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Casper
     

Casper

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Director: Brad Silberling,

Cast: Brad Silberling, Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty

 

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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 full-screen transfer that has been formatted to fit a standard television screen (a widescreen edition with the same features was released simultaneously). Meanwhile, the English soundtrack

Overview

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 full-screen transfer that has been formatted to fit a standard television screen (a widescreen 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.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
All Casper ever wanted was a friend, and he found a bunch of them in executive producer Steven Spielberg and the special-effects wizards at Industrial Light and Magic. They teamed up to bring the friendly ghost to wondrous, um, life, in this 1995 live-action fantasy. Bill Pullman (Sleepless in Seattle, While You Were Sleeping) stars as Dr. James Harvey, a therapist who ministers to the "living impaired." In search of hidden treasure, Carrigan Crittendon (Cathy Moriarty), a real witch, summons Dr. Harvey to rid the condemned Whipstaff Manor of its mischievous poltergeists. Lonely Casper finds a kindred misfit spirit in Harvey's motherless young daughter, Kat (Christina Ricci). The Ghostly Trio (the aptly named Stretch, Stinkie, and Fatso) supply the supernatural slapstick and rude noises. Monty Python member Eric Idle is a real scream as Crittendon's put-upon accomplice. Clint Eastwood, Rodney Dangerfield, Mel Gibson, the Crypt Keeper, and Dan Aykroyd -- as a ghostbuster who suggests Crittendon call "someone else" -- supply haunting cameos. References to death and the afterlife may be upsetting to younger viewers, but, mild profanity aside, this treat will be just the trick for ‘tweens and teens looking to scare up some frighteningly fun entertainment.
All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
Maybe it's time to start looking at modern Hollywood films from a different perspective. Certainly, the story in this youth-oriented fantasy is nothing to write home about: a haunted mansion containing treasure, a little girl who befriends an amiable young ghost, and various greedy and oafish adults acting like morons. Standard stuff. But the selling points here are the film's visual elements, which take the popular cartoon character and bring him to computer-generated life (afterlife?) with marvelously handled special effects and a production design that's a joy to behold. Other than a few unnecessarily prurient double entendres (which young kids probably won't catch anyway), this is a visual delight despite its workmanlike plot.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2003
UPC:
0025192379529
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:41:00

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 series

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christina Ricci Kat Harvey
Bill Pullman Dr. Harvey
Cathy Moriarty Carrigan Crittenden
Eric Idle Dibs
Malachi Pearson Casper
Joe Nipote Stretch
Chauncey Leopardi Nicky
Spencer Vrooman Andreas
Ben Stein Rugg
Don Novello Father Guido Sarducci
Mister Rogers Himself
Rodney Dangerfield Himself (uncredited)
Ernestine Mercer Woman Being Interviewed
Joe Alaskey Stinkie
Brad Garrett Fatso
John Kassir Crypt Keeper
Garette Ratliff Henson Vic
Jessica Wesson Amber
Wesley Thompson Mr Curtis
J.J. Anderson Student
Mike Simmrin Phantom
Amy Brenneman Amelia Harvey
Devon Sawa Casper in Person
Dan Aykroyd Doctor Raymond Stantz (uncredited)
Clint Eastwood Himself (uncredited)
Mel Gibson Himself (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Brad Silberling Director
Steven E. Andrews Asst. Director
Seth Arnett Stunts
Rosemary Brandenberg Set Decoration/Design
Dean Cundey Cinematographer
Paul Deason Associate Producer
Leslie Dilley Production Designer
Jeff Franklin Co-producer
James Horner Score Composer,Songwriter
Gary Hymes Stunts
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Michael Kahn Editor
Michael Lantieri Special Effects
Daniel Maltese Art Director
Gerald R. Molen Producer
Jerry Molen Executive Producer
Jeffrey A. Montgomery Producer
Nancy Nayor Casting
Phil Nibbelink Animator
Rosanna Norton Costumes/Costume Designer
Deanna Oliver Screenwriter
Christina Smith Makeup
Steven Spielberg Executive Producer
Raymond Stella Camera Operator
Sheri Stoner Screenwriter
Ed Verreaux Art Director
Steve Waterman Co-producer
Charles Wilborn Musical Direction/Supervision
Colin Wilson Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Phantom Photographer [2:44]
2. One Lousy Piece of Property [2:32]
3. Welcome to Whipstaff Manor [5:19]
4. The Ghost Shrink [8:46]
5. The Ghost and His Guests [7:46]
6. Stretch, Fatso and Stinkie [2:33]
7. The Morph the Merrier [7:46]
8. Breakfast With the Boys [3:24]
9. The New Kid in Town [3:29]
10. Goofing on Amelia [5:53]
11. When I Was Alive... [8:11]
12. I Remember [4:02]
13. The Up and at 'Em Machine [2:49]
14. The Lazarus [7:00]
15. A Croaking at the Karaoke [2:53]
16. The Heiress Comes Haunting [5:09]
17. The Late Dr. Harvey [4:52]
18. A Cinderella Deal [1:50]
19. The Life of the Party [5:05]
20. The Party's Over/End Titles [:57]

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Casper 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
Originally, I was going to just come on here and rate this, but after having seen that no one had ever bothered to submit a review on it, I wanted to be sure that I did. This movie is classic! I remember having seen this after it first came out when I was barely in 7th grade in Jr. High with my brother, and after it's release, we would often bug our dad to rent this movie for us to watch. In fact, he might have been better off just buying it, because it might have wound up saving him money in the long run, because my brother and I loved this movie. After having not seen this for years, I finally picked this up one day, (I am in the business of collecting up movies that I watched & enjoyed growing up), and gave it a watch. After having watched this again after so long, a lot of it came back to me. Some of it is a little on the hokey side, but for the most part, this movie is classic and fun, and I really like the music that accompanies it as well. I am glad that I finally own this one. If you want something fun and enchanting for the whole family to watch, then I recommend this one. It makes for a good family movie night. Check it out!
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