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Classic 80's type movie

on 6/3/2008

It is a classic 80's movie!! It is funny and keeps your interest the whole way through. Classic movies like this are a must have because they never get old.

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What's a couple of stay-at-home ghosts to do when their beloved home is taken over by trendy yuppies? They call on Beetlejuice, the afterlife's freelance bio-exorcist to scare off the family -- and everyone gets more than she, he or it bargains for! Tim Burton guides this PG-rated comedy monsterpiece whose stars include Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, and Winona Ryder. And Michael Keaton is Beetlejuice, the ghost with the most who flings one-liners, spins into grotesque forms, gobbles insects, and who just can't leave the ladies (living or dead) alone. Ghoul love it!


Studio Warner
SKU 204364771
UPC 085391163015
UPC 14 00085391163015
Format DVD
Release Date 5/15/2007
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Alec Baldwin - Actor
Bo Welch - Production Designer
Danny Elfman - Original Music By
Geena Davis - Actor
Jane Kurson - Editor
Michael Bender, et. al. - Producer
Michael Keaton - Actor
Michael McDowell - Screenplay
Thomas E. Ackerman - Cinematographer
Tim Burton - Director
Tim Burton, et. al. - Based On Story By
Tom Duffield - Art Director
Warren Skaaren - Screenplay
Winona Ryder - Actor
Nominee (1989) British Academy Awards, Ve Neill, et. al., Best Make Up Artist,British Academy Awards, Peter Kuran, et. al., Best Special Effects
Winner (1989) Oscar, Ve Neill, et. al., Best Makeup
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 Tim Burton had it down pat. Hair disheveled, pallid features, the director of Pee-Wee's Big Adventure surprised Hollywood with a goth-geek style that could only be described as quirky before everything became quirky. He was the animator from the shadows who brought macabre and heartbreaking life to his early animated shorts, toy box allure to his first feature film...This is one of Keaton's finest roles. The actor best known for his smarmy smile and plunging eyebrows imbues the appalling Betelgeuse with an almost loveable charm...Beetlejuice is a vehicle perfectly tailored for Burton's peculiar eye. He delights in the small, Gorey-ian touches of the story. Every frame is filled with outlandish set design and candy-colored nightmares, from the bizarre post-apocalyptic world waiting just outside the front door to the decadent sculptures of the Dietz family.
Reviewer Keith Breese
ReviewRating 8
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
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
DVD, Widescreen, Pan and Scan (TV Format), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Desson Howe, Washington Post ...hilarious, sardonic comedy about the afterlife of two honeymooners...completely bizarre...perfectly realized...
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times Uproarious. There hasn't been anything like it since Ghostbusters.
Mike Clark, USA Today So original...We're talking black-belt cult-movie status here.
Rita Kempley, Washington Post Not since "Ghostbusters" have the spirits been so uplifting.
TV Guide A surreal, demented delight.
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.
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.
Widgett Walls, An excellent, twisted, funny film back when Burton didn't get in the way of his own filmmaking.
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