Stephen King’s Triple Feature
3 Classic Stephen King Miniseries – Over 13 hours!
Collecting three acclaimed television mini-series from the master of horror, Stephen King’s Triple Feature arrives just in time for Father’s Day.
Stephen King is by far one of my favourite authors, and The Stand is not only my favourite Stephen King novel but also my favourite miniseries of all time, and one of my favourite books-to-screen adaptation. When the miniseries aired on TV originally in 1994, I had just finished reading the book. One of the reasons why this is my favourite miniseries is because it is so close to the book with only minor changes (that make sense for the TV adaptation). As an avid reader, it bothers me when an awesome book is made into a lack-luster show or movie, or when the on-screen interpretation is vastly different from the written words. The Stand, which aired in 4 parts, followed Stephen King’s novel and 23 years later it remains a favourite.
With an amazing cast, and screenplays written by Stephen King himself, the miniseries does serious justice to the novel, and is one that I have been able to watch again and again over the past two decades.
I look forward to revisiting these classic King miniseries over the coming weeks. The Stand I have watched several times over the years, but I have only seen The Langoliers (1995) and Golden Years (1991) during their original TV runs.
Based on the best selling novel (1978), The Stand stars Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump), Molly Ringwald (The Breakfast Club) and Laura San Giacomo (Pretty Woman). The Emmy-winning miniseries presents Stephen King’s epic vision of an apocalyptic future in which the few survivors of a plague-ravaged world must choose sides in a battle of good vs. evil that will decide the fate of humanity.
The Stand originally aired in 4 parts in May, 1994.
Part 1: “The Plague” – May 8, 1994
Part 2: “The Dreams” – May 9, 1994
Part 3: “The Betrayal” – May 11, 1994
Part 4: “The Stand” – May 12, 1994
Did you know? Stephen King has a cameo in the Boulder camp as Teddy Weizak.
Run time: 359 minutes
Rated 14A (Canada)
Based on the novella ,”The Langoliers,” found in the collection Four Past Midnight (1990). Patricia Wettig (“Thirtysomething”) and Dean Stockwell (“Quantum Leap”) star in the Emmy-nominated mini-series directed by Tom Holland (“Fright Night”). On a red-eye flight across the country, a small group of passengers awake mid-journey to discover that they have slipped through a hole in the universe. Unimaginable evil awaits if they don’t find a way back…and they are literally running out of time.
Directed, and written by, Tom Holland, The Langoliers originally aired in two parts on May 14-15, 1995.
Did you know? Stephen King makes a cameo appearance as Tom Holby, Chairman of the Board, during a dream sequence by Craig Toomey, played by Bronson Pinchot (“Perfect Strangers”), who is losing his grip on reality.
Run time: 179 minutes
Rated PG13 (US), 14A (Canada)
Starring Keith Szarabajka (Argo) and Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”), the thriller begins with an explosion in a secret government lab which exposes an elderly man to mysterious chemicals that make him grow younger every day. As he flees ruthless government agents, his incredible physical transformation is only beginning…and so is the terror.
Written by Stephen King (episodes 1-5) and Josef Anderson (episodes 6-7), Golden Years was Stephen King’s first original work for television. The Golden Years originally aired in 7 parts, beginning on July 16, 1991.
Did you know? Stephen King has a cameo as a bus driver in episode 5.
Run time: 236 minutes
Rated PG (Canada)
Total Run time: Approx 12 hours, 55 minutes on 5 discs
CBS Home Entertainment
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Andrea resides in Calgary, Alberta, and is the proud mom to five boys between the ages of 7-22. Running mainly on coffee and sarcasm, in her spare time she enjoys listening to Canadian Rock, watching Calgary Flames hockey, reading YA Dystopian novels, and binge watching 90s television on Netflix.
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