Beetlejuice [20th Anniversary Edition] [Deluxe Edition] [DVD] [1988]

  • SKU: 8971357
  • Release Date: 09/16/2008
  • Rating: PG
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (742 out of 762)

Special Features


  • 3 hilarious episodes from the animated Beetlejuice TV series: A-Ha! - Skeletons in the Closet - Spooky Boo-Tique
  • Music-only audio track (5.1)
  • Theatrical trailer

Synopsis


Beetlejuice
Thanks to the carelessness of a cute little dog, newlyweds Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin are killed in a freak auto accident. Upon arriving in the outer offices of Heaven, the couple finds that, thanks to a century's worth of bureaucratic red tape, they're on a long celestial waiting list. Before they can earn their wings, Davis and Baldwin must occupy their old house as ghosts for the next fifty years. Alas, the house is now owned by insufferable yuppies Catherine O'Hara and Jeffrey Jones. Horrified at the prospect of sharing space with these obnoxious interlopers, Davis and Baldwin do their best to scare O'Hara and Jones away, but their house-haunting skills are pathetic at best. In desperation, the ghostly couple engage the services of a veteran scaremeister: a yellow-haired, snaggle-toothed, profane, flatulent "gonzo" spirit named Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton). The problem: Beetlejuice cannot be trusted-especially when he falls in love with O'Hara and Jones' gloomy, black-clad teenaged daughter Winona Ryder. Beetlejuice producer David Geffen, director Tim Burton, and composer Danny Elfman were also involved in an animated TV-series spin-off. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Alec Baldwin
    Alec Baldwin - Adam Maitland
  • Geena Davis
    Geena Davis - Barbara Maitland
  • Michael Keaton
    Michael Keaton - Betelgeuse
  • Jeffrey Jones
    Jeffrey Jones - Charles Deetz
  • Catherine O'Hara
    Catherine O'Hara - Delia Deetz



Customer rating

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98%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My favorite Burton Movie thus far

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    Gillette
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    The movie begins in a small New England town where Barbara and Adam (Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin), a childless-but-trying young couple, celebrate their vacation at home by giving each other wallpaper and adhesive as gifts. Nope, no misfits here. Not, at least, until they plunge off a covered bridge, return home soaking wet and slowly come to the realization that there’s a sinister and very final reason why they can’t see their reflections in the mirror. Oddly, they don’t seem too terribly burdened with the idea of spending eternity trapped in their idyllic countryside mansion until the arrival of the next inhabitants, a yuppie/artsy New York City family with their sights set on turning the entire town into a gentrified countryside summer getaway for their scummy city friends. McDowall deftly keeps one foot in the here and the other in the hereafter, which allows Burton a unique opportunity to juggle two sets of funhouse effects. It’s difficult to tell which world—Barbara and Adam’s afterlife, the Dietz family’s urban buffoonery—is more touched in the head. And this is all established before Michael Keaton’s unhinged, undead id shows up, spinning his head, chewing on dogs and honking his crotch as the film’s title character, a bio-exorcist who suckers a desperate Barbara and Adam into hiring him to clean house (think of it as a reverse Poltergeist). Keaton isn’t alone in chewing the photogenic scenery. Burton and McDowall’s alternately domestic and bizarro depiction of life after death matches the more overt hideousness of the couple’s face-pulling, decapitating attempts at scaring their new housemates with the subtle horror of negotiating health care plans in the afterworld. But the entire high-concept comedy wouldn’t float if it weren’t for the eye-popping efforts of stalwart character actors like Sylvia Sidney, who exhales cigarette smoke out the suicidal slit in her throat; Robert Goulet, whose reliable slithering makes for a handy third-act shortcut; and especially Catherine O’Hara, an electric bundle of neuroses who, early on, comes up with Beetlejuice‘s own best auto-critique: “I will go insane and take you with me!”

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Beetlejuice packs a wacky punch!

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    Galadrielle

    Before there was Corpse Bride; before there was The Nightmare Before Christmas; before there was Edward Scissorhands, Tim Burton created Beetlejuice! This ghost story is one of the best comedies I have ever seen. Handsome Alec Baldwin is the logical and slightly nerdy Adam, madly in love with his bride the demure, but, as we later discover, spunky and feisty, Barbara (Geena Davis). After dying in a freak accident, they are destined to spend the first 50 years of their afterlife haunting the house they bought only a short time before their deaths, but that is perhaps enough time for them to look after the eccentric little girl Lydia (Winona Ryder) until she has sailed past her 60th birthday! Adam and Barbara try hard to get rid of the new owners of their house, Charles (Jeffrey Jones), Delia (Catherine O'Hara, who did the voice acting for Sally in Nightmare Before Christmas) and Lydia, but they soon begin to take pity on, and befriend, the child. Trouble bursts from the grave when the ghosts and the kid summon up the creepily funny "bio-exorcist" Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), who, transforming himself into snakes and merry-go-rounds, wreaks havoc upon living and undead alike! His costumes, especially a hat that lights up and bears a strong resemblance to a carousel, would be quite a challenge to duplicate, but if done so, would probably win quite a good prize in a Halloween contest! The special effects are superb, and one of the craziest is when, in an attempt to get rid of Charles, Delia, and Lydia once and for all, Adam and Barbara twist their faces into grotesque shapes that only Tim Burton can imagine! Another much-appreciated heavy-handed Burton touch is Delia's surrealistic sculptures that remind me of Edward's (Johnny Depp's) in Edward Scissorhands. Perhaps Delia is a rather harsh and insensitive, yet talented, prototype, for Edward. Yet there is a slight note of serious courage in this silly story. When Adam and Barbara are summoned back to the world of the living - and unspeakable misery - Lydia sacrifices her own happiness, but is saved by Barbara, who bravely rushes to the child's aid on the back of a hideous striped giant serpent with a mouth full of nasty sharp pointy teeth! In the end, Beetlejuice is banished to at least a millennium of toughing it out in a dull waiting room on the outskirts of heaven, while Charles and Delia go about their lives, leaving the care of their daughter to the friendly ghosts - who, upon learning of her A on a math test, treat her to an afternoon of calypso dancing in mid air! All, including the dead people, live happily ever after! On a slightly negative note, I found Barbara's floral dress frumpy and hideous, even by the fashion standards of the 1980's, when boxy clothes were very fashionable, and even movie stars were known to look awful! Beetlejuice is a devilishly delightful Halloween romp, and anyone in need of a break during pumpkin-carving and costume-making time can be guaranteed of some much-needed comic relief by popping this silly little story into the DVD player!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Burton

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    doc8998
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    I'll be honest... How do you review Beetlejuice with anything new to add? As a fair-to-middling Tim Burton fan, Beetlejuice and Batman are my faves. Unsure if this is due to them being more accessible or I simply find that he does his best work with Michael Keaton, but Beetlejuice is a must-watch, even if you're not a fan of Burton's regular style of storytelling. What I will add is that for many younger generational moviegoers, Michael Keaton, who may only be identifiable through a small handful of newer (SpiderMan's Vulture,) or timeless (Beetlejuice, Batman,) roles is someone worth investing time into finding films from his brief heyday. (Find Mr. Mom, Dream Team, (for the love of ALL) Johnny Dangerously, Pacific Heights, and My Life). The Beetlejuice DVD transfer isn't particularly special, but there's some fun goodies here; in particular, three episodes of the Saturday morning cartoon that was spinned off from the film. If Beetlejuice isn't a part of your film collection, it's time to take a break and re-examine where you went wrong. At $4, there's simply no excuse not to correct the error of your ways.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Tim's Burton's brilliant first live-action film

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    CrimsonKing42

    Beetlejuice was Tim Burton's first directorial and live-action effort, and in pretty much every way it defines the style he continues to use today. It's delightfully offbeat and weird, while maintaining a firm stance in the gothic realm that Burton is so famous for. Above all, it's extremely funny. The story begins with Adam and Barbara, a young newly married couple who live together in a large old house in a small town. They accidentally drive off a bridge trying to avoid hitting a small dog, and are both killed. Along come husband and wife Charles and Delia and their rebellious daughter Lydia to buy their house. Unfortunately for them, Adam and Barbara have returned as ghosts, and although they get along quite well with Lydia, they want their house back. Their solution: Beetlejuice, a "bio-exorcist" who tells the couple he can solve their human problem, but has some schemes of his own. Keaton steals the show here. In the 80's Keaton was known for roles that portrayed him more as a wacky comic character or as a deranged sociopath. In this film, he gets to combine both of them to some extent, and the result is an unforgettable, classic performance. Keaton sets the screen on fire whenever he's on it (and occasionally even when he's not). There's a reason why Beetlejuice is the main character here. I really suggest that you see this movie if you haven't. It's a classic, and it won't soon go out of style.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    After 30 years, and still PERFECT!

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    AandJ091108
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    The first inarguable masterpiece by Tim Burton, this is the film that introduced a generation to Harry Belafonte. Chameleon actor Michael Keaton is unrecognizable as the titular character - the "ghost with the most", and his manic energy offers a performance that is without compare. Much more funny than scary, even for '80s kids like myself, this was a movie that the whole family could enjoy (A little scariness and cursing for those with sensitive stomachs). The script offers an exceptionally witty critique of the "Go-go '80s" mindset of making money off other people's assets, even if that means the destruction of the very things that initially were so appealing. This is a common theme in Burton's work to this day, but perhaps no film of his elucidates his premise better. To test the impact of this movie on my generation, try reciting to them "...Beetlejuice, ...Beetlejuice, ...". The glint in their eyes as they invariably shout a third time, "BEETLEJUICE!" will have you looking over your shoulder for sandworms and wide stripes in your dreams.... It's show time!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Beetlejuice is funny but this blu-ray is horrid!

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    reconredneck
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    I love Tim Burton movies and Beetlejuice is my favorites! I have owned this on Laser, Dvd and now Blu-ray.. I was really disappointed in this new release, with its soft grainy picture and bland HD soundtrack. Video - Jez! where to start.. The image is very soft with little definition, colors are off especially flesh tones. Blacks are crushed and the image has little depth with grain prevalent throughout. At times I thought I was watching a SD copy! Audio - A Dolby TrueHD soundtrack is included, but its a mess. I actually had a lot of bass coming thru my center channel. The bass that did make its way to my Sub was muddy and not well defined. It almost sounds like a mono source was used in the encode. Extra's - you get some Beetlejuice cartoons and a cd sampler of Elfman's soundtrack, what a way to round out a stinker of a release! I must reiterate that I love this film and have waited for it to reach a reasonable price ($9.99) but even at this price, it was too much for what is being offered! I hope that Warner Home Video does a re-master of this film soon and gives it the respect it deserves, instead of this near SD quality Blu-ray!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best movies!

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    RoyGBiv
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    “NICE F’N MODEL!!” *HONK HONK* This film holds a special place in my heart. When it was released, everyone was so weirded out by the concept even the MPAA didn’t watch the whole thing and let the ‘F’ word into the film, even though it’s rated PG. These days it’d get a limited release and slapped with a big fat R rating. What’s great is this film was a huge part of my childhood and still stands up today as an awesome movie. Michael Keaton steals the show, runs away with it and leads the audience on a cross country wild police chase that you can’t take your eyes off of. He’s so perfect for this role yet you never see him like this when he plays other roles, it’s like he got acting classes from looney tunes then died and he’s the stand up comedian for the devil. It’s funny, it’s sad, it’s surreal, it’s artistic, it’s over the top, it’s amazing. He’s Beetlejuice!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great movie

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    H0ttniks
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    If you like BeetleJuice and the supernatural then buy this movie you won't be let down. This is a very good movie fun for all ages. See this movie is what started the cartoon series on cartoonnetwork in the early 1990's BeetleJuice. Personally I think Micheal Keaton did a fantastic job as playing BeetleJuice I just really like this movie alot it talk's about what the after life is like basically see Barbara and Adam Maitland die and their ghost's in the movie and they meet BeetleJuice and I'm not going to tell you the rest because you have to watch the movie trust me this movie is really good it will make you want to say BeetleJuice three times.

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