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Poltergeist (25th Anniversary Edition) [DVD] [1982]

Craig T Nelson , Jo Beth Williams , Tobe Hooper    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Craig T Nelson, Jo Beth Williams, Beatrice Straight, Heather O'Rourke
  • Directors: Tobe Hooper
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Croatian, Czech, Danish, Finnish, German, Greek, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish
  • Dubbed: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VEBP1I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,489 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



It’s been a long time coming, but at last the digitally remastered version of the original 1982 horror movie has arrived. Tobe Hooper, the director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, teamed up with family-oriented producer Steven Spielberg to make Poltergeist, about a haunted suburban home in a development very much like the Arizona one in which Spielberg was raised. (Because it came out the same summer as Spielberg's E.T., it was tempting to see both movies as representing Spielberg's ambivalent feelings about childhood in suburbia. One was a fantasy, the other a nightmare.) Spielberg also co-wrote the screenplay, which taps into primal, childlike fears of monsters under the bed, monsters in the closet, sinister clown faces, and all manner of things that go bump in the night. At first, some of the odd happenings in the house are kind of funny and amusing, but they grow gradually creepier until the film climaxes in a terrifying special-effects extravaganza when five-year-old Carole Anne (Heather O'Rourke) is kidnapped by the spooks and held hostage in another dimension. Though not nearly as frightening as Hooper's magnum opus, or the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, which came along two years later, Poltergeist is one of the smartest and most entertaining horror pictures of its time. --Jim Emerson

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As fresh as ever!!! 10 Nov 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
A couple of you guys enquired about the glaring jump cut at the scene where Diane Freeling is describing the sensation of being pulled to the scene at the neighbour's front door. Well this isn't a flaw in the disc. That is in fact a deliberate edit. I have both the original vhs and dvd and it appears there too. The vhs is from 1983 when it was released. I've often wondered why it was cut this way myself but in a strange kinda way it works. Hope this helped.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great classic 23 Nov 2010
By Sharky
Bought this as not seen it for years, and it was every bit as
good as I remembered it, still made me jump in places ;o)

The little actress who plays Carol-Anne is fantastic for someone
so young, if you did'nt see it 1st time round or not old enough
to know it you should definately watch it, I'm sure you wont be
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This house is not clean 14 July 2011
Apart from the special effects disaster that is "the mirror scene," Poltergeist delivers one of the most effective, engrossing, and eerie presentations in movie history. Who can ever get the ill-fated Heather O'Rourke's "They're here" line or the fantastic performance of the diminutive Zelda Rubenstein as the psychic house "cleaner" Tangina? JoBeth Williams, for her part, turns in a fantastic performance, cementing her position as the emotional center of the story. Heck, everyone involved did a great job with this movie, including the dog. I'm often critical of Tobe Hooper's directing, but there is no doubt that Poltergeist represents his finest directorial work (although rumor has it that producer/co-writer Steven Spielberg did more than his share of the directing job).

I'm not sure why they called this film Poltergeist because the goings-on in the Freeling house go way, way beyond typical poltergeist activity. Things start out small (chair stacking, objects moving on their own, utensils bending on their own), but it doesn't take long for things to get completely out of hand. Initially, though, the stage is set with the typical fears most all of us experienced as children - fear of the dark, the closet, something under the bed, thunder storms, stuffed toys that suddenly become creepy when the lights are out. Fortunately for most of us, those fears are just childish fancies. The same cannot be said for the Freeling children. Unable to go to the police with their story (yes, officer, we think our lost daughter is somewhere in the house and we can still communicate with her through the television from time to time), the Freelings call upon local paranormal researchers for help.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Spielberg movie by any other name.. 20 May 2013
Steven Spielberg directed two films in 1982 - E.T. was one, this was the other. A controversial statement, given that Spielberg officially only produced the film - Tobe Hooper, of Texas Chain Saw Massacre fame took the director's credit - but the evidence says otherwise. Spielberg himself made some unguarded comments around the time the film was released, suggesting that the producer-director creative relationship was heavily biased towards himself (he ended up writing an open letter of apology to Hooper). Several cast members recall that Spielberg was often on set making creative decisions - directing the film in other words, with Hooper's role virtually reduced to that of a technician - and when you consider that Spielberg wrote the story and the screenplay, it's easy to believe that he was the de facto director. In the end, the evidence is up on the screen for all to see: the slow build-up of tension, skilful direction of the child characters and use of Jerry Goldsmith's score to pack an emotional punch could only have come from one man. In my opinion this is 90% a Spielberg film. The special effects, another Spielberg hallmark, are state-of-the-art 1982 but still look impressive now. This blu-ray release is a surprising but welcome HD makeover, bringing another piece of 80's cinematic fluff back to life. The transfer is sharp and colourful, and a massive improvement over the ropey R1 DVD. (I don't have the R2 to compare it to - the R1 was an early double-sided release with widescreen and pan & scan versions, and so didn't benefit from the extra space of a double-layer transfer.) The Dolby TrueHD soundtrack is a welcome bonus and does justice to the sound effects throughout the film - remember to select it from the menu options as the disc defaults to the Dolby Digital track. Overall a solid if unexceptional thriller, and a worthy purchase if only for the intrigue over the director's credit. Watch it alongside E.T. and make your own mind up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kids are creepy! 21 Jun 2006
By Jackiesmackie TOP 1000 REVIEWER
A brand new house with a beautiful view. A family man who is very good at his job as a real estate salesmman and the companys best seller. Cresta Verde - development plots, based in scenic lands with breath-taking views.

He has one of the best houses on the plot of course, a thank you from the company, he is able to sell the houses before they're even built.

He has three kids, one young son, one young daugther and one adolescent daugther, together with his wife and the family dog Ebuzz they are living the amercian dream.

His youngest daugther, the fragile and pretty Carole-Ann starts to talk to the television. It appears that when programmes finish and static takes over, (back when programmes did end in the night), she can hear voices and they are asking her questions.

Her parents disregard it at first as a child hood fantasy, until other things start to happen around the house. Things get moved when not being watched like chairs and other furniture. Then it becomes apparent to his wife that there is a section of the kitchen that when you put something in a certain spot it moves - and it does it while your watching!

They all have a try and they all get pulled across the room, they are treating the matter as magical and non-threatening.

They even ask their neighbours if they've had similar things happen to them.

A storm comes and the tree outside the house seems to come to life, Carole-Ann goes missing whilst the family is distracted. The family are in turmoil, not knowing where she could be they search the house top to bottom, a voice comes from the televions screen...'hello mommy...
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