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Carrie (Widescreen)

Sissy Spacek , Piper Laurie , Brian De Palma    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
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This terrifying adaptation of Stephen King's bestselling horror novel was directed by shock maestro Brian De Palma for maximum, no-holds-barred effect. Sissy Spacek stars as Carrie White, the beleaguered daughter of a religious kook (Piper Laurie) and a social outcast tormented by her cruel, insensitive classmates. When her rage turns into telekinetic powers, however, school's out in every sense of the word. De Palma's horrific climax in a school gym lingers forever in the memory, though the film is also built upon Spacek's remarkable performance and Piper Laurie's outlandishly creepy one. John Travolta has a small part as a thug, De Palma's future wife, Nancy Allen, is his girlfriend, and Amy Irving makes her screen debut as one of the girls giving Carrie a hard time. The DVD release has a widescreen presentation, Dolby sound, theatrical trailer, and optional French subtitles. --Tom Keogh

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars CENSORSHIP LIVES! March 1 2004
Format:DVD
OK- I'm not going to review all 200+ comments on this release (Special Edition DVD) to see if anyone else has noticed; however I saw no mention of the fact that the reframing on this edition is NOT what the cinematographer shot. Case in point- the shower scene: Carrie is now cropped at the waist- SURPRISE! Pubic hair gone! No offensive nudity here! (I own the VHS which shows the offending area.) When I buy a film I want to see what i remember from the theatrical release, not some committee-decreed morality censorship...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Stephen King Movie As Always June 26 2004
Format:DVD
"Carrie" is a monumental film released in 1976 that was so fresh for its time that many rushed to the theater to see it. This is based on the first novel published by Stephen King in 1974. When it was released, no other author had touched such territories in a such unique style. The unusual theme kept people curious to what he would write next. He immediately became a celebrity. Such uniqueness remains fresh today. "Carrie" is also the first film adaptation of one of his novels. It earned two Oscar nominations: Best Actress (Sissy Spacek) and Best Supporting Actress (Piper Laurie).
This brilliant plot of a high school student, Carrie White, continues growing more interesting moment after moment. The mystery and the suspense builds as Carrie slowly discovers and understands her supernatural powers. Once she learns that it has a name, telekenesis, they begin growning more destructively. However, the emotional aspect remains present, namely through the bullying and being emotionally tortured by her abusive religious mother. The chain of events keep audiences watching closely up to the chilling conclusion. The haunting conclusion has since become famous like the shower scene in "Psycho" (1960). Her rampage has since been imitated by several films, but none have matched the intensity of "Carrie". Such tremendous film quality goes beyond Carrie's humilating moment of having pig's blood dumped on her by some bully pranksters during her senior prom.
The physical surroundings and the performance enhance the eerie theme. The house decorations enhance the good vs. evil aspect, going beyond the multiple crosses. They give the supernatural plot portions a deeper horror feel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic. June 6 2014
By Len the Sound Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is the original, which spawned about 4 remakes so far, I think. I never really saw the entire movie before, so it was nice to finally see everything in order. I had forgotten John Travolta was in it, he's a hoot playing the 'dumb jock'. His girlfriend endlessly calls him a "stupid S$#%"! The overly religious mother is way over the top, of course, and you'll hate her on sight! This is more a revenge movie that a horror film. The effects are a little silly, for example, the main weapon of choice for Carrie is a fire hose! The end of this movie made me jump out of my chair - I won't spoil it for you! See this one before the new remake that just came out.
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Format:Blu-ray
I used to like this film a lot, and watched it several times, and didn't even bother reading the Stephen King novel (who is my favourite author, of whom I have read 13 books) as I thought that it would be the same than the '76 film. Similarly, I wasn't that interested on the 2013 re-imagining of the novel (which is NOT a remake of the 1976 film, as so many people wrongly think) for the same reason: didn't think it would be better than what I had already seen. Oh boy was I wrong!!!

The main reason why the 2013 version is SO much better is because it follows the novel much closer: it's mainly a drama with horror, unlike the '76 version, which didn't care about what the poor Carrie White went through and just wanted to scare the audience about a poor innocent and bullied girl, which I find disgusting. The re-imagining, right from the start, gets you into Carrie's shoes, and you FEEL her pain, from being bullied every day, unlike the previous version where you never cared that much about her, since the screenplay didn't bother with that. The 2013 version is ABSOLUTELY HEARTBREAKING while the '76 one is just your average teen slasher, with the main character using telekinesis to kill others instead of knives as the main difference.

As well, the acting is BEYOND THIS WORLD on the re-imagining: Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore are both phenomenal and should have won Oscars, with the rest of the cast (specially Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday and Ansel Elgort) being also fantastic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars lil more vulgar than expected Dec 10 2013
By Sorpse
Format:DVD
if though I had never seen Carrie its reputation was very clear to me. I think that because it is so widely referenced in other media that most people know the main idea behind the film without even seeing it. That said the opening scene is one that I was definately not expecting from such a main stream film. That and the over the top violence of the conclusion as well as the crazy personality of the mother. Even though I thought I was getting into a movie about a girl who is bullied to the point of gaining telepathic powers to use for revenge...I got so much more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great scare
This movie is a great scare if you like horror movies. I liked it a lot. Sissy Spacek does s wonderful job as Carrie.
Published 8 months ago by Diane Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Carrie
We have all been in Carrires shoes at time or another. After being picked on, she posesses the power to right the wrongs done to her.
Published 17 months ago by Steve S. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars oldie but goodie
this is the scariest movie ever! although blood is spilled, there is no 'viewing the bullet come out of the body' as it is in today's movies, however the whole movie has more... Read more
Published on Dec 27 2011 by Nadia Steinberg
2.0 out of 5 stars It's relatively tame...
I've always heard about this movie, but never got around to watching it. I'm assuming that it was intense when it was released, but now that I saw it, I feel that it is relatively... Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2011 by Q. T. Vo
3.0 out of 5 stars pretty good...just one major flaw (3.3/5)
i finally got around to watching Carrie.while it was worth the wait, i
was a little disappointed.the first two thirds of the movie are very
well done. Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2007 by falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars De Palma's Standout Creation of King's Carrie
The only flaw of this Brian Depalma vehicle is...dare I say this...the story? Yup, telekinetic devil child? Read more
Published on July 5 2007 by K. Driscoll
5.0 out of 5 stars Good screen adaptation of a Stephen King story
Be careful whom you pick on especially after puberty.

Carrie White(Sissy Spacek) comes from a very oppressive environment. Read more
Published on July 30 2006 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Classical
Carrie White is a bit strange. She is friendless, her mother is obsessed with worshipping god, and sin, everybody at school harrases her, and to top it all off, she gets asked to... Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling ever time I see it
This movie is a very rare type of teen horror moive. It perfectly balences our fears and teen angst with phenominal acting at the same time. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Alexia Komaux
5.0 out of 5 stars Steven King at his best
Probably the best translation of a Steven King novel into a movie. You can't miss this one.
Published on July 17 2004 by Antonio Canas
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