A small village in front of Maine's coast is haunted by an strange mist in which deadly creatures are hidding. A group of survivors manage to barricade in a mart. The situation grows dangerous because of Mrs. Carmody, a religious lunatic, who sees the attack as the wrath of god and wants to please him with a human sacrifice. When more and more people are dying the mood of the remaining people turns and favors her view..."
A lot has been written about Darabonts third adaption of Stephen King's novels. Some people are excited because of a tight atmosphere and one of the most gruesome endings, others are mocking about the fact that this ending does not belong to the original novel and because of cheap effects.
Of course, compared to great movies like The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption The Mist looks a bit weak, generally I really like the movie and the ending, ignoring the lousy CGI effects.
Rent the movie and if you like it take the "3-Disc Limited Collector's Edition". It is worth the money.
In the German 3-Disc edition with the 3D handprint cover two versions are contained, beside the theatrical version also the DC version, which is a version made in black and white. The name Director's Choice is the right expression because this version is Darabont's favorite (what can be read in his interview).
For the colored original theatrical version the German Label Senator clearly used the German master. The DC version though is based on the US master and is suprisingly cut in two takes. This will not make any differences while watching it and therefore both versions can be strongly recommended.
"Director's Choice" (Black/White) = 120:45 minutes
"Original theatrical version" (Colour) = 121:04 minutes
The DC version is cut in two takes (logo and blackscreens are not taken into consideration) and this makes the TV run 19 additional seconds. The runtime remarks are based on the TV.
Before the Cirector's Choice cersion starts, Frank Darabont gives an 3:15 min interview. He does not go into detail for the two missing scenes but explains why he prefers the black-white version.
Here you are, the interview:
The theatrical version starts with the Senator logo, this is missing in the black-white version.
To the right: the coloured version offers the German title Der Nebel.
To the left: The DC shows the original title The Mist.
[no time difference]
David tries to grab Norm while a tentacle comes close. In the backgound Ollie yells to David that there is no chance, in the black-white version one can only hear that there is no chance, without the name.
The scene in which David tries to close the door with the boomstick starts earlier in the coloured version.
The blackscreen is here...
[+ 1 Sec]
... and here longer in the black/white version.
[+ 2 Sec]
The final blackscreen is longer in the theatrical version.