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High Spirits [DVD]


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  • Actors: Daryl Hannah, Peter O'Toole, Steve Guttenberg, Beverly d'Angelo, Jennifer Tilly
  • Directors: Neil Jordan
  • Producers: Stephen Woolley
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Jan 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KWHOD8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,335 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The owner of an Irish castle finds himself in debt and decides to get his staff to dress up in white sheets in order to scare the guests and hopefully attract tourists. Events take an unexpected turn when real ghosts joins in the proceedings.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By GratuitousViolets TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Mar 2010
Format: DVD
High Spirits is an amusing ghost caper movie from the 80s that somewhat fell into obscurity despite it's noteable cast and half-original (for it's time) storyline. Thankfully High Spirits has at least made it's re-release on DVD. Mixed with obvious bad special effects, bad clothes and costumes and very corny yet predictable dialogue, the movie is something of a blast from the past reminding us strongly of how much the comedy genre has evolved since 1988. Still, with amusing performances from Liam Neeson, Peter O'Tool, and the incredible Liz Smith, it will still provide just the hint of a smile at the corner of your mouth even if the movie is so obviously past it compared to the films of today.

THE PLOT:

Castle Plunkett, the run-down crumbling stone castle set deep in the country somewhere in Ireland is about to be forceably sold to an American businessman with the intentions of turning the once grand place into an Irish themed amusement park. Peter Punklett (Peter O'Toole), descendent of the family, finds himself in dire straits unable to afford the mortgage and devastated at the imminent foreclosure. Prompted by a brain storm after his whacky and eccentric mother (Liz Smith) advises him there are ghosts in the castle, Peter decides to open the castle up as 'haunted hotel' where he and his staff will use trickery to make the guests believe the castle is truly haunted.

Soon, after some planning and preparation, a bus load of American tourists arrive eager to see some spooks for themselves; amongst the vacationers are Jack Crawford (Steve Guttenberg) and his beautiful but neurotic wife Sharon (Beverly D'Angelo), who are having marital problems further complicated by Sharon's apparent addiction to valium.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dodster TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Jun 2009
Format: DVD
Excellent old movie (1988)that hasn't dated much since it was filmed.
Peter O'Toole is the castle owner, on the verge of suicide, because his ancestral home is about to be repossessed. He devises a cunning scheme to market it as the ghost capital of Europe, there of course being no ghosts.
He sets about deceiving his paying guests when, guess who turn up, real ghosts!.
Great performances from all the leads and there is a fine supporting cast of British actors. Well worth watching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doodlebug on 20 April 2009
Format: DVD
High spirts, high jinx, high expectations... with a cast that includes Peter O'Toole, Daryl Hannah, Steve Guttenberg and Liam Neeson there is a lot to recommend about this ghostly rom-com. Directed by Neil Jordan we are introduced to Peter Plunkett (O'Toole) who, to stop his home being dismantled block by block and transported to America, persuades his staff to dress up as ghosts to "haunt" their guests. Unfortunately, after a typically shambolic night when everything goes wrong, the real ghosts decide to give the Yanks exactly what they want and launch a campaign them which leads to a ghostly "wifeswap" between Guttenberg and Neeson.
With a brilliant musical score from George Fenton and a whistling fish, i would recommend this film to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Oct 2009
Format: DVD
Neil Jordan's High Spirits was one of Palace Pictures' high profile attempts to crack the American market that fell to Earth with a crashing thud at the box-office, and it's not hard to see why. The idea is perfectly sound, with Peter O'Toole's impoverished Lord of the manor attracting American tourists to his 'haunted' Irish castle where he gets the servants to play ghosts only for the castle's real ghosts (Darryl Hannah, Liam Neeson, Ray McAnally) to make an unexpected appearance and get caught up in romances with the guests (Steve Guttenberg, Beverly D'Angelo). The problem is the execution. With too few good lines to go around, and those often clumsily delivered by the cast, the film tends to wildly overcompensate by having everyone race around and deliver their dialogue louder in the belief that that somehow makes it funnier (Neeson is especially bad). Only Peter O'Toole emerges with much credit, showing an Alastair Sim-like ability to turn even a simple word like 'masonry' into something genuinely funny.

In Jordan's defence the film was heavily re-edited by co-producers Alliance, but from what's left here there's little evidence that it was little more than damage limitation - the kind of film that doesn't look badly directed because it was re-edited but the kind that was re-edited because it was badly directed. It's watchable enough, but never lives up to its potential. Optimum's UK PAL DVD has an excellent widescreen transfer that nicely showcases Anton Furst's excellent production design but no extras.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 14 Dec 2007
Format: DVD
Peter O'Toole is hysterical in this film, and quite easily, is the glue that holds it together (contrary to popular opinion). While this film suffers its share of problems, (such as a few holes in the plot, a little shoddy acting here and there) it makes me laugh as few other movies have. O'Toole's drunken wisdom and fights with his drunken, ghost-talking mother are great. Steve Guttenberg does fine, Daryl Hannah is okay. The Irish country side is lovelyand haunting (incidentally, the movie was filmed in a castle in Limerick,Ireland, where Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes grew up); the set ofthe castle itself is the stuff that fairy tales are made of. The effort that the staff makes to haunt the cynical guests is great, in particular the Lady Godiva/Broggan Banshee fiasco.

While the whole spouse-swapping aspect of the movie is a little hazy, Beverly D'Angelo and Liam Neeson are grand. The entire plot is somewhat goofy, as are some of the transitions to get from Point A to Point B, but it is the humor that keeps it alive. It received terrible reviews, but it's absolutely worth a viewing if you're ever in the mood for something a little absurd that will make you chuckle.
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