Casper [WS] [DVD] [1995]

  • SKU: 5802884
  • Release Date: 09/23/2003
  • Rating: PG
Director Brad Silberling's live-action adaptation of the classic cartoon Casper comes to DVD for the first-time with this feature-heavy release. The film is presented in a 1.85:1 widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio (A full-screen edition with the same features was released simultaneously). Meanwhile, the English soundtrack is available in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1, while the French and Spanish dubbed audio tracks have been rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Spanish and French subtitles are also available. Among the supplemental features that have been included are a feature-length audio-commentary track by Silberling, two games, Casper's Cartoon Classic: Penguin for Your Thoughts, three featurettes, a photo gallery, and a deleted scene.
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (408 out of 411)

Special Features


  • Interactive games
  • Behind-the-scenes interviews
  • CGI secrets
  • Games
  • Recipes
  • Costume hints
  • Safety tips
  • Deleted scenes
  • Feature commentary with director Brad Silberling
  • Talent bios (including the ghosts)
  • Bonus episode of the animated seriess

Synopsis


Casper
Based on the popular cartoon character, this family-oriented "ghost story" is about a not-so-scary spirit who bonds with a little girl (Christina Ricci). The eternally irritable Ms. Carrigan (Cathy Moriarty) discovers that the only thing she's been left in her recently departed father's will is a rickety old house in New England. Naturally, the woman is furious about this, until her "close personal friend" and assistant, Dibbs (Eric Idle of Monty Python fame), discovers a secret message that a treasure may be concealed somewhere in the house. The two take off for Maine, only to learn that the house is haunted by Casper "the friendly ghost" and his three ghostly uncles Stinky, Stretch, and Fatso. After futilely recruiting an exorcist (Don Novello, more or less reviving his Father Guido Sarducci character from Saturday Night Live) and a "professional ghost exterminator" (Dan Aykroyd), she brings in a "ghost psychiatrist" (Bill Pullman) and his daughter Kat (Ricci). Innocently attracted to the young girl, Casper befriends Kat as they try to save the ghosts' home from the evil Carrigan. Eye-popping special effects highlight this magical story that touches (albeit lightly) on the theme of what lies at the heart of human desires. Clint Eastwood, Rodney Dangerfield, Mel Gibson and The Crypt Keeper (of Tales from the Crypt) all make cameos as apparitions in the mirror Bill Pullman looks into in the house. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Christina Ricci
    Christina Ricci - Kat Harvey
  • Bill Pullman
    Bill Pullman - Dr. Harvey
  • Cathy Moriarty
    Cathy Moriarty - Carrigan Crittenden
  • Eric Idle
    Eric Idle - Dibs
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    Malachi Pearson - Casper



Overall customer rating

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100%
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Halloween Classic for families

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    Movielover
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    The movie is about an evil woman who inherits a mansion from her late father. Later, she realizes that the mansion is haunted and enlists the help of Dr. Harvey who is "trained" in the field of paranormal activity and is trying to help the dead with "unfinished business" crossover. While he is doing this, he is also trying to contact his deceased wife Amelia. Dr. Harvey also cares for his young daughter, Kat, who befriends one of the ghosts named Casper. Casper is also a young ghost who lives with his ghost uncles in the mansion. The three uncles wreak havoc (in a fun/annoying way) for Dr. Harvey and his daughter. Casper tries to make their stay pleasant. What ensues are the adventures of Casper, his uncles, Kat, and Dr. Harvey who are trying to keep the evil woman from destroying the house because of a hidden "treasure." The movie may be frightening for children around the ages of 3-5. Other than that, it's a cute and funny movie for the entire family.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Ghost Story

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    ALD13
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    This live action version of our favorite friendly ghost will entertain both the kids and adults. ThisBlu-ray version is a step up from the previous DVD editions. The crisp quality and rich colors pop out in HD and the black levels are really good, at least on our Projector. Audio is in surround sound and seems much improved as well from the DVD version. Extras include commentary, deleted scenes and a couple of cartoon features. The story follows a widowed Ghost Hunter and his daughter who are hired to rid a run down property of ghosts so the owner can develop it for profit. What they find is not only Casper but three of his obnoxious mates determine to keep the fleshies from taking residence in their home. Highly recommended.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Casper - Excellent movie for Kids & Adults

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    LesB
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    This movie is targeted (of course) at the young generation but the plot is kind of catchy in that the young ghost (Casper, of course) allows himself to be constantly taken advantage of by three older (and Mean, Bullying) Ghosts. A young Father with his Very young Daughter have to move into the old Mansion where Casper lives as a condition of Dad's employment ! Complications start then & don't stop for the rest of the film ! Humor, some Sadness, a lot of Joy at places ! Good Flick for Mixed Ages !

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing movie, but some unexpected language

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    sarah
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    I remember this being classic halloween movie for me as a kid. I purchased this movie with the intention of sharing the tradition with my kids. It is still an amazing movie but they have the "b" word in it a couple of times. I just found it a bit unnecessary. It wouldn't deter me from buying it I guess as I was a child and don't remember it being so vulgar, but it's good to know before you buy. It does have the PG rating, so there is fair warning... but so do other disney classics like Frozen and there isn't offensive language. Great movie, just want to disclose for other parents.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better Than Expected

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    sgtrich
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    Admittedly, I bought this for a Rodney Dangerfield cameo that lasted 6 seconds! However, I was pleasantly surprised that this film has plenty of laughs. Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello) and Dan Akyroid have brief but funny bits.So do Mel Gibson and Clint Eastwood. Eric Idle has a fair sized role and he is always fun to watch. I was not prepared to like this as much as I did. Granted, it's a kids film, but I found myself enjoying it a lot. Recommended.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Ghosts can be sweet too.

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    hazeleyes
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    This is a wholesome story of a boy who became ill and died much too young. He falls in love with a young 'live' girl who moves into the abandoned mansion with her father (a believer in the possibility of reaching into the beyond and speaking to the spirits). The three pesky ghosts add humor (guests can be so bothersome, especially if they're dead). Throw in a little greed for tension and it's a wonderful, entertaining plot for all ages. The scene between Casper and his mother will bring tears...but I loved it.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Casper!

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    MRRUIZ
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    Excellent movie, I was curious to see if it was available on Bluray and sure enough Best buy had it!!!!!!!! I am very excited to own it. When I was a kid this was one of my favorite movies and I can tell you right now that from VHS to DVD to Bluray format? Makes a huge difference in picture Quality. Get your copy before they are gone. I almost made the mistake with the Ace Ventura blurays. But I own those movies too.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A fun yet simple movie.

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    tlangley
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    Casper is a fun movie aimed at a younger audience. The film focuses on a psychiatrist that is searching for his wife's ghost and along with his daughter they come to stay at the house haunted by Casper. Not only Capser but his three brute uncles that want the new tenants gone. The film has some simple jokes and funny moments, but other than that it is for kids or nostalgic adults.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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