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Beetlejuice (1988)

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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,102 customer reviews)

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790731479
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,507 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Beetlejuice" on IMDb

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a couple of nice homebody ghosts, trying to rid their house of afamily of trendsetting human beings, is hell-bent on making theirhome unlivable -- even for the dead.

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Other:Alternate music-only track (5.1)
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Before making Batman, director Tim Burton and star Michael Keaton teamed up for this popular black comedy about a young couple (Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin) whose premature death leads them to a series of wildly bizarre afterlife exploits. As ghosts in their own New England home, they're faced with the challenge of scaring off the pretentious new owners (Catherine O'Hara and Jeffrey Jones), whose daughter (Winona Ryder) has an affinity for all things morbid. Keaton plays the mischievous Beetlejuice, a freelance "bio-exorcist" who's got an evil agenda behind his plot to help the young undead newlyweds. The film is a perfect vehicle for Burton's visual style and twisted imagination, with clever ideas and gags packed into every scene. Beetlejuice is also a showcase for Keaton, who tackles his title role with maniacal relish and a dark edge of menace. --Jeff Shannon

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106 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Say it once, say it twice, third time's the charm! November 20, 2002
When this movie first came out about fifteen years ago, my father owned a video store and every Wednesday night was "Beetlejuice" night. I'm older now, obviously, but I still cannot get enough of this movie.
Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis play Adam and Barbara Maitland, two Connecticut yuppies who die prematurely in a car wreck. Within a couple weeks, their home is overrun by an ultra-trendy New York City family, Charles and Delia Deetz, and their Goth daughter, Lydia (played respectively by Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O'Hara, and Winona Ryder). Adam and Barbara want their house back, and attempt to scare the Deetz's out of the house by wearing sheets and even by possessing them over dinner, making them sing and dance to Harry Belafonte's "Day O." Those attempts fail and enter Michael Keaton as Betelguese, "the afterlife's leading freelance bio-exorcist." The movie is dark without being scary and funny without being ridiculous.
In my opinion, one of the real gems in this film is the late Sylvia Sidney as Juno, Your Case Worker. Sidney was pushing eighty when this film was made, but turns in a great performance as the embittered equivalent of an afterlife social worker. Love how the smoke from her ever-present cigarette comes out of the slit in her throat.
If you've never seen this movie, see it. If you have seen it but don't own it on DVD, get it. The picture quality is better than ever.
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97 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Off-color, Irreverent Hilarity April 22, 2005
I love this film. Barbara and Adam Maitland, a young couple madly in love (played by Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin) discover that they are not only dead but trapped in their home as ghosts waiting for the bureaucracy of the afterlife to set them free. When a New York couple (Catherine O'Hara and Jeffrey Jones) and their teenage daughter Lydia (wonderfully macabre Winona Ryder) move into their beloved house, the Maitlands want nothing more than to remove them. The problem is, the Maitlands are too nice to truly scare anyone. They meet a rogue ghost, the ribald, disgusting Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton) who promises to drive the family away, with a few strings attached. Lydia, whose goals aren't that far from the Maitlands and who has a morbid, poignantly sad outlook, discovers the ghosts and tries to help them. But Beetlejuice has his own agenda.

The casting for this movie is perfect, with only Alec Baldwin's performance less than memorable. Michael Keaton is suitably slimy and decadent, while Geena Davis plays the earnest innocence of her character equally well. The most startling performance is a young Winona Ryder, who shows tremendous range in her role as the morbid but good-hearted Lydia.

One of the most hilarious, dark scenes ever filmed is contained in this movie, when the New York couple throws a pretentious dinner party and the Maitlands take over. Director Tim Burton uses sight gags, situational comedy, and one-liners that all bear his trademark quirkiness to make this film inventive and, even years after its release, fresh. What's most amazing in this film essentially about the weirdness of being dead is the emotional drive of it.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
I had a hard time finding this information when I searched for it, so I thought I'd type it up in case anyone else was wondering what comes free with your new Blu-ray copy of "Beetlejuice":

1. Danny Elfman - "Main Titles"
2. Danny Elfman - "Enter ... 'The Family'/Sand Worm Planet"
3. Danny Elfman - "The Aftermath"
4. Danny Elfman - "Showtime!"
5. Harry Belafonte - "The Banana Boat Song" (worth the price of the Blu-ray disc itself!)
6. Danny Elfman - "End Credits"
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228 of 294 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy Reissue September 19, 2008
My one-star refers to this so-called "20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" of this hilarious and eye-popping delight from director Tim Burton.

Since the inception of the DVD format, I have been waiting for a proper DVD of Beetlejuice with commentary and special features.

I am sorry to say that this pathetic disc is NOT what I have been waiting for.

Though they supposedly have spruced up the picture, the ONLY special features are three Beetlejuice cartoons and I think some music track or something.

NO commentary, NO behind-the-scenes, NO nothing.

So -- NO sale.

I'm still waiting...
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BeetleJuice- DVD May 9, 2008
By Pebbles
If you like BeetleJuice and the supernatural then buy this movie you won't be let down. This is a very good movie fun for all ages. See this movie is what started the cartoon series on cartoonnetwork in the early 1990's BeetleJuice. Personally I think Micheal Keaton did a fantastic job as playing BeetleJuice I just really like this movie alot it talk's about what the after life is like basically see Barbara and Adam Maitland die and their ghost's in the movie and they meet BeetleJuice and I'm not going to tell you the rest because you have to watch the movie trust me this movie is really good it will make you want to say BeetleJuice three times.
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: CLAMSHELL EDITION IS EDITED TV VERSION January 19, 2000
By Wes
Format:VHS Tape
I, myself always enjoyed this movie, it's very funny and entertaining, so I didn't hesitate to pick up the clamshell edition. I guess it was a marketing plan to make the movie more for families or something, but they have eliminated all strong profanity and elements that are usually edited in the television version. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. If you want the uncut version, AVOID THE CLAMSHELL EDITION!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A classic carrier of the imagination
Published 1 hour ago by Elena Karina Byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars great old movie
Hilarious and good old fashioned movie making. great acting, ok effects, great directing. loved it!
Published 2 hours ago by Stephen Hawkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality. Very happy
Arrived just in time, when a little early. Watched the night before Halloween with friends. No skips. Great quality. Very happy.
Published 5 hours ago by Justin Caraher
1.0 out of 5 stars Highly annoying, crude and worthless film...don't bother!
If you like Tim Burton's work, you'll probably love it. Frankly, I found it crude, bizarre and highly annoying. As a movie addict, there are few movies I've come to despise. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
I love this movie... Just hate the fact that it was "brand new" and kept freezing and skipping while I was trying to watch it. Not impressed.
Published 1 day ago by Jeanette
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very funny!
Published 1 day ago by jeanne tucker
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Halloween movie to watch!
The most imaginative, creative and funny movie ever!
Published 2 days ago by Wendy Costello
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun With Ghosts! A Must See!
If you missed this movie along the way, make sure you watch it! It's one of those movies that you will add to your collection and watch over and over!
Published 2 days ago by Christine L. Loss
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie!
Published 2 days ago by KRIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie. Can't get enough of it.
Published 2 days ago by L.A. Beans
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20th Anniversary edition
This movie has never been in the book type packaging if you are talking about that. However the Anniversary Edition did have a little booklet included.
May 13, 2012 by KiWiSouP |  See all 5 posts
Welcome to the Beetlejuice forum
Hey Timothy do you know if the Blu-Ray version is also edited?
Nov 8, 2009 by C. Rice |  See all 5 posts
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