Robert Harris

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Paramount is releasing five of their Stephen King adaptations, and after checking into the availability of the titles, it's beginning to remind me of one of those stories we see on the news every so often. The back of an armored car opens, and cash flows freely along a highway. A few people pull over to the side, and help to make certain that it doesn't blow away.

What we have on Blu-ray, are the two editions of Pet Sematary (1989 and 2019), The Stand, an ABC multi-part TV series, Silver Bullet and The Dead Zone.

All of these titles are available somewhere, but not for about $5 each, and that's for a pre-order, so one would expect the price to go down a bit.

You can currently purchase The Stand, which is properly 1.33 and runs 359 minutes for $10.

Pet Sematary (1989) and (2019) are available for $18.50 and $10 respectively.

The Dead Zone is Region B, and will run you $20.

Silver Bullet is only available from Shout, with additional extras $29, and also as an import, at $28.

So it comes down to this. If you're a Stephen King fan, and want that copy of Silver Bullet on Blu, you're going to pay $3 more for that single title than you will for the five film set. Virtually the same for The Dead Zone.

Quality for the five films varies, but they're generally fine, with The Dead Zone the only title that dips a bit in image quality. I gave it a 3.25.

The Stand, which had me concerned. How do you fit 359 minutes onto a single Blu-ray disc? Apparently, if you're running partial screen, it will work. There's nary a problem in sight.

I also did a comparison of the two Pet Sematary films vs the new 4k discs, and the result was interesting.

The 1989 was shot on fillum, the 2019 as data, and finished as a 2k DI.

The original film looks improved in 4k, but with its inherent grain structure, the added resolution isn't earth-shaking. It is there, however.

The 2019 is a bit less of an improvement, but still adds a bit of added information.

Both of these were screened via projection from a 4k player, uprezzing the imagery, so without the player doing it's thing, the difference will be greater.

If one doesn't have the five films, or has been waiting for the two import titles to arrive domestically, this is a great deal.

If you're a King collector, and already have the three in release domestically, it's still a great deal.

And if you've already picked up the two 4k titles, you can give the Blu-rays to friends.

Each disc comes along with some extra features.


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Pet Sematary (1989) - 4.5

Pet Sematary (2019) - 5

The Stand - 4.5

The Dead Zone - 3.25

Silver Bullet - 4

Audio – 5 (most are 2-track, while the two Pet Sematarys are 5.1)

Pass / Fail - Pass

Upgrade from DVD - Yes

Recommended

RAH
 
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Robert Harris

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Aware that several of the King tomes have made it to fillum, I did a quick check.

The numbers speak volumes - no pun intended.

Motion Pictures

49, 11 in some phase of pre-prod, prod or post

TV

31, 9 in some phases of pre-prod, prod or post.
 

Colin Jacobson

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"Silver Bullet" is available as a US release from Shout! - it came out less than a year ago.

"Dead Zone" is the only one never released in the US...
 
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"The Stand" was actually an ABC miniseries, not CBS. CBS All Access is going to air the all-new limited series of "The Stand" (with Whoopi Goldberg) in December.
 

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"The Stand" was actually an ABC miniseries, not CBS. CBS All Access is going to air the all-new limited series of "The Stand" (with Whoopi Goldberg) in December.
Correct. Rights somehow ended up with CBS.
 
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Is there a standard practice for posting an ordering link in RAH's posts? I think the last couple times I've had to go look for that on my own, and it would seem to make sense to at least include a link as the first comment. Unless there's a conflict of interest concern about doing so.
 

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I was picturing something more consistent with the HTF disc reviews and the press release posts, in part to be consistent, but also for convenience of having it in the same thread.
 

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Hopefully, Paramount will get around to releasing a better version of Dead Zone one day. Maybe Shout or even Criterion could pick it up, as they have a number of Cronenberg films in their collection.
 
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I wish I knew where a pet seminary actually was. One of my dogs has turned into a major heathen. Possibly dementia.
 
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Hopefully, Paramount will get around to releasing a better version of Dead Zone one day. Maybe Shout or even Criterion could pick it up, as they have a number of Cronenberg films in their collection.
There is a rumor that Shout is going to release a special edition. So it might not be a bad idea to wait, unless you need the movie right now.
 

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"The Stand" was actually an ABC miniseries, not CBS. CBS All Access is going to air the all-new limited series of "The Stand" (with Whoopi Goldberg) in December.
Correct. Rights somehow ended up with CBS.
Video rights wound up with Republic Pictures when the miniseries was released on 4(!) VHS tapes back in 1994, as Republic at the time was Spelling Entertainment's video arm and Laurel Entertainment [not to be confused with George A. Romero's Laurel Productions], the primary producer of the miniseries, was also a division of Spelling. When Viacom bought Blockbuster Video in 1994, they also gained Spelling Entertainment, and therefore the rights to The Stand miniseries. Viacom, of course, owned Paramount by this time, but the rights went with CBS when the Viacom/CBS demerger happened in 2005/6. The rights are now with the recently remerged ViacomCBS. Confused yet?
 

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There is a rumor that Shout is going to release a special edition. So it might not be a bad idea to wait, unless you need the movie right now.
No point in buying a mediocre version. If I want to watch it sometime soon, I can just rent it on iTunes.
 

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