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John Carpenter: The Man and His Movies
John Carpenter The Man and His Movies
Actors: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Peter Jason, Stacy Keach, Gregory Nicotero
Director: Garry Grant
Genres: Horror, Documentary
NR     2004     1hr 0min

One of the great maverick directors of the past three decades, John Carpenter changed the face of horror and action with a string of worldwide smash hits. A true renaissance man of the silver screen, he often writes, produ...  more »

     
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Actors: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Peter Jason, Stacy Keach, Gregory Nicotero
Director: Garry Grant
Genres: Horror, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Horror, Biography
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 03/23/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

THE MASTER OF TERROR - briefly and concisely
wkjun | 03/31/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"PICTURE QUALITY (5/5 STARS)
The interviews and film scenes are excellent quality, some film clips seem to be better on this DVD than on the movie DVDs!SOUND QUALITY (5/5 STARS)
No surround of course, flawless Stereo sound.EXTRAS (1/5 STARS)
No extras on this interview DVD - excusable as this whole DVD is some kind of an extra.SPECIAL/UNIQUE ON THIS DVD RELEASE:
- anamorphic Widescreen
- Dolby Stereo
- up to now singularly contribution DVD to John CarpenterCOMMENT:
I've waited so long for a J.C. DVD (like the "The Director" series) and here it is - at least a beginning because it is quiet short. 60 minutes of footage in one big clip with chapters - each for one film. Most of his films are treated well on this DVD. Especially his earlier years as film-/musicmaker and his youth is analyzed.
The mixture of interviews with J.C., actors, Alan Howarth (!) and clips from the films works very well. 50 minutes or so are very detailed but at the end it starts to get hurried and it may be that there will be another DVD like this because some important movies have not been mentioned (see below) and there could have been much more information about his later movies.
This release has a wide opened end - like telling 50 % and then "cut"... nevertheless highly enjoyable, informative and a must-have for every fan - priceless!!Detailled information in these chapters (in correct order):
"Influence"
"Film School"
Dark Star (1974)
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
Halloween (1978)
"Carpenter's Music"
The Fog (1980)
"Westerns"
Vampires (1998)
Escape from New York (1981)
Escape from L.A. (1996)
"John and his Team"
The Thing (1982)
Starman (1984)
Prince Of Darkness (1987)
They Live (1988)Bearly mentioned:
Christine (1983)
In The Mouth Of Madness (1995)
Village Of The Damned (1998)
Ghosts Of Mars (2001)No footage from:
Big Trouble In Little China (1986)
Memoirs Of An Invisible Man (1992)
Body Bags (1993)
all others"
Should be an extra on some Carpenter DVD
Martin Koolhoven | Amsterdam, Noord Holland Netherlands | 05/09/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"It doesn't tell anything new to a Carpenter fan, but it is nice to see an hour on him. It isn't really worth putting it out on dvd, though. It should be an extra on some Carpenter DVD."