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Poltergeist (Blu-ray Book Packaging) (2008)

Jobeth Williams , Craig T. Nelson , Tobe Hooper  |  PG |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Jobeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Beatrice Straight, Oliver Robins, Dominick Dunne
  • Directors: Tobe Hooper
  • Writers: Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais, Mark Victor
  • Producers: Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Restored, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 4.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 4.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Castilian, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Castilian, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (603 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AQO41E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,253 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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69 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time To Scare Up A Deluxe Special Edition DVD! September 25, 2006
Format:DVD
Now that DVDs are way down in price, I've ended up with literally thousands--I think. I have a tendency to resist the earlier releases, the ones that are obviously "cheapies" with no special features--I know that better editions are just around the bend for most films! But I recently had to make an exception for "Poltergeist". Now I had originally seen this film in a theater on its release. I have always considered it one of the best in its genre. I've seen it a couple of times since, but probably not at all in the last ten years (and for the record--all the sequels were terrible).

What amazed me was that I still thought it was a terrific movie! Now, some people will think a couple of the effects are cheesy--and for today's standards, maybe they are. But they are so well integrated into the film that I don't think the modern viewer will mind. And I believe films are historical documents--I hate that George Lucas, for example, has corrupted his films with constant CGI updates. It's as sacrilegious as colorization was!

"Poltergeist" succeeds as a great film due, in large part, to it's unrelenting suspense--but, in equal measure, it relies on us to care about the family involved. I think the movie endures because it has heart and characters to actually root for. Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams are great (and believable) as the parents affected. Their love for each other and their family, and their willingness to sacrifice anything for the safety of their kids is well presented and acted. Williams, in particular, has never been better. At first, she is your typical suburban Mom--but as strange things start happening, you see her confusion, her delight, her fear, her horror, her desperation and her heroic side. It's a very nice underrated performance.
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67 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Horror Movie - Spielberg Style! November 2, 2004
Format:DVD
Every since "Poltergeist" was released there has been debate about who influenced the final result more, Director Tobe Hooper or Producer Steven Spielberg. I personally think the answer can be discovered by comparing Poltergeist to their previous works: I ask you, is it closer in style to "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" or "Raiders of the Lost Ark"?

All that aside, "Poltergeist" is a rippin' good ghost story. Craig T. Nelson and Jobeth Williams play the parents of a family that unfortunately lives in one wicked suburbia haunted house. The movie develops slowly, giving us time to care about this family. Mr. Nelson and Ms. Williams are dream parents - cool, funny, smart and devoted to the family and each other.

The kids are pretty typical movie kids and their performances don't detract.

Initially, there are just a few unusual and creepy goings-on. Chairs move by themselves. The youngest daughter, played by young Heather O'Rourke, makes out voices that come through the television late at night after everyone else has gone to sleep.

At about the midway point of the film the owners of the "voices" start some serious shenanigans in the house and in the confusion, take little Carol Anne hostage. You're on the edge of your seat the rest of the movie.

Some academic ghost-buster types move in and set up cameras and recorders. Next thing you know, weird things are happening to them as well.

Made before the CGI age, "Poltergeist" nonetheless has some impressive special effects. The story tries to get under your skin. It doesn't just pick one thing to be scared of. There is no 25 foot shark or machete-wielding madman. Instead it succeeds over and over again at creeping you out at everyday objects.
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115 of 138 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware October 12, 2007
Format:DVD
This is one of my favorite movies, and I've reviewed the earlier DVD issue elsewhere. My review this time is purely for the new DVD reissue which is one of the biggest disappointments I've come across. Let's start with this "25th Anniversary." The only mention of the anniversary is a haphazardly placed sticker on the outer sleeve. The fact that it was just slapped onto the box gives the buyer an idea of how much thought went into this new DVD.

Then there are the extras. A documentary about true-life hauntings. Okay, that's not bad. But wait - where's the original trailer for the film that was on the earlier DVD? It's been removed. Did the trailer get sucked into Carol Anne's closet and is being held captive by the Beast? What purpose did removing the trailer serve?

This is a pointless release. My advice is to hang onto the earlier release which is anamorphic AND has the trailer and skip this one; there will be another, hopefully better, release someday. Warner Brothers should be ashamed.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
I've been a fan of this film for over 20 years. My parents had the VHS and before that it was taped from TV. I own the 25th Anniversary edition, which I had not yet watched. I know Blu-Rays often are criticized for the lack of extras, but I must specifically comment here on the PQ and AQ.

I absolutely love this film, for its storyline, characters and visual accomplishments achieved for its time period. I did not expect a quality transfer such as this one, when I popped the disc in. I purchased this at Target yesterday which had it at a price comparable to Amazon's, after tax, and with a temporary price reduction.

I use a 42" Panasonic Plasma, Onkyo 605 receiver, Panasonic BD30K Blu player and Paradigm Speakers, on this particular set up.

The picture is amazing! There are some areas where there is a bit of noise in the sky shots over "Cuesta Verde", the housing development. However, other than that, for a film that is 26 years old, the picture and sound are stunning. The colors really pop in this edition, and the sound during the paranormal phenomena is spectacular. Blacks and detail are very rich and the sound is thunderous when it should be, but even throughout the film, as it needs to be.

The Digi-Book packaging is a neat little perk, as it adds some history, production notes and intewresting little tidbits. Although these can be found on the net, as well, for the same price and even cheaper than some other Blu-Rays, the packaging adds an extra incremental value.

If you love this movie, the transfer is absolutely worth picking this up! If you just like it, give it a rent. I have 100's of HD DVD's and Blu-Rays, and this is one of the best transfers I've seen, of those films I have viewed. PQ: 4/5 AQ: 4/5.
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what is this 'glaring edit'?
This edit happens after the scene in the kitchen where Carol Anne is seen sliding across the floor in a football helmet. Unfortuantely, this glaring edit is here to stay. Not many people know why this is there. This is not a fault of the editor. This was a glaring annoying thing due to... Read More
Oct 15, 2007 by Brad |  See all 10 posts
Parents too young?
You aren't the only one at all! I could accept that they had their first child at 15/16 but I really started having problems with that (problems that don't defer me from LOVING this movie) when i noticed the part where they vaguely imply while they are getting high in their bedroom that Steven... Read More
Jul 22, 2012 by Meline |  See all 5 posts
Why stay?
Well for one thing, Stephen sells real estate in that Questa Verde housing development he lives in, so it would be hard to explain to his boss why he is moving out. The kids do still have school. Their relatives don't live nearby. It takes time to move a family of 5. You can't just leave... Read More
Nov 28, 2011 by hostile 17 |  See all 5 posts
what's new with this release?
it appears to be the old one in a standard case
Sep 29, 2010 by J. Sullivan |  See all 2 posts
count down to extinction...('the slipcase business') Be the first to reply
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