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Finally a great edition of this Stephen King adaptation.Hope you like the photo of Ms.Barrymore on the outer sleeve,as it appears 9 more times inside.Extra's plenty - over 50 min making of with the director and others involved.20 mins with Johannes Schmoelling (part of Tan'.Dream at time)inc two & half minute piano version of main theme.2 very different commentaries; one as director is watching the film and giving his memories on the specific scenes.The other a well researched essay read out by Johnny Mains with thoughts on Stephen King books & films(and his brief opinions on them).A lot of details on real events such as the drug research/spontanious combustion/ and a real firestarter(albeit just thin paper,by blowing on it,and possible explanation of how it was done). So a lot of info' to take in, - as expected the picture looks fabulous,mono sound good enough for me.
I am going to start by saying that I am no Stephen King fan, as a matter of fact, he is the most overrated author on the planet, and was often accused of writing for the movies. Well, excuse me, but that's exactly what he has always done. He constantly complained about adaptions, but it didn't stop him from raking in the dollar signs when he gave them the rights. I have read several of his books and I was not impressed at all, except for his early ones, like The Shining and Salems' Lot. I read Firestarter too, and it was awful. But the film was a major improvement and brought the story to life in incredible detail.
The cast was also unbelieveably strong, basically an allstar who's who of Hollywood and many performances were a tad over the top, but in a film such as this, larger than life performances from veterans like George C. Scott and Martin Sheen and David Keith are what you need.
For me, this film belongs totally to Drew Barrymore. She will always be the Firestarter for me, a part she was meant for and she is incredibly endearing and it makes the governement villians in this even more despicable and it makes you hate them more for what they do to her and her father. Governement agencies really do get a kick out of breaking up families like that and it's laid on heavily here, nothing short of fascism. And when Charley uses her powers, it's visually impressive and you just have to cheer the little blonde one on. It's terribly sad at times, but that makes it work so much the better. George C Scott's chilling hitman villian of course could have stolen the show, especially when he 'makes friends with her and becomes close' and nearly did when I first saw it, but Drew matched him every step of the way and (slight spoiler alert) wins in the end.
The film packs a very strong emotional punch, the stuntwork and pyrotechnics are often breathtaking and the visual effect of Charley's hair blowing and the sound effect that comes along with it is extremely clever, and wasn't in the book by the way. Logic has nothing to do with it, it's a film, which uses visual tricks and sound to tell the story, get over it.
I have always been a big fan of this film and congrats to Mark L. Lester for pulling off an unfairly mauled underrated classic. I am having to buy it again too, since the version I had is released by another company, not Universal, and so you lose a whole chunk of the beginning, which is no good to me. Big price though, but it's worth it.
Finally available on Blu Ray in the UK & what a release it is, picture quality is top notch hardly any grain visible, sound is LPCM Mono 48k. The disc is loaded with extras, a theatrical poster, art cards & collector's booklet . A truly stunning release for a classic film,,,well done PlanB....
I've always loved this film and if you're a fan... the blu ray is certainly worth having... no extras though although it's about time, but the film is presented in an amazing transfer, I've never seen the film looking so good... pleased I upgraded from the DVD... :)