Carrie appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie came with a competent but not great image.
Most of the movie displayed positive clarity and delineation, but some exceptions occurred. Occasional wide shots appeared a little softer than expected; those were infrequent, but they did come along for the ride. Jagged edges and moiré effects failed to appear, and edge haloes remained absent. Print flaws also stayed away from this clean image.
In terms of palette, Carrie went with natural tones affected by a mix of teal and orange. These weren’t heavy, though the orange tended to be more noticeable. Blacks showed good depth, while low-light shots were fine, if a little dense at times. This was a “B” image.
Carrie didn’t present a tremendously ambitious DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundfield, but the audio seemed to accentuate the visuals well. It mixed creepy atmosphere with a mix of jolts and stings from the rear.
In the front, the track showed good stereo music and presented various elements in a logical and natural manner. The elements blended neatly and created a seamless sense of the environment. From the rear, aggressive violent components added kick to the proceedings and made the mix more immersive and involving.
Audio quality seemed positive. Dialogue consistently appeared natural and crisp, with no edginess or intelligibility issues on display. Music was clear and dynamic. The score seemed broadly reproduced and complemented the mix nicely.
Effects mostly stayed in the low-key realm, but they always were distinctive and concise, and the mix boasted fine clarity for the louder moments. Bass response always seemed rich and firm. The mix lacked the ambition to reach “A” level, but it earned a solid “B+” as a fine soundtrack.
When we move to extras, we begin with an audio commentary from director Kimberly Peirce. She offers a running, screen-specific look at the source and its adaptation, character/story areas, cast and performances, production design, effects, and a few other topics.
More introspective than most, Peirce delves into the story/character issues with the most gusto. She also gives us solid notes about the actors and their approaches to the roles. With enough material about the technical elements to balance the piece, this becomes an involving chat.
We can view the movie’s theatrical cut (1:39:41) or a theatrical cut with alternate ending (1:40:56). The two proceed along identical paths until the 1:33:40 mark. There the two diverge and the alternate ending shows more of the impact events had on Sue. Does it work better than the theatrical ending? Not really – both seem satisfactory.
Nine Deleted/Extended Scenes fill a total of 10 minutes, 18 seconds. The first is probably the most interesting, as it shows Carrie as a little kid; I don’t think it’d have fit the flow of the final flick, but it’s cool to see. Otherwise, Chris and Billy get the most additional screentime. These sequences don’t really add much, as we already know those characters pretty well.
We can view the deleted/extended scenes with or without commentary from Peirce. She tells us a little about the sequences and lets us know why she cut them. Peirce remains informative and interesting.
Behind the scenes footage emerges in the two-minute, 18-second Tina On Fire: Stunt Double Dailies. This shows raw footage of a stunt during the film’s climax. “Dailies” can also be viewed with or without commentary from Peirce. That’s the option to select, as her remarks flesh out the visuals and make this a useful piece – I figured they used CG fire for the scene, so I was surprised to learn otherwise.
Next comes a featurette called Creating Carrie. It lasts 21 minutes, seven seconds and offers notes from Peirce, producer Kevin Misher, and actors Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer, Gabriella Wilde, and Portia Doubleday. The show looks at the source novel and its adaptation, story/character areas, Peirce’s approach to the material, cast and performances, and various effects. The program mixes superficial bits with substance to become an inconsistent examination of the film.
The Power of Telekinesis runs four minutes, two seconds and offers notes from Misher, Doubleday, Moore, Peirce, Wilde, Moretz, and actors Alex Russell and Ansel Elgort. The featurette discusses telekinesis and its utilization in the film. It doesn’t add much.
An usual promotional piece shows up via Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise. The two-minute, 39-second clip brings us “hidden camera” footage of a staged incident in which a woman appears to use telekinetic powers in a coffee shop. As ads go, it’s clever.
The disc opens with promos for Robocop (2014) and Paranoia. Sneak Peek throws in ads for The Family, Runner Runner, Fright Night 2: New Blood and American Horror Story: Asylum. We also find the trailer for Carrie.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of the film. It includes “Creating”, “Coffee”, the trailer and some previews. It lacks the version of the film with the alternate ending, so it only provides the theatrical cut.
With 2013’s Carrie, we get a nice update on a famous horror tale. It tells the story in its own way while it captures the strengths of the source. The Blu-ray brings us generally good picture, audio and supplements. Expect a pretty solid thriller here.