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Casper (Widescreen Special Edition)

4.6 out of 5 stars 501 customer reviews

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From director Brad Silberling and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment comes a live-action fun house ride filled with laughter, excitement and ghostly surprises. "Ghost therapist" Dr. James Harvey (Bill Pullman) and his daughter Kat (Christina Ricci) arrive at drafty, old Whipstaff Manor. Its greedy owner, Carrigan Crittendon (Cathy Moriarty), has hired Dr. Harvey to exorcise the house's apparitions: a friendly but lonely young ghost named Casper, who's just looking for a friend, and his outrageous uncles Stretch, Stinkie and Fatso (The Ghostly Trio). If the plan works, she and Dibs (Eric Idle), her partner-in-slime, can get their hands on the manor's fabled treasure. Meanwhile, Casper has found a kindred spirit in Kat, but The Ghostly Trio will not tolerate "fleshies" in their house. With hilarious antics and dazzling special effects from many of the creators of Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Jurassic Park, Casper is a mile-a-minute adventure comedy for the whole family.

Special Features

  • Casper's Treasures Game
  • Spelling Lab Game
  • Casper's Cartoon Classic: Penguin For Your Thoughts
  • Casper's Spooky Safety Tips
  • Casper's Scary Kitchen
  • Feature Commentary with Director Brad Silberling
  • Revealing Casper
  • Deleted Scene #91: Lucky Enough to be a Ghost
  • Photo & Poster Gallery
  • Cast & Ghosts
  • DVD-ROM Features
  • Recommendations

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Chauncey Leopardi, Spencer Vrooman, Malachi Pearson, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle
    • Directors: Brad Silberling
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS ES), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Subtitles: Spanish, French
    • Dubbed: Spanish
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003
    • Run Time: 101 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (501 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B0000AK7AA
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,419 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Casper (Widescreen Special Edition)" on IMDb

    Customer Reviews

    Top Customer Reviews

    Format: VHS Tape
    Who says there are no such things as ghosts? Not if there is the ghostly inhabitants of Whipstaff Manor in Friendship, Maine!
    This desolate mansion is then, in the words of one of the members of the Ghostly Trio of Whipstaff, 'intruded' by Kat Harvey (Christina Ricci) and her eccentric father Dr. James Harvey (Bill Pullman), a ghost therapist. Carrigan Crittenden (Cathy Moriarty) had hired Dr. Harvey to exorcise the ghosts, including Casper the friendly ghost and his three obnoxious uncles, Stretch, Fatso and Stinkie, aspiring to gain Whipstaff's 'buried gold'.
    Intertwining humour, all-time 'floating' fun and a modern Cinderella story, 'Casper' promises to please as a movie which is compelling, hilarious, captivating, heart-warming, witty and above all, truly 'fleshtastic'.
    'Casper' is recommended for any audience, regardless of age. ... 'Casper' ... manages to appear endearing and ultimately special.
    The magic of Bill Pullman, Christina Ricci as well as that of director Brad Silberling, executive producer Steven Spielberg, and other producers weaves between each and every scene to eventually lift us off our feet.
    Above all, I LOVE THIS MOVIE! Casper is my all time favourite character. Truly fleshtastic. BOOlistic! You won't BOOlieve it until you see it.
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    This is a wholesome story of a boy who became ill and died much too young. He falls in love with a young 'live' girl who moves into the abandoned mansion with her father (a believer in the possibility of reaching into the beyond and speaking to the spirits). The three pesky ghosts add humor (guests can be so bothersome, especially if they're dead). Throw in a little greed for tension and it's a wonderful, entertaining plot for all ages. The scene between Casper and his mother will bring tears...but I loved it.

    Chrissy K. McVay - Author
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    i first saw this movie when i was younger and i still love it today. there are so many touching and comical moments that children and well as their parents can enjoy. i'm sure this film will become a classic in years to come. i hope everyone who has not seen this movie will see it soon so that they too will know of this wonderful family movie. it's the best children's movie that's come out in years.
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    I loved this movie when I saw it in the theatre back in the 90s. I liked the way it explored Casper, born Casper McFadden, as a person, regardless of whether he was "alive" or "dead," and told us something about his life and his living family. I found Christina Ricci, as Kat, the girl he falls in love with, to be charming and engaging. Bill Pullman, as Kat's weirdo scientist father, seeks to learn what "haunts" ghosts and discussed some interesting theories about what drives spirits. Casper's uncles, the obnoxious Ghostly Trio, I could have done without. I found their slapstick over the top and heavy-handed, not to mention, unnecessary. The film is at its best when showing how a child's consciousness, lingering after physical death, continues to seek some meaning in a new plane of existence.
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    All time fav. Movie as a child and I'm really glad a purchased the movie on amazon. The movie quality is good there was no problems there bought it in blu ray so thats a big up. I have no complains.
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    Casper The Friendly Ghost was a famous cartoon of the 1950's and 1960's. A few decades later it became an excellent movie starring Bill Pullman and Christina Ricci. Pullman plays a scientist who is interested in the paranormal since the death of his wife, and he is one kooky scientist! Ricci, is his long suffering daughter who puts up with her dad's kookiness. They move into a haunted house to investigate ghosts and encounter Casper, a ghost who was a boy about 80 years before. The plot is great, the two "bad guys" are portrayed by Cathy Moriarty and Eric Idle. There are some guest appearances such as "Ghostbuster" Dan Akryod who runs out of the house afraid. The plot is great as well as the scenery inside the house and good special effects. This is a fun movie to watch with the family and has some quite touching scenes as well. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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    Format: VHS Tape
    I just rented this tape to watch with my kids, and found myself grateful that they tend to talk through movies. The language is not appropriate for a children's movie - and some of the profanity is not subtle (e.g. a ghost loudly proclaiming that "the b--ch is back").

    Eric Idle is a nice touch, some of the interactions between father and daughter are well-done, _but_ the evil character is drawn with absolutely no subtlety, the screams of ghost-spotters become tedious, and the aggression and (implied) violent deaths are not appropriate for small children.

    I suspect many of my objections are the filmmakers' attempt to "spice up" the movie for a teen audience, but they certainly remove a large pool of potential viewers; I wouldn't expose a child less than about 10 to the language (by then they'll have heard it from their classmates, and parents will have had a chance to train them not to use it).

    Hate to sound like a prig (I always swore I would be a "cool" mom) - BUT, kids can be sharp-eared little parrots, and I don't feel like having MY kids call me a b--ch any earlier than they likely will (around 12, I suspect).
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    Transfer it to Bluray!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I agree! One of my favorite movies from when I was a kid!
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