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Stark - The Dark Half - Blu-ray

Stark - The Dark Half - Blu-ray

USA 1991 - mit Timothy Hutton, Michael Rooker, Amy Madigan, Julie Harris ...

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Genre:Horror, Thriller
Regie:George A. Romero
Produktionsland:USA 1991
Laufzeit:Ca. 121 Min
FSK:From 16 years
Anzahl der Disc:1
Sprachen:German, English (Linear PCM 2.0)
Untertitel:Deutsch, Englisch
Bildformat:16:9 (1.85:1) 1080p HD
Extras:Audio Comments, Documentation, Trailer
Label:Koch Media
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Film: Under the name George Stark the respected writer Thad Beaumont (Timothy Hutton) regularly makes it to the top of the bestseller lists with his horror novels. Hardly anyone knows that he's behind the pseudonym. But that could change when a blackmailer threatens to expose the true identity of George Stark. Beaumont decides not to be blackmailed and to go public himself. At the same time, he wants to take the opportunity to finally bury George Stark. But then something incredible happens: the writer's alter ego takes on physical form and begins to murder cruelly. And everything points to Thad as the murderer…

"Stark - The Dark Half" is one of the more successful adaptations of a Stephen King novel. As is often the case in his works, King processed his own experiences here. To see if his books would sell without the name Stephen King, he published some works under the name Richard Bachman. After it became known that Bachman was King, these novels again shot to the top of the international bestseller lists. The discovery of his pseudonym was the subject of King's novel, published in 1989, in his typical way - as a perfect mixture of horror and psychothriller. Already one year later George A. Romero could be won over for the film adaptation, who like King himself was also an icon of the horror genre.

Thanks to the fact that the producing studio got into financial difficulties, the film was first packed into the archive after its completion and only made it into the cinemas in 1993. The uncut version landed on the index in Germany in 1994 and was deleted from the index in October 2017. In the meantime, this version has even been released from the age of 16 and is now finally available again everywhere.

The film has some small weaknesses and does not fully capture the potential of the book. But the very good game of Timothy Hutton - especially as George Stark - and supporting actors like Michael Rooker make some of these weaknesses quickly forgotten. The production also shows that Romero, who unfortunately died last year, was a real master of his trade. Despite quite small budgets and not few difficulties during production, the ancestor of the zombie film has shot a more than solid shocker, which can score with some well implemented shock moments and a great atmosphere.

And although the whole thing has been going on for almost thirty years, the movie still works really well! All in all a really good King movie, which is absolutely worth seeing for all fans of the writer and of course for Romero fans!

Picture + sound: The technical implementation of Blu-Ray is at a good level. The film is quite respectable in its age. But a few blurs and small soiling are quite acceptable in view of the powerful colouring and the overall satisfactory overall sharpness. The sound is available as a Linear PCM 2.0 mix, which makes the dialogues sound particularly powerful from the home cinema speakers. For a film almost thirty years old there is one satisfied one: Good!

Extras: As bonus material the Blu-ray has two audio comments to offer. The first one was recorded by George A. Romero. The cult director, who unfortunately passed away in 2017, talks openly and unembellished about the shooting, the originally planned cast and the financial problems of the studio. A really worth hearing comment. The second is by Kai Naumann and Marcus Stiglegger, who deliver a rather objective commentary, but which is absolutely recommendable especially for fans who are interested in film history and film analysis.

Besides the comments there is a really worth seeing, almost 30 minute Making of Documentary, which like Romero's commentary refreshingly honestly reports about the not always easy shooting. Absolutely worth seeing! In addition to the single Blu-ray there is also a Deluxe Edition in the Media Book with Blu-Ray and 2 DVDs. There are more extras like Behind the Scenes shots and edited scenes.

Fazit: "Stark - The Dark Half" is undoubtedly one of the better Stephen King films. Horror master George A. Romero has delivered a very atmospheric mixture of psycho-thriller and horror-shocker, which still works well today. The Blu-ray is technically well done, the bonus material is Romero's audio commentary and the good making of. Absolutely recommended!

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