The Stand: The Original Mini-Series (1994) – Bluray Review

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The Stand: The Original Mini-Series (1994) – Bluray Review
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  1. Mark_TB

    Thanks for the review! Just saved me some money, I'll stick with my DVD.

    Also, what was the 2nd adaptation?

    I think Sam was wrong there. Pretty sure this new one next year will be the 2nd adaption

  2. Sam Posten

    Yeah I had it in my head that a second (flop) adaptation had been made. Sorry bout that! Will fix it.

    Several attempts were made, with a lot filmed, I think, but after something like ten years of trying, it never was completed.

  3. I share your love for this book, Sam–it, along with The Dark Tower series, are my favorites of King's works.

    What they both have in common is that they need to be told onscreen in long, episodic style series, with a major focus on character development and motivations. These aren't "action" books, though they do contain some action. I felt the same about The Lord of the Rings, which is why, as awe-inspiring of a spectacle as Peter Jackson's films were (and I own all the versions, including the EEs), I still don't feel that he truly captured the essence of those books. He made great films…but in my opinion they were not great adaptations in terms of faithfulness to the tone and spirit of the original novel. Tolkien abhorred war and spent relatively few pages (as a percentage of the overall size of the book) covering and describing battles, choosing to spend more time with the characters and their stories, as well as the overall lore of Middle Earth. The movies essentially flip that ratio, spending a lot of time in action/battle sequences, using the more quiet moments as transitions to get to the next battle sequence.

    Which is my way of saying, I hope the new adaptation of The Stand is shot more "Game of Thrones" style. Take time to develop the characters. Show their motivations. Even the "Trashcan Man", as malignant a character as he is, has some understandable (if not sympathetic) reasons for doing what he does.

    I'm also hopeful that they'll tackle The Dark Tower novels in the same way, and let's just forget that the film was ever made.

  4. Never owned the DVD, and found the bluray to be okay, just one issue. When I stopped the movie, upon restarting the disc, the CBS logo appears and then I had a blank, black screen. I had to open-close the disc tray to get the movie to take me to the menu where I was then asked "Resume Yes/No?"

    Glad to have the series, just wonder why it had to be on a single disc. I would have paid more gladly. I feel this is one of the better King adaptations of his monumental work.

  5. After watching the first chapter on Blu-ray, I popped in the old DVD just to compare, and even though the Blu-ray (maybe just by virtue of the source material) isn't of astounding quality, I thought it was a huge step up compared to the DVD.

  6. FrankPitt

    After watching the first chapter on Blu-ray, I popped in the old DVD just to compare, and even though the Blu-ray (maybe just by virtue of the source material) isn't of astounding quality, I thought it was a huge step up compared to the DVD.

    Indeed — I think everyone has forgotten just how bad the DVDs were. Abomination is being kind and I'd say barely VHS EP quality

  7. darkrock17

    On the back cover it says that it's been edited and music has been replaced. Has Don't Fear The Reaper been cut for this release?

    I'll be on the lookout for more information on this but I don't have any specifics at this time.

    I have no doubt the bluray is an upgrade over the DVD. I do question if there is enough value in those improvements to warrant a repurchase. As much as I love the source book I personally would not upgrade if I had the original DVDs. You'll all have to make that call on your own. Personally I'd be more frustrated that the improvements don't go far enough than thankful over those that did show.

    Anyone know if this version has been released on CBS All Access? I refuse to pay for CBS (or Hulu or NBC) so no clue here.

  8. FrankPitt

    After watching the first chapter on Blu-ray, I popped in the old DVD just to compare, and even though the Blu-ray (maybe just by virtue of the source material) isn't of astounding quality, I thought it was a huge step up compared to the DVD.

    That is why I have been continuously saying that this Blu-Ray is a big upgrade, because the existing DVD sucked.

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