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Poltergeist II: The Other Side [Blu-ray]

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An American Indian helps a broke and homeless family, once again prey to a poltergeist.

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  • Actors: Jobeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O'Rourke, Oliver Robins, Zelda Rubinstein
  • Directors: Brian Gibson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LL2MVE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,188 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I hadn't seen this movie in probably 25 years when I picked it up. I loved the first movie, will watch it at least once a year in October / November. Sadly, this is a weak sequel.

I have several issues with the movie. Heather, the actress who plays Carol Anne, is obviously 3-4 years older than she was in the first movie, but the dialogue and scenes they have written for her makes her feel younger than the earlier movie. This is a huge pet-peeve of mine in movies - we have an actress who is clearly 8-9 years old acting like she is 4 years old.

While the sequel tries to explain things in the first movie, the story-writting is sloppy. Characters are extreamely one-dimensional (the dad being the worst). And while they don't come out and say it in the movie, the history, location, and clothing of the people make it appear that the bad guy is a fanatical Mormon prophet. As such, there is really nothing scary about the guy except for his interest in this little girl. I was confused (spoiler alert!) - is he supposed to be a religious nutcase, an anti-Christ, a fanatic who refuses to believe he is dead even though he was waiting for the end of the world? And we know that Carol-Anne is supposed to be this light, but none of that seems to explain why this religious nutcase is interested in her. Oh, the movie comes out and says why he is, but it is not connected with the character's backstory. It's pretty disjointed.

So what about the Blu-Ray disc. Well, it is an absolutely stunning transfer! Colors are beautiful, contrast, colors and flesh-tones are perfect, no issues with contrast between day and night scenes. No issues of black-crush, macroblocking, or anything else. There is a light grain that appears over the film, and no DNR seems to have been employed.
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Also known as Poltergeist 2: The Other Side (1986). Rated "PG-13". Running Time: 1 hour, 31 mins.
JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O'Rourke, Oliver Robins and Zelda Rubinstein return for this second film.
It has been four years since the Freelings were scared out of their Cuesta Verde home in Poltergeist [Blu-ray] (1982). As it turns out, the house sat on a lot where a cemetery used to be. They moved the cemetery, but not the bodies.
The Freelings now live with Diane's mother (Geraldine Fitzgerald) and the kids are glad to be with Grandma. The Freelings are hoping to claim money for the loss of their home. Diane (JoBeth Williams) is having a difficult time dealing with the phenomenon she experienced four years ago.
There is an unexpected death in the family and the poltergeists make a return to scare the Freeling family. It is Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke) they are after again. Now evil spirit is in the physical form of a creepy preacher (Julian Beck).
Only one man can help them now, an indian shaman, Taylor (Will Sampson). He has already visited the old Cuesta Verde neighborhood and seen the cave where evil lurks under the Freelings old backyard. He offers his indian magic to help rid the family of the poltergeists. Zelda Rubinstein returns as "Tangina" too.
Also in the cast: John P. Whitecloud, Susan Peretz, Helen Boll.
It was great to see the outstanding ensemble cast from the first film together again.

Sad Note: The "poltergeist curse" happens again.
Julian Beck was very ill during his scenes in this film. He died from stomach cancer, September 14, 1985, after filming his scenes.
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The original "Poltergeist" scared the hell out of me when I saw it in theaters, and to this day, it holds up as one of the scariest ghost stories put on film. I remember brother and I rushing out to see "Poltergiest II" when it was released a couple years later. I know I saw this film in theaters, but I had zero recollection of what happens in the actual film. I wanted to revisit the original films before watching the remake so I rented it off from Amazon streaming yesterday. I now see why I couldn't recall anything about the movie 30 years later.

The Freelings are now holed up in Diane's mother's house after the events of the first film. Steven lost his realtor's license and the insurance company is refusing to pay for their vanished house. Robbie and Carol Anne are trying to adjust to a ghost free, and TV free existence, and eldest daughter Dana isn't even mentioned (for more info read about the horrible fate of actress Dominique Dunne). Tangina is back and this time working with an Indian Medicine Man to uncover the truth of "the Beast". It's not long before the evil finds Carol Anne, and the Freelings are once again fighting the paranormal for their electronic goods.

Overall "Poltergeist II" is just a dull affair. They try to hit some of the same notes from the first film, but it falls flat. The only time the film works is when Julian Beck is onscreen as the disturbing Reverend Kane. His emaciated, ghastly visage is the stuff of nightmares, and he owns each scene he's in. Geraldine Fitzgerald gets little to nothing to do here, but I will give the movie props that it manages to evoke some emotion when Diane is mourning the loss of her mother in a touching segment. Beyond that, if you're looking for scares just pop back in the original.
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