Thursday, August 11, 2016

Christine (VHS, 1983/84)

She was born in Detroit... on an automobile assembly line. But she is no ordinary automobile. Deep within her chassis lives an unholy presence. She is Christine - a red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury whose unique standard equipment includes an evil, indestructible vengeance that will destroy anyone in her way. She seduces 17-year-old Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon), who becomes consumed with passion for her sleek, rounded, chrome-laden body. She demands his complete and unquestioned devotion and when outsiders seek to interfere, they become the victims of Christine's horrifying wrath. John Carpenter brings Stephen King's best-selling novel to life in this chilling thriller. Keith Gordon (who has gone on to become a director) gives a wonderfully controlled central performance. Carpenter's atmospheric original score is backed up by a well-chosen collection of rock classics, including George Thorogood's "Bad to the Bone" (the titular character's all-too-apt theme song).

The original American VHS release by RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video for video rental in 1984 featured a digitally recorded version of the film and was packaged in a paper cover which featured the poster artwork. It was also a side loader, which means the tape goes inside the box through the side instead of the bottom. A second U.S. VHS printing, distributed by Sony Pictures, was released in 1991 and on June 23, 1994. This is the more sought for (1st issue original) side loader VHS distributed by RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video. What makes this particular VHS even more sought for is, it is still sealed. That's right... brand new. It's actually hard to believe this VHS has been sealed for over 30 years. On the left side of the VHS, RCA Home Video logo is stamped/watermarked on the plastic. The only flaw I noticed with this VHS is a tiny hole in the plastic on the front. So, if you are like me... a diehard VHS collector looking to replace that old worn out rental. Look no further. Very rare!

Ebay: Christine (VHS, 1983/84) RCA/Columbia Pictures - $29.99 (NEW)

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