James B. (wandersoul73) from LINDALE, TX Reviewed on 6/18/2009...
This is probably one of the weakest box sets around by Stephen King. The only 2 highlights within this would be The Stand and Thinner. But all the others are just long and boring.
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2 very good films, a pretty bad one, and a horrendous one.
Jueichi Shen | Knoxville, TN United States | 02/11/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Cujo-It's been a long time since I've seen this film, but to my memory, it was a pretty decent horror flick about a rabid St. Bernard. ** 1/2 out of ***** (Based on 7-year old memory)The Stand-Completely compelling horror epic about the end of the world and the survivors dealing with the aftermath. At 6 hrs., it's LONG but never dull. Somewhat lackluster ending, though. Great performances from Gary Sinise, Miguel Ferrer, Rob Lowe, and Jamey Sheriday, and a fine score from W.G. Snuffy Walden. **** out of *****The Langoliers-Intriguing and engrossing thriller about a group of people who awaken during a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Boston only to discover all of the other passengers and the flight crew have disappeared. Despite a couple of weak special effects and an underwhelming final scene, this is a true seat gripper that proves fear of the unknown is more frightening than any monster. Good performances from most of the cast, especially David Morse, Dean Stockwell, and Mark Lindsay Chapman.
**** out of *****Thinner-Another Stephen King horror film about a man who is cursed by a gypsy and continues to grow thinner. Initially intriguing premise really goes nowhere after awhile, and it's hard to tell whether the ending is being serious or jokey. * 1/2 out of *****Golden Years-Absolutely awful mini-series involving an old man who begins to grow younger after a disaster in a secret laboratory. Pedestrian direction, second-rate performances, poor dialogue, and an astonishingly bad ending are the main highlights. Some die-hard Stephen King fans might find something to admire, but it's a torturous 4 hours. 1/2 out of *****This 5-pack DVD would a worthy buy for those who are intrigued and haven't seen these films yet. The Stand and The Langoliers are clearly the best, and they also remain among King's best film adaptations to date."
A True Stephen King Collection
Jueichi Shen | 01/09/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"For all those Stephen King fans this is one package you cannot beat. You get all those great miniseries you have seen on TV in one package...great enough for hours of excitement.
Would have been more then three stars if not for the lack of the stereo quality in some of the movies (it was monoural) but still a horror lovers dream.
I wish there was another set like this."
maxwellryan | Toledo, Ohio | 05/29/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Two stars for the complete collection. One of Stephen King's better mini-series in "The Stand" is mixed with some less than stellar efforts in the King department. I truly enjoyed "Cujo" (despite a specific deviation from the book that actually made a better movie) but cannot say the same for "The Langoliers" and especially the "Golden Years." "Thinner" is in the middling range of King adaptations. For me, it would have been better to purchase "The Stand" and "Cujo" alone. For King completists however, this might be the way to go."
3 1/2 -- Not well balanced, but it has some keepers....
DVDaHolic | 03/09/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It's sad how many times true Stephen King fans will have to purchase his movies. He has so many, yet they put out a two volume set -- cleary there will be a 'complete' collection eventually. Cujo is cult-classic -- The Langoliers is an acquired taste, I found it great. The Stand is really a gem -- (that and The Langoliers) -- brilliantly directed, well casted and phenomonal. Thinner is an okay movie, nothing all too special, but still worth owning. Now, Golden Years, is what I found to be disappointed in. The movie is just boring -- a man races against time to find out how to stop from getting younger? All in all, if you're an avid King reader and movie collector, I'd pick it up -- if not, just rent the movies indivigually."
3 Great Movies, One okay movie, and one piece of garbage
TarheelRocker | Gvegas, NC | 10/03/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, if you don't like long movies steer clear of this set. With the exception of Thinner and Cujo these movies are 4 hours long and up. As far as the contents, this box set has some great movies, Cujo is a classic horror film that caused me to have a phobia of dogs when I was little. The Stand is one of the best (and longest) movies I have ever seen, a classic good vs evil or even the disciples vs Satan. And then there is the Langoliers, a movie that understandably gets different review but I though was brilliant and very well casted. Along these three excellent movies there is Thinner which isn't a bad movie but it's nothing exceptional either, and The Golden Years which is a long long boaring piece of garbage. I have yet to make it through the Golden Years in one sitting without falling asleep so I have no idea how it ends but from other reviews it's just as bad as the rest of the movie. For the money this is a solid buy, especially if you are a Stephen King fan as I am. I do want to know when will the put some of his other great movies in one package. Movies like Needful Things, The Tommyknockers, Storm of the Century, and It? Just a thought!"