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


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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 (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00023P4TM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,567 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eleni TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Aug 2010
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Stanley on 17 Sep 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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 adapted (I have no issue with this). I was looking forward this in fact as the book had so many characters and unnecessary side plots I had high hopes that the book could be improved.

The Problem…
Here’s where the thing falls apart though (no spoilers). Characters that are reasonably central have no explanation of why they are there (Gregory and Fenny). It works in the novel as their backgrounds are explained, in the film there is no reference at all for why they are there. It must be very confusing if you only watched the film.
There’s large sections of plot missing which is fine. Overall though there’s only a wafer thin plot left after the editing compared to the original making it much more of a “straight to TV” feel. Central to the book is that the members of the Chowder society are described at length, most of this has been stripped from the plot.

Is its scary?
Well, no. It all relies on a few jump scares. The effects are reasonable in quite a few scenes. Some of the special effects made by blue screen though are just comically bad (well it was the 80’s).

Verdict
Personally I was a bit disappointed. It wasn’t a terrible experience but just isn’t doesn’t work well as a “Ghost Story”. Worth a watch if you are interested but nothing to actively promote as a purchase.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Dec 2004
Format: DVD
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 By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Aug 2007
Format: DVD
"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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