With Poltergeist, directed by Tobe Hopper, Steven Spielberg had his first great success as a producer. Released around the same time as Spielberg's E.T., the film presents the dark side of Spielberg's California suburban track homes. The film centers on the Freeling family, a typical middle class family living in the peaceful Cuesta Verde Estates. The father, Steve (Craig T. Nelson), has fallen asleep in front of the television, and the dog saunters around the house revealing the other family members -- Steve's wife Diane (JoBeth Williams), sixteen-year-old daughter Dana (Dominique Dunne), eight-year-old son Robbie (Oliver Robins), and five-year-old Carol Ann (Heather O'Rourke). Soon strange things begin to happen around the house; the pet canary dies, mysterious storms occur, and Carol Ann is summoned to the TV set, where a strange shaft of green light hits her and causes the room to shake ("They're he-e-ere!"). As curious events continue, Carol Ann is repeatedly drawn to the television, where she begins to talk to "the TV people." Soon Carol Ann is sucked into a closet, disappearing from this reality plane. Unable to find his daughter, Steve consults Dr. Lesh (Beatrice Straight), a para-psychologist from a nearby college. Lesh finds that paranormal phenomena is so strong in the Freelong household she is unable to deal with it and sends for clairvoyant and professional exorcist Tangina (Zelda Rubinstein) to examine the house in hopes of finding Carol Ann. Tangina makes a horrifying discovery: Carol Ann is alive and in the house, but is being held on another spectral plane.~Paul Brenner
They Are Here: The Real World of Poltergeists Revealed documentary in 2 parts: Science of the Spirits and Communing With the Dead
Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby 2.0
Languages: English, Français, Español, Português & Chinese
(Main feature. Bonus material may not be subtitled)
I purchased this for a preteen for an intro to horror movies. I knew of the movie for its an old time favorite of many. It worked out great and so was the price of the DVD.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Poltergeist (1982) picture quality and packaging
Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
In order to not sound like a broken record by talking about how good this movie is, I am going to talk about the quality of the packaging and picture. The box art is brilliantly using the iconic promotional material to set the chilling mood on the front and the spine. It also maintains usage the sy nonomons font on the cover and spine. The picture quality of the restoration is great outside of a few scenes that would need to be completely reanimated in order to counteract the dated special effects. Overall, this is a lovely presentation of a classic haunting. I would give this edition 4.5/5.