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A definitive collection centered around Stephen King's classic short story, which was adapted for television by Richard Christian Matheson. This deluxe edition includes King's short story and R.C. Matheson's script for the opening episode of "Nightmares and Dreamscapes," which starred William Hurt and was directed by Brian Henson, plus hundreds of pages of bonus features y A definitive collection centered around Stephen King's classic short story, which was adapted for television by Richard Christian Matheson. This deluxe edition includes King's short story and R.C. Matheson's script for the opening episode of "Nightmares and Dreamscapes," which starred William Hurt and was directed by Brian Henson, plus hundreds of pages of bonus features you won't find anywhere else. Special features include unique "behind the scenes" material like the storyboards used for the episode, which won two Emmy awards. The book also contains 8 pages of color photos from TNT's archives, which have never been released to the public. Those contributing include: * Director Brian Henson * Executive Producer Bill Haber * Jeff Beal, who won an Emmy for his score for Battleground * Actor William Hurt * Michael Wright, Executive Vice President and Director of Programming for TNT * Visual Effects director Sam Nicholson * Producer Jeff Hayes * Lee Romaire, Special Makeup and Effects Designer Editing the book is Richard Christian Matheson, who also wrote the screenplay for the episode.


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A definitive collection centered around Stephen King's classic short story, which was adapted for television by Richard Christian Matheson. This deluxe edition includes King's short story and R.C. Matheson's script for the opening episode of "Nightmares and Dreamscapes," which starred William Hurt and was directed by Brian Henson, plus hundreds of pages of bonus features y A definitive collection centered around Stephen King's classic short story, which was adapted for television by Richard Christian Matheson. This deluxe edition includes King's short story and R.C. Matheson's script for the opening episode of "Nightmares and Dreamscapes," which starred William Hurt and was directed by Brian Henson, plus hundreds of pages of bonus features you won't find anywhere else. Special features include unique "behind the scenes" material like the storyboards used for the episode, which won two Emmy awards. The book also contains 8 pages of color photos from TNT's archives, which have never been released to the public. Those contributing include: * Director Brian Henson * Executive Producer Bill Haber * Jeff Beal, who won an Emmy for his score for Battleground * Actor William Hurt * Michael Wright, Executive Vice President and Director of Programming for TNT * Visual Effects director Sam Nicholson * Producer Jeff Hayes * Lee Romaire, Special Makeup and Effects Designer Editing the book is Richard Christian Matheson, who also wrote the screenplay for the episode.

30 review for Stephen King's Battleground: The Limited Edition Commemoration of the Television Adaptation

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cody | CodysBookshelf

    "Battleground" is a good example of Stephen King's ability to make the uncanny and wild excruciatingly real and terrifying in his fiction. Like most of King's early short stories, this is a brief piece that does its job and gets out of dodge. In my hardcover edition of Night Shift this entry runs only ten pages. I like that very much: it doesn't overstay its welcome. It draws the reader in, sinks in its claws, and ends while it is ahead. Johnny Renshaw is a wealthy, successful hitman. He comes h "Battleground" is a good example of Stephen King's ability to make the uncanny and wild excruciatingly real and terrifying in his fiction. Like most of King's early short stories, this is a brief piece that does its job and gets out of dodge. In my hardcover edition of Night Shift this entry runs only ten pages. I like that very much: it doesn't overstay its welcome. It draws the reader in, sinks in its claws, and ends while it is ahead. Johnny Renshaw is a wealthy, successful hitman. He comes home and finds a strange package that has been delivered to him: a set of plastic army men and weapons, all stored in a Vietnam footlocker. The army toys, Johnny discovers, have come to life. And he's their next target . . . I used to dislike this story; it took time to grow on me. I still don't number it among my favorites — the conceit is too deeply silly for me to take it seriously — but it's well written and fine for what it is: another example of the would-be horror master at work. It's more than a little unnerving, this story, and somehow more believable than " King classic" Christine, another story in which SK tries to make the unbelievable . . . believable. I've yet to see the TV adaptation of this one. Maybe I should look into that . . . King Connections None that I spotted, though the MC seems to be a practice run for Firestarter's John Rainbird. Favorite Quote "Gently, he eased one foot around and slid his weight onto it. Now the right angle was pressed razorlike into his chest and gut. There was a smear of bird guano in front of his eyes on the rough stone. Christ, he thought crazily. I didn't know they could fly this high." Up Next "Trucks"

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ricardo Matta

    Definitely a fun little story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    James

    Man opens a package with toy soldiers that come to life and begins fighting them in his flat. What more can I really say!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Stahl

    A typical King story that should come off as ridiculous but somehow actually works.

  5. 5 out of 5

    ClubStephenKing

    I must admit that when i heard that Gauntlet Press wanted to make a book about that short story, and more precisely about its adaptation, i was a bit skeptical about the interest of such a book.. because the story is pretty short : how to make a complete book about it? But Gauntlet Press managed to put together a really interesting set of interviews and contributions from all sorts of people involved in this episod : from the screenwriter to the producers, the SFx experts, the composer... and let I must admit that when i heard that Gauntlet Press wanted to make a book about that short story, and more precisely about its adaptation, i was a bit skeptical about the interest of such a book.. because the story is pretty short : how to make a complete book about it? But Gauntlet Press managed to put together a really interesting set of interviews and contributions from all sorts of people involved in this episod : from the screenwriter to the producers, the SFx experts, the composer... and let's not forget, William Hunt, which is known worldwide as an actor with a "specific" voice, but that had to do his performance without saying any word. This book cannot be read... one can only devour it. In my opinion, the 3 main elements of this book are : Stephen King's short story, Richard Christian Matheson's script, and the storyboard (which can be read as easily as a graphic novel. Well, once again, it cannot be read : one would find himself turning the pages compulsively!). The storyboard itself is a good reason to buy this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Ledrew

    "Battleground tells the story of a man being attacked by the small green soldiers that used to be the height of childhood play, the same little guys brought to life in the aforementioned Toy Story (with a little help from a Baby-Monitor)." my link text "Battleground tells the story of a man being attacked by the small green soldiers that used to be the height of childhood play, the same little guys brought to life in the aforementioned Toy Story (with a little help from a Baby-Monitor)." my link text

  7. 5 out of 5

    LyndiLea Hardman

    Cool little story, not necessarily one of my favorites but it's still a good read. It reminded me of a 90's movie where toys came to life and terrorized a family and some stranded motorists. I wonder which came out first? If you like King then you'll like this story.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Helenel

    I read this book in a small little magazine that was given out to 6th-graders. It was 1976. I loved it so much! It started me down the path of reading Stephen King books - a path that has both entertained and terrified me for much of my life.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Zany

    Keep moving. Nothing to see here. Go to the next book please. This could've been written by anybody. But for the better than average writing style, this could've been a story written by a 7th grader.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Caffeinated Optimist

    It was entertaining enough.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dmitry Butsenets

    Дурацкая "История Игрушек".

  12. 4 out of 5

    Markeisha

    Not scary! Awe the little army men...oh please!

  13. 5 out of 5

    ClubStephenKing

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  14. 4 out of 5

    John Darsey

    seems like a Twilight Zone epoisode

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    Ellen

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    Sam Worms

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nishant Nanda

  18. 5 out of 5

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    Kirsten Lunn

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mark Smith

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kirill

  22. 5 out of 5

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  24. 5 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

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    Carl Richard

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marco Callari

  30. 5 out of 5

    Adam Cowlard

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