effect in this film, and it looks
incredible on the new DVD. Besides the 1:85:1 Widescreen version of the
film, you also get some great interviews with the cast and director on two
45 minute documentaries. These absolutely make up for the lack of a
Director's commentary and they pretty much cover a lot of the information
that would have been present on it. The first documentary deals with the
actors, plenty of cast interviews insight into the casting.
It turns out that while DePalma was casting for Carrie, George Lucas was
casting for Star Wars, so they decided to cast together, and many of the
actors were auditioning for both roles.
The second one, about the look of the film is just as interesting, with
tons of facts about filming the modern horror classic. There's also a short
interview with the screenwriter, about the biggest flop in Broadway history-
"Carrie-The Musical", very cool menu screens, a animated photo gallery with
the Pino Dinaggio score behind it, and of course, the theatrical trailer.
I've never seen the version that was released a few years ago, but
this edition both looks and sounds great in Dolby 5.1 Stereo Surround,
especially the climactic prom scene with the very cool synth sounds in the
background. This is a must have for any horror fan.