Burnette: Stephen King On Blu-ray

I liked this  article by Bryant Burnette a lot.  I enjoyed his commentary on the movies, and generally agreed wholeheartedly. Besides, he took the time to track down all the links to Amazon.  Being that I liked it so much, there are two things I could do. . . 

1. I could recreate Bryant Burnette's post about Stephen King Blu-Rays and try to make it look like my own.

2. I could  steal his post and wait quietly in my cabin for him to come knocking on my door.  "You stole my story,"  he would say.  

So, here it is, I stole  his story.

Stephen King On Blu-ray

by Bryant Burnette

Recently, I bit a bullet: I purchased a Blu-ray player. I'd been saying I wasn't going to do this for a while, on account of the fact that I haven't yet been able to save up enough money to buy myself an HD-capable television. Nope; still stuck with my 1998 Zenith, which downscales Blu-ray to a glorious 480p. That's 600p less than 1080! Six hundred ps missing!

But, I was determined to buy the Bond 50 Blu-ray set while it was cheap as hell, since that would be WAY up on my list of the first purchases I would need to make when I finally do get around to buying that 3D-capable el humungo teevee I will eventually buy.

And so it is that now, my extensive collection of Stephen King DVDs feels just kinda sad and outdated. They'll all have to be upgraded at some point, of course, and I'm sure I'll complete that process just in time for the next leap forward in technology, whatever that ends up being. Ah, well; such is the life of a low-income collector.

It got me to thinking: how many King movies are actually available on Blu-ray? It's a question I don't know how to answer; deprived of HD as I've been, I've mostly opted to not pay attention to what's out there and what isn't.

So: research time! And I figured, why not pass along the fruits of that labor to you?

Naturally, Carrie -- the King flick that started the whole thing -- is available. I'm not the biggest fan of this flick, but it would be a travesty if it weren't on Blu.

(And in case you are wondering, no, I get no kickback of any kind from Amazon for these links. They are for your convenience only.)

(It's also worth noting that this research only takes Region 1 releases into account. I've got a few readers who will not be helped by this at all. Sorry, Australia!)

There are several other Children of the Corn flicks out there on Blu, too, but I won't be linking to most of those; you're on your own with that.

Creepy Nazi action for $11.97! Why you so creepy, Gandalf?

The Blue Mile on Green-ray for eight-freakin'-ninety-nine! Worth every penny! Buy two!

Secret Window for $10.99! Underrated!

1408 for $14.08 (plus an additional $0.41)! This movie sucks!

The Mist is worth more than $11.48! Send Amazon a few extra bucks! (Now that'd be stupid.)

I can't get Christine, but I can get Dolan's Cadillac?!? At least it's only $9.75.

No Storm of the Century, but the remake of Children of the Corn is a go! It's $7.79, which is half the budget of this piece of corn-laden stuff!

And finally, loath as I am to promote them, you can get seasons one and two of Haven; together it'll set ya back nearly sixty bucks, and surely you've got better things to do with sixty bucks than this...


I'm sure more King titles will go hi-def one of these days, especially if the floodgate of new King movies ever opens the way it's been threatening to lately. I'd love to see the original Salem's Lot on Blu, as well as Maximum Overdrive, for some reason. And maybe, someday, a complete-series version of Golden Years with the original and uncut episodes, plus Needful Things with the longer television edit as a bonus feature.

Make it happen, Hollywood!


  1. I don't mind Thinner that much, but that is one weird cover. ???

  2. (David didn't steal my story; unlike that fellow in the Johnny Depp movie, he asked for it, fair and square. And I appreciate it!)

  3. Wow, Thinner is severely overpriced! I refused to buy that trash even when I found a used copy for $2.99 one time. Not worth it.

  4. Okay, which other King films deserve the blu-ray treatment, bear in mind this is a pretty short list to choose from.

    I'm honestly drawing a blank right now.


    1. The Dead Zone, Christine, Storm of the Century, and Dolores Claiborne come to mind.

      I'd like to see everything in hi-def at some point, though.

  5. Well, I'm going to get nailed by someone for this, but I don't care what the Nostalgia Critic or anyone else says, for blu-ray I nominate the miniseries It.

    Buenos Dio de la Muerte.


  6. I'll die on that hill with you, Chris. But only the parts with the kids, because the adults in IT were. . . less than fantastic.

    1. All of "It" (the miniseries) is less than fantastic, in my opinion, but it still ought to be on Blu-ray. I imagine it'd sell well.

      I forgot one: the original "Salem's Lot"!

    2. I liked the original Salem's Lot. Are you saying it is . . . or should be on Blu Ray-ray ?

    3. Oh, sorry! No, it's not on Blu-ray; I'm saying I think it should be. In fact, after The Dead Zone and Christine, it's probably be my top choice. That movie has a lot of problems, but I love it.

      I've also always been annoyed that the score isn't available on CD. I've got the digital equivalent; it's been floating around on share sites for scores for years, but I want a proper CD release!

    4. Well, i won't say the adult part of It doesn't need work, Bev ruminating outside the hospital always struck my as a bit over-dramatic. The irony is at least part of that scene (between Ben and Bev) looked like it could have worked somewhere in the original novel, same with Bill at the cemetary along with their implied cowardice as grownups, it just fit the characters.


  7. Great post! I really need to purchase a Blu-ray Player for my household. I have been slacking, thank you for sharing this with us!