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The Canterville Ghost (1996)

Patrick Stewart , Neve Campbell , Syd Macartney  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Patrick Stewart, Neve Campbell, Joan Sims, Donald Sinden, Cherie Lunghi
  • Directors: Syd Macartney
  • Writers: Robert Benedetti, Oscar Wilde
  • Producers: Patrick Stewart, Brent Shields, Malcolm J. Christopher, Richard Welsh, Robert Benedetti
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2000
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004W5TJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,022 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Canterville Ghost" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Patrick Stewart gives an outstanding performance in the title role of this high-spirited, new adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic tale of mystery, romance, and adventure. The fun begins as the unsuspecting Otis family moves into the stately, rambling rooms of Canterville Hall where young Virginia (Neve Campbell, "Party of Five") meets up with the castle's resident specter: the 400-year-old ghost of Sir Simon de Canterville (Stewart). But while Sir Simon does his moaning, chain-rattling best to frighten the newcomers, Virginia soon befriends him, and learns the sorrowful secret: unless a purehearted mortal agrees to plead his case before the dreaded "Angel of Death," Sir Simon will be doomed to haunt the Hall for all eternity. With the midnight moment of truth approaching, Virginia prepares for a journey into the unknown -- in a hair raising conclusion to this all-time favorite tale of ancient spirits, young love, and otherworldly adventures!

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a word, wonderful! June 30, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
The first time I saw this movie, I was enjoying a night alone in my house. I turned on the t.v., expecting to see a very different movie, and instead, I was surprised with a wonderful adaptation of what had been a favorite story of mine when I was a little kid. Patrick Stewart is wonderful as the tormented ghost, I fell in love with the "boy-next-door", and you find yourself rooting for Neve Campbell, and hoping her father will change for the better. I will definately be looking for this movie later.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE!!! September 27, 2008
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This movie was better than John Gielgud version (matter of opinion)but both are well worth buying! Both are heart warming and moral valued so if you want to OWN 2 great movies? Either one or both will do. I give both movies 5 out or 5 stars no matter how many times they are watched!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully entertaining March 30, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Patrick Stewart's portrayal of the ghost was delightful and poignant and he wove into his role some Shakespeare which added depth. Neve Campbell was also exceptional as the young child who believed and shed her tears for the ghost's release.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick Stewart makes a great ghost! January 9, 2007
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This is extremly well done. the scenery shots are magnificent. The story is a wonderful variation on several old ghost/haunting stories combined with a new twist. Great family film.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, charming February 18, 2007
Format:DVD
A delightful,playful adaptation of Oscar Wilde's story. Entertaining and moving as well as satisfying. Enjoyabole for the whole family.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of Seven? November 27, 2007
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There are at least seven versions of Oscar Wilde's THE CANTERVILLE GHOST out on DVD as of 2007. Can a slightly-dated, made for TV version really be worth your time and money? Can Patrick Stewart carry the title role as well as or better than Charles Laughton or John Gielgud?

YES!

The role requires the Ghost to be a Shakespearean and Stewart is a natural as the ghost of Sir Simon de Canterville, and Elizabethan Lord caught in limbo, ever regretting the involuntary manslaughter of his beloved.

Of course, the ghost encounters a modern American tenant of his manor. The daughter and her brothers discover that Sir Simon is more bluster than horror and set out to lift the curse.

Good supporting cast overcomes so-so production values. Good on-site locale helps.

A great follow-on to this DVD would be the classic 1930's campy drama 'The Ghost Goes West,' where a US grocery magnate buys a Scottish castle--with ghost, of course.

This version of THE CANTERVILLE GHOST has just the right blend of wit, romance, and pathos. Go for it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the canterville ghost October 11, 2007
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This is a great version, although I absolutely loved the one with Sir John Gielgud, he is fantastic, such a regal presence. Patrick Stewart, wasted his talents on the Star Trek series.
Wish they would put the Gielgud one out on DVD
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick Stewart makes this production. September 8, 2006
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I have seen a couple of other versions of The Canterville Ghost, but neither of the two can TOUCH this version with Patrick Stewart. As one who started in and loves Shakespearean acting, Patrick Stewart lends to the Ghost a sorrow-filled, yet hopeful mood... Choose this one of any version out there. You WON'T be disappointed!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Watch the *Original Version with Charles Laughton playing the...
I hate all Hollywood remakes and I personally detested this one! Watch the original one with
Charles Laughton playing the Canterville Ghost! Read more
Published 14 hours ago by Robert Pylant
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Loved this TV special and it's my favorite version of Wilde's short story. Definitely one of Patrick Stewart's best roles.
Published 2 months ago by Kaylan Brett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great remake of a timeless classic
Great remake of a timeless classic.. The Omney's were a good touch in some great dry humor. Neve Campbell made a seasoned performance for a young actress.
Published 3 months ago by Robert F. Short
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful remake of a classic.
I love this re-make, Stewart makes a wonderful Sir Simon of Canterville, a lot of folks are purist and will assume any remake is awful. We will have to agree to disagree. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ima Cygnenoir
5.0 out of 5 stars Good performance by Patrick Stewart
I bought this movie primarily because Patrick Stewart (Star Trek Gen) was performing the Ghost part. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael Small
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Even though I'm 71 years old this has been one of my favorite movies. We love Patrick Stewart as an actor and the cast was perfectly chosen. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Betsy B. Ballard
5.0 out of 5 stars The Canterville Ghost
Loved it! Patrick Stewart and Neve Campbell are perfect! Saw it a couple of years ago on television.
Decided to buy.
Published 4 months ago by Emily Shemanski
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Movie
Have watched this movie so many times, unable to count. Love it so much, I had to own it ! Have even lent it out to a friend to watch and she loved it too
Published 5 months ago by Diane Seeley
5.0 out of 5 stars The Canterville Ghost has much better than a ghost of a chance to...
I saw the original movie with Charles Laughton many years ago and loved it with all my heart; I was therefore concerned that I might have to settle for less with the new crew -- NO... Read more
Published 5 months ago by man in the hat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
"Canterville Ghost" is a wonderful, family-friendly movie. Patrick Stewart and Neve Campbell are fantastic in their roles, as one would expect. Read more
Published 5 months ago by K. E. Ruef
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