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Ghost Rider (Two-Disc Extended Cut)
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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.
Once intended as a feature for Johnny Depp, the long-germinating feature film adaptation of Marvel Comics' cult title Ghost Rider stars Nicolas Cage as motorcyclist Johnny Blaze, who transforms into a skull-faced angel of vengeance to battle the forces of evil. Though perhaps a bit too mature for the role, Cage brings a degree of humor to the outrageous proceedings; he's well matched by the Easy Rider himself Peter Fonda, amusingly cast as Mephistopheles, the demon with whom Blaze strikes a bargain to save his father, and in turn, causes his transformation into Ghost Rider. Wes Bentley is also fine as Blackheart, the rebellious offspring of Mephistopheles, and Blazes' chief opponent in the film. They're joined by a solid supporting cast which includes Donal Logue, Eva Mendes, and Sam Elliott, but their participation and a relentless barrage of CGI effects can't hide the fact that the story itself, though largely faithful to its comic origins, is rife with clichéd characterizations and glum B-movie dialogue. Fans of the venerable title may cry foul over this adaptation (as they did over helmer Mark Steven Johnson's previous comic-to-movie feature, Daredevil), but less stringent viewers may enjoy the fiery visuals and Cage's typically quirky performance. --Paul Gaita
On the DVD
Though largely reviled by critics, Ghost Rider performed well enough during its theatrical run to warrant this deluxe edition DVD, which adds nine more minutes to the feature and includes a wealth of extras that cover its production, as well as the Marvel Comics character's history. The deleted footage is a mix of throwaway detail (reporter/love interest Eva Mendes' investigation into the Ghost Rider's identity gets more screen time) and interesting character wrinkles (the reason behind Johnny Blaze's deal with Mephistopheles has a less-than-honorable side) that help in part to give the film some dramatic heft. But these will have less cache with viewers and fans of the film than the supplemental features, which cover the making of the film in broad but interesting detail. Two commentaries are provided, one from director Mark Steven Johnson and visual effects supervision Kevin Mack, and the other by producer Gary Foster; both are informative, but those with a taste for the technical side of moviemaking will find the former more valuable, as both men cover the production intricacies at length. The making-of featurette "Spirit of Vengeance" is actually three 30-minute documentaries which include interviews with the cast, production tidbits, and a eyebrow-raising bit of Nicolas Cage working through his own process of "becoming" the Ghost Rider (those that consider Cage an amusing eccentric will find these clips most enjoyable). A gallery of animatics show how certain scenes evolved from production sketch to finished special effect, but the most intriguing extra is "Sin and Salvation," a four-part documentary that traces Ghost Rider's comic book incarnation from his origin in the 1970s to the revivals and revisions of the '90s and 2000s. For longtime GR fans, this may be the most valuable extra, as it gives an excellent overview of the character, and serves as a reminder of what made him such a cult hit to those who may have been disappointed by this big-screen version. -- Paul Gaita
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THOUGHTS: Instead of sticking to the classic origin of Johnny Blaze, writer/director Mark Johnson changes enough stuff to basically eff it all up. (For Pete's sake, why not just keep the scope of the movie small and use issue #68 of the original comic as a roadmap for the film? Sheesh.) The acting is all over the map here, but most of it is just yuck. The majority of the actors are either wrongly cast, totally worthless or completely wasted. Nick Cage, (easily 10-15 years too old at this point, sporting a ridiculous-looking hairpiece that wouldn't even fool Mr. Magoo), overacts like a spider monkey on crack; chewing more scenery than the shark in JAWS. Eva Mendez as Blaze's love interest is undeniable as eye candy but has all the emotional depth and dramatic acting skills of, say, Shemp Howard. Peter Fonda is a motion picture icon and his involvement is a nice tip of the hat to acknowledge his iconic rebel/biker movie career, but he's wasted in a part that could (and should) have been meatier and more involving. Instead, he shows up and you go "Ooooh! It's the guy from EASY RIDER playing the Devil! Cool!" and then he's gone. Sam Elliot is easily the best actor in this thing, bringing genuine gravitas to his role as Carter Slade, the original Wild West-era Ghost Rider, but he's criminally under-used; his character popping up only occasionally to give cryptic advice to Blaze about what he has become and what's expected of him. Wes Bentley is a joke as the satanic goth/emo badboy, Blackheart; about as scary as one of those bored guys who jumps out at you inside those corn maze things that pop up every Halloween. Speaking of the bad guys, they are all - without exception - really lame. Ghost Rider defeats each of them with practically no effort at all, so what was even the point?!? And GR himself has very little screen time at all for a film that's supposed to be about him. The good part of this movie is that when he is on screen he is awesome; every bit as intimidating and savage as you'd expect. His hellfire bike is a great piece of cinematic imagery; a fantastic job of realizing one key aspect of what makes the Ghost Rider so iconic and badass. Watching him power down the road is a thrill but it hardly makes it worth sitting through the rest of this underwhelming mess. Too many dumb decisions on the director's part. Keep in mind, this is the same inept clown who directed (or should I say misdirected) that horrid Ben Affleck DAREDEVIL movie. Johnson claims that GR is actually his favorite comic character and that he took the directing job for DAREDEVIL just so he could get the gig for GHOST RIDER. Yeah, whatever. Thank God for the FF>> and chapter skip buttons or I'd never re-watch this. There are some truly great movies out there based on comicbook characters. This isn't one of them.
THE BLU-RAY: A decent if unspectacular hi-def offering from Columbia. The film is in its proper aspect ratio and looks & sounds good. No artifacting, pixelation, edge enhancement and little crush (video noise) except in some of the murkier nighttime scenes. The CGI is okay for the most part but several shots definitely show their age and do not hold up well. Audio is crisp and clear. Bonus content is limited to a pair of audio commentary tracks and a 2-part 'making of' piece. If you feel the need to own this movie then do yourself a favor and buy it used to save a few dollars, and offset the bad taste much of this film leaves after viewing.
Not good. Only watch if you're on a mission to watch every comic book movie ever.
Now, with this copy of Ghost Rider, I have HellBoy too!!! :-) BONUS!!!!! :-)
Item arrived today, 4-22-2018. Package arrived in perfect condition.
No plot spoilers from me: The story starts following Johnny Blaze as a young motorcycle stunt rider that makes a deal with the devil. Like most deals of this type, even when made with the best of intentions, it doesn't work out like Johnny plans. Years later the devil come calling to collect on his debt and that is when things get interesting. As Johnny becomes the "Ghost Rider", he discovers that he has more free will than one might expect for "The Devil's Bounty Hunter".
The casting is fairly good, even with a slightly older than he should be Nicholas Cage in the lead, but it works. I really enjoyed Eva Mendes as Roxanne, Johnny's girlfriend, and Sam Elliott as an unexpected mentor. Peter Fonda also is believable as the devil. The special effects are also fairly good and help carry the movie through the slower parts.
I enjoyed this a lot, especially for a comic book based movie.
Top international reviews
A horror/super-hero movie of the demonic Ghost Rider from the Marvel comics - with its tongue rammed firmly in its cheek and a trademark manic Nic Cage performance. Great support from the likes of Peter Fonda and Sam Elliot. The special effects are very solid for a medium-budget movie. The film was critically mauled on release, but is definitely enjoyable stuff approached with an expectation of fun rather than anything profound.
The Blu-ray picture quality is excellent - sharp and colourful where it needs to be. Also decent extras with 2 commentary tracks, trailers and a 90 minute making-of split into 3 parts
Ghost Rider is a fun film that sadly is not without flaws, but the comic touches and all round sense of fun, however, should not be understated, so much so that if people go into it with the expectation of a light and breezy comic book picture, then there is enjoyment to be had. The character of Blaze/Ghost Rider is wonderful in the extreme, Blaze doesn't drink alcohol, he instead drinks jellybeans out of a glass. He listens to The Carpenters and gets much amusement from watching chimps doing karate, this is a man who on his motorbike leaps the length of a football field over rotor whirling helicopters! Then Blaze becomes Ghost Rider, a maniacal mass of flame and one liners, an odd character when one thinks he works for the devil and makes his mantra one of striking down evildoers! And it's with that cheeky daftness that one needs to view this movie.
Nicolas Cage actively sought out the role of Blaze due to his immense love of the source, and there is no denying that he puts guts and kudos into the portrayal. He perfectly camps the comic book nature of Blaze, whilst revelling in the devil may care side of the Ghost Rider persona. However, Cage is the only one who can come out of the picture with any credit, female love interest falls in the hands of Eva Mendes, perhaps her Roxanne Simpson character is a little underwritten, but her screen presence is more annoying than memorable. Peter Fonda is very poor as Mephistopheles, about as scary as someone making Easy Rider 2, yet compared to Wes Bentley, Fonda looks like Oscar gold. Bentley is Blackheart, and he struggles with delivery and any sort of nasty aura in which to breath life into a potential bad guy to savour, and as for his cohort minions? The less said the better I think.
It's a shame the villains are so poor because there is a lot of care and attention here from Cage and director Mark Steven Johnson, both men whom are clearly in love with the source material. Ghost Rider is certainly a fun experience, and it scrubs up well on Blu-ray, but you may want to repeatedly punch the casting director in the face come the end of the picture. 6.5/10
I'm sure the comic purists can pick holes all over the place, but this film is not pretending to be anything other than what it so obviously is - namely a bit of amiable nonsense full of iffy dialogue and standard comic book caricatures (just like a comic book). Nick Cage is plainly having a great time playing Johnny Blaze and I suspect he took on the role as a bit of fun (perhaps also as a fan of the original Marvel comic). The great Sam Elliot, equally, didn't take his role as the previous Ghost Rider too seriously either - it looks like the whole cast were just having a bit of fun. And why not - it is a highly watchable, unpretentious and brainless romp with great special effects and a harmless way to while away a couple of easy hours.
The Video playback is breathtaking on Blu-Ray with the CGI scenes appearing more realistic than ever. The Audio Is uncompressed PCM multi channel and a few standard defintion extras aso appearing on the disc.
All in all a great movie that would grace any superhero fans blu-ray collection.
I love the story of Ghost Rider and this film just tells the story of how he came to be. The action scenes are great in this film and the FX are great. Some people say the film starts a bit slow but that is because of the story telling of how he became Ghost Rider however I personally love every second of this film. And the comedic parts are hilarious, also the script is spot on. Great movie.
Plus don't miss the second follow on film both worth having in any good film collection
turn down the lights get out the popcorn and I hope like me you enjoy the action this film gives