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Poltergeist [Blu-ray] [1982] [Region Free]

Craig T. Nelson , JoBeth Williams , Tobe Hooper    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Beatrice Straight, Dominique Dunne, Oliver Robins
  • Directors: Tobe Hooper
  • Producers: Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Chinese
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,877 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Modern horror movie-makers could learn a lot from watching Poltergeist. For here, you'll find no loud music, no insistence on showing you absolutely everything, and no cast of screaming, nauseating teenagers. In its place is deliberate pacing, some very simple, yet effective, chills, and characters who you actually care about as the tension gets ratcheted up.

It's surprising too just how effective Poltergeist is at its job and this is over a quarter of a century after it was first released. It's not a perfect film, although few would ever have argued that it was, suffering from a slightly flabby running time, and a narrative that has to stretch to cover it. Yet it's as good an example of a haunted house movie as Hollywood has mustered in the past few decades, and it still has the power to send some very unsettling chills up the spine.

Time has dated Poltergeist a little, as you might expect. But it is better for it, and far more effective, resulting in a genuinely unnerving way to lose the best part of two hours. Furthermore, it's never had the chance to look better in the home, thanks to the glisten of a 1080p video transfer on the Blu-ray release. After all, if you want to be scared witless, you may as well be haunted in the best possible quality. --Jon Foster

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Produced by Steven Spielberg, this hugely successful horror flick apparently came under his directorial control, as well, despite the official credit being given to Tobe Hooper. Things start going bump in the night in a suburban home, much to the consternation of its resident family. When the youngest daughter gets sucked into the television screen, her parents call in an eccentric psychic for assistance.

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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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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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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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