'Flowers In The Attic: Special Edition' [Blu-ray]
(Louise Fletcher, Victoria Tennant, Kristy Swanson, et al / Blu-ray / PG-13 / (1987) 2019 / Arrow Films UK)
Overview: When her husband dies in a tragic accident, widow Corrine Dollanganger (Victoria Tennant, The Holcroft Covenant) takes her four children to the ancestral family home she fled before they were born.
Locked away in the attic by their tyrannical grandmother (Academy Award® winner Louise Fletcher, One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest), it falls to older brother and sister Chris (Jeb Stuart Adams, The Goonies) and Cathy (Kristy Swanson, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) to care for their younger siblings.
But with their mother growing increasingly distant and erratic and a mysterious sickness taking hold, will any of the Dollanganger children survive to escape the clutches of the house's cruel matriarch?
Blu-ray Verdict: Just to set the scene for you, I personally read and absolutely loved the V.C. Andrews book (and the others in this series) on which this movie was "based".
For that reason I admit I might tend to judge it a bit more harshly than someone who hasn't read the books, sorry.
Simply put, this is a book that simply NEVER should have been made into a movie. It was fantastically written and very detailed, so there was absolutely no way to fit it all into a two hour movie.
Oh yeah, and to anyone who knows the whole story, the movie was seriously lacking. Further, the results of a young, impressionable brother and sister being forced to live in such circumstances during their formative years led, in the book, to a situation that would have been very hard to get past the censors at that time and had to be left out!
Then, matters were made worse by the absolutely stupid ending (although the way the filmmakers chose to end the movie eliminates any possibility at an equally painful to watch sequel! (although if you watch the Special Features, which I implore you to do, there is actually the ORIGINAL, abd stupidly studio-vetoed ending to view!)
Oh yeah, and the acting was also pretty awful, and the ONLY thing about the casting of the children that was right was their hair color!
The house was appropriately spooky looking, and that is about the best thing I can say about the whole experience, sorry (again).
So, for anyone who might consider trying again at making this book into a movie (and yes, I'm stepping over the 2014 remake with Heather Graham and Ellen Burstyn), DON'T do it unless you are willing to stick to the real story; no matter how unpleasant some of the details might be. (and find someone who can act, of course!)
The other things is for anyone who saw this movie without reading the books go read 'Flowers In The Attic' today! If you didn't like this movie, like me, you'll like it even less after reading the book - and if you did like it, you'll wonder why! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs via a brand new Blu-ray (1080p) HD presentation and comes with the Special Features of:
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original lossless 2.0 stereo audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
New audio commentary by Kat Ellinger, author and editor-in-chief of Diabolique Magazine
Home Sweet Home: Filming Flowers in the Attic, a new interview with cinematographer Frank Byers
Fear & Wonder: Designing Flowers in the Attic, a new interview with production designer John Muto
The Devil's Spawn: Playing Flowers in the Attic, a new interview with actor Jeb Stuart Adams
Shattered Innocence: Composing Flowers in the Attic, a new interview with composer Christopher Young
Production gallery of behind-the-scenes images, illustrations and storyboards
The original, studio-vetoed ending
The revised ending with commentary by replacement director Tony Kayden
Original theatrical trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Haunt Love
'Flowers In The Attic' Original Movie Trailer