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Ghost Story [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Craig Wasson , Alice Krige , John Irvin    DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Craig Wasson, Alice Krige, Fred Astaire, John Houseman, Melvyn Douglas
  • Directors: John Irvin
  • Writers: Lawrence D. Cohen, Peter Straub
  • Producers: Burt Weissbourd, Douglas Green, Ronald G. Smith
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Sep 2004
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00023P4TM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,246 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REALLY SCARY & REALLY MOVING 19 Aug 2010
This 1981 horror film, stars screen legends Fred Astaire, Douglas Fairbanks Jr , Melvyn Douglas, and John Houseman as the Chowder Society; a group of elderly gentlemen who have been friends from childhood and gather regularly to scare each other with spooky stories. The old fashion, monotonous existence of these four distinguished friends changes dramatically when a strange woman from their past returns to haunt them and threaten their lives and the lives of their families. I could go on with the plot but that would spoil all the fun, I suggest you see the film and let it spook and surprise you with its unexpected twists and turns.

I bought this film mostly for sentimental reasons, as it is the last film featuring Astaire, Fairbanks, and Douglas. I expected to be moved, but after having seen films like the The Sixth Sense - 2 Disc Collector's Edition [DVD] [1999]and The Others [DVD] [2001], I did not expect to find a 30 year old ghost story scary. Well I was wrong; this excellently made film with its great performances, its fascinating plot and the beautiful snowy New England scenes spooked me and haunted me for a long time after it was over.

This is a region 1 DVD, but if your DVD player can read it, it is worth the trouble; the picture quality is nice but sadly there are no extra features. This wonderful film has also been released as a region 2 DVD.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where did those goose bumps come from? 2 Dec 2004
With all the spooky movies and monster movies and even the grind up movies like Fargo (1996), you would think you would be desensitized to this sort of thing?
With older movies like The Deadly Mantis (1957) ASIN: 6302763916 you would see a few soap bubbles and you know that the native will so be munchies. But this one is down right creepy. And talk about tension, this movie builds and builds but you have no idea what it is building until it is too late.
The first clue that this is going to be a good movie is the cast list, which includes, but is not limited to, Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., John Houseman, and Patricia Neal [The Fountainhead (1949) ASIN: 6301969294]. And where did they find the sexy and exciting Alice Krige (also of Star Trek "Borg Queen" fame)? She could attack me anytime.
Guess I should mention that the plot line was good also.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First rate elements but not without a few flaws 12 Aug 2007
"I will take you places you've never been. I will show you things you have never seen and I will see the life run out of you." What a great, unsettling line of dialogue. It's from Ghost Story, a movie some people like quite a bit and which, probably, more people can take or leave. Despite the film's flaws, and there are several, I like the movie a lot. It's about four men, now quite old, and a woman named Eva Galli.

"Eva Galli...there, I've said it," says Sears James, one of the old men. "Well, what happened to her?" asks Don Wanderley, the son of one of the other old men. "We killed her," says Ricky Hawthorne, another of the old men. "The two of you?" "All of us," says James. "The Chowder Society," Hawthorne explains, "in the Spring of 50 years ago."

The Chowder Society is made up of four successful men who have been friends since childhood. There's Sears James (John Houseman at 79), Ricky Hawthorne (Fred Astaire at 82), John Jaffrey (Melvin Douglas at 80) and Edward Wanderley (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr, the youngest of the four actors, at 72). They meet regularly in the evening to sip brandy and tell ghost stories to each other. When they were young men they met a woman named Eva Galli (Alice Krige) who fascinated them. She lived alone in a mansion. She was beautiful, free spirited, intelligent. They all in their own way fell in love with her. And one night something terrible happened. They covered it up and tried to forget her. Now, it seems their own ghost story is coming back for them.

What are the movie's drawbacks? The film seems too long, mostly because much of the background is told in flashbacks with younger actors portraying the four old men. Another part of the story is told in flashback dealing with a contemporary element.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ghost Story 13 Dec 2013
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This could have been one of the greats of the ghost story genre boasting an excellent cast of both old hands and new faces, with a story based (very loosely) on the Peter Straub's best selling novel. It has a good score, great setting and holds its own until well into the movie and then- well I can't quite put my finger on what happened. Whether director John Irvin took his eye off the ball or whether the script did not know how to handle the intricacies of Straub's tale, I don't know. It could be that there is a little too much of Alma's decomposing body, although an edited version shed most of this and if anything, was worse than the unedited picture. Whatever, it loses its way towards the end, which is a shame because the first half is superb watching for ghost fans like me so give it a whirl, it never becomes unwatchable.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It's been at least fifteen years since I read Peter Straub's Ghost Story, and I must admit I've forgotten almost everything about the actual story. What I do remember is my conviction that Straub's novel was truly a masterpiece of the horror genre. Straub is a complete writer, not some penny dreadful hack, and that almost guarantees that no film can possibly do any of his writings justice. Movies revolve around characters and actions, and Straub's fiction really plays on a much higher level. Frankly, I'm surprised that anyone would even attempt to adapt Straub for the big screen. Robbed of its atmospheric build-up, Ghost Story (the film) proves quite incapable of immersing you in the dark shadows haunting the Chowder Club Society meetings. Unable to take on a life of its own onscreen, Ghost Story feels to me like an old made-for-TV movie.

The four elderly, distinguished gentlemen who make up the The Chowder Society have been trading ghost tales and scary stories for decades. For fifty years, however, not a one of them has ever even thought about mentioning the most disturbing story of all, one that they all secretly share. Eva was her name, a saucy little newcomer who had all four of their college-age hearts pitter-pattering as they stumbled over one another pitching woo in her general direction. It's weird enough for four best friends to all be wooing the same girl at the same time, but the director manages to make it even stranger and more confusing. Two of the guys constantly giggle like schoolgirls, none of them seem to have a clue about the essential nature of man-woman communications, and they all combine to make one of the film's most climactic scenes little more than pedestrian in terms of their emotional reactions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A proper "old fashioned" ghost story taken from the excellent story by Peter Straub.
Published 1 month ago by andymac
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ghost story
This is a really good old fashioned ghost story. Great acting. This is the type of film you want sit in the dark by the fire in the winter time.
Published 3 months ago by peter johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Be afraid! Be very afraid!
first show this film many years ago, couldn't believe, so many famous actors and the then relatively unknown Alice Krige. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stewart Carpenter
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite a book, not quite a film...
Having read the book I was interesting in seeing the film version. I was prepared for differences, after all a 500+ page novel condensed in to a 111min film would have to be... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. R. Stanley
5.0 out of 5 stars The old meets the new.
This is an old fashioned movie,with four icons of stage and screen,married to modern film making,saw this on betamax,back in 1981,good late night story telling,with some for it`s... Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2012 by Mrgvase
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film - great score
After I had seen this movie when it first came out on the big screen, I had to sleep with the lights on for a week! Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2009 by N. Capocci
2.0 out of 5 stars Horrifying Awful
Well, if you have read the book, you don't need to come near this piece of hokum. If you haven't read the book on which it is based - Peter Straubs Ghost Story - then I suggest... Read more
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