Misery [DVD] [1990]

  • SKU: 3959416
  • Release Date: 08/01/2000
  • Rating: R
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 (275 out of 278)

Special Features


  • Collectable booklet
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Teaser trailer

Synopsis


Misery
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



Overall customer rating

4.8
99%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A generous swine

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    Abraham
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    What can be said about a novelist who can’t decide how to finish his story. A monstrous snowstorm sets in motion the motivations necessary to aid his progress. A lovely nurse recovers him from his crashed car and brings him back to full health. His journey to finish his story with the help of this nurse can teach us all that it is not a good idea to take what we love for granted and to understand that our desires are not always the best choice for what is needed for the right ending. One lesson that can be taken from this movie is that the right swine at the right time can help us get over the final hurdle in search of our objective.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Weird Classic

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    This is essential viewing. It's a testament to the adage, "Less is more." Many horror movies suffer nowadays from being overstuffed with gore and scenes designed for shock (admittedly this movie has at least one truly horrifying scene involving violence). This is what horror is really all about. Two characters played by two amazing actors in a claustrophobic setting with an excellent premise. That's really all you need, and the rest plays out naturally. It's a tense and well constructed ride.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best Stephen King adaptations

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    zm2485
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    Definitely one of the best adaptations of a Stephen King novel. It's one of his shorter novels so it might have been easier to adapt than something like "It", but so much of it takes place in one room so it's difficult in its own way. Great direction from Rob Reiner (also the director of another great King adaptation - "Stand by Me"). Iconic Oscar winning performance from Kathy Bates and great work from James Caan as well. Good Scream Factory Blu-ray release.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A still tense and scary adaptation, even today

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    vr4dreamer
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    Even after nearly 26 years have passed since "Misery" was adapted to film, stand-out performances by Kathy Bates and Jame Caan help to make it one of the most memorable and tense psychological thrillers to date. This twisted tale of obsession and survival still packs a punch even in light of newer, gorier, films and should be essential viewing to any fan of the horror genre. Rock bottom pricing makes this Blu-ray a great buy and the commemorative packaging (redesigned cover collector card) was a nice touch. Definitely a great deal.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Thrilling story, epic performances!

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    KGSizemo
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    In Steven King’s screen adaptation of Misery, superb acting and direction allow this chilling story come to life. An award winning writer slides of the snowy road on the way to deliver his latest book to publishing when he is rescued by his biggest fan. Though all seems well at first things are not what they seem and the author finds himself held captive at the mercy of his rescuer...

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Stephen King classic.

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    Andrew
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    Misery is one of the more well-known Stephen King pieces out there and not without good reason. Keeping the viewer amidst a state of continuous emotional tension throughout, Misery is an effective piece of horror that manages to keep things quite grounded in reality. The transfer of this particular blu-ray release is excellent and is sure to please old fans and new viewers alike.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    nice collectors edition

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    Smigro
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    It has probably been about 15 years since I have watched this flick and I remember liking it so I had to get this edition when I saw it. As far as packaging goes the slipcover is fantastic and the case artwork like normal has an alternate picture. The transfer itself is above average and the audio isn't too shabby either.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    James Cann's Misery

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    Chango
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    This has been one of the best movies based on Stephen Kings work, besides the obvious The Shining. Kathy Bates does a magnificent job doing the role of an obsessed lady who goes to the point of keeping James Cann as a personal pet. I think the original violent scene on Paul's legs was better in the novel, but it was still interesting to watch.

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