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"Misery" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

MiserySynopsis

Paul Sheldon (James Caan) is a writer who suffers a car accident in a blizzard in the mountains of Colorado. Seemingly rescued by Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates, who won an Oscar for her performance), a nurse who finds him wrecked in his car and also happens to be his biggest fan. However, Annie's obsession with Paul, and his novels, starts to move beyond that of just an average fan, and when his new novel comes out with a plot twist she doesn't want, things start to spin even more out of his control.

 

Specifications

  • MGM
  • 1990, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 47 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring James Caan, Kathy Bates
  • Directed by Rob Reiner
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  • Violence: Heavy
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

I used to read Stephen King when I was young as reading horror has never bothered me, but watching horror on the screen has always been hard for me. Misery was no different than any other great horror movie as the tension builds throughout the movie, but doesn't resort to cheap stunts to scare you as many other horror films do. A fantastic performance by Kathy Bates highlights the film and I enjoyed watching it again, though I admittedly did so during the middle of the day with plenty of lights on.

Technical

For a movie that's close to 20 years old, Misery looked fantastic on Blu-ray. I could make out the details and textures on fabrics, and the picture was very sharp. There was a faint hint of film grain, but nothing distracting, and it doesn't harm the detail at all. The only downside was an occasional wide shot wouldn't be quite as sharp as the rest of the shots, but overall the film looked fantastic. The audio track was also very good, with good use of the surrounds and dialog was clear and sharp. A very nice presentation for a movie that's close to two decades old.

Extras

The Blu-ray disc has no extra features on it. Included in the case in a DVD copy of the film that contains a full director and screenwriter commentary and multiple featurettes and a trailer. Given that there was plenty of space left on the Blu-ray disc, it's too bad they weren't included so you could watch the film in high definition with the commentary tracks.All of the extras are presented in SD and not in HD.