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The Frighteners [DVD] [1996]

Release Date:08/18/1998
Director Peter Jackson mixes comedy, horror, special effects, and Michael J. Fox in Universal's The Frighteners. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, this transfer looks stunning and is very sharp in both detail and clarity. The black levels are all very well-rendered with the color patterns and fleshtones all solid and even. Except for a slight amount of edge enhancement in a few scenes, this transfer is truly top-notch. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English and French. This is a very enveloping soundtrack that features a ton of directional sounds in both the front and rear speakers. All aspects of the soundtrack are free and clear of any hiss or distortion. Much like the video portions, the audio is also very well produced. Also included on this disc are English and Spanish subtitles. While a laserdisc filled with extras exists, Universal has decided to produce a relatively bare-bones edition of this film on DVD. The only extra features included on this disc are some production notes, a few talent bios, some film highlights, and a theatrical trailer for the film. Maybe someday there will be a better edition of this popular film; until then viewers are stuck with this lackluster edition.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (44 out of 44)

    Special Features

    • Production notes
    • Cast and filmmakers' bios
    • Film highlights
    • Theatrical trailer


    The Frighteners
    Charlatan Frank Bannister (Michael J. Fox) has genuine psychic powers, but he doesn't use them to help people. Rather, he generates cases for his supernatural private-eye firm by harassing a group of hapless ghosts (including a dearly departed Wild West outlaw and an undead judge played by John Astin) into staging hauntings and poltergeists in the homes of likely marks. Bannister's world turns on its head when he starts noticing real hauntings around town -- ghostly assassinations that seem to be tied to the execution 20 years earlier of a brutal serial killer. Lucy Lunskey (Trini Alvarado), the wife of one unlucky victim, teams up with Bannister to get to the bottom of the killings and find out what shut-in Patricia Bradley (Dee Wallace Stone) and her witchy mother (Julia McCarthy) have to do with the sinister spree. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Michael J. Fox
      Michael J. Fox - Frank Bannister
    • Trini Alvarado
      Trini Alvarado - Lucy Lunskey
    • Peter Dobson
      Peter Dobson - Ray Lynskey
    • John Astin
      John Astin - Judge
    • Jeffrey Combs
      Jeffrey Combs - Milton Dammers

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