This Double Feature set from Scream Factory is mixed. For one, instead of getting De Palma’s original version of Carrie we instead receive the weaker 2002 TV movie. However, on the plus side, especially for fans, The Rage: Carrie 2 is the second feature and is a sequel to De Palma version, so for completions sake, this might be worth picking up (especially if you also own the remake).
Carrie / The Rage: Carrie 2
(2002 / 1999)
Scream Factory | NR – 237 min. – $24.97 | April 14, 2015
THE MOVIE – 2.5/5
Carrie White (ANGELA BETTIS) is a lonely, awkward teenage girl who just doesn’t fit in. At school, she endures her classmates’ constant ridicule, and at home she suffers endless psychological torture at the hands of her fanatically religious mother (PATRICIA CLARKSON). But Carrie has a secret. She’s been cursed with the terrifying power of telekinesis. And when her tormentors commit an act of unforgiveable cruel humiliation at the prom, they’ll soon learn a deadly lesson. Taking its inspiration from King’s book rather than the original film, Carrie was written by Bryan Fuller (of NBC’s “Hannibal”) and stars Emilie de Raven, Katherine Isabelle and Chelan Simmons.
The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)
Rachel (EMILY BERGL) is a high school misfit who gets caught in the middle of a vicious prank orchestrated by a group of jocks that turns deadly. Once the police bring one of the boys in for questioning, his teammates target Rachel for squealing, and hatch a devious scheme to publicly humiliate her. But messing with Rachel is worse than playing with fire, for when her temper’s crossed, it triggers a power-keg of anger and unleashes horrifying powers that turn a wild teen house party into a wilder mad-house inferno.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.25/5
This “Double Feature” release under Shout’s Scream Factory line has each film on its own disc which will allow Shout to later re-release The Rage: Carrie 2 as it seems the primary want for fans.
Carrie (2002) — 1.25/5
Not much is included but we do get a new Audio Commentary with director David Carson and the Trailer (2:04).
The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999) — 2.5/5
There’s a bit more here though still limited. There’s another new, albeit subdued, Audio Commentary with Director Katt Shea; an Alternate Ending (1:06) with “Before and After” Special Effects Sequence; some Additional Scenes (7:27); and the Theatrical Trailer (2:16).
VIDEO – 3.0/5
Carrie (2002) — 2.25/5
Although this originally aired on television with a 1.33 full frame aspect ratio, this Blu-ray release opens up the matting for a 1.78 widescreen presentation and a 1080p high-definition transfer. The picture, for this limited budgeted made-for-TV movie, really doesn’t look good. Detail levels are iffy and well defined and there’s a fair amount of artifacting from beginning to end. Colors are also drab, almost faded so it’s not a pretty looking picture either. To be fair, this was not originally meant for high-def viewing so can’t really place blame on MGM or Shout for the transfer.
The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999) — 3.75/5
The gem of this double feature release for fans is the sequel to Brian De Palma’s 1976 adaptation and I was relatively surprised that this one, unlike the TV movie, doesn’t look half bad. The Rage: Carrie 2 is shown in its original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and a well done 1080p high-definition transfer. Detail levels are relatively sharp, colors well balanced and outside of a couple dust marks, is a pretty clean transfer on the whole.
AUDIO – 3.25/5
Carrie (2002) — 3.0/5
The movie at least comes with a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio track which sounds fine though nothing dynamic or amazing. Dialogue levels are moderately clear and the generic score comes through well enough; while there is the occasional hisses and some muffling, I found it to be an adequate lossless track.
The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999) — 3.5/5
Similarly, the sequel (to the De Palma version) has a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track providing some clear dialogue levels and has a fair amount of depth between the score, ambient noises and other elements such as the cruel taunting of the high school twerps.
OVERALL – 3.0/5
Overall, this Double Feature set from Scream Factory is mixed. For one, instead of getting De Palma’s original version of Carrie we instead receive the weaker 2002 TV movie. However, on the plus side, especially for fans, The Rage: Carrie 2 is the second feature and is a sequel to De Palma version, so for completions sake, this might be worth picking up (especially if you also own the remake). The Blu-ray released by Shout offers an OK selection of bonus material (better than nothing all things considered) but the audio and video are iffy, though The Rage is better in both categories while Carrie has the look and sound of a made-for-TV movie.
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