Save Big On Open-Box & Preowned: Buy "Poltergeist” from Amazon Warehouse Deals and save 64% off the $14.96 list price. Product is eligible for Amazon's 30-day returns policy and Prime or FREE Shipping. See all Open-Box & Preowned offers from Amazon Warehouse Deals.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Special Offers and Product Promotions
A typical family in a quiet suburb of a normal California faces a frightening ordeal when its home is invaded by a Poltergeist. Late one night, 10-year-old Carol Anne Freeling (Heather O'Rourke) hears a voice coming from inside the television set ... At first, the spirits that invade the Freeling's home seem like playful children. But then they turn angry. And when Carol Anne is pulled from this world into another, Steve and Diane Freeling (Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams--In the Land of Women) turn to an exorcist (Zelda Rubinstein) in this horror classic from director Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre films) and producer and screenwriter Steven Spielberg.]]>
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the classic ghost horror movie. Try as Hollywood might you can't improve upon perfection. This movie has so many classic scenes that make it so famous and so scary still. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Mindy U.
Skip the remake, watch the original. Character development, plot, and real frights.Published 14 days ago by Margarita G. Gutierrez
|Topic||From this Discussion|
|what is this 'glaring edit'?||
Yes, they could have cleaned it up or changed it. Someone did a poor edit job when the scene could have easily been changed without such a jarring cut. Couldn't they have dubbed over Craig Nelson's line and had him say 'I don't want pizza' or 'Not pizza again?'
It's so silly, the couple are... Read More
Nov 10, 2008 by Baron Sardonicus | See all 13 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 6 posts
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|