The Stand

The Stand

DVD - 1999
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Millions perish, and as small, isolated frightened bands unite, the answers to their perpetual questions to justify this end of civilization are bared in their dreams--revelations that urge some to embrace a path of virtue and others one of darkness. As the opposing forces separate into two camps, the noble elements try to shield themselves from their corrupt enemy.
Publisher: [Calif.] : Republic Entertainment ; Santa Monica, Calif. : Distributed by Artisan Home Entertainment, c1999.
Edition: Special ed.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (366 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Stephen King's The stand


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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!

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Jan 03, 2021

***The virus is just a press trumped up fake news***

I don't know how many different ways I can say this. This so-called superflu does not exist.
-Then what is it? Why is everybody talking about it? I don't know why everybody's talking about it. ! don't know where the rumors are coming from. It must be a figment
of the press' imagination. I don't know why I'm up here answering these questions. I don't have the answers. Because there's no such thing--
People are really scared about this Captain Trips thing.
-Yeah, the radio here says it's just bull.
Well, the radio out here says the hospitals are filling up with sick people and some of them are dying.
- What, people are dying of the flu?
It's nothing but a souped-up version of the flu.
He says it'll probably mutate.
-But that's not gonna help the people that catch it. It'll just take them longer to die, that's all. Most people are gonna think they've got the plain old non-lethal flu right up to the very end.

Jan 03, 2021

U.S. government health officials claim there's nothing strange in their decision to quarantine a small East Texas town, where a new strain of what's believed to be swine flu has got half the population in bed and the other half down with the sniffles.
Katie, the folks at the Atlanta Disease Control Center told me that these masks wouldn't stop a flu germ with a hangover.
You can call it the superflu or by its West Coast name, Captain Trips, but it means the same thing either way. There've been some horror stories about the Army clamping down on everything.
Oh. Old man Vic thinks "simple economics” is some new breed of Irishman.
-Hey. Ain't you ignorant? I think licking the glue off the back of all them food stamps has finally done something to your brain.
Maybe it's food poisoning. You know, he's got California plates. He may have got some bad chow at a roadside stand or something.

Jan 03, 2021

It's God's plan.
- Shut up about God. I'm sick of hearing about God. This whole trip was based on the idea that Mother Abagail knew what she was talking about.
That's right.
- It's not right. It's not right. This isn't God's will or God's plan. It's a washout.
Listen. When we came on this trip, we put our lives in the hands of Mother Abagail's God. Now, that hasn't changed. If He wants me to eat, He'll send food. If He wants me to drink, He'll send rain. It's His business.
Mother also used to say, "All things serve the will of God." Maybe that goes for big, dumb dogs too.
Mr. Dorgan, even a man of your apparently limited intelligence should be able to see
that your experiences with a few battered babies and drug abusers doesn't justify your embrace of a monster.
I can't help thinking, what did we all do this for? Why?
-You propose nothing in the sight of God.


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