Misery (1990) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

Misery (1990) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

Misery (1990) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

📅07 November 2017, 22:14

Misery (1990) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Rob Reiner
Starring: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Scream Factory

James Caan and Academy Award® winner* Kathy Bates star in the bone-shattering thriller Misery, adapted from the novel by Stephen King. As Paul (Caan) recuperates from his injuries in the secluded cabin of his benefactor Annie (Bates), he begins to discover that beneath the seemingly kind and naive exterior of his self-described “number one fan” lurks a mind that is cunning, unhinged, and bent on keeping her favorite writer as her personal prisoner for the rest of his “cock-a-doodie” life … and Sheldon must engage his savior-turned-captor in a battle of wills that will push them both to the brink.

Since I was a kid I was always a big fan of Stephen King adaptions to film. While I have a history with about all of the ones that came out from the late 80’s and early 90’s Misery is one that really stands out to me. The story of an author who is kidnaped and held by an obsessed fan is one that gets a lot creepier than you might expect. It basically is a two-person show and the performances given by James Caan and Kathy Bates is the stuff that legends and cult classics are made of. While the film is mostly in the thriller genre than the horror one, you still can’t deny the dark turn this one goes down and stays down until the end. You can’t look over the quality and effectiveness of this film but in a world that also has such titles as Pet Sematary, Christine, and IT (to name a few), you can see how Misery might actually be a King adaption that is a bit underrated and wrongly overlooked.

While this is a movie with more than a few memorable moments, you always have to go to the “feet” scene in this one. It is a scene that makes me cringe when I see it to this very day. There’s a lot to recall about a film like this but that is THE moment and if a list of moments that stood out from horror movies were ever to be made on this site, THAT scene I’m talking about would rank up there very highly. Scream brings this movie to Blu-ray with a new 4K scan! It looks beautiful as I’m sure you can see from the screenshots. It also comes packed with some very nice extras that I will list below. If you are a fan of Stephen King adaptations to film, you’ll want to add Misery to your collection.

Extras

– NEW 4K Restoration From The Original Film Elements
– NEW Interview With Director Rob Reiner
– NEW Interview With Special Makeup Effects Artist Greg Nicotero
– Audio Commentary With Rob Reiner
– Audio Commentary With Screenwriter William Goldman
– “Misery Loves Company” Featurette
– “Marc Shaiman’s Musical MiseryTour” Featurette
– “Diagnosing Annie Wilkes” Featurette
– “Advice For The Stalked” Featurette
– “Profile Of A Stalker” Featurette
– “Celebrity Stalkers” Featurette
– “Anti-Stalking Laws” Featurette
– Trailers

Quality of Transfer: 99%

 

 

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