“Carrie” got a TV-movie on NBC in 2000. But, it also had a half-ass sequel that was released back in my glory days of working at the Cineplex. Angela Bettis and Emilie de Ravin turned in amazing work for the TV Movie and you got a Bryan Fuller script. What made it cooler was how details from the King novel were worked into the story for the first time. Unfortunately, it was a tap water basic TV adaptation that felt like nothing. It’s frustrating to see a potentially amazing movie turn out just to be toothless.
Emily Bergl does the best she can with The Rage, but it is what’s wrong with every attempt to rebrand a franchise for a new generation. The slavish detail to a fanbase coupled with the desire to put a new spin creates this angry piecemeal fiction that can’t stand on its own. She’s the half-sister of Carrie because Carrie’s deadbeat dad had the ability to make magical telekinetic girls like it was nothing. If that wasn’t the worse, you have several moments of awful sexual aggression disguised as High School jock warfare. So much of this just made me cringe in hindsight.
The Blu-Ray comes with commentaries on both films, trailers and a ton of extra material as the special features. Specifically, you get the alternate ending and scenes not seen in theaters for The Rage. The A/V Quality is far better than my old first generation MGM DVDs. The 1080p transfer and DTS-HD mono track sounds solid, but I swear that The Rage had a proper 5.1 mix. In the end, it’s worth a purchase to fans.
Release Date: 04/14/15
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