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

Beetlejuice

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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)

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 13 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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4 of 4 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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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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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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Format: DVD
After they die, Adam (Baldwin) and Barbara (Davis) come back to their house as ghosts and find a family is moving in and the couple try to scare them away with help from bio-exorcist Beetlejuice.

Tim Burton's reputation as the darkest and most gothic director started here with a bizarre but wonderfully different tale of the dead and is both funny, and yet psychological scary, and brings a niche to the market in a strange and sophisticated way.

The film has a terrific opening with Danny Elfman's score exquisite to the bird's eye view of the town going past and the upbeat music plays right into our hands and will gear you up ready for the horror and excitement to begin.

Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October) impresses as ambitious Adam and has good onscreen chemistry with Geena Davis (Thelma and Louise) and the pair create many laughs and are a joy to watch, especially when playing around with the sheets.

Winona Ryder (Girl, interrupted) gives a great performance as Lydia, the weird and wonderful teenager, who gives the film a more serious and realistic feel against Keaton's comic Beetlejuice.

The star of the show is Keaton (Batman) who plays bio-exorcist Beetlejuice, a crazed man who is evil, eccentric and enjoyable to watch, because he is weird and different, one of Tim Burton's finest creations, right up there with Edward Scissorhands. Beetlejuice is just so weird that he is almost loveable. What makes these characters work is the writing.

The plot is very consistent, if seeming a bit weird and far fetched to begin, with plenty of dark humour and amazing characters. There is plenty of physical comedy and some slapstick which spreads the humour through different characters.
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