Beetlejuice (Blu-ray)

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A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a bio-exorcist in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house.


Studio Warner
SKU 208155628
UPC 883929004300
UPC 14 00883929004300
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 2/18/2014
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Widescreen  1.85:1
British Academy Awards (1989) Peter Kuran, et. al., Nominee, Best Special Effects,Ve Neill, et. al., Nominee, Best Make Up Artist
Oscar (1989) Ve Neill, et. al., Winner, Best Makeup
Review "Beetlejuice" was a weird comedy horror film, and a major commercial hit. It proved that the success of "Pee Wee Herman's Big Adventure" was not a fluke for director Tim Burton. It revived the then-struggling career of Michael Keaton, whose scene-stealing title character was perfectly cast. (Burton and Keaton would have their biggest hit the next year, with "Batman".)...As with most Burton films, the sets, costumes and music are very good. Danny Elfman, who has made eight films (so far) with Burton, is credited with the score. But it was the curious pantomimes to Harry Belafonte's "Day-O" that got all the attention. Three other decades-old Belafonte songs are also in the soundtrack...Like most Burton films, one has to admit that "Beetlejuice" is original. It's also funny, but it relies more on sets than a structured story to deliver laughs. Sometimes the film is more strange than funny, as in the finale with Ryder dancing while levitating on a staircase, or the scene where Davis and Baldwin age into crumbling skeletons...The film improves markedly whenever Keaton is around. He is physically unrecognizable behind the bizarre makeup and costumes, but his familiar manic behavior betrays his presence. With Baldwin, Davis and even Ryder having straight characters, it is up to Keaton and O'Hara to play the eccentrics.
Reviewer Brian Koller
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource DVD Times
Review Beetlejuice represents Tim Burton's big break in the film business. He had already served his apprenticeship directing PeeWee's Big Adventure, Frankenweenie and a number of TV shows. This is also Winona Ryder's big film debut at the tender age of 16. She had made a couple of movies before this, but this turned out to be her most significant step towards the A list. The film was decently budgeted and as I recall, heavily promoted so it was a big deal at the time. Interestingly the film was originally pitched as a much darker piece of melodrama, but Keaton and Burton's influence twisted this into the black comedy we know today...The plot is pure Burton fantasy stuff. The Maitlands are a happily married, childless couple (Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin). They have a beautiful home and an idyllic life. Sadly, they die in unfortunate circumstances (to say the least). This is where their troubles start rather than end. They are to exist as ghosts within their dream home. The home that is subsequently sold to the Deitz's who have very different ideas about home improvements. The Maitlands must try and scare the mortal interlopers away. They call on Beetlejuice (Keaton) to help them haunt the Deitz's. Unlike the Maitlands, Beetlejuice is a nasty piece of work and causes no end of trouble...Well I love this film. It's by no means one of Burton's best, but it is a fun film nonetheless.
Reviewer Mark Davis
ReviewRating 8
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Desson Howe, The Washington Post ...[a] hilarious, sardonic comedy about the afterlife of two honeymooners...completely bizarre...perfectly realized...
Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald One of the all-time great ghost movies, and certainly the funniest.
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times Uproarious. There hasn't been anything like it since Ghostbusters.
Scott Weinberg, Coasts by like a rocket, thanks to Keaton's inspired performance and Burton's dark-carnival lunacy.
Steve Crum, Very clever black comedy full of great characters and situations.
TV Guide A surreal, demented delight.
Widgett Walls, An excellent, twisted, funny film back when Burton didn't get in the way of his own filmmaking.

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