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The Canterville Ghost [1996] [DVD] [2007]

Patrick Stewart , Neve Campbell , Sydney Macartney    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patrick Stewart, Neve Campbell, Joan Sims, Donald Sinden, Cherie Lunghi
  • Directors: Sydney Macartney
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Boulevard Entertainment Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 30 May 2007
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QUEK4Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,573 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


When Professor Hiram Otis gets a research grant to study in England, his family is thrilled to learn that they will live in a real castle called Canterville Hall. The castle's most notable feature turns out to be the ghost of Sir Simon de Canterville (Patrick Stewart), who died 400 years ago, visible only to Virginia Otis (Neve Cambell), 16, and her two younger brothers. Though he goes through the motions of being terrifying, Sir Simon turns out to be a rather friendly fellow once proper introductions have been made. He gives Virginia helpful advice on her blossoming romance with Francis, a young neighbour, and even agrees to perform 'Hamlet', playing the role of the ghost, of course. Eventually, Sir Simon confies his situation to Virginia: he is doomed to haunt the castle forever, unless a "Golden Girl" can be convinced to travel to the Other World and plead his case before the Angel of Death. Virginia, feeling that after 400 years there is no time to be wasted, immediately agres and the two disappear into the fireplace. Will the Angel of Death grant Sir Simon's wish, or will Virginia be forever trapped in the Other World?

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By A. J. Sturgess TOP 500 REVIEWER
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There have been several filmed adaptations of this classic ghost story. For me, the gentle humour of the version starring Sir John Geilgud was the best, but that has never been released on DVD. This version, however, is both different and is extrenely good. It is also faithful to the story and although the ending is slightly fudged because you never see the salvation of the ghost when he faces up to his inquistors in the realm of Death, everything else works extremely well.

The scene in the chapel in this version of the story, plus the 'Hamlet' scene in which Sir Simon appears as a ghost (!!), are both new to this filmed version of the story and, in my opinion, add a great deal. Both scenes are well conceived, brilliantly acted and make this version really different. The love story between Virginia and Francis is also well done and actually makes the story even more believable and intense.

Although the wonderful humour of Sir Simon's tricks upon the Umney's at the start of the Sir John Gielgud version is a really sad loss, this newer version of the story is well worth watching.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Canterville ghost 18 Mar 2011
By RayS
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this is an brilliant film about at young american girl who befriends an old ghost sir simon de canterville, the girls father is an scientist who does not believe in the paranormal, she helps sir simon put right the wrongs that he did some 3/4 hundred years ago and also helps her father to believe in the spirit world.
A great film for all the family young and old alike
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 1 Nov 2011
Product came on time, was in promissed condition. I now that it is a product from England, but I would have liked to now, what subtitels was on DVD. For costumers outside England.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carterville ghost 18 April 2014
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Super quick was bought as a gift a and the person it was for was very happy with the DVD
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4.0 out of 5 stars DVD Canterville Ghost 6 Dec 2013
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It is a good recording I have seen it before on television, it is reasonable entertainment and is suitable for children
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5.0 out of 5 stars scary thats why my granchildren loved it 24 Oct 2013
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the family will watch this over xmas eve and get in the mood for good xmas . spooky storys make you feel ready for xmas and glad to be alive .
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5.0 out of 5 stars canterville ghost 27 May 2013
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Loved the original version. Realy like this one. Have recomended it to others. Watch it on many occasions as realy ammusing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past 23 May 2013
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I love this film so I was delighted to see it available for purchase. The price was very reasonable too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars good
I am now looking for the original canterville ghost with the lady who starred in Charmed. Hope I manage to buy the dvd.
Published 12 months ago by Andrea Walkden
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM
FANTASTIC BOOK good authour and story, I am not a critic. what do you want an essay.i have got 55 of these to write and dont have time for all this.
Published 13 months ago by Heide Grant
3.0 out of 5 stars Does make you think...
Okay I did end up wondering what happened to Neve Campbell during this film. But it is a classic book but not so classic film. It's okay for a grey afternoon and kids. Read more
Published 13 months ago by P J W
5.0 out of 5 stars Canterville Ghost
I just love anything that Patrick Stewart does and this is maybe not one of his most taxing roles but thoroughly enjoyable.
Published 14 months ago by Janey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Service and a good film
The item was dispatched quickly and arrived within a few days. It was bought as a present and has proved to be a very enjoyable film. Read more
Published 15 months ago by J. Knowles
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
i liked it on TV and so bought the DVD and can now watch it whenever i want i am so pleased
Published 15 months ago by molton
2.0 out of 5 stars It's rather rubbish, despite Patrick Stuart
A very disappointing film, not at all like the adaptation I saw when I was a kid. It's very slow and very boring.
Published 15 months ago by Lemon Turtle
5.0 out of 5 stars I like it!
This is a classic show! Most people are scared of ghosts-not the young lady in this movie! She faces the ghost head on,and you can see that the ghost does start to change. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr. M. K. Johnson
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