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Poltergeist: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Featuring: Craig T Nelson, JoBeth Williams & Beatrice Straight

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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  A Classic

| | See all tracee37's reviews (12)

You can't beat a classic and this one is a classic! It has all the right elements for a good horror film. Watch it with the lights off....toatlly brilliant.

  at last

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at last its here.can it hold its own after all these years the answer is yes.just sit back and enjoy. dont expect CGI this is good old 1980s horror.

  all time classic

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poltergiest is a brilliant creepy supernatural film from 1982.co written by steven speilberg and directed by tobe hooper it is a classic.the special visual effects by industrial light and magic are fantastic for the time the film came out but now they dont look that good when transfered to dvd. but dont let that put you off this is one of my favourite all time films.it has a great cast and the most adorable little girl ever played by heather orourke who sadly passed away in 1988 of a freak heart attack.overall brilliant supernatural thriller

  Who could possibly have a problem on a day like this?

| | See all matty89's reviews (9)

Many of the horror films which came out in the 1980's are largely forgotten because they don't have the successful elements which this film has in abundance. And also, didnt have the 1980'S Spielberg touch.
Spielberg's obsession with extraordinary things happening to average people from small town America is again evident here, and he does it so well you invest in the characters right from the beginning. His considerbale input into a film which is , only really in name directed by Tobe Hooper, makes it comparable to E.T and Close Encounters in its look and feel.
The family in the film are perfectly cast, with Craig T. Nelson and Jo Beth Williams both outstanding in their roles, when weird things start happening your already with them, with all their flaws just making them all the more realistic.
The Subsequent poor sequels will never take the shine of this classic Haunted house thrill ride, and its unlikely there will ever be another film quite like it.


| | See all mattymark's reviews (531)

Poltergeist is a great movie, i watched it when i was young and it creeped me out.
Its alot older than i am so i dont think it had the same effect as it would of back in the day but its still a decent movie and worth a watch.

  Great film that is starting to age. Rubbish 25th year ver.

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These were good films in their day and some of the special effects are showing their age now. The film itself is still entertaining though.

The biggest disapointment with this is the complete lack of effort made on this 25th year anniversary edition. There are a couple of shorts on the background of poltergeists which both last around 15 minutes. There is little looking at the problems encountered on set and the urban legend that the film was jinxed in some way. An opportunity missed.

As others have mentioned there is also a part in the film where it stops mid sentence and moves on to the next scene. This isn't particularily good considering this is a reformat and special re-release.

Because of these faults the DVD almost dropped to 2 stars, but I don't think that would be fair to a film that was good in its day.

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  amazing film

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Steven Spielberg at his best the actors are amazing and the special effects are out of this world but in some parts some bits do drag on a little bit but at the same time they keep you guessing so it's a brillant film also one of the highlights of the film look out for the small psychic with the squeaky voice classic cracks me up every time an amazing film one of the best films i've ever seen it really does have it all.

  Odd, but in all versions

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I see below that PeteJ remarks about an odd moment where the scene cuts in the middle of a sentence. I was curious about that since I review DVDs and BDs, and investigated it. It's like this on all versions of the movie.

About the release: great new transfer and audio, but the extras are nothing other than a shame. Some paranormal featurette you see dozens of in a week on the telly. For an anniversary edition this is rubbish, not one thing about the movie, which has a lot of stories around it (deaths, the struggle between Spielber and Hooper)


| | See all PeteyJ's reviews (55)

This film has a great cast, a great theme and an eerie ghostly premise, but then turns into a monster movie rather than a ghost story it´s intended to be, which tunes down the tension and makes it rather silly (not in a bad way, it´s quite entertaining). But that´s how American movies are, the bigger the better. And Steven Spielberg producing, so it´s more likely that kids are the ones scared and adults enjoying the visual effects.
If you want to watch a real ghost movie, checkout Amityville Horror (the original 1979 version I mean).
Note: This version of Poltergeist has a weird moment. At one point it cuts in the middle of a scene (might have even been in the middle of a sentence) and jumps right into the next scene.


| | See all DvDExchanger's reviews (1)

This is a true classic, i remember first watching it as a kid and i can nightmares for weeks after.

It has great atmosphere and some heart warming and touching moments, and like most films produced by Spielberg in the 80's it has a happy ending. One of those films you can watch over and over again.

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