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Beetlejuice [VHS] [1988]

4.6 out of 5 stars 270 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Jeffrey Jones
  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Writers: Larry Wilson, Michael McDowell, Warren Skaaren
  • Producers: Eric Angelson, June Petersen, Larry Wilson, Michael Bender
  • Format: PAL, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 28 Oct. 1996
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (270 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CI84
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,202 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The demonic comedy that put acclaimed film director Tim Burton firmly on the map. The Maitlands (Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin) are a happy couple who, when killed in a car crash, return as ghosts to their beloved home to wreak havoc on the ghastly yuppie family who have moved in. Being novices at haunting, their efforts go unnoticed by the house's new inhabitants except Goth daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder), who doesn't mind one bit. At their wit's end, the ghostly couple call on a despicably disgusting demon named 'Beetlejuice' (Michael Keaton) for help.

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Before making Batman, director Tim Burton and star Michael Keaton teamed up for this popular black comedy about a young couple (Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin) whose premature death leads them to a series of wildly bizarre afterlife exploits. As ghosts in their own New England home, they're faced with the challenge of scaring off the pretentious new owners (Catherine O'Hara and Jeffrey Jones), whose daughter (Winona Ryder) has an affinity for all things morbid. Keaton plays the mischievous Beetlejuice, a freelance "bio-exorcist" who's got an evil agenda behind his plot to help the young undead newlyweds. The film is a perfect vehicle for Burton's visual style and twisted imagination, with clever ideas and gags packed into every scene. Beetlejuice is also a showcase for Keaton, who tackles his title role with maniacal relish and a dark edge of menace.--Jeff Shannon

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After the sugary fun of Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Burton made this ingenious and witty horror comedy. Bristling with imagination, it brilliantly showcases the visual style that Burton would come to call his own with comic-gothic productions like Batman, Edward Scissorhands, and Batman Returns.

Adam (Alex Baldwin) and Barbara (Geena Davis) play the recently deceased homeowners who are desperate to haunt yuppie couple Delia (Catherine O'Hara) and Charles (Jeffrey Jones) off their property. Adam and Barbara find a useful ally in depressive goth kid Lydia (Winona Ryder), before the titular 'Betelgeuse' (Michael Keaton) throws a spanner in the works.

In a way, it's a pity the film has been granted a 15 certificate because there's plenty here for kids to enjoy. Adam and Barbara's complete acceptance of their predicament (namely being dead) is a conceit usually reserved for children's films, and their ensuing antics play out like a kind of ghoulish Home Alone. But then Keaton's vile, swearing, swaggering Beetlejuice steps into shot. It's a hilarious performance, perhaps one that Jim Carrey might have a go at these days; and yet I doubt Carrey would be able to create such a magnificently obnoxious hick.

The production design and make-up is fantastic. The purgatory-style waiting room scenes, with all their shark attack victims and shrunken heads, perfectly house Burton's love for pantomime black humour. Some of the 'bigger' special effects, particularly in the desert netherworld that awaits Adam and Barbara outside their front door, look dated. But hey, no amount of CGI will look this charming after 20 years.
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By A Customer on 4 May 2001
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the first time I saw beetlejuice was when it premiered on Tv and I have loved it ever since then. Tim Burton has produced a true classic. is it a comedy, is it a horror, or is it one of the most original titles evr conceived. well, all of them really. True, the effects are a bit dated, but this is not a niggle that should put you off buying this superb piece of film. Michael keaton is truly brilliant as the evil bio-exorcist of the title and no matter how many times you watch it, you always come back. Buy it now, if not sooner.
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Tim Burton has done it again and produced another masterpiece. I know that Beetlejuice was released quite a few years ago, but this is the first time in recent years that I have had the chance to watch it. When I was younger I couldn't appricate what is simply a stunning and original film. Many of my all time fravourite films such as The Nightmare Before Christmas were directed by him. Beetlejuice tells the story of a couple who die in a car accident only to return to there home to discover that same fact. They must adapt to there new existance while attempting to 'scare' away the new occupients of there home. But without much help from the afterlife care they decide - against all advice - to enlist the help of Beetlejuice and chaos erupts. I know that by todays standards the special effects are showing there age and it does look quite 'plasticseany' in places. But it doesn't matter as the plot and acting are perfect. Bettlejuice is also extremly funny throughout. All these factors make it an brillient film which is a must see that can be watched over and over again. I like original ideas that are done to prefection unlike todays productions which are spitting out remakes left, right and centre.
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By Recycled Rabbit TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Dec. 2009
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I'm surprised I'm the first person to review this. for my 40" LCD and cheap Philips player, this is a marvelous clean up of the film compared to the early DVD flipper I had. It's been despeckled and has richer tones. I doubt such an old film could be restored any further- it's as good as it gets. It seems to be region free as an FBI warning comes up on my UK only player.

The deliciousness and inventiveness of the ensemble cast and director shine through once more.
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I don't know how long I have known this film for, but I only recently realised that the actor who played Batman stars as Betteljuice. I just never notice the first time, so yea. I like how dark the movie is, directed by Tim Burton, so nothing less should be expected.
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Clever entertainment that, despite its lack of a story or much of a plot, never fails to amuse with its sheer absurdity.

Reversing the usual ghost story formula of a house being haunted by the dead but this time by the living. The visuals are arresting and imaginative and the performances, especially from Michael KEATON, are perfectly at ease with the weirdness of the entire project - out of kilter as it is with everyday reality.
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As a child this was one of my favourite films- and to be honest it is still up there as a firm favourite.
When I saw it had been released as a DVD I was delighted and promptly threw away the dodgy old vhs tape I had recorded as a child and could no longer play anyway!!
The story starts with a young couple in their beautiful house having a tragic accident on a trip to the store. They get home- and soon discover they are in fact ghosts, trapped in their own home.
A family buys the house and the couple do a terrible job at trying to scare them away- that's when beetle juice comes in- trying to scare the family with underhand tactics being quite a vulgar character.
I don't want to go into too much detail about the film, as you should watch it for yourself, but it is a great classic from the 80's and is well worth the watch. I don't know how many times I have watched it but I never get bored. Highly recommended!
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