Stephen King's Rose Red

Stephen King's Rose Red

Director: Craig R. Baxley Cast: Nancy Travis, Matt Keeslar, Kimberly J. Brown


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Stephen King puts pen to paper and paper to celluloid with the spooky haunted house TV movie Rose Red. Lion's Gate's work on this 1.33:1 full-frame transfer is great, sporting solid colors and dark black levels. While there are quick moments where the image tends to appear a tad soft, overall this is a very nice transfer with a pleasing appearance (especially for a TV movie). The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround in English, French, and Spanish. This 5.1 soundtrack is very well-mixed with a multitude of eerie, atmospheric sounds to scare even the most steel-hearted viewer. No distortion or hiss was detected in any of the dialogue, music, or effects. Also included on this disc are English and Spanish subtitles. This two-DVD set includes a very nice array of extra features, starting with a commentary track by director Craig Baxley, producer Mark Carliner, and a few brief appearances by some of the crew. This is a very long and engaging commentary that slows down a bit at the end, though overall, there are some interesting and informative stories to be heard. A 50-minute documentary titled "Bad House: The Making of Rose Red" is in-depth and features interviews with cast members Nancy Travis, Julian Sands, Matt Keeslar, Judith Ivey, and Melanie Lynskey, as well as author Stephen King. This feature chronicles the film from development to production to airing and should give viewers a better understanding of how it came to the screen. "Unlocking Rose Red: The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer" is a nearly half-hour faux documentary that is interesting, if a bit trite. Finally, there are some storyboards of three separate scenes, a gallery of artwork from the conceptual stages of the film, and some video promo spots for other Lion's Gate movies.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/14/2002
UPC: 0031398801528
Original Release: 2002
Rating: PG-13
Source: Lions Gate
Sound: [Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 4:14:00

Special Features

5.1 Dolby Digital; Production commentary; The making of "Rose Red"; The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer; 5.1 Dolby Digital Spanish-language track; Storyboard comparisons; Production design artwork; Trailer; Interactive menus; Scene access; English & Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nancy Travis Dr. Joyce Reardon
Matt Keeslar Steve Rimbauer
Kimberly J. Brown Annie Wheaton
David Dukes Professor Miller
Judith Ivey Cathy Kramer
Melanie Lynskey Rachel Wheaton
Matt Ross Emery Waterman
Julian Sands Nick Hardaway
Kevin Tighe Victor Kandinsky
Julia Campbell Ellen Rimbauer
Emily Deschanel Pam Ashbury
Laura Kenny Kay Waterman
Tsidii Leloka Sukeena
Yvonne Scio Deanna Petrie
Jimmi Simpson Kevin Bollinger

Technical Credits
Craig R. Baxley Director
Sonny Baskin Editor
Thomas H. Brodek Producer
Mark Carliner Executive Producer
Gary Chang Score Composer
David Connell Cinematographer
Bruce Dunn Associate Producer
Stephen King Executive Producer,Screenwriter,Source Author
Lynn Kressel Casting
Robert F. Phillips Producer
Douglas Tourtelot Sound/Sound Designer
Heidi Walker Casting

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Seattle 1991 [7:48]
2. Ten Years Later [6:56]
3. Mr. Waterman [5:53]
4. Annie [6:23]
5. Orientation [9:24]
6. Spetember 1909 [5:55]
7. Stop It [6:15]
8. Good Thoughts [7:51]
9. Nasty Cut [4:51]
10. A Step Away [8:15]
11. Greenhouse [8:12]
12. Be Not Afraid [6:14]
13. Getting Started [6:39]
14. Phantom Draft [7:24]
15. Little Tea Pot [7:56]
16. What You Wanted [5:58]
17. Wall of Frame [7:28]
18. Story Time [5:33]
19. People Proximity [7:21]
20. Night Dreams [7:15]
21. Boogey Lady [7:54]
22. Dominoes [6:49]
23. Visitors [7:07]
24. Let Me Help [9:25]
Side #2 -- Disc 2
1. Festered Up [6:56]
2. Into the Woods [7:12]
3. Hard-Up [6:40]
4. Library [5:58]
5. Help Me Build [6:47]
6. Iced Tea [7:07]
7. Mrs. Waterman [6:18]
8. I'm Not Crazy [7:35]
9. Ellen [7:24]
10. Open the Doors [7:45]
11. Bad House [6:37]
12. Six Months Later [6:44]

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Stephen King's Rose Red 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
FrankRuby112 More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing film that scared me quite a bit the first time i saw it a few years ago. It is a must have for horror fans. As a writer myself, i found the plot to be quite entertaining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie was so awesome and freaky and the way people died was really cool. Especially the one where the person's head was cracked. and i loved how everyone was psychic. I seriously recomend this movie!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read the reviews on this movie before mine, and it seems that no one knows that this movie is a sequel to the book, 'The Diary of Ellen Rimbaugher'. The movie gives riveting insight to the world the book opens up for you. Everything that happens in the mansion, as far as the book goes, are true accounts lived on through a diary, and Stephen King does an excellent job giving the viewer details of the story. It is extremely pleasing to see that the movie follows the storyline of the book exactly, And that the events that happen in the movie are supposed to be true as well. I would recommend this movie (and book) to ANYONE!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The actual house, Rose Red, is fascinating. It's designed to collect and concentrate spiritual, psychic, and mental energies. Or put another way it can feed off the power of the mind and trap souls. When at a high enough power level it can turn energy into matter. Allowing it expand or transfigure itself, or to physically manifest the souls trapped within it. This gives many examples of psychic abilities. The main group includes a Mind Reader, an Automatic Writer, a Touch Know, a Precognitive, and a Postcognitive. Annie is most fascinating of the psychics. I loved the idea of an autistic possessing extraordinary psychic abilities. Her telekinetic abilities are off the chart, she makes Carrie look like nothing. She can also freeze water and revive dead plants. Her psychic abilities are as far above the others, as a super computer is above a pocket calculator. Thanks to her powers society had never tried force her to act normal, she remained in a serene state, completely in her own world. Joyce brings all six to Rose Red, without revealing how much of risk they're taking. It's unclear if she actually chose to sacrifice them, or just ignored the likely hood of them getting killed and their spirits trapped. She also failed to realize that bringing the last descendant of the house's creator to the house would also give it vast amounts of power. They spend most of movie trapped inside. Facing ghosts or solid manifestations. The house was deliberately kind to Annie, it wanted her safe and happy. Annie could have freed the others at any point, but being autistic she didn't understand the need. Each psychic tried to communicate with her, and finally the Automatic Writer succeeded. I never tire of the climax. When the survivors escape, and Joyce refuses to leave. She stayed with her equipment, and then the ghosts came for her. She wanted to learned about Rose Red and got her wish - Eternally. Then Annie summoned massive stones from the sky. She basically called a meteor shower down on the house.
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The First Time I Saw Rose Red Was On The USA Channel, & I Watched It With My Older Sister And My Mother And We Got Really Into It. It's Like You're Really There And You Are Experiencing The Things Happening To These People As They Happen To Them. Great Movie!!
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This movie is one of the best Stephen King movies ever!!! I loved this movie from beginning to end. There is nothing bad to say about it. Everyone can relate to some aspect of all the characters. These characters are so real that I felt like I was there with all of them at many times. This movie takes a twist on the haunted house that 'The Haunting' and 'House on Haunted Hill' could never imagine. It also incorportated the feel of the Winchester Mystery House into it (the doors and stairways that go nowhere). It also envokes a scene from the 'Posiden Adventure' (the upside down office'). All I can say is that Kimbery J. Brown played Annie Wheaton so well. As did Matt Keesler, Nancy Travis, Melaine Lynsky, Matt Ross, Emily Deschnel, Kevin Tyghe,Julian Sands, and of course who could forget Judith Ivey! They all gave the greatest performances ever! Stephen King really did make the 'Moby Dick' of haunted houses!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
How can I start? The movie was so intrigying and as well interesting. When i first saw it i was crazed i couldnt believe the way the story was plotted. Actually believing that this was such a thing that happen in reality ...but it wasnt but it seem like it was. It catched my attention. I loved it. I mean if u into horror and fiction then you got a good combination there. so i would reccommend it to others to see, Its good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the movie Rose Red cause it keeps you own your toes through the whole movie. And everything looks so real.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I saw Rose Red was on DVD. I really like ghost stories and haunted houses etc. and was really getting in to this until, my mom sent me the offical Stephen King web site . The first page of the web site has a link that says, ''Stephen's ready to tell who wrote the diary of Ellen Rimbauer... (more)''. If you click on the link you see this.... ''Stephen answers: Now it can be told--the actual author of The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer is suspense novelist (and Rock Bottom Remainder bass guitarist) Ridley Pearson. Ridley did a great job--I couldn't have done better myself. Here's hoping you will continue to support Ridley's work by buying a copy of ''The Art of Deception.'' Rose Red is no more real then the Amityville ''Horror'' house was haunted. That so called ''special'' that aired after with the ''real'' Dr. Joyce was fake too. If you pay close attention to the making of part of the DVD they all but point blank say it's not real. Rose Red was based on a real home called the Wenchester Mystery house. Built by the widow of the man who made the Wenchester fire arms. So if your looking for a ''real life'' mystery Rose Red and Amityville Horrors arn't for you. However, if you, like me, enjoy a good Stephen King movie and don't mind that they're not true you'll like Rose Red.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was really great. You should see it. I like the title. It's great horror. It's one of Stephen King's best movies yet. When it come's out on VHS and DVD you should buy or rent it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
According to the book, the tv series was much better. It was more exciting , even though it took a long time to finish , the tv series was totally awesome. It was worth my time
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most of Stephen King's stories translate well on the screen. This one is no exception. I found myself becoming so involved in the machinations of this house that I dreaded every move from one room to another, even begging characters aloud not to go ''in there.'' I do not know, or care, that much about technical aspects of the ghoulish phenomena in this film. I just know that I wanted it to end before dark enveloped my 110-year old Victorian house.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stephen King's Rose Red is an awesome movie. I love horror, and I also like the realistic special effects. I recomend this movie to anyone who likes a great scare. I am also looking forward to reading The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am only an hour into the movie that i rented so i got on here to buy it.I smoked pack of cigaretess in first hour,scared to my bones and i just woke up my wife to watch it with me ,its lonely around here.THIS IS ULTIMATE MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This one was creepy and suspenseful, even funny at times (specifically the nerdy guy with glasses really cracked me up alot). I really liked the characters. Worth the 4 hours I invested to watch it. Contrary to what one other reviewer said I thought the ending fit very well. If only they had the advanced computer graphics with all of his other movies and they might have been as good as this one. You might fare better to rent it first and see if you want to own it. I haven't seen ''It'', but aside from the original ''Shining'' this was my favorite King movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the movie was vert intense! All the creativity that went into the house and the images. Very well thought out! The ending was a little predictable but what scary movie endind isn't! I think the biggest bummer was finding out there really wasn't a house called rose red. I specifially liked the very end were they had what looked liked the real people talking about the house and the movie it made it a litttle more intense to think for that little bit that it just might be true!!
devilprincess4 More than 1 year ago
This movie was amazing! And not to mention very entertaining. I loved the concept of it and I liked the acting skills of the cast. Good music, which doesn't ruin the good parts of the movie either. A fun movie to watch to mess with your head.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this was a really great movie. It keeps you wanting to keep watching and stuck on the movie. The only thing that I wish was that The diary of Ellen Rimbauer should have came out first. That movie helps you understand Rose Red better
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is King's best miniseries ever. You should see it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, first of all let me just say that I'm not to big on Stephen king movies, but this is one you've got to see! It's great how they made everything come together and it wasnt just one of those horror after horror things. This movie was awesome! and kept my friends and me up all night. I couldn't sleep for 3 days! Stephen King really out did himself in this movie...