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Misery 4K Blu-ray Review

I remember watching Misery in theaters. It’s one of the first times that I could feel the pain of the main character, expertly played by James Caan.

Misery may be Caan’s best movie, but Kathy Bates is the star of the show. This is a career defining role. I also happen to like her in The Office too. She’s a very versatile actor.

She’s perfect as a creepy super fan that is batshit crazy. It’s like peeling an onion. As the film progresses. There are some iconic scenes involving a hammer.

Caan expertly plays someone trapped in a bed. There’s something scary to me about not being able to move.

I was in a full body cast for six months, so you can see why the feeling of being trapped can be even scarier.

Rob Reiner may not be known for horror/thrillers, but he knocks Misery out of the park. Here’s a very talented director so it’s no surprise Misery is a classic.


From the mind of Stephen King, the master of horror behind Carrie, The Shining, The Stand and It, comes the terrifying psychological thriller that won the Academy Award for its iconic, bone-shattering performance by Kathy Bates (Dolores Claiborne). After his car crashes in the mountains during a blinding snowstorm, famous novelist Paul Sheldon (James Caan, Thief) is “rescued” from a car crash by Annie Wilkes (Bates), a fan obsessed with the main character in his series of novels. But when Wilkes reads his latest book—and learns he has killed her favorite character—she teaches Sheldon the real meaning of Misery. Injured and isolated far from help, Sheldon engages in a desperate battle of wits with Wilkes as she becomes ever more deranged and violent. Director Rob Reiner (The Princess Bride, A Few Good Men) and screenwriter William Goldman (Marathon Man, All the President’s Men) deliver a white-knuckle suspense tale that features Frances Sternhagen (The Mist), Richard Farnsworth (The Grey Fox) and the great Lauren Bacall (The Big Sleep).

This is the BEST I’ve seen Misery look since it was initially released. I felt the chills in my bones during many of the snow sequences.

Bonus Features:
4KUHD DISC 1: HDR Dolby Vision | Audio Commentary by Director Rob Reiner | Audio Commentary by Screenwriter William Goldman | 5.1 Surround & 2.0 Lossless Stereo | Optional English Subtitles | UHD 100 Triple Layer Disc / BLU-RAY DISC 2: Audio Commentary by Director Rob Reiner | Audio Commentary by Screenwriter William Goldman | Misery Loves Company: Featurette (29:52) | Marc Shaiman’s Musical Misery Tour: Featurette (14:28) | Diagnosing Annie Wilkes: Featurette (8:47) | Advice for the Stalked: Featurette (4:58) | Profile of a Stalker: Featurette (6:17) | Celebrity Stalkers: Featurette (5:08) | Anti-Stalking Laws: Featurette (2:23) | Season’s Greetings Trailer (2:25) | Theatrical Trailer (2:20) | 5.1 Surround & 2.0 Lossless Stereo | Optional English Subtitles | Dual-Layered BD50 Disc

Misery arrives in 4K from Kino Lorber Classics on 10/12/21. Preorder Misery on 4K today.

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Jim Napier

Jim Napier

Lover of movies and The Big Lebowski.