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Firestarter Movie Collection
Firestarter Movie Collection
Actors: Drew Barrymore, Marguerite Moreau, Malcolm McDowell, Dennis Hopper, Danny Nucci
Directors: Mark L. Lester, Robert Iscove
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
PG     2004     4hr 44min

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Actors: Drew Barrymore, Marguerite Moreau, Malcolm McDowell, Dennis Hopper, Danny Nucci
Directors: Mark L. Lester, Robert Iscove
Creators: Frank Capra Jr., Jeffrey Morton, Martha De Laurentiis, Philip Eisner, Stanley Mann, Stephen King
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Universal Studios
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/01/2004
Original Release Date: 03/10/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 03/10/2002
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 4hr 44min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Me And Charlie McGee...
Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein | under the rubble | 03/12/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Drew Barrymore is not bad at all as little Charlene "Charlie" Mcgee. She's afflicted with pyrokenesis (starting fires w/ her mind) handed down to her by her mum Vicky (Heather Lockleer) and dad Andy (David Keith), who were both injected with an experimental serum by a secret government organization called "The Shop". Now Charlie is on the run with dad, trying to escape the clutches of the nefarious shop operatives who've already killed mum! Unfortunately, an assassin named Rainbird (George C. Scott) wants Charlie for his own demented reasons. Along with Capt. Hollister (Martin Sheen), Rainbird plans on exploiting Charlie's powers, then killing her with a quick blow to the head! He's a sick one! As much as I like Drew Barrymore in this, FIRESTARTER has it's lame moments of pure cheese, like when Mum's oven mits burst into flames, whatta riot! Or when flaming mannequins (shop agents) fly through trees at Charlie's instigation during the blazing climax! Still, it's not a terrible movie, just not a classic. Then, there's FIRESTARTER 2: REKINDLED, a nearly 3 hour sequel that suffers from a bloated storyline that could have easily been squeezed into an hour! Charlie's all grown up now, and suffering from nightmares from her past, as well as that pesky burning thing. She is unaware that Rainbird (Now played by Malcolm McDowell) is alive (?!) and still infatuated with her. He's also raised up a small army of kids with various psychic abilities (sort of a bratty version of Village Of The Damned). These kids are being trained as weapons of course, and will ultimately face Charlie in an all-too-whimpy showdown. Dennis Hopper (Night Tide, Blue Velvet) is also in this as Richardson, a clairvoyant with the personality of day-old oatmeal. REKINDLED has far more smoke than fire, and seems almost endless to sit through! It's more or less a freebie tacked on to the infinitely superior original. So, grab some marshmallows and roast 'em by the TV screen! Enjoy..."
Nice Being Able To See Both Films
Orion E. Hubbard | Portland, Oregon United States | 12/29/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Let's, see; how to explain this? If you are a real Stephen King fan, you might not like either version of Firestarter as neither version is like the book, but I've read the book which is quite long and if everything that was in the book was put into a movie, that movie would be about six hours long. However the original 1984 version of Firestarter comes close to the book in many ways, but its problem is that the movie could have been just a little longer and filled in a bit more of the background.

The new movie does that, but it's a form of revisionist history. Things happen in the 2nd movie differently from the original movie, and from the book as well. For the purist, this is not quite a good thing. I sat through the movie saying "now that didn't happen like that," that didn't happen that way," and so on, comparing the differences and not quite enjoying the film. The problem is, the second film is not all that enjoyable as the star of this film is no longer the cute Drew Barrymore nor are the other actors up to the quality and caliber of the ones in the first movie.

Somebody who has never read the book (which is one of King's better books) or seen the first movie, might enjoy Firestarter 2, which is more a strange combination of the Scanners and X-Men movies than a Stephen King piece. As science fiction stories go, it's okay; and despite what the DVD cover says, this is a science fiction story and not anything supernatural. It's not bad, but it could have been so much better. I give it three stars. Look at this film first, then compare it with the original film; then you decide which is the better film."
Somebody needs to shoot the producer
Na Derro Cartwright | 07/10/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Now I have seen my share fo good movies and read some really good books and I have to say that of all the books and all the movies, Stephen Kings orignal Firestarter has to be one of my absolute favorites. I have read this story enough to know it backwards and forward. It is a story that I have a invested a lot of time viewing and reviewing. So when I learned that there was going to be a sequel I had really high expectations.

In the sequel we are first introduced to how Charlie lost her mother. This is something that avid Firestarter followers will see as a studio seen pitch to add drama and effect to a story that is needs none. Not to give the story away for fan but it can be safe to say that the writers, and the directors didnt bother to research the book or the storyline enough to know how this happened out in the original. Had that time for the research been done it would have probably been accepted. Secondly we are introduced to a group of survivors of the original experiment. This is something that is a direct contridiction of the original book, becuase there were only 2 survivors and they married, raised a child, and then killed. Other then that there were no Lot Six survivors, in the movie. In the book however there were 2, on man that was kept in a small room on an island compound, and of course Charlie McGee.

Finally and this is what I found the most distrubing, the charater played by George C. Scott, (John Rainbird) has been re introduced in to the story, He is no longed the cold calculated killer that burned to death in the barn from the last story, now he is a scientest. Not just any scientest he is someone that is some how part of the Lot Six program. A program that was has not spawned several children that have "special" abilities.

According to the book and to the orignal movie, the reason that they wanted Charlie in the first place was because she was the only person that had any abilities as a result of the Lot 6 Experiment that didnt tax the body physically. That was why they wanted her to begin with. She was supposed to be used as a weapon. A weapon.

If you are going to re make a movie at least read the original. Case in point "Back to the Future.""
Two enjoyable Thrillers!
John Lindsey | Socorro, New Mexico USA. | 07/03/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"In "Firestarter", a young girl named Charlie "Charlene" Mcgee (Drew Barrymore) and her father (David Keith) are on the run from the govement who wants to use them for experiments. Long ago, Andrew McGee whom has the power to control minds and objects met a beautiful woman named Vickey (Heather Locklear) as they got married and gave birthd to a young girl whom would later have the supernatural ability to start fires with her mind and soon becomes a danger especially her father. Next "Firestarter 2" deals with Charlie all grown up 20 years later as she's still on the run under a new ID and still dangerous as ever as she's learning to control her powers! John Rainbird (Malcom Mcdowell) from the first has six young kids with similar psychic powers but not as strong to go against the now beautiful Charlie for only a friend (Dennis Hopper) can stop Rainbird's evil plan.

The first "Firestarter" is a nice suspensful Sci-fi horror thriller based on Stephen King's novel of the same name features Martin Sheen, Art Carney, Freddie Jones and George C. Scott as Rainbird is an enjoyable little romp. The pyro effects were really neat for their time before CGI and the performances aren't too bad even Barrymore's portryal of the little tortured pyrokinetic girl, it's not really true to the book but it's a fine little exciting movie with good effects and a cool score by Tangerine Dream all in this Dino De Laurentiis produced shocker. The sequel on the otherhand is a reasonable one which a hot grown up Charlie McGee played by Marguerite Moreau and of course Malcom Mcdowell nailing the part of Rainbird quite good feels kind of a remake of the first movie mixed with an "X-Men" movie rather then a sequel, but still it's a fine made for cable sequel.

The Transfers to both movies on this DVD set are very good and the only extra is a trailer to the first movie."