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    Unique ID Code: 0000046836
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    Added on: 26/3/2003 07:26
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    Fog, The (US)

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    What you can`t see won`t hurt you... it`ll kill you!
    Certificate: R
    Running Time: 90 mins
    Retail Price: $19.95
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    When the fog rolls in the terror begins! This moody and "crisply chilling" (Newsweek) horror classic from master of terror John Carpenter (The Thing) and co-writer Debra Hill (Escape from L.A.) stars Adrienne Barbeau (Swamp Thing), Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween), OscarĀ® winner John Houseman (Rollerball) and OscarĀ® nominee Janet Leigh (Psycho). Get lost in the fog "it will frighten the daylights" (The Hollywood Reporter) out of you!

    The sleepy seaside village of Antonio Bay is about to learn the true meaning of the word "vengeance." For this seemingly perfect town masks a guilty secret, a past steeped in greed and murder. Exactly 100 years ago, a ship was horribly wrecked under mysterious circumstances in a thick, eerie fog. Now, shrouded in darkness, the long dead mariners have returned from their watery grave to exact a bloody revenge. Can this waking nightmare be stopped, or will the fog keep rolling in to kill and kill again?

    Special Features:
    New Documentary
    Storyboard to Film Comparison
    Original 1980 Documentary
    Advertising Gallery
    Liner Notes by John Carpenter
    Audio Commentary by John Carpenter and Debra Hill

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
    Standard 1.33:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital Mono English
    Dolby Digital Mono French

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    John Carpenter

    Written By:

    Tom Atkins
    John Houseman
    Janet Leigh
    Jamie Lee Curtis
    Adrienne Barbeau

    Soundtrack By:
    John Carpenter

    Director of Photography:
    Dean Cundey

    Tommy Lee Wallace
    Charles Bornstein

    Costume Designer:
    Bill Whittens
    Stephen Loomis

    Production Designer:
    Tommy Lee Wallace

    Debra Hill
    Pegi Brotman
    Barry Bernardi

    Executive Producer:
    Charles B. Bloch

    MGM / UA

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    8 / 10
    1980`s The Fog was John Carpenter`s followup to 1978`s surprise hit Halloween. Rather then make another film like that, Carpenter chose to make an old fashioned horror film which relied more on scares then gore.

    The picture quality is excellent with few defects. The sound is also good although the 5.1 mix does sound a little restrained.

    First extra is a audio commentary from director John Carpenter and producer Debra Hill which originally featured on Elite Entertainment`s 1995 US laserdisc. Next is a original featurette, Fear On Film: Inside The Fog. This lasts over 7 and a half minutes. There is also a 28 minute featurette, Tales From The Mist: Inside The Fog.

    Next is 4 minutes worth of outtakes. Some more outtakes are available as an easter egg. Also included are a storyboard to film comparsion, 2 trailers, a teaser trailer, 3 TV spots and a large photo gallery.

    Overall, this is a godd old fashioned horror film presented on a excellent DVD.
    posted by dvd_man on 11/4/2003 01:45
    8 / 10
    For some reason "The Fog" is constantly overlooked in Carpenter's body of work - probably because it is not as exploitative, and therefore less sensational, as some of his more recognized films. In terms of atmosphere however, no other film can even come close to what "The Fog" delivers. The beautiful cinematography and the great locations, combined with solid acting and masterful editing make "The Fog" a timeless horror highlight that has more in common with classic horror films than modern fare, and should be appreciated as such.

    This movie is quite literally dripping with atmosphere. From the simple but effective lighting, the impenetrable darkness of the midnight hour shooting schedule and, of course, the titular fog, Carpenter really hones in on what will scare the audience. He takes a perverse pleasure out of juxtaposing the wholesomeness of small town life with the fear that is associated with an unknown terror. Even better, he knows that audiences get even more pleasure out of it than he does.

    John Carpenter has shown that it doesn`t take a blockbuster cast and outrageous budget to formulate success. With only a budget of $1 million, The Fog earned more than $21 million during its theatrical run. Though it will likely be overshadowed by other Carpenter favs, one can only hope that the digital upgrade will give the movie some more exposure. MGM has combined a great transfer, excellent sound, laserdisc extras, and new supplements to give fans a DVD to be proud of. With a MSRP under $20, this disc needs to be in every horror fans collection. Highly recommended.
    posted by Aslan on 16/4/2003 19:35
    8 / 10
    This is not really a scary movie just a very eerie movie.

    One of John Carpenter`s best movies with plenty of atmosphere and one very important lesson in life:

    posted by Si-C on 30/4/2003 00:19
    9 / 10
    From Director John Carpenter comes a great horror film from 1979, All the leads give great performances but the star of the show is the mysterious fog gliding over the water.
    The picture is good and the sound excellent, the new documentary, which is more of a retrospective is good and the commentary by Carpenter and Ex-Wife and co-producer Debra Hill is excelent, it is informative and entertaining as all Carpenter commentary`s are!
    posted by verhoeven on 18/6/2003 13:55
    9 / 10

    When John Carpenter was on a role this is the kind of entertaining stuff he can come up with. The Fog is brilliant movie. John Carpenters direction is spot on, with great performances all round, even today The Fog is still a chilling masterpiece all round. It also features a great Score from Carpenter, which we hae come to expect from him, and the cinematography is also brilliant, capturing the mood right, well
    done all round.


    A great 5.1 mix from MGM, who know how to treat films like this. Though the 5.1 isn`t that great it`s better than mono!


    Again could have been better but a great transfer any way.


    MGM have included some great extras which add to it`s special edition label. A great Commentary by John Carpenter and Ex-Wife Debra Hill. Also the new documentary is good and gives plenty of insight, the original 1980 documentary is good but covers the same ground. The storyboard to film comparison is also a great edition. The linear notes by Carpenter are again informative and good. Let`s hope when Escape From NY is released it`s as good or even better than this.
    posted by the_film_king on 9/8/2003 18:04
    8 / 10
    One of my favourite Carpenter Horror`s. It`s endlessly re-watchable. I feel that the extras should have on a separeate disc as there are some aliasing problems on the disc. With a bit of Tinkering, you can reduce the nature of such things though, I`ve learned...
    posted by Richard73 on 1/12/2003 17:18