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Great Adaptations

Most of us have been there--staying up the night before a book report is due, watching a movie version to try and get something on paper. Sometimes it works, but we all know it's much better to actually read the book. Not only will you soak in all the nuances, but you're then in a much better place to make a fair and informed critique of any subsequent filmed versions. Did it get all the good parts? Does it faithfully capture the mood, the characters, the drama? The best adaptations get all of this right—some even surpass their source material. Our new special rental section collects some of our favorite movies (and a few TV shows) based on books, plays, video games, comic books (and in some cases comic strips)—anything other than a straight remake of another movie or a TV show.

Section signs by Marc Palm

As promised by our colleagues Mark, Kevin, and Matt in the latest episode of The Scarecrow Video Podcast, here's the full list of movies in the section. When you come in to browse, look for the informative stickers on the rental display boxes for information on the source material. For example, First Blood is based on the 1972 novel by David Morrell. And yes, Bryan has read the book.


BLU indicates the availability of a Blu-ray rental copy

PAL Code 2 indicates an import DVD--ask us if you need assistance playing PAL & region-coded discs


About a Boy  BLU

Adaptation   BLU 

Akira  BLU

Alice (1988, aka “the cool Jan Svankmajer one”)  BLU

All About Eve  BLU

All Quiet on the Western Front  BLU

All The President’s Men BLU

American Psycho BLU

Angel Heart (1987) BLU

Animal Farm (1954)

Asphalt Jungle 

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford   BLU

Auntie Mame

Bad Seed (1956) BLU

Band of Brothers  BLU

Barbarella  BLU

Barry Lyndon  BLU  

Bartleby (2002)


Being There  BLU

Ben Hur (1959) BLU

Berlin Alexanderplatz

Bible…In The Beginning  BLU

Big Sleep (1946) BLU

Blade (1988)  BLU

Blade II BLU 

Blade Runner BLU

Bleak House (2005)

Born on the Fourth of July  BLU

The Box (2009)   BLU

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)  BLU

Brokeback Mountain  BLU

Bubba Ho-Tep

Camille 2000  BLU

Carrie (1976)  BLU

Cat in The Hat (1971, aka “NOT that new one”) BLU


Children of Men BLU

A Clockwork Orange  BLU

Clueless  BLU


Crash (1996)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon  BLU

Curse of the Demon / Night of the Demon

Cutter’s Way

Dangerous Liaison (1988) BLU

The Descendants  BLU

The Devils

Die Hard

Diving Bell and the Butterfly


Double Suicide

Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary

Dune (1984) BLU

Empire of the Sun BLU

Fallen Angels: Series 2, Volume 1 PAL Code 2 

Fantastic Mr. Fox  BLU

Fast Time at Ridgemont High BLU

Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas BLU

Fight Club  BLU


First Blood  BLU

Flash Gordon (1980, aka the “Flash…AHAAAH!” one) BLU

Flooding with Love for the Kid

For Whom The Bell Tolls

Forbidden Planet BLU


Friends of Eddie Coyle

Fritz the Cat

Game of Thrones: Season 1 BLU


Ghost World

Glengarry Glenross

The Godfather  BLU 

Golden Age Ghost Tales

Gone With the Wind  BLU


Gospel According to St. Matthew

Great Expectations (1946)


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix BLU

Harvey (1950) BLU

High and Low (1963) BLU

High Fidelity  BLU

History of Violence  BLU

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005) BLU

Horatio Hornblower: Volumes 1-8

How Green Was My Valley  BLU

Hunt For Red October  BLU

I Am Legend

Iceman Cometh (1973)

In Cold Blood (1967)

Iron Giant

Island of Dr. Moreau (1977)

Island of Lost Souls (1932) BLU

Jackie Brown BLU

Jane Eyre (1944, aka “the Orson Welles one”)

Jane Eyre (2011, aka “Mia who played Alice one”) BLU

Jaws  BLU

Justine (1968)

Killers (1946 & 1964, aka “Siodmak & Siegel”)

Kiss Me Deadly (1955) BLU

L.A. Confidential  BLU

Lady Snowblood 1: Blizzard From The Netherworld

Last Detail

Little Women (1994, aka “the Winona Ryder one”)

Lolita (1962) BLU

Lone Wolf and Cub Volumes 1-6  BLU

The Lorax (1972, aka “NOT that new one”) BLU

Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring  BLU

Madame Bovary (1949)

Maltese Falcon (1941) BLU

A Man for All Seasons (1966)

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World  BLU

Memoirs of a Geisha   BLU 

Miami Blues

Mondo Candido  PAL Code 2

Moneyball   BLU

Moomintrolls (1979)  PAL Code 2

Murder My Sweet (1944)

My Man Godfrey (1936)

My Neighbors The Yamadas

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind  BLU

Night of the Hunter BLU

Nightfall (1956)

No Country For Old Men  BLU

O Brother, Where Art Thou? BLU


One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest BLU

Out of Sight (1998) BLU

The Ox-Bow Incident

Payback (1999) BLU

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Perks of Being a Wallflower

Phantom Lady

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Planet of the Apes (1968) BLU

Point Blank (1967)

Popeye (1980)

Postcards From The Edge

The Prestige BLU

Pride & Prejudice (1995, aka “The Colin Firth one”)  BLU

Ran  BLU

Rebecca (1940)  BLU

Riviere Du Hibou  PAL Code 2

The Road (2009)  BLU

Romeo & Juliet (1968, aka “the one you watched in high school that has brief nudity”)

Rope  BLU

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead

Salome’s Last Dance  PAL Code 2

Saragossa Manuscript

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World  BLU

The Secret Life of Bees  BLU

The Secret of Nimh  BLU

Sense and Sensibility (1995, aka “the Ang Lee one”)

Sherlock Holmes—Complete Granada TV edition

The Shining (1980) BLU

Shoot the Piano Player

Short Cuts

Shot in the Dark (1964)

Silent Hill

A Single Man  BLU

Slaughterhouse Five

Solaris (1972) BLU

Stand By Me  BLU

Strange Brew

Tales From The Far Side 1 & 2 

There Will Be Blood  BLU

The Thin Man

The Thing (1982)  BLU

Three Musketeers / Four Musketeers (1973, aka “the Richard Lester ones”)

Throne of Blood

Time Machine (1960)

Tin Drum  BLU

Tipping The Velvet


To Kill a Mockingbird  BLU

Total Recall (1990)  BLU

Trainspotitng  BLU

Treasure of the Sierra Madre  BLU

Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story

True Grit (2010)  BLU

2001: A Space Odyssey   BLU

V for Vendetta  BLU

Village of the Damned / Children of the Damned

Virgin Suicides

War of the Worlds (1953)

Warlock (1959)

Watership Down

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?  BLU

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971, aka “The Gene Wilder one”) BLU

Winter’s Bone   BLU

Woman Chaser

Woman in Black (1989)

Wonder Boys

Wuthering Heights (1939)

Zodiac (2007)  BLU


What did we miss? Let us know here in the comments or, better yet, here in the store.


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