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Blackbeard's Ghost (1968)

Dean Jones , Peter Ustinov , Robert Stevenson  |  G |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dean Jones, Peter Ustinov, Suzanne Pleshette, Elsa Lanchester, Charlie Brill
  • Directors: Robert Stevenson
  • Writers: Don DaGradi, Bill Walsh
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 4, 2002
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006472U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,259 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blackbeard's Ghost" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

In the moody prologue, amid a raging storm that evokes Hollywood golden-age high-seas swashbucklers, a foreboding scroll recounts the legend of one of the bloodiest pirates in the history of the Caribbean. Leave it to Disney to turn him into a fun-loving old prankster with a whimsical side. Peter Ustinov mugs shamelessly as the bombastic but harmless apparition who renounces his wicked ways to become the mischievous school spirit of the local college, much to the annoyance of straight-arrow track coach Dean Jones. Made in the heyday of Disney’s live-action family comedies, Blackbeard's Ghost is all haphazard but high-energy slapstick and squeaky-clean romance (courtesy of contemporary schoolmarm Suzanne Pleshette) performed with more gumption than grace, but there’s a nostalgic innocence to the whole overplayed affair. --Sean Axmaker

Product Description

Award-winning actor Peter Ustinov stars in this hilarious fantasy as the ghost of the legendary pirate Blackbeard. The once blackhearted scoundrel materializes in a small New England town, cursed to wander in limbo until he performs a good deed. He gets his chance when he decides to help a local college track team ... that hasn't a ghost of a chance of winning! Blackbeard finds himself full of team spirit, and dispensing his own brand of invisible coaching ... in this warmhearted comedy that will have you laughing from his first fade-in to his final fade-out!

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94 of 97 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, bad DVD. September 23, 2002
Much thanks to Disney for releasing this classic family favorite, but the DVD is so lacking. First, my biggest gripe is that the movie is in full screen. So much is cut off in some scenes that it cannot be missed. For example, in one scene, Dean Jones is sitting in a car talking with one of his co-stars sitting next to him. Only half or even as little as one third of the actors face is visible. Very annoying to watch. Another glitch is the audio. For some reason the audio is terribly low on this DVD. Usually DVD sound is crystal clear and sometimes in surround sound, however, while watching the movie I had to raise the audio on my television to a very high setting just to hear it.
I do appreciate the release of this movie on DVD, but this movie that was such an ejoyable part of many viewers childhoods really deserved much more respect and should have had more attention when being put onto DVD. Hopefully Disney will put forth more effort when releasing their classics in the future.
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83 of 89 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Blackbeard's Ghost Should Have Stayed Away June 3, 2002
While not a great moment in movie history, Blackbeard's Ghost is a fun film for families and stars the always-great Peter Ustinov. I had been looking forward to it's release on DVD as the print I had on VHS was so terrible, I felt surely that the DVD would offer a better print (and based on the quality of the prints on the recently-released Vault Disney titles I had purchased, I felt even more assured that it would). I was sooooo disappointed today when I received my copy of Blackbeard's Ghost. Of all of the DVDs I have purchased from a name studio, this has to be the worst I have ever seen. The print used seems to be the same as the one used for the old VHS I have. The picture contrast is terrible. The print itself is full of scratches and blemishes and the picture is very grainy. Worst of all it is presented in full screen (I seem to remember reading it would be widescreen when it was first announced), which leaves parts of the picture lopped off. An example of this is when Dean Jones' character is talking to a student while driving and the right half of Jones' face is missing while the left half of the student's is gone. The biggest example of the low quality of the print used is the opening titles. Since the film was not presented in widescreen (although it wouldn't have been too wide, I'm sure), the opening credits are "squished" up, with the picture being presented slightly off-center, leaving about a 1 1/2 inch black space up the left side of my screen. I know this film is not considered a classic by most, but I was hoping Disney would have thought it was and done better than this. Maybe some day they will.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Video quality? Expected better... September 2, 2003
This of course is an excellent movie - Ustinov is excellent as well as Dean.
However, I honestly expected better quality video from a re-released classic movie from Disney. The opening credits are truncated on the left side - it almost appeared that the opening credis were done with a hand-held video camera (someone with the wiggles of course). Tons of video artifacts exist throughout the movie (white dust, contrast problems, scratches, blooming, and washed out color etc.). It doesn't seem to have been given the "Snow White" treatment that other released products have gone through.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disney, please come to your senses! August 4, 2003
Yet again, another title I would have been happy to surrender my money for, but I refuse to cater to this insulting breed of DVD release. I paid to see these flicks in the theatre, paid again to see them on the Disney Channel, paid for the VHS release, and now they would have gotten money from me yet again. For all of the money I have put in their pockets, am I unreasonable to expect the full width of the screen? Or a trailer? How about a cleaned up print?
Apparently, it's too much bother and Disney doesn't care enough to make their catalog releases the treasured valentines they should be for the films' fans. Other studios manage to treat their older titles with some respect, but Disney seems to only be interested in shovelware, resulting in nothing more than the VHS edition on a disc. No thank you, I'll pass.
Now, should they decide to completely exploit the people who make them rich yet again (by releasing "Special Edition" versions of these titles), I shall only have to buy them once. Otherwise, my VHS copies will have to suffice. In my massive DVD library, the only company that seems to be unrepresented is Disney. It breaks my heart, but it's their one-dimensional buffoonery that is at fault. I recommend all buyers boycott these releases.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NO WIDESCREEN, NO SALE. June 1, 2002
Vote with your wallet & don't buy this great Disney movie until it is released in widescreen (the way the director MADE IT) or insist on an additional 33-40% off of the sale price since they are chopping up to that much off of the picture on a full frame dvd.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Family Classic June 20, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
A very funny movie. I am not a big fan of old movies, but this one is awesome. Lots of fun. A definate must see if you like Classic Walt Disney
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Very excited about the possiblilty of purchasing this childhood favorite, however after reading the reviews of the poor quality (GRAINY?..AND WHAT..NO LETTERBOX???) I will wait until Disney decides not to trash one of their better late 1960's movies. I have come to expect poor quality DVD's from no-frills cheaper ... DVD and VHS titles, however never would have expected Disney to resort to this type of poor quality merchandising. As Mel Brooks' "Yogurt" character from Spaceballs said "Merchandising...where the real money from the movie is made..." Surely a good quality transfer onto DVD contitutes good merchandising?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent item
Published 6 hours ago by James T. Bain
5.0 out of 5 stars ... deserves a re-mastering from Disney it is still as good as I...
While it clearly deserves a re-mastering from Disney it is still as good as I remember as a youngster.
It's rollicking, good fun. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Therese Jarboe
5.0 out of 5 stars Dean Jones shines in this one
A fun filled Halloween movie, very enjoyable, good cast and writing
Published 8 days ago by GM card
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Published 12 days ago by Michael William Vaughan
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it....over and over
Our family has been watching this and other Disney classics for many years. Now with another generation cropping up......we'll pass them on.
Published 1 month ago by V. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars he was very funny man...
I like him as good actor and when I
Remembered he played "Blackbeard's
Ghost" and " Logan's run". I missed
Him so long..
Published 1 month ago by Mark Grainger
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Disney
My husband had never seen this movie, so being a classic disney kid I ordered it. I remember watching these reruns at my granma's when I was a kid. Good, clean humor. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ren Talan
4.0 out of 5 stars movie from childhood
Was fun to see again as I've never seen it on tv or cable. Not as magical as when I was ten, but I can see why I liked it so much then. Quick delivery, good packaging.
Published 2 months ago by Michael A. Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Disney
This is a great old Disney classic, I have a good collection of them, and add to when ever I find one at a good price
Published 3 months ago by craig bigler
4.0 out of 5 stars Disney did this movie a hundred years ago and it still fun to watch
Yes it is a old Disney movie and yes the quality of the movie is great, The movie it self is very far fetched but then when I first seen it with my son we weren't looking for... Read more
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