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Carrie Blu-ray + DVD Review

Carrie Blu-rayDisclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

Title: Carrie [Blu-ray]

Synopsis:

Fear her power! Unleash the telekinetic horror when Carrie debuts on Digital HD January 3 and on Blu-ray and DVD January 14 from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. An exhilarating reimagining of Stephen King’s iconic best-seller from director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry, Stop-Loss), this tale of small town terror stars Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass 2, Dark Shadows) and Julianne Moore (Don Jon, Game Change).

Carrie is a reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

Directed by Kimberly Peirce and produced by Kevin Misher, with a screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the film is a production of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Screen Gems and was released in theatres on October 18, 2013.

Showcasing over an hour of heart-pounding exclusive special features, the Carrie Blu-ray includes behind-the-scenes featurettes, commentary from director Peirce, deleted and extended scenes, the hit “Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise” viral video and an alternate ending that is sure to keep fans on the edge of their seat!

Carrie Blu-ray Special Features:

  • Feature Film With Alternate Ending
  • “Bringing Back Carrie” Featurette
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes with Commentary by Director Kimberly Peirce
  • Commentary by Director Kimberly Peirce
  • The Power of Telekinesis
  • Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise
  • Theatrical Trailer

Carrie DVD Special Features:

  • “Bringing Back Carrie” Featurette
  • Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise
  • Theatrical Trailer

My Review:

Though it’s been years since I watched the 1976 version of Carrie, I couldn’t help but compare the new to the old. They were different in many ways, but still had some similarities. I also read the book over 20 years ago (I devoured a large number of Stephen King books as a teen). My memory of the book was not very fresh so I couldn’t even say if the 2014 release was close to it or not. From what I’ve read online though, Carrie (2013) is more true to the book than the 1976 film.

I noticed that the characters all had the same names. There was of course, Carrie White and her mother, Margaret White. Carrie’s mother was played by the very talented, Julianne Moore. There was also Sue Snell, Kris Harginson, Billy Nolan, Tommy Ross and the kind gym teacher, Miss Desjardins. 

The movie opens up with an incredibly creepy and disturbing scene that was not in the first movie, but apparently was in the book. It freaked me out a little and set the tone for the movie. It featured Carrie’s mother giving birth and what almost happened. I was prepared to look away quickly!

Carrie’s mom has a lot more scenes in this version and we learn a little more about her character. For instance, she has a job as a seamstress and is a self-mutilator. She’s really creepy. I think Julianne Moore’s character was one of the best in the movie. She did an amazing job playing the crazy, fanatical mother. She seemed truly insane to me.

One huge difference though was in Carrie. In the original Carrie, she’s extremely meek, plain and soft-spoken. She is owned by her mother. The new Carrie isn’t as meek or plain. In fact, she’s actually quite pretty even though they tried to make her look  plain. She has a backbone that comes out. She isn’t as afraid of her mother and it gets to a point where Carrie isn’t going to let her mother boss her around anymore. 

If you’ve seen Carrie, you already know what is going to happen when she goes to the prom. There’s way more cool special effects and your eyes will be all over the place as you watch the massacre and mayhem. Some of the scenes are graphic and disturbing!

The one thing I didn’t expect was Carrie researching telekinesis and learning how to harness her power. She started practising using her powers and was getting really good at it. That aspect was very different from the original Carrie movie. 

Another major difference was at the prom and how Carrie was using her powers. To me it seemed more deliberate and vindictive like she was purposely exacting revenge on those who wronged her. She seemed sane still because she spared some and not others. It was not a case of Carrie zoning out and the powers taking over like it seemed in the original movie. I’m not sure what way I liked better. It was different and not what I expected.

Overall, I enjoyed the new version of Carrie with its modern updates in music, fashion and special effects. It still was creepy and there were a few scenes that made me cringe. 

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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