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Casper [WS] [DVD] [1995]

Release Date:09/23/2003
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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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (446 out of 450)

    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


    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

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