Beetlejuice 1988

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The gags are witty, SFX amazing in this surreal, cartoon-like comedy. A couple move to the country, are killed in an accident and return to their home as ghosts. Trying to remove the obnoxious new owners, they call on the services of a demented but hilarious bioexorcist, Beetlejuice.

Starring:
Michael Keaton, Geena Davis
Runtime:
1 hour 28 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Comedy
Director Tim Burton
Starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis
Supporting actors Alec Baldwin, Jeffrey Jones, Sylvia Sidney, Susan Kellerman, Winona Ryder, Dick Cavett, Annie McEnroe, Catherine O'Hara, Robert Goulet, Duane Davis, Glenn Shadix, Simmy Bow, Maree Cheatham, To
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Lister on 9 Sep 2007
Format: DVD
After the sugary fun of Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Burton made this ingenious and witty horror comedy. Bristling with imagination, it brilliantly showcases the visual style that Burton would come to call his own with comic-gothic productions like Batman, Edward Scissorhands, and Batman Returns.

Adam (Alex Baldwin) and Barbara (Geena Davis) play the recently deceased homeowners who are desperate to haunt yuppie couple Delia (Catherine O'Hara) and Charles (Jeffrey Jones) off their property. Adam and Barbara find a useful ally in depressive goth kid Lydia (Winona Ryder), before the titular 'Betelgeuse' (Michael Keaton) throws a spanner in the works.

In a way, it's a pity the film has been granted a 15 certificate because there's plenty here for kids to enjoy. Adam and Barbara's complete acceptance of their predicament (namely being dead) is a conceit usually reserved for children's films, and their ensuing antics play out like a kind of ghoulish Home Alone. But then Keaton's vile, swearing, swaggering Beetlejuice steps into shot. It's a hilarious performance, perhaps one that Jim Carrey might have a go at these days; and yet I doubt Carrey would be able to create such a magnificently obnoxious hick.

The production design and make-up is fantastic. The purgatory-style waiting room scenes, with all their shark attack victims and shrunken heads, perfectly house Burton's love for pantomime black humour. Some of the 'bigger' special effects, particularly in the desert netherworld that awaits Adam and Barbara outside their front door, look dated. But hey, no amount of CGI will look this charming after 20 years.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 May 2001
Format: VHS Tape
the first time I saw beetlejuice was when it premiered on Tv and I have loved it ever since then. Tim Burton has produced a true classic. is it a comedy, is it a horror, or is it one of the most original titles evr conceived. well, all of them really. True, the effects are a bit dated, but this is not a niggle that should put you off buying this superb piece of film. Michael keaton is truly brilliant as the evil bio-exorcist of the title and no matter how many times you watch it, you always come back. Buy it now, if not sooner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julie Cutler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Dec 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I'm surprised I'm the first person to review this. for my 40" LCD and cheap Philips player, this is a marvelous clean up of the film compared to the early DVD flipper I had. It's been despeckled and has richer tones. I doubt such an old film could be restored any further- it's as good as it gets. It seems to be region free as an FBI warning comes up on my UK only player.

The deliciousness and inventiveness of the ensemble cast and director shine through once more.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Kerr TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Sep 2006
Format: DVD
Tim Burton has done it again and produced another masterpiece. I know that Beetlejuice was released quite a few years ago, but this is the first time in recent years that I have had the chance to watch it. When I was younger I couldn't appricate what is simply a stunning and original film. Many of my all time fravourite films such as The Nightmare Before Christmas were directed by him. Beetlejuice tells the story of a couple who die in a car accident only to return to there home to discover that same fact. They must adapt to there new existance while attempting to 'scare' away the new occupients of there home. But without much help from the afterlife care they decide - against all advice - to enlist the help of Beetlejuice and chaos erupts. I know that by todays standards the special effects are showing there age and it does look quite 'plasticseany' in places. But it doesn't matter as the plot and acting are perfect. Bettlejuice is also extremly funny throughout. All these factors make it an brillient film which is a must see that can be watched over and over again. I like original ideas that are done to prefection unlike todays productions which are spitting out remakes left, right and centre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DIANNE BURFORD on 28 Dec 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
my favourite film ever blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah merry christmas and a happy new year blah
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Philip Fidler on 24 Dec 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Another great film out on blueray, the whole family loved it. Good price, therefore good value for money, a good buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Omnes on 5 Jun 2010
Format: DVD
Of all the movies that Tim Burton did, there are three names that come out a lot during discussions. Of course his two Batmans, then his masterpiece Edward Scissorhands, but most of all his excellent comedy Beetlejuice. Why's that? Because as a society where we usually consider the after-life as a dark and depressing world, Tim Burton presents death in a different perspective. He represents it as an extremely funny world where people become ghosts stuck in their own houses and are haunted by the living, a world where death is a huge bureaucracy, and a world where there are bio-exorcists, like the one and only Mr. Beetlejuice. Although this is a movie where the main characters are Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis, and they do an excellent job as a recently dead-couple, it's Michael Keaton who deserves the spotlight. For each time he appears on the screen, he just makes you laugh with his funny one-liners (excellent improvisation from Michael Keaton) and his perfect interactions with his co-stars such as Sylvia Sidney, Winona Ryder, Glenn Shaddix, Jeffrey Jones, and Catherine O`Hara, all future collaborators during Tim Burton`s career. Everyone, and I mean everyone, delivers a perfect performance.

Not only that it is a movie that has excellent visual effects, both traditional and with the computer. Also, I loved how they were able to integrate gorgeous stop-motion animations during the movie. They were well integrated in the movie and are a proof that this kind of animation can really bring great possibilities to a movie, though there are certain limits to it of course. But hey, that also counts for CGI too.

Finally, a great cheer to Danny Elfman, whose soundtrack really gave him the popularity and respect he deserved. A great idea from the makers of this DVD to integrate the soundtrack as a separate audio track.

In the end, a great classic that should be listened over and over again and being considered a classic of modern american cinema.
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