Stephen King’s IT (1990) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Tommy Lee Wallace
Starring: Tim Curry, John Ritter, Richard Thomas, Dennis Christopher
Rated: UR/Region A/1:33/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Warner Home Video
A malevolent force in a small New England town takes the shape of a clown, but he’s not clowning around. Instead, he terrifies youngsters and brings some to their untimely doom – until some wily kids fight back. The evil resurfaces 30 years later: meaner, angrier, deadlier. And friends who vividly remember youthful terrors reunite to battle It. Based on the 1986 novel.
A demonic creature named Pennywise which dresses in a clown suit has terrorized kids for who knows how long. However in the 1960’s he meets his match as a group of outsider kids (The Losers Club aka The Lucky 7) team up to take him down. Shoot ahead now to present day and Pennywise is back again! Now these seven kids, who are now fully grown, must once again reunite and return home to try to stop Pennywise for good! Watching this very long movie (Which was a two-night event on TV remember) brought back a lot of memories for me. And still today I believe the great Tim Curry in the role of Pennywise is one of the creepiest things I have ever seen. There’s just something soo unsettling about Pennywise that it gives you the creeps when he’s on screen. And while due to the time period of film, a lot of things (like a giant spider) may look a bit corny by today’s standards, you can’t take the weirdness of Pennywise away, even today. Also what a cast we have here huh? Harry Anderson from Night Court, John Ritter from Three’s Company, Richard Thomas from the Waltons and even a young Seth Green make up a very odd but very good cast. And why it may sound a little “out there” for today, you got to think that in 1990 it wasn’t too shabby, and I feel the acting really holds things together, especially when we get to the second part of the film which isn’t as good as the first, but still above average.
And the first half is pretty awesome right? I mean I know it is, but surely all of you agree. It features the late Jonathan Brandis as the young version of Bill. As a matter of fact, I think all the kid actors hold their own pretty well in this twisted little story before the second half kicks in and the more popular adult actors seemingly take over. And the result is a film that for anyone afraid of clowns might seem like the 7th ring of hell…It just that damn creepy at times. A lot of character development, but it’s filled with a good story that never gives you a dull moment. So it has a great first half, still a good second, and it’s packed with weird and eerie all the way through as Tim Curry puts on one of the greatest performances you’ll ever see! And while I said it may be one of the greatest made for TV horror films ever made, it may just one of the best made for TV movies period. But what’s even better, it matches up well against any other style of movie as well. So I’ll give props to It, because I believe as far as clown movies go, nothing else can touch it. Not to mention how great it is to have this now on Blu-ray looking better than ever. This is clearly how the movie was meant to be seen and is very much an upgrade if you already have the DVD version of it. Also, anyone still wanting to know, this combines both parts of the movie. So, yes, the closing credits of the first part and the opening credits of the second half are not here.
– Audio Commentary with Director and Actors
Quality of Transfer: 89%