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Posted by Nostalgic for the '80's (Member # 37454) on :
Recently watched It on Blu-ray. I had never seen this before - either on TV or in any previous home video version. I did read the Stephen King novel in the late 1980's, almost 30 years ago.

Technical review:

-Excellent PQ, color, sound. This was especially impressive given that this was an early '90's made-for-TV mini-series.

-I didn't mind the edits between the two segments, since the "cuts" seemed relatively seamless & since this was obviously done to make this seem more like one long film. That being said, I'm sure I would have been bothered more by this if I had seen this on TV - or on VHS - when the two parts were included in their entirety.

Re: the TV mini-series itself:

-Fantastic adaptation of the ST novel. I am extremely impressed, especially given that this was a network TV mini-series, and obviously didn't have the budget of an expensive Hollywood film. Much of the dialogue was right out of the book itself, including many of the quotes. Also, the story (towards the end) that Ben Hanscom (John Ritter) told to his friends about losing weight in high school - so he could try out & run on the track team - was also right out of the King book. Very nice, since I'm a purist when it comes to screen adaptations based on novels. Obviously, they couldn't put everything on screen given that the novel was so huge, but considering this mini-series was close to 3 hours long they included a lot.

-Excellent story & great casting. Well-done efforts to have at least a couple of the kid actors look a lot like the later adults, including the young actress who played Beverly - she looked quite a bit like Annette O'Toole, her adult self (other than the hair color). Also, it was a nice touch to have the young Bill Denbrough have a mole on his face, like the older Denbrough (Richard Thomas).

-Very disturbing story & above average special effects, especially by early '90's TV standards. Pennywise was quite frightening in all of his incarnations, especially as the seemingly harmless clown (even before you saw him with the fangs & eyes). The grotesque lobster creature at the end was well-done as well.

-Good job on recreating a small town in both the 1960 & 1990 time-frames; the transition between the two eras was seamless re: seeing similar storefronts, houses, etc. - with the obvious differences that 30 years will bring.

-Nostalgia obviously was very strong in this story - i.e., going back & forth between childhood & adulthood - and the adult selves slowly remembering a lot of the things that happened in their youth. I'm sure a lot of adults (myself included) can relate to having a group of friends you hung out with as kids/teenagers, and then losing touch with them as you get older & move on - as in this story.

RIP John Ritter & Jonathan Brandis (both passed in 2003)
Posted by Helen_S (Member # 5804) on :
Nice to see you really enjoyed it watching for the first time [Smile] I'll lazily copy and paste what I put in the last 90s film you watched thread last week [Razz]

I've watched and enjoyed this so many times, but I think this is the most I've ever gotten out of it. Maybe it's as I'm getting old now but this is the first time I haven't had a massive preference for the first part where it is predominantly the kids. I liked both halves equally. I didn't even mind the spider as much which is the bit that has always made me cringe in the past. I enjoyed the drama and friendship aspects of the film more than the horror on this viewing. I kept welling up through the good and the bad. Losers club ftw!
Posted by Crash (Member # 7484) on :
I am really curious to see what the new theatrical version is going to update. Pennywise is pretty darned scary so I'm not worried about their screwing that up.
Posted by Helen_S (Member # 5804) on :
The only thing is if it's good it will be really annoying waiting for the second part haha
Posted by Crash (Member # 7484) on :
I'm betting that it will be a big hit in the U.S., the biggest Stephen King film since 1408 a decade ago. (The Dark Tower is tanking.)
Posted by JCU (Member # 2851) on :
There was a time when ABC aired quite the television mini-series based on the work of King comparable to what was seen on the big screen.

Besides the story and how the scares were implemented, I think a big contributor to its success was the solid foundation of the actors who were established stars but not stratospheric.
Posted by Helen_S (Member # 5804) on :
Went to see the remake last night. I had a really good time with it. There was a lot they got right. The opening was killer. And same as with the orig the most important aspect is the friendship. I was pessimistic that they would be able to create that again but it was wonderful. The kids were really good and I welled up a few times. I liked how even though things were essentially the same they had a few different bits here and there or some scenes were ramped up like the Beverly sink scene was so over the top that I loved it!

Now to the things that I wasn't that keen on. Pennywise charging at a kid and disappearing, Pennywise charging at a kid and getting a door in the face, Pennywise peering around the corner, yadda yadda. It was too much and got really friggin' tedious for me. Also one of my favourite things about the miniseries is how part 1 is mostly the kids with some adult parts and then vise versa with part 2. But this being just the children alone without all the remember your promise phonecalls made it a little dull at a couple of spots. But yeah, overall it was a fun night.
Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
Hearing mostly very positive things on the IT remake Helen including your take on it (on it do u get it [Big Grin] ) and I will definitely try and catch it at the flicks this coming weekend especially as the cinema I tend to go to has now dropped there prices to £4.99 a ticket which in this day and age I think is rather good value!
Posted by Helen_S (Member # 5804) on :
Wow, that's good. My local has an offer of £6.50 Mon and Tues and after 7pm on a Sunday so that's when I always go! And you deserve tomatoes for that joke haha [Big Grin]
Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
That what I think Helen £4.99 is very reasonable and it's not so much of an issue if the movies a stinker!

I thought it was and was also hoping that it was a permanent price drop but looking into it more it does look as if selected VUE brands of movie theatre's are doing it for just one year only. - one of there theatres in Lancaster that is doing nthe same deal

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