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|Genre||Horror, Mystery & Suspense/Thrillers|
|Format||AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen, Blu-ray, Blu-ray|
|Contributor||Heather O'Rourke, Craig T. Nelson, Dominique Dunne, Beatrice Straight, Steven Spielberg, Tobe Hooper, JoBeth Williams, Mark Victor, Frank Marshall, Zelda Rubinstein, Michael Grais, Oliver Robins See more|
|Runtime||1 hour and 54 minutes|
“Theyre here,” - seeming almost whimsical at first, playing stack-the- chair games in the Freelings kitchen. Then things turn darker. A storm erupts, a tree attacks and little Carol Anne Freeling is whisked into a spectral void. As her family confronts horrors galore and fights to bring the youngster back, something else is here too: a new benchmark in Hollywood ghost stories. Producers Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall and director Tobe Hooper head the elite scream team of this classic whose nerve-jangling effects include floating phantasms, the fiercest monster ever to pop out of a closet and an entire house collapsing into nothingness. Welcome to Home Sweet Haunted Home.
- MPAA rating : PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 5.28 x 6.81 x 0.59 inches; 2.12 Ounces
- Item model number : 883929148332
- Director : Tobe Hooper
- Media Format : AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen, Blu-ray, Blu-ray
- Run time : 1 hour and 54 minutes
- Release date : September 7, 2010
- Actors : Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Beatrice Straight, Dominique Dunne, Oliver Robins
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, English, French
- Producers : Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 4.0), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 4.0)
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B003O97W5K
- Writers : Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais, Mark Victor
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
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This 4k version has better picture and sound over the Blu-ray.
There has been some very obvious bloopers scenes that have caught many people attention.
1st one was in the opening scene is when the dog is making his rounds to each room to see what food he can find.
As he is going thru the door of the 2nd room for Dana the older daughter you can clearly seen the dog handler who was wearing a red shirt and blue jeans step off to the side as she is calling the dog into the room. The have removed her from the scene.
Next is the cut from the scene when Steve and Diane the parents were talking to the neighbor Ben if he had anything strange going on at his place. The cut away from that scene was always been strange it looked like the film broke here in the middle of the scene, it now it is fix.
3rd is the scene at the end when the beast is trying one more time to get Carol Anne the beast has a tentacle come out of the closet and you could always see the string guiding it. This scene is now fixed.
But the there is a flash of the a stick?? guiding the tentacle.
One scene that is not fixed is the scene when the investigator is pealing of his face. In the scene he is looking at his face in the mirror and to his left is a Fantastic spry bottle then it cuts to the light in the room flickering and then back to his face where now the spry bottle is a 409 spray bottle with other items on the wall that were not there a second ago. After he is done pealing his face and its back to normal the room goes back to how it was with the fantastic bottle.
I have not had a chance to watch the full movie to see if the other bloopers have been taken out. Even if they have not, this disk is still worth it. This movie is a one of the Funnest scary movies ever with minimal gore and no killing.
On the surface the Freeling clan would seem your normal, middle class, American family unit living among the suburban splendor of Cuesta Verde Estates. There's the father Steve (Nelson), mother Diane (Williams), and their three children Dana (Dunne), Robbie (Robins), and youngest daughter Carol Anne (O'Rourke). Life proceeds normally, that is until Carol Anne begins talking to the static that appears on the television once the broadcast day is completed. This is soon followed by strange phenomena (inanimate objects moving of their own accord and so on), all of which seems to be localized within the Freeling's home. It's all harmless enough, that is until the old, gnarled tree outside Robbie and Carol Anne's bedroom window tries to eat a family member, followed by an unseen entity absconding off with Carol Anne into another dimension of reality (while no longer present in a corporeal sense, her parents can still communicate with Carol Anne through the television). Unable to comprehend the situation fully Diane and Steven call in a parapsychologist named Dr. Lesh (Straight) in an effort to get their daughter back, who then, in turn, after witnessing the extreme paranormal activity firsthand, brings in a diminutive, clairvoyant troll named Tangina (Rubinstein), who's something of a cross between E.T. the extraterrestrial and Yoda, only a lot less adorable. Once on the scene Tangina reveals Carol Anne has been taken by an extremely powerful and malevolent spiritual entity, one that covets Carol Anne life force dearly, so much so it has somehow managed to transverse its own plane of existence into ours in an effort to shanghai the cherub faced little girl. A plan to recover Carol Anne is formulated, and is successful, but soon the real nightmare begins as the aforementioned malignant spirit pulls out all the stops to reclaim that which it lost...
As I mentioned earlier, this was the very first film I saw in the theaters that really put a good fright into me (the first film I saw that truly scared the hell out of me was Halloween, although I saw that on video tape). In watching the film last night I thought it odd that the film was released with a `PG' rating (back then there was no PG-13 rating), but apparently it was going to be rated `R' until the filmmakers appealed and got it changed. I do remember there being some public concern at the time that this film was unsuitable for the likes of me and my peers given the frightening nature of the material, said concerns eventually redoubling after the films Gremlins (1984) and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) were released, both of which were ultimately responsible for the creation of the `PG-13' rating we've all come to know and love. Regardless, I'm just glad I was in the right place at the right time to see this film in the theater as I did, as it was one of the more memorable experiences I've had during my misspent youth. Watching the film again last night I find I'm able to appreciate it much more than I did when I was younger, specifically in terms of just how well the film was put together. The character development alone is really amazing. The first sequences feature the Freeling household at night, as the family dog wanders the house looking for things to eat. In following the dog, we see all the family members, while they slumber, the last being Carol Anne. Whether we realize it or not, we've just gotten a large hunk of exposition through a relatively simple and efficient visual manner, which is definitely a Spielberg trademark. Spielberg co-wrote and produced the film, but it's also believed by many he was directly responsible for much of the visual appearance, with Hooper basically overseeing the mechanics of shooting that which he was instructed to shoot, by Spielberg. It's also believed Spielberg, who was making the family friendly E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) around the same time, refused to take more credit than he did specifically because he didn't want people to associate such a terrifying feature with his touching, fantasy/adventure drama. This seems entirely plausible, as I do believe Spielberg is something of a control freak, and if he didn't like the way things were progressing under the helm of Hooper, he most certainly would have intervened. I suppose it doesn't matter all that much as the end result was a truly frightening and memorable film, one that will linger in the recesses of your mind long after viewing it...the special effects, provided by Industrial Light & Magic, were spectacular, and still hold up well some twenty five years later, although I will admit the face removal scene looks a bit goofy now. As far as the performances, I thought they were all wonderful, especially in terms of JoBeth Williams, who provides an incredibly strong female lead. I've read some complaints the performances weren't realistic, but really, who knows how one would react in such a situation? To me, it was all the characters could do to hold themselves together during their ordeal. They knew their daughter was still alive and relatively safe (for the time being), and their focus was on trying to get her back. Everything else here worked for me...Jerry Goldsmith's vibrant and appropriate musical scoring, the level of development of the various characters (both primary and secondary), the pacing, the scares, the revelations, the ominous sense of something malignant, the spectacular finale, it all adds up to a remarkably entertaining feature, one definitely worth owning.
The picture on this DVD release, presented in both widescreen anamorphic (2.35:1) and fullscreen (1.33:1), looks sharp and clean, with minor signs of age present (I did see some dust specks in a couple of scenes, but nothing overly obvious). The audio, available in Dolby Surround 5.1 in English, and Dolby Surround stereo in both French and Spanish, comes across strong. Regrettably, there really isn't much in terms of extras other than subtitles in English, French, and Spanish, along with the original theatrical trailer.
By the way, this film was followed up by a couple of sequels, Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) and Poltergeist III (1988), both of which were fun, but unnecessary, at least in my opinion. Also, Warner Brothers has hinted at a special edition, 2 DVD set, anniversary release in the works, so if you haven't purchased this film on DVD yet, you might want to hold off.
For those wondering what I'm referring to in my first sentence, remember the scene where Diane and Steven are in their kitchen having fun with being "moved" across the floor? The next thing you see is an ABRUPT cut to the doorway of the neighbors and practically in mid-sentence we see they are now scratching their faces, etc. I remember there being more between these locations in the film in the theater when it came out. REALLY bad edit job there - butchering is more like it. Shame to hurt such a fun film.
Upgrade from BD is problematical in my view.
Video quality: Video is clean and crisp for most scenes (playing from XSX to 65" LG G1. Being 4k though some of the wide interior scenes look a little blurred. This is more than likely due to the lens used for filming. Looks like a wide angle 'fish lens' was used which distorts images around the outer border.
Sound: Sound was clean and surround options are great. Dolby Atmos worked well with Vizio Elevate. I did have to adjust my center channel and surround levels for a even balance. I also experienced loss of sound every few minutes for 3-5 seconds throughout the movie. I will have to look up known or possible issues with my settings. Other users have reported sound issues with different 4K movies from issues with 30fps mode vs 24fps mode, settings on players and tv not in sync with each other, or HDMI 2.0 cables not supporting bitrates of 48Gbps.
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Le 4K > Un gros effort a été fait par Warner sur l'image: le film retrouve toute sa splendeur 80's (couleurs pimpantes et joli grain cinéma) et les effets spéciaux n'en sortent que plus grands. Bien sûr ils sont marqués visuellement surtout les matte paintings des plans larges sur la bourgade et son cimetière et pourtant grâce à la qualité de la narration, du jeu des acteurs (la petite fille blonde est géniale), cela ne gêne guère. Toutefois on remarque une perte notable d'image à gauche par rapport à l'ancien BR.
La partition de Jerry Goldsmith est fabuleuse, elle ajoute au film son âme (douceur, romantisme et effroi)
Le son est un peu en deçà (très frontal comme en 1982) mais en VO il y a de beaux effets lors des scènes les plus mouvementées. Pas de Dolby ATMOS au programme, dommage. Un solide DTS 5.1 à la place. En VF il faudra se contenter de peu, rien de bien alléchant. Comme d'hab. de la part de Warner.
Le blu-ray lui contient le film et des bonus un peu rachitiques: deux featurettes de 2007 sur le paranormal et un making-of d'époque de 7 minutes... que c'est maigre pour le prix de vente. Pour ses 40 ans ce film méritait des bonus à la hauteur de l'attente des fans... (on voulait entendre Spielberg ou bien Hooper ou les producteurs...)
Warner pense se rattraper avec des goodies dispensables (cartes du films, poster). Le point positif est le boitier métal et le coffret cartonné avec l'affiche sympa de la fillette. Cependant un carton mat et noir ça se remplie de traces de doigts et ça vieillit mal.
Autre remarque > c'est pas exclusif à Warner > cette manie de mettre des sous-titres énormes sur l'image ! Avec nos écrans de plus de 45 pouces on ne voit qu'eux ! une horreur. Il est loin le temps des sous-titres sur une partie de la bande noire en bas, le film étant en 2.39 c'était possible... j'ai des BR Warner d'avant 2018 ou les ST étaient à cheval sur l'image et la bande noire. Moins intrusifs, ils ne cachaient pas autant l'information. Bref...
Film: 5/5 Image 4K 4.5/5 Son VO 4K 3.5/5 Bonus: 2/5 Packaging 3.5/5 Goodies 2/5
4 étoiles pour le tout