The Stand

The Stand

DVD - 1999
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Mosquito700
Jan 27, 2021

Of course, no where near as good as the book - especially the later unabridged version. A lot of Stephen King's works don't always translate well into video, but this is pretty decent.
Especially nowadays, to watch the series during this current COVID-19 pandemic crisis, brings home some chilling similarities, certainly easily equating the demonic Randall Flagg (the Walkin' Dude) to Donald Trump and his devil's spawn followers with their denials and deadly mismanagement, serving their master's deadly will. Just hoping our modern, real life version doesn't end in a flash of nuclear light!

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jimg2000
Dec 28, 2020

Not the new remake that is being streamed on CBS All Access beginning on December 17, 2020. Meanwhile, have to settle with this 1994 miniseries starring Gary Sinise (Lt. Dan Taylor in Forrest Gump) etc. etc. etc. Both are adaptation of Stephen King's novel with same title published in 1978. For comparison, Michael Crichton's Andromeda Strain is published in 1969.

Note: The Library's description captures the message of the story about morality and existential meaning of being human. First part of episode one clears the clatter of characters into several small groups across USA when an incident occurs in a top-secret chemical bacteriological warfare installation in the California desert making a form of deadly flu. The bug escapes before the place shuts down automatically and one guy gets away. He flees east with his family, spreading the flu everywhere. "Nearly" everybody in the world dies in the course of one summer ...

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manoletters
Dec 12, 2020

As innocent and early 90's as this is, it is better than I remember. As with any adaptation, this is watered down. I'll take the book any day.

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isaachar
Oct 11, 2017

The Stand is a decent enough miniseries adaptation of the source material. Considering that the original material is so obviously R rated, the idea that this PG version was able to get made is pretty incredible. Understandably, it suffers from terrible 90's era made-for-TV-and-VHS era special effects, but the overall story is conveyed in a respectable manner. Get ready to point out a ton of stars from the 80's and mid 90's if it's your first time seeing it.

I never watched the Golden Years, but the Langoliers is, well, another adaptation lacking in the special effects area. I never thought this was one of the better King adaptations, but apparently the book and the movie have a cult following among Stephen King fans.

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kate2cats
Jul 13, 2017

I love this so much, I bought it. Yes the special effects are outdated - it's still a great movie. Love Gary Senise and Rob Lowe in this.

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kpelish
Apr 04, 2016

Turgid and way too long. Special effects now dated and the zombies are mostly laughable. Great depiction of how to manage Evil, though: Laugh at it.

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rslade
Aug 20, 2014

I figured it would be hard to bring "The Stand" to the screen even in a mini-series. Although a lot of the studio work and effects are pretty hokey, and although I miss some of the points they took out, it kept most of the basic material intact.

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dixiedog
Mar 02, 2014

The Stand – A have not read the book which is highly recommended by almost every reviewer and fan of Stephen King’s books. I cannot say I enjoyed the six hour long movie as it was hard to follow. I cannot imagine that the book could be that fragmented and somewhat tedious. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.


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