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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

Carrie [Blu-ray]

 

(Brian De Palma, 1976)

 

 

MGM are coming out with a UK version in 2013

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Studio:

Production: Red Bank Films

Video: MGM / Shout! Factory

 

Discs:

Region: FREE / Region 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Feature Runtime: 1:38:10 / 1:38:09.884

Chapters: 34  / 12

Disc size: 32,973,866,939 bytes

Feature film disc size: 19.3 Gig  / 30,785,206,272 bytes

Bitrate: 35.00 Mbps

One single-layered Blu-ray  / Two Dual-layered Blu-rays

Case: Standard Blu-ray case / Standard Blu-ray case in cardboard slipcase

Release date: October 7th, 2008 / October 11th, 2016

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080p

Video codec: MPEG-2 / MPEG-4 AVC Video / 23.976 fps

 

Audio:
English: DTS HD Master (lossless), English (mono), French (5.1), Spanish (mono)

 

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2693 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2693 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1784 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1784 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)


Subtitles:
Feature:

English, French, Spanish, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Korean and none

English (SDH), none
 

Supplements:

Trailers

 

DISC ONE:

Original Theatrical Trailer (HD - 2:06)
Carrie Franchise Trailer Gallery (4:12)
 

DISC TWO:
NEW More Acting Carrie – featuring interviews with Nancy Allen, Betty Buckley, William Katt, Piper Laurie, Edie McClurg and P.J. Soles (20:19)
NEW Writing Carrie – an interview with screenwriter Lawrence Cohen (29:07)
NEW Cutting Carrie – an interview with editor Paul Hirsch (25:09)
NEW Shooting Carrie – an interview with director of photography Mario Tosi (15:22)
NEW Casting Carrie –an interview with casting director Harriet B. Helberg (16:03)
NEW Bucket of Blood – a new interview with composer Pino Donaggio (23:53)
NEW Horror's Hallowed Grounds – Revisiting The Film's Original Locations (11:25)
Acting Carrie – Interviews With Actors Sissy Spacek, Amy Irving, Betty Buckley, Nancy Allen, William Katt, Piper Laurie, Priscilla Pointer and P.J. Soles And Art Director Jack Fisk And Director Brian De Palma (42:42)
Visualizing Carrie – Interviews With Brian De Palma, Jack Fisk, Lawrence D. Cohen, Paul Hirsch (41:33)
A Look At "Carrie: The Musical" (6:23)
TV Spots (3:05)
Radio Spots (1:29)
Still Gallery – Rare Behind-The-Scenes Photos, Posters And Lobby Cards
Stephen King And The Evolution Of Carrie Text Gallery (17:03)

 

Product Description: "Based on the best-selling Stephen King novel, Carrie "catches the mind, shakes it and refuses to let it go" (Time)! Starring Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie (in Oscar nominated* performances), John Travolta and Amy Irving, this ultimate revenge fantasy is "absolutely spellbinding" (Roger Ebert), "outrageously witty" (Los Angeles Times) and one of the all-time great horror classics! At the center of the terror is Carrie (Spacek), a tortured high-school misfit with no confidence, no friends...and no idea about the extent of her secret powers of telekinesis. But when her psychotic mother and sadistic classmates finally go too far, the once-shy teen becomes an unrestrained, vengeance-seeking powerhouse who, with the help of her 'special gift,' causes all hell to break loose in a famed cinematic frenzy of blood, fire and brimstone!...

 

 

 

The Film:

Brian De Palma's "Carrie" is an absolutely spellbinding horror movie, with a shock at the end that's the best thing along those lines since the shark leaped aboard in "Jaws." It's also (and this is what makes it so good) an observant human portrait. This girl Carrie isn't another stereotyped product of the horror production line; she's a shy, pretty, and complicated high school senior who's a lot like kids we once knew.

 

 


There is a difference, though. She has telekenesis, the ability to manipulate things without touching them. It's a power that came upon her gradually, and was released in response to the shrill religious fanaticism of her mother. It manifests itself in small ways. She looks in a mirror, and it breaks. Then it mends itself. Her mother tries to touch her and is hurled back against a couch. But then, on prom night...

Excerpt from Roger Ebert at the Chicago Sun Times located HERE

 

Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

 

The film Carrie is 32 years old now and the Blu-ray looks improved beyond SD. The transfer itself is incompetent as they are using MPEG-2 as opposed to AVC or VC-1. There is noise/grain in some shots (see the split-screen capture below as one example) - and not up to par with many 2007-2008 high-definition offerings. It is consistent and the 1080P brings up a crispness that I had never noted before. Technically it is single-layered with the feature size being a reasonable 19.3 Gig. I don't see evidence of DNR or edge enhancements. The film is fairly dark (Carrie's house and the Prom gymnasium). Expectations for the image should be tempered. 

 

Shout! Factory's transfer is cited as a 4K Scan of the original negative and boy does it advance over the 2008 MPEG-2 transferred MGM.

 

 

CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

Subtitle Sample Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 

 

1) MGM - Region FREE - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) MGM - Region FREE - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) MGM - Region FREE - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) MGM - Region FREE - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) MGM - Region FREE - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) MGM - Region FREE - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) MGM - Region FREE - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) MGM - Region FREE - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) MGM - Region FREE - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) MGM - Region FREE - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) MGM - Region FREE - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

Audio & Music:  
The
lossless DTS HD Master option has some surprising kick to it, but expectations should be tempered with knowing the mix is artificially derived from a fairly flat original track. It exports Pino Donaggio's suspenseful score quite adeptly. There is an option for mono and two DUBs. The frenzy of the Prom night (screams, electrocutions etc.) will bring some exercise to your rear speakers. There are optional subtitles offered in English, French, Spanish, Chinese (traditional and simplified) or Korean.

 

 the score by Pino Donaggio (Dressed to Kill, Don't Look Now, Blow Out, Raising Cain, Body Double), adds an ominous flavor to the film experience. This has optional English (SDH) subtitles and it a region 'A'-locked Blu-ray.

 

Extras:
Nutt'in really... trailers for Carrie and The Amityville Horror but no featurettes or commentary. No unique
Blu-ray bells or whistles. The bare-bones status is a shame because I think the film deserves some discussion. Oh well...

 

On the feature disc Shout! Factory add an original theatrical trailer (in 1080P) and a Carrie Franchise Trailer gallery with some of the promotions of spin-offs of the original film including 1999's The Rage: Carrie 2, the 2002 TV movie with Angela Bettis and Patricia Clarkson, and the 2013 re-make. There is a second dual-layered Blu-ray stacked with over 4 hours of supplementary material including 7 new video pieces (alone totally 2.5 hours). These include More Acting Carrie – 20-minutes worth of interviews with Nancy Allen, Betty Buckley, William Katt, Piper Laurie, Edie McClurg and P.J. Soles. Writing Carrie is also new and a 1/2 hour interview with screenwriter Lawrence Cohen. Cutting Carrie spends 25-minutes with editor Paul Hirsch and Shooting Carrie is a 1/4 hour interview with director of photography Mario Tosi. Wait there is more - Casting Carrie gets input from with casting director Harriet B. Helberg for over 15-minutes. Bucket of Blood features a new, 24-minute, interview with composer Pino Donaggio and Horror's Hallowed Grounds – revisits the film's original locations for an interesting 11-minutes. We also get some of the old featurettes - Acting Carrie – essentially 3/4 of an hour of interviews with Sissy Spacek, Amy Irving, Betty Buckley, Nancy Allen, William Katt, Piper Laurie, Priscilla Pointer and P.J. Soles as well as Art Director Jack Fisk and Director Brian De Palma. Visualizing Carrie represents another 41-minutes of interviews with De Palma, Fisk, Lawrence D. Cohen, Paul Hirsch while we also get 6-minutes of A Look At "Carrie: The Musical", some TV and radio Spots, an extensive stills gallery with behind-the-scenes photos, posters and lobby cards and lastly a Stephen King And The Evolution Of Carrie text gallery.

 

Shout! Factory (Theatrical) Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 

 

Bottom line:
Once again
Blu-ray has pushed me to watch a film that I was fairly indifferent about. I can appreciate it much more now - a simply crafted King horror with De Palma's patented slow motion scene. It works pretty well as a revenge tale too. The price is a bit high considering the bare-bones status and the middling
Blu-ray transfer but it's the best to date. Let's hope for an improved SE soon...

 

Wow, almost 8-years to do justice to poor Carrie. But you might say that Shout! Factory have certainly made it worth the wait. Another incredible package as is their The Thing (CE). This is such great news - not only for Carrie but all the neglected or Blu-ray-insufficient, films of directors like De Palma and Carpenter. It's appropriate that the studios are clearing the way for a new generation of more serious BD production where the true fans are the beneficiaries. This package is another must-own for horror fans. I am so pleased with the result. Our highest recommendation!      

Gary Tooze

October 2nd, 2008

September 30th, 2016

 

 

MGM are coming out with a UK version in 2013

 

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