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Misery [DVD] [1990]

Release Date:08/01/2000
Rob Reiner's effective adaptation of Stephen King's Misery comes to DVD with two different images. The widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is preferable to the standard full-frame 1.33:1 image. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish and French subtitles are also available. Supplemental features include a collectible booklet, the original theatrical trailer, and a teaser trailer. Though the film is short on extras, Kathy Bates' Academy Award-winning performance makes this a disc worth watching.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (371 out of 374)

    Special Features

    • Collectable booklet
    • Original theatrical trailer
    • Teaser trailer


    Adapted from a Stephen King novel, Rob Reiner's Misery cast James Caan as a writer at a career crossroads. The film opens with Paul Sheldon (Caan) completing work on his latest novel, a break from his popular series of novels featuring the character Misery Chastain. He gets into a severe car accident and is saved by Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates), a reclusive woman who nurses him back to health. Annie is a huge fan of the Misery novels, and she finishes reading the new one while Paul is convalescing. She becomes enraged when she discovers that Paul has killed off Misery. Annie injures Paul's foot severely so that he is unable to leave her house, and forces him to write a new Misery novel. A local sheriff (Richard Farnsworth) and Paul's agent (Lauren Bacall) both attempt to track down what happened to the missing author. Misery shot the relatively unknown Kathy Bates to stardom, winning her one of the few Best Actress Oscars ever bestowed for portraying an evil character. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • James Caan
      James Caan - Paul Sheldon
    • Kathy Bates
      Kathy Bates - Annie Wilkes
    • Frances Sternhagen
      Frances Sternhagen - Virginia
    • Richard Farnsworth
      Richard Farnsworth - Buster
    • Lauren Bacall
      Lauren Bacall - Marcia Sindell

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