As something of a minor expert in the field of Stephen King cinema, I do have a few of my very favorites. On the dramatic side I'm a big fan of Dolores Claiborne, Apt Pupil and (of course) The Shawshank Redemption. But when it comes to the spooky stuff, the ones I always come back to are The Shining, Christine and Pet Sematary. Interestingly enough (to me, anyway) my #1 King flick manages to straddle that line between poignant drama and effective horror -- and that's David Cronenberg'sThe Dead Zone. See that one again soon.

Another one of the really cool creepy ones is Rob Reiner'sMisery. The director was coming off of a five-movie run that still amazes me to this day: This Is Spinal Tap, The Sure Thing, Stand By Me, The Princess Bride and When Harry Met Sally. But when the former meathead decided to tackle one of King's most psychologically unpleasant novels, even hardcore fans like me were pretty skeptical. We needn't have worried. Bolstered by the Oscar-winning performance of Kathy Bates, some really excellent work from James Caan, and a sterling adaptation by William Goldman, Reiner delivered one of the best King flicks of all time. And I still think that designation stands, although your opinions may vary. Obviously.

Anyway, guess what? A brand-new special edition of Misery is on the way! Yep, and here's what it'll offer: two separate audio commentaries (one with Reiner and the other with Goldman), seven (!) featurettes covering everything from the score to the characters to "real life" stalkers, and even a few little goodies in the trailer department. Obviously this is a huge step up from the bare-bones Misery disc that's presently residing on my DVD shelf, but I'll be making the upgrade on October 2. Oh, and what good timing: That's the same date we'll see John Cusack go nuts on the 1408 DVD. Cool.
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