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Poltergeist 25th Anniversary

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One of my favorite PG movies

on 12/3/2012

In an era of bad PG-13 ghost movies, Hooper and Spielberg show how a well made movie about spirits can work. (The real special feature of this dvd is the two part documentary.) It is entertaining enough, but the movie is the main draw of this dvd. This movie contains Craig T. Nelson's best acting ever. Definitely recommend this dvd.

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"They're here," playful at first...but not for long. A storm erupts, a tree attacks and little Carol Anne Freeling is whisked into a spectral void. As her family confronts horrors galore, something else is here too: a new benchmark in Hollywood ghost stories. Producers Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall and director Tobe Hooper head the elite scream team of this classic. Welcome to Home Sweet Haunted Home.


Studio Warner
SKU 205505341
UPC 012569647510
UPC 14 00012569647510
Format DVD
Release Date 1/8/2008
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.20:1
Cast & Crew
Craig T. Nelson - Actor
Heather O'Rourke - Actor
James H. Spencer - Production Designer
Jerry Goldsmith - Original Music By
JoBeth Williams - Actor
Matthew F. Leonetti - Cinematographer
Michael Grais, et. al. - Screenplay
Michael Kahn - Editor
Richard Lawson - Actor
Steven Spielberg - Editor
Steven Spielberg - Based On Story By
Steven Spielberg, et. al. - Producer
Tobe Hooper - Director
Winner (1983) British Academy Awards, Richard Edlund, Best Special Visual Effects
Nominee (1983) Oscar, Richard Edlund, et. al., Best Effects, Visual Effects,Oscar, Jerry Goldsmith, Best Music, Original Score,Oscar, Stephen Hunter Flick, Richard L. Anderson, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing
ReviewSource Variety
Review Given the talents, Poltergeist is an annoying film because it could have been so much better. Certainly, the subject is interesting, a persistent parapsychological phenomenon that defies scientific explanation, yet refuses to go away...But producer Steven Spielberg and the director Tobe Hooper, don't really care. They're fully content to demonstrate how well they can create the physical manifestations, plus a lot of standard sideshow horrors...But the story is truly stupid, though well-acted. Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams are the parents, living almost wall-to-wall with their neighbors in a suburban development. But when the furniture starts to fly around the room and the big tree in the yard gets hungry for the kids nobody ever seems to notice. Here you have a house in the middle of the street going berserk in Dolby Stereo and nobody calls the cops. But Williams is terrific as the mother, at first amused by the strange goings-on in her kitchen and later terrified when cute little Heather O'Rourke disappears into the walls. And Zelda Rubinstein walks off with the film as the miniature lady who comes to cleanse the house.
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Special effects in the movies have grown so skilled, sensational, and scary that they sometimes upstage the human actors...In Poltergeist, for example, the cast is made up of relatively unknown performers, but that's all right because the real stars are producer Steven Spielberg (Raiders of the Lost Ark), director Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and their reputations for special effects and realistic violence. Their names on this horror film suggest that its technology will be impeccable. And they don't disappoint us. This is the movie The Amityville Horror dreamed of being...The movie takes place in Spielberg's favorite terrain, the American suburb...The haunted house doesn't have seven gables, but it does have a two-car garage. It is occupied by a fairly normal family (two parents, three kids) and the movie begins on a somewhat hopeful note with the playing of "The Star Spangled Banner" as a TV station signs off...Nobody ever does decide whether a poltergeist really is involved in the events in the house, or who the poltergeist may be, but if that doesn't prevent them from naming the movie Poltergeist I guess it shouldn't keep us from enjoying it.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Deluxe Edition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, French
Product Attributes
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Clint Morris, MovieHole One of the best horror flicks none...
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice ...delivers real punch in its depiction of a family's struggle against forces they cannot understand or manipulate.
Karina Montgomery, Cinerina Still scary - a classic!
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Sensationally scary! A roller-coaster ride!
Vincent Canby, The New York Times Marvelously spooky, like a thoroughly enjoyable nightmare.

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