2017 has been a huge year for Stephen King fans. It was a box office hit, Gerald’s Game did very well on Netflix as did 1922 with Thomas Jane, and the series Mr. Mercedes was one of the best shows of the year period. So it only seems right that some of the past adaptations of King’s work are also getting new treatments. One such film is Rob Reiner’s Misery, now out in a new Collector’s Edition from the great folks at Shout! Factory.
Paul Sheldon (James Caan) is a bestselling novelist who has just finished his latest book which closes out a series that has been very successful for him. But on his way home from his writing hideaway Paul’s car crashes during a freak blizzard. Former nurse Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) happens to find the seriously injured author and takes him back to her remote mountain home for treatment. But when Annie, who happens to be a huge fan of Paul’s, reads his manuscript and discovers a character she loves is being killed off, she flies into a psychotic rage and refuses to let Paul go until he rewrites the book the way Annie wants to see it done. Now Paul must bide his time until he finds a way to escape or call for help before his #1 fan loses it completely.
Misery is one of the very best King adaptations out there. It is a perfect storm of talent from director Rob Reiner to screenwriter William Goldman to the brilliant casting of Caan and Bates and supporting actor Richard Farnsworth. The pace is perfect, the dialog perfect, the tension perfect. This is the very definition of a perfect thriller and it holds up just as well today as the day it was released.
This new Misery Collector’s Edition features a stunning new 4K restoration from the original film elements and I swear it looks better than when I saw it in the theatre in 1990. Also included are excellent new featurette interviews with Director Rob Reiner and Special Make-up Effects Artist Greg Nicotero, and loads of other previously released special features all gathered here together. This is absolutely the definitive release of Misery and a must own component to any film collection. Very highly recommended.