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Ghost Rider [Blu-ray] (2007)

Nicolas Cage , Eva Mendes , Mark Steven Johnson  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (487 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Sam Elliott, Matt Long, Raquel Alessi
  • Directors: Mark Steven Johnson
  • Writers: Mark Steven Johnson
  • Producers: Anna Phelps, Avi Arad, David S. Goyer, E. Bennett Walsh, Gary Foster
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (487 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042AGNAK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,032 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ghost Rider [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Commentary with Director/Writer Mark Steven Johnson and Visual Effects Supervisor Kevin Mack
Commentary with Producer Gary Foster
Spirit of Vengeance: 2-Part Making of Ghost Rider Featurette

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Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) was only a teenaged stunt biker when he sold his soul to the devil (Peter Fonda). Years later, Johnny is a world renowned daredevil by day, but at night, he becomes the Ghost Rider of Marvel Comics legend. The devil's bounty hunter, he is charged with finding evil souls on earth and bringing them to hell. But when a twist of fate brings Johnny's long-lost love (Eva Mendes) back into his life, Johnny realizes he just might have a second chance at happiness - if he can beat the devil and win back his soul. To do so he'll have to defeat Blackheart (Wes Bentley), the devil's nemesis and wayward son, whose plot to take over his father's realm will bring hell on earth--unless Ghost Rider can stop him.

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5 of 0 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that bad, but not what I was expecting June 5, 2007
Format:DVD
I was so looking forward to Ghost Rider finally making the leap to the silver screen. All the previews I saw for it I thought were amazing. I even did some research on the Internet (not for the comic book, because, in fact, I collected both series of comics myself and loved them). So, when the time came and I saw the film, I thought it was...okay. Definitely not what I was expecting. Oh, the villians were there and they were great. It's just the casting of Nicholas Cage as Johnny Blaze. When I heard he would be the star, I thought he'd be satisfactory (though he could have at least changed his hair colour to match Blaze's for the movie, if he was indeed the true fan of the comics as he said he was in some movie previews I read). And I certainly wasn't expecting Eva Mendes to play Roxanne (not that I didn't mind either). However, she played the role rather flatly and seemed to be kind of dull. So, overall, for me, the movie was all right, though nothing spectacular.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "You can't live in fear" December 29, 2007
By Wuchak
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I personally feel that the numerous superhero films that have been popping up since "X-Men" came out in 2000 are all of about the same quality. Yeah, everyone has their personal favorites (mine is "Daredevil: The Director's Cut") but, generally speaking, they're all decent cinematic versions of the comic heroes.

Mark Steven Johnson's "Ghost Rider" (2007) combines Faust and Spider-Man and mixes in elements of all the variations of the Ghost Rider comics up to the present, including the 50's Western hero, but it's main inspiration is the 70s-80s comic featuring Johnny Blaze as the protagonist.

What makes Ghost Rider appealing? Well, the only thing cooler than a guy in black leather and chains driving a Harley is a flaming skeleton in black leather and chains driving a supernatural flaming Harley. That pretty much explains it.

THE PLOT: Johnny Blaze and his father make a living as Evel Knieval-like stunt riders in a carnival. When Johnny's dad is diagnosed with cancer he is mislead into making a deal with the devil. His father is healed of the cancer but Satan makes sure he dies in a stunt accident. Johnny ultimately discovers that, because of his foolish deal, he is cursed to become the nigh-invincible Ghost Rider -- a supernatural flaming skeleton -- whenever he comes face to face with evil. Satan then enlists him as his "bounty hunter" to capture his prodigal son, Blackheart, who naturally hates his father and is intent on getting the "contract of San Vengaza" for the purpose of starting some kind of hell on earth. Ultimately Johnny must make a decision about what to do with his powers -- give 'em back to Satan or use 'em to fight evil.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected April 11, 2007
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This movie was surprisingly good. I went into it, not expecting much after recently watching the Fantastic Four movie. Ghost Rider starts off with a young Johnny Blaze, teamed up with his father, who is sick. He makes a deal with the Devil and sells his soul to heal his father. Unfortunately, the Devil never strikes a bargain with fairness in mind and Johnny is left to wait for the Devil to call. When the Devil calls, the special effects were actually amazing. The story was a bit on the short side with an ending that left a bit to be desired. Overall, this IS a fun movie to watch and the action is consistent throughout. This one will be added to my library when it's released. Enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The Extended cut of Ghost Rider takes the average-quality movie, Ghost Rider, and turns it into a movie worth watching. The added and extended scenes add a touch of humor and character to the film, which the theatrical release lacked to a great degree. While the extended cut of Ghost Rider is still not quite on-par with some other superhero and comic movies that have come out recently, it certainly isn't going to be left behind by any Tobey Macguire-starring sequels!

The Blu-Ray's enhanced visuals really flesh out the truly superb computer effects and filmwork for this movie, as well. All in all, I give this blu-ray-enhanced version of the movie a 4 out of 5.
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Spirit of Vengeance rides again! June 23, 2007
Format:DVD
Sometimes a flaming skull can be the mask of an avenging angel.

First of all I admit that I am a long time fan of the Ghost Rider comic series. I waited for this movie to get made for years- through all the delays. Now that it has been made I am not disappointed. I thought that this was a very good job of writing, acting, casting, and special effects.

The first thing you have to realize is that this is a morality play. The Rider is the Spirit of Vengeance. He instantly knows the guilty from the innocent. His greatest weapon is his ability to make criminals feel their victims pain through his "penance stare." He is supposed to be disturbing, upsetting, frightening. If you have a problem with paying for your crimes then you are going to have a problem with the Rider...

I especially liked the tribute to the original western Ghost Rider (excellently played by Sam Elliot) and his tie in to the mythos of the Johnny Blaze incarnation. It was so appropriate to use the old "Ghost Riders in the Sky" theme here for it was the original inspiration for the character.

I wouldn't hesitate to allow children to watch this, but I would watch with them and explain it. Blaze made a deal with the devil, but he did it for unselfish, sacrificial reasons. And while the devil got his soul, he didn't get his spirit. The Ghost Rider is darkness in the service of light. He willed himself from the devil's bounty hunter to his greatest nemesis on earth. He owned his curse and turned the devil's power against him. And the Rider never, ever harms the innocent.

Yeah, I liked the craftsmanship and I liked the message- a lot.
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