Christine [Special Edition] [DVD] [1983]

  • SKU: 6812176
  • Release Date: 09/28/2004
  • Rating: R
John Carpenter DVDs done right are a pure joy, as evidenced in Columbia TriStar's Special Edition of the car-gone-mad Stephen King classic Christine. This release sports a new commentary with the director and actor-turned-director star Keith Gordon, and it's safe to say that it does not disappoint. There are people who pull off good commentaries and then there are people like Carpenter, who have literally mastered the art with a healthy mix of wit, filmmaking lessons, and adept interviewing skills. Here, he and Gordon meet on similar terms as professional peers as they share fond stories of the production and their careers while making their way through a nearly 20-year-old picture. A whopping 20 deleted and alternate scenes have been included on the disc as well, with most adding good meat to the film and others that serve as a fine example of smart editing. The fun does not stop there, with three incredibly well-done featurettes on the film totaling over an hour's worth of new cast and crew interviews as well as exclusive behind-the-scene photos. Literally the only thing this edition is missing is the trailer, which most likely was tied up in legal issues with other companies at the time. The gorgeous anamorphic picture presents the film in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, and its Dolby Surround audio track does a fine job with the dialogue, action, and Carpenter's score. This special edition is plenty worth it for fans of the film and those waiting for this solid of a DVD release.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (682 out of 691)

    Special Features


    • Commentary with John Carpenter and star Keith Gordon
    • Filmographies
    • 20 deleted and alternate scenes
    • Three exclusive new featurettes
    • Previews
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Christine
    Director John Carpenter returns to the suburban landscape he explored so chillingly in Halloween (1978) with this lean, stripped-down adaptation of the Stephen King best-seller about a haunted car with a devilishly bad attitude and the teen underdog who falls head-over-heels for her chrome-accented charms. Shortly after geeky, horn-rim-sporting Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon) narrowly escapes a beating at the hands of shop-class bully Buddy Repperton (William Ostrander) on the first day of his senior year, he soon falls prey to a far more duplicitous villain in the form of a rusted-out 1958 Plymouth Fury nicknamed "Christine" by its crusty owner George LeBay (Roberts Blossom) -- who sells wide-eyed Arnie the old hulk despite the protests of best friend Dennis (John Stockwell) and the admonition of his domineering parents. As Arnie sets to the task of restoring Christine, his hobby grows into an obsession -- and the real power that hums beneath her hood begins to emerge, seemingly granting newfound coolness and sex appeal to the once-nerdy outcast, while simultaneously drawing away his very soul. A vengeful spirit, Christine lashes out violently at those who dare to stand between her and Arnie -- starting with Repperton and his gang, who completely trash the car, but are soon hunted down one by one and pulverized beneath the whitewalls of the miraculously-restored Fury. When Arnie's pretty, popular girlfriend Leigh (Alexandra Paul) begins to suspect she may soon be on the receiving end of automotive vengeance, she calls on Dennis for help... but a frightening midnight ride in Christine convinces Dennis that Arnie's only hope lies in destroying the demonic vehicle. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Keith Gordon
      Keith Gordon - Arnie Cunningham
    • John Stockwell
      John Stockwell - Dennis Guilder
    • Alexandra Paul
      Alexandra Paul - Leigh Cabot
    • Robert Prosky
      Robert Prosky - Will Darnell
    • Harry Dean Stanton
      Harry Dean Stanton - Rudolph Junkins



    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      You can't do a book-to-film adaptation any better

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      jonnyangl
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      one of John carpenter's best, tons of suspense in this film incredible performance by Actor Keith Gordon who's extremely possessed and totally in love with Christine and will do anything to make her Happy For those fans out there that couldn't afford to buy the stupid Limited edition blu-ray by Twilight time that has sold out over a year ago because the twilight time version can only be bought from $50 and up well time to move on Sony pictures U.S. has finally released the old classic Christine on blu-ray for the first time ever and it's been a long time coming aswell, it's been about 12 years since the old dvd release and finally it's here a brand new HD transfer of the film in 2:35:1 ratio from the U.S. branch of Sony pictures the picture quality does look beautiful actually much better than the old dvd version plus the sound quality has been boosted with a new 5.1 mix which sounds really Good and Sony have also carried over all the special features from the old dvd version all the featurettes, Deleted scenes and Commentary tracks have been carried over so no need to try buy the German or U.K. blu-ray versions of Christine Sony U.S. have finally done it and made a big effort with the picture quality & the sound time to upgrade now get this new blu-ray of the film, by the way it's ABC regions 5 stars for the film, 5 stars for this new blu-ray by Sony U.S.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Interesting Film

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      1BUZZ1
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      This film is interesting to me. At face value this film is about an evil car, Christine, that is overprotective of it's current owner. When you watch it from that perspective, the film is boring due to you never really finding the car threatening and characters' deaths by the car defy logical thinking by them to attempt to avoid the car. Now, I like to watch it as a case study of a character becoming so obsessed by the car that they mentally, physically, etc change and you get to watch them slowly lose themselves. It is interesting watching Arnie, Christine's owner, change over the film as his obsession with Christine grows. Keith Gordon (Arnie) did an amazing job acting in this film and I would argue his performance is extremely underrated. The transfer of the film for this packaging is really good. The video and audio quality are solid. Note: this disc is the same one that was used for the 2015 blu-ray release. The steelbook is "ok". I like the artwork on the front, but there isn't any artwork on the back or inside.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good Buy If You Into Steel Book Films For Blu Ray

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      DJSteve
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      This Is A Classic Movie For Horror & Christine Fans To Collect Only If You Want The Steel Book Copy Which Has A Cool Neat Cover. Why I Say This Cause If You Already Own The Regular Copy On Blu Ray Or Have The Special Edition Of Christine On DVD, Your Not Getting Anything Different On This Release When It Comes To Extras. Same Special Features Just Wit More Audio Language Options To Choose From. I Think If They Had A Special New Feature To This Film Where They Could Of Added The Deleted Scenes To The Film To Made It Longer & Go More In Detail With The Characters In The Story Like The Book Would Of Been Excellent For This Copy. So If Your Looking For Anything Else Just Save Your Cash Unless The Steel Book Is What Your Into & Looking For & Don't Have The Other Versions Of This Film.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      What a sweet couple.........

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      0atmea1
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      This OLD Standard, is a classic Love story gone wrong. The Young Lover falls for Christine, who is incapable of being able to feel his deep commitment. Only more of his life's blood will satisfy her hungry cravings. She delivers, of herself, only to show her true ambitions. She hangs on to him, clinging for more, demanding everything he can give. The "tidbits" she dangles before him, only drain his good intentions, and deliver an ambition for "EVIL", and strikes flames in this, his newest of passions. Watch for the changes in both of their aspects. You may be consumed, as many of us have been, this downhill destruction ultimately finalizes their union.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Don't Mess With Christine!

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      Slasherman
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      John Carpenter adapts Stephen King's novel with skillful precision. A high school kid becomes obsessive in his feelings for a very strange car he has bought. The car is given the name Christine and repays her owner's adoration by "taking care of" his enemies. It is fun watching Keith Gordon, owner of Christine, go from wimp to self proclaimed stud. Also in the cast are: John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Harry Dean Stanton and David Spielberg. It is super cool watching Christine repair her damaged parts. This is an underrated movie that deserves a repeat viewing. And a hypercool soundtrack. One of a kind you won't easily forget!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Christine looks pristine

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      Epman
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      I missed out on Twilight Time's limited edition for this bluray a few years back, so I'm very happy that Sony decided to release it themselves at a very affordable price. The movie itself is one of Carpenter's better efforts. It has a fantastic ominous score which sounds great in 5.1. The picture quality is amazing. Christine never looked so shiny and red. Very clean, detailed and filmic. All the bonus features from the special edition DVD are also featured on this release plus a uv digital copy. This is an easy recommend. I wish all catalogue titles received this treatment.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent

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      Jeff
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      I most feel alone on this - seems the critics didn't care for Christine. Oddly, I read and did not like the book, loved the movie. It really brings this living car to life. The casting is perfect and instead of suffering through the point of view of "I'm the geek's friend" football player, you get more of Arnie's point of view and of course Christine. I really thought Alexandra Paul was perfect too, beautiful and believable as the girl who "gave Arnie a shot." You route for her and Arnie, despite the odds. The car effects are great. Thank you Mr. Carpenter!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of Carpenter's Best

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      senn1234
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      I can recall seeing "Christine" at a drive-in (what's a drive-in?) upon its initial release in 1983, and I vividly remember being effectively creeped out by the character of Arnie Cunningham. When watching it again, I still am. This flick is pure b-movie awesomeness. The car is killer (in more ways than one), Gordon's performance of a nerd turned totally unexpected and unhinged ladies' man is phenomenal, and Carpenter's direction is stellar. Definitely one of the man's best efforts, and that's saying a lot.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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