The Stand (1994) (Blu-ray Review)

The Stand (1994) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Mick Garris
Starring: Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan
Rated: UR/Region A/1:33/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Paramount Pictures/CBS Home Video

Enter a near-future of a horrifically plague-ravaged Earth where a fraction of its population survives, compelling them to choose sides between the overwhelming forces of good and evil, in this critically acclaimed film version of Stephen King’s phenomenal, number-one bestselling novel THE STAND. Millions perish, and as small, isolated frightened bands unite, the answers to their perpetual questions to justify this end of civilization are bared in their dreams — revelations that urge some to embrace a path of virtue and others to gravitate towards a sinister course of darkness. As the opposing forces separate into two camps — one led by the saintly Mother Abigail and the other by demonic Randall Flagg — the noble elements try to shield themselves from their corrupt enemy, whose ruthless potency is increased by their domination of an excavated nuclear warhead.

I remember when this hit the TV back in the day as a miniseries and it seemed like it was a pretty big deal. Which, I’ve learned anything with Stephen King’s name on it tends to be a big deal. Now here it is with a Blu-ray release and everything here on one disc for a five-hour adventure, unlike anything you probably have seen before. The big question here is if what we get here is worth checking it out and devoting over five hours to? I’d say so. The Stand is an interesting situation. It’s a compelling and often spooky story that dives deep into the theory of good and evil. It also leads things to a very cool climax that makes everything you’ve been watching here worth the journey. Stephen King really is a master storyteller and this show stayed about as close to the source as one could. The Stand was a massive book and this is a massive running time if you really think about it, so I’m not shocked that most of it are here. I know it has been about 25 years since the release of this and it holds up pretty well.

Being a miniseries made for TV back in the day, you have to realize that this doesn’t have an all-out bloodbath or anything like this. This one seems to be driving the interest in with the plot and the cast, and it does do that to its credit. Is it dated by today? Yes, it is, but the story is still strong and that keeps it raised above the dated stuff to be as good as it is. If you also had the old school DVD you can rest easy knowing that this is a very solid improvement over what that disc was. You expect that from an HD release, but this one looks awesome and is well worth picking up even if you are holding on hard to the old DVD.


– Audio Commentary
– The Making of Stephen King’s The Stand

Quality of Transfer: 93%

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