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Poltergeist [Blu-ray] [1982]

  • SKU: 9022675
  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • Rating: PG
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (190 out of 200)

    Special Features


    • New Digital Transfer from Regenerated Picture Elements
    • Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
    • They Are Here: The Real World of Poltergeists Revealed
    • Documentary in 2 parts: Science of the Spirits and Communing with the Dead

    Synopsis


    Poltergeist
    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, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Craig T. Nelson
      Craig T. Nelson - Steve
    • JoBeth Williams
      JoBeth Williams - Diane
    • Beatrice Straight
      Beatrice Straight - Dr. Lesh
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      Dominique Dunne - Dana
    • Oliver Robins
      Oliver Robins - Robbie



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 200 reviews

    95%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the all-time greatest horror flicks

      Posted
      Octoberroad3

      Poltergeist is one of those horror movies that has production values way above average for the genre, and as such feels almost like it should be regarded differently. It's a supernatural horror, one that just happens to have been made by a big studio with a decent budget, and the skill of Steven Spielberg behind the script and camera (he's suggested to have directed most of the film despite Tobe Hooper being credited) and also co-editing with Michael Kahn. As a result, Poltergeist is beautiful film, with cinematography on the level of the best films of the period, with fantastic performances from all the actors, and a stunning score from Jerry Goldsmith. Whether you enjoy it or not is, of course, a matter of personal taste. I for one think it's an exceptional film. So, how does it look on Blu-ray? Quite honestly, it looks fantastic. I'm sure Spielberg would never allow one of his own productions to be put out on Blu-ray without a great HD transfer. The images are sharp and clear, in full original format, with detail maintained in darker shots. As seems to be a case with the format, poor visual effects shots tend to be highlighted, but I didn't find that to be the case with Poltergeist. Most of the effects are so unique stylistically, achieved to some degree optically rather than with lots of compositing, that you don't suddenly find yourself distracted by them looking bad on Blu-ray. I must admit, the scene where Marty pulls off his face looks like it always did. I always felt it was very unconvincing and only worked because of it's grotesqueness, but if you liked it before, I'm sure you won't be bothered by it. The "Wizard of Oz" shot of the tree going into the twister looks no worse, either. The sound is crisp and clean, although this is a film that was always very well mixed anyway. I can honestly recommend the Blu-ray of Poltergeist as a substantial improvement over any previous release, definitely a worthwhile upgrade.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Spooky is right haha

      Posted
      Twlightfann

      Here we have one of the scariest films of the 80's - a classic. Who can forget "Carrie Anne, Don't go into the light!!" Films of this age are hit and miss with blu ray transfers. Sometimes the quality is subpar and sometimes the film is so dated however good the transfer it lacks any true oomph. Luckily neither of these two things happen here. The blu ray transfer shines. Colors are crisp and there is no grain visible from age. One might think that the type of visual effects used this long ago might not transfer well but they certainly do. They pop. Added to this brilliant picture is audio that keeps the tension mounting and will have you jumping at every scare. Dialogue is strong and audio effects utilize all speakers to their max. It is great to see that such a classic film has not aged and is just as effective today. This blu ray disc also comes in a special hardcover case that has a great booklet about the film. For those who remember the film definitely purchase it on blu ray in its new glory. Those who have never seen it will get a definite treat.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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      Posted
      skullcoastboss
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      Like the face that launched a thousand ships this Speilberg backed serio comic thriller gave horror films the suspencefull tweak they needed. Its spawned many imitators but this simple little scary masterpiece rocks With a strong cast of talented men and woman led by Craig T Nelson and JoBeth Williams we are huddled close to our partner and on pins and needles while poor little carol ann converses with the people who inhabit the snowwy white screen that us gen xers remember concluded our broadcast day DONT GO INTO THE LIGHT CAROL ANN do not go into the light whatever you do What the hell were they thinking building condos on an indian burial ground they had to know it was not going to end well. The subtle lesson in what happens when corporate greed runs amouk The. Clown , the tree, the thunderstorm,the midget lady This movie is what happens when Oz comes to.dorothy And i love it over and over again. Worth the time and money then stilk worth it now

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Poltergeist is a classic treat

      Posted
      ATLFAN

      Here we have one of the scariest films of the 80's - a classic. Who can forget "Carrie Anne, Don't go into the light!!" Films of this age are hit and miss with blu ray transfers. Sometimes the quality is subpar and sometimes the film is so dated however good the transfer it lacks any true oomph. Luckily neither of these two things happen here. The blu ray transfer shines. Colors are crisp and there is no grain visible from age. One might think that the type of visual effects used this long ago might not transfer well but they certainly do. They pop. Added to this brilliant picture is audio that keeps the tension mounting and will have you jumping at every scare. Dialogue is strong and audio effects utilize all speakers to their max. It is great to see that such a classic film has not aged and is just as effective today. This blu ray disc also comes in a special hardcover case that has a great booklet about the film. For those who remember the film definitely purchase it on blu ray in its new glory. Those who have never seen it will get a definite treat.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      When Spielberg had skills

      Posted
      Barback

      This is one of Spielberg's best films which has an overall message of respecting the dead. A family has lived for years in this house and have never experienced any problems, but after digging up their backyard to make room for a pool they dig up the history of the land of which their house was built. Spirits take over the house and cause a series of events to take place involving a possessed tree, clown doll, and much more. The youngest daughter communicates through the static of the television set and eventually is seized by the spirits because of what she possesses. Her family goes through a series of attempts to rescue their little girl and find out what is happening to their house. At the time this movie came out, it was probably hailed as one of the best horror movies ever and to this day is known as a classic horror which still has the abilities to send shivers down the spine.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Lies

      Posted
      ZombieBatman
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      This is not the 1982 version it's the 2015 remake. Very disappointed in Best Buy for dropping the ball on this one. The original Poltergeist is one of my favorite 80's horror movie and I was excited to hear it's getting a steelbook. Purchased the movie and then when I flipped over the case seen the cast and quickly realized that it's the remake and not the original. Best buy needs to update their information before they upset more customers.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Still a good film BUT POOR EXTRAS ON DVD

      Posted
      CKCSWHFFAN
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      I am not a horror film fan. Would never watch most of them. But, I have always liked this film. Still do. Holds up over the test of time, except for SOME of the effects. Some are still very good but some look cheap now a days. Cast does a good job with their roles. Still, however, do NOT like the parents smoking drugs with their 3 kids in the house. I am VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH THE DVD. Where are the extras? No interviews with the remaining cast, no deleted scenes, story on film or effects , etc. Just a lame thing on poltergeists. Will NOT even waste my time watching that. This is supposed to be an anniversary release for the film. THEY APPARENTLY DID A RUSH JOB & DID NOT CARE TO GIVE FANS ANYTHING EXCEPT THE FILM TO LOOK AT. AGAIN, AS I SAID ABOVE, THIS IS VERY DISAPPOINTING. This makes me rate the DVD a 4 not a 5.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      From the New Yorker

      Posted
      Nativenyer

      When I saw Poltergeist was available on Blu-ray it brought back memories of child hood terror. I was worried it may look dated in this world of CGI and special effects, but fear not (pun intended) this movie is every bit as good as I recalled. Even knowing the story I found myself engrossed and enjoyed every minute. Despite being firmly planted in the early eighties; a period many of us wish to forget, there is no substitute for a good story, strong characters and good direction. If you have never experienced Poltergeist give it a go in the full glory of Blu-ray, you won't be disappointed. If you are a fan of modern day slash & hack horror you may find it a little too clean-cut, but I challenge you to watch this and open your eyes to one of the best horrors ever made.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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