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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir [DVD] [1947]

  • SKU: 5260692
  • Release Date: 04/01/2003
  • Rating: NR
Part of the Studio Classics series, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment releases the DVD debut of the classic romantic fantasy The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and presented with a standard full-frame transfer in the original black-and-white. Dolby Digital Mono soundtracks are available in English, Spanish, and French. A remixed stereo track is offered in English. Subtitles and closed captions are also accessible. An audio commentary track is provided by film historian Greg Kimble and Christopher Husted, manager of the Bernard Herrmann estate. A second commentary track is with film professor Jeanine Bassinger and Mankiewicz biographer Kenneth Geist. The disc also includes a stills gallery, theatrical trailer, and the A&E Biography program Rex Harrison: The Man Who Would Be King. This is a fine disc for an Academy Award-nominated film.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (12 out of 12)

    Special Features


    • Audio commentaries by Greg Kimble, Christopher Husted, Jeanine Bassinger, and Kenneth Geist
    • "Rex Harrison: The Man Who Would Be King" as seen on A&E Biography
    • Still gallery
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Full-frame format (aspect ratio 1.33:1)
    • English Stereo, English Mono, French Mono, and Spanish Mono audio
    • English and Spanish subtitles
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
    Like its TV-sitcom counterpart of the 1960s, the original film version of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir was based on the novel by R.A. Dick. Gene Tierney plays turn-of-the-century widow Lucy Muir, who escapes her impossible in-laws by moving into an old house on the English seacoast. Despite the warnings of realtor Combe (Robert Coote) that the house might be haunted, the tenacious young widow calmly establishes residence with her young daughter Anna (Natalie Wood) and housekeeper Martha (Edna Best) in tow. Sure enough, the place is haunted by the spirit of its previous owner-a bombastic, profane, yet somehow attractive sea captain named Daniel Gregg (Rex Harrison). When Lucy steadfastly refuses to be frightened by Captain Gregg, he takes a liking to her, and the two become close friends (in standard ghost-movie tradition, only Lucy can hear or see the Captain). Realizing that Lucy is in dire financial straits, the Captain offers to dictate his colorful memoirs to her, which she promptly parlays into a best-seller and a lasting literary career. Slowly but surely, Gregg falls in love with Lucy. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Gene Tierney
      Gene Tierney - Lucy Muir
    • Rex Harrison
      Rex Harrison - Ghost of Capt. Daniel Gregg
    • George Sanders
      George Sanders - Miles Fairley
    • Edna Best
      Edna Best - Martha Huggins
    • Isobel Elsom
      Isobel Elsom - Angelica



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 12 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A haunting tale of love and the sea

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      Veggiechiliqueen

      The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, based on the novel by Josephine Leslie (as R.A. Dick) and screenplay by Philip Dunne, is the English Victorian tale of widowed Lucy Muir (Gene Tierney) and her young daughter Anna (Natalie Wood). Wood turns in a spirited performance as young Anna, although she is not given a great deal of screen time. Edna Best makes a charming companion for the isolated Lucy as her outspoken maid Martha. Lucy's meddling in-laws want to force Lucy and Anna to move to London, but Lucy is offended by their view that she is helpless and incapable of supporting herself and her daughter on her writing. Tierney brings a gravity to her role befitting the Victorian era, but tempers it with a playful, witty streak. Harrison is effective as the gruff sea captain with a heart of gold. The two strike up an amazing amount of chemistry despite the physical distance between the actors; instead, emotion is conveyed through glances and words. The two move to a cottage by the sea that's curiously affordable considering the great view, but Lucy soon finds out why. It's haunted by the ghost of Captain Daniel Gregg (Rex Harrison), a cantankerous old salt who's overly fond of swearing and frightening off prospective buyers. Lucy, however, is very forward and independent for her era and refuses to be forced out of her new home in Gull Cottage, so the two reach a kind of truce. Lucy and Daniel soon strike up a deep friendship bordering on romance, and Lucy, a writer, agrees to ghost write Capt Gregg's autobiography. During her meetings with the publisher, she is charmed by Miles Fairley (George Sanders), a famous children's author, and Daniel reluctantly lets Lucy pursue a flesh-and-blood suitor. The ending (much-copied) may be one of the most romantic on film, and clearly inspired later time-travel romance Somewhere in Time. The film is marked by beautiful cinematography, particularly of the sea (filmed at Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey, and various other California coastal locations), and a lush, haunting score by Bernard Herrmann (The Ghost And Mrs. Muir: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) that may be one of the most poetic film scores ever along with John Barry's Somewhere In Time (1998 Re-recording). The DVD thankfully features many fine extras, such as commentaries by film historian Gregg Kimble and Bernard Herrmann expert Christopher Husted, commentary by chairman of film studies at Wesleyan University Jeanine Bassinger and Kenneth Geist (biographer of Joseph L. Mackiewicz), A&E Biography:"Rex Harrison: The Man Who Would Be King," the original theatrical trailer, and a still gallery. This is a fitting tribute to one of the most timeless screen romances, and fans of Somewhere in Time (Collector's Edition) will feel right at home.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A true classic

      Posted
      Fabuladico
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      I gave this movie as a gift, but had the pleasure of watching it with the giftee. So ok, it's a sort of romance movie and I'm a guy so I'm supposed to shy away from movies that don't have an explosion a minute, but it's an honestly good movie. It boasts wonderful performances. Gene Tierney is a delight as usual, and so is Natalie Wood in one of her childhood roles. I'm not fan of Rex Harrison, but he portrays Captain Greg so well in this movie that I forgot about the actor and thought only about the ghostly Captain Greg. Well worth the price, it's a movie the entire family will enjoy.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Love is eternal, watch this movie for proof ....

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      moviefanatic
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      The spirit of a grumpy, yet quite dead, sea captain, played by Rex Harrison, inhabits a sea-side cottage which is rented by, a young and beautiful, GeneTierney. He lets her become aware of his prescense in the hopes of scaring her out of her lease. She surprises him by her lack of fear of him and a relationship soon develops through which they mutually learn to "live" with and begin to "enjoy" each others company. An unexpected and tender love story ensues that will span eternity itself.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wonderful Haunting Romantic Movie!

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      moviereviewer1949
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      The Blu-ray is a definite upgrade over the DVD release. This is one of my favorite movies of all time. The story is great if you don't mind that a ghost is one of the two main characters. The Romance between the ghost and Mrs. Muir is one you will never forget. The entire production is well done and the acting is about as good as it gets. Watch this one and you will love it.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Hollywood Classic Cinema

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      Chelsea32183
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      This is one of my mom's favorite movies! So of course, she needs this one for her collection :) If you haven't seen it, you're missing out! Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney are fantastic together in this cinematic thriller from 1947.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic looks like new!

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      Zoot2017
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      It may be a dicotomy to say you can see a ghost much better in Blu-ray-hdmi, but with this version of a classic movie, it feels brand new!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Like a Jewel by the Sea!

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      dona
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      Always a Remembrance That peace and quiet are a beautiful quality found and sought in those days as well. Lovely to find this one again. Thank you Best Buy!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic Movie On Modern Media

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      d810360
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      I have seen this movie many times on classic movie TV channels. It never gets dull with repetition.

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