Ghost

Ghost

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Director: Jerry Zucker

Cast: Jerry Zucker, Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg

     
 

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Ghost scared up box-office business in its 1990 theatrical release, and just like the movie, Paramount's Ghost widescreen collection DVD doesn't do a vanishing act either. The disc contains several special features that enhance the enjoyment of this tragic/comic supernatural love story. The film catapulted stars Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi

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Ghost scared up box-office business in its 1990 theatrical release, and just like the movie, Paramount's Ghost widescreen collection DVD doesn't do a vanishing act either. The disc contains several special features that enhance the enjoyment of this tragic/comic supernatural love story. The film catapulted stars Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg to the top of the Hollywood food chain, and won two Academy awards: Best Supporting Actress (Goldberg as psychic Oda Mae Brown) and Best Original Screenplay (Bruce Joel Rubin). The DVD is presented in a widescreen version enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. The DVD contains "Remembering the Magic," a retrospective documentary about the film featuring many of its principals. There is also a frequently amusing audio commentary by director Jerry Zucker and Rubin that occasionally reveals how some of the film's special effects were performed.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A highly improbable but richly emotional love story that charmed moviegoers in 1990 and became -- to the surprise of its numerous detractors -- a blockbuster hit, Ghost still retains the romantic aura that first endeared it to audiences. The film certainly boosted the careers of its stars, Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore, who portray Sam and Molly, well-to-do Manhattanites so passionately devoted to one another that not even death can rattle their bond. After a street thug shoots and kills Sam, his ghost communicates with the heartbroken Molly through medium Whoopi Goldberg, an amiable charlatan genuinely stunned by her newfound ability to converse with spirits. Director Jerry Zucker, previously known for his comedies (Airplane, Kentucky Fried Movie), made an effective transition to dreamier, dramatic fare with this multiple Oscar nominee, which briefly falters when a melodramatic subplot is dragged in but recovers handily just in time for a touching denouement. At times a bit somber but generally upbeat, Ghost shows its three principal players at their most appealing, and it can still be depended upon to induce a few sighs and tears in romantically inclined viewers. The DVD includes commentaries by Zucker and screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin, and also features a newly made documentary looking back at the film’s production.
All Movie Guide
The richly entertaining Ghost touches on themes of love, loss, and revenge as it merges the genres of romance and supernatural thriller. Directed by Jerry Zucker, one member of the team that came up with Airplane! and The Naked Gun, the film manages to stay away from mawkishness; instead, it achieves a surprisingly affecting level of emotion. Offering something for everyone, the film has an afterlife story to placate those less interested in the romance between Demi Moore and Patrick Swazye, and a romance for those left cold by the supernatural elements. Whoopi Goldberg gives her hack-psychic character a near-perfect mix of comedy and dramatic gravity; she took home an Oscar for her spirited supporting turn, as did Bruce Joel Rubin for his original screenplay.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2001
UPC:
0097363200444
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:06:00

Special Features

Widescreen version enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround; English Dolby Surround; French Dolby Surround; English subtitles; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Theatrical trailer; "Remember the Magic" retrospective; Commentary by director Jerry Zucker and writer Bruce Joel Rubin

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patrick Swayze Sam Wheat
Demi Moore Molly Jensen
Whoopi Goldberg Oda Mae Brown
Tony Goldwyn Carl Brunner
Rick Aviles Willie Lopez
Vincent Schiavelli Subway Ghost
Gail Boggs Oda Mae's Sister
Armelia McQueen Oda Mae's Sister
Stanley Lawrence Elevator Man
Christopher Keene Elevator Man
Susan Breslau Susan
Macka Foley Mover
Phil Leeds Emergency Room Ghost
Angelina Estrada Rosa Santiago
Thom Curley Workman in Loft
Stephen Root Police Sgt.
Laura Drake Policewoman
Alma Beltran Woman Ghost
Vivian Bonnell Ortisha
Derek Thompson Ortisha's Friend
J. Christopher Sullivan Man Ghost
Charlotte Zucker Bank Officer
Tom Finnegan Bank Guard
Bruce Jarchow Lyle Furgeson
Faye Brenner Nun
William Cort Bank Co-Worker
Minnie Lindsay Apartment Woman
Said Faraj Cab Driver
Mike Jittlov Dark Spirits
John Hugh Surgeon

Technical Credits
Jerry Zucker Director
Adam Greenberg Cinematographer
Richard Edlund Special Effects
Terry Frazee Special Effects Supervisor
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Steven Charles Jaffe Executive Producer
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Jane Jenkins Casting
Howard W. Koch Producer
Mark Mansbridge Art Director
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Ruth Morley Costumes/Costume Designer
Walter Murch Editor
Jane Musky Production Designer
Donald Myers Special Effects
Ben Nye Makeup
Bruce Joel Rubin Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Lisa Weinstein Producer
Jeff Wexler Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Opening Credits [6:59]
2. Unchained Melody [4:07]
3. Afterlife [1:47]
4. Willie Lopez [4:23]
5. Oda Mae Brown [1:36]
6. Molly In Danger [6:44]
7. The Art of Being A Ghost [5:58]
8. A Gathering Of Ghost [:28]
9. Rita Miller [5:35]
10. Murderer!! [:27]
11. Spooked [6:21]
12. Convincing Molly [2:32]
13. Oda Mae Brown Possessed [3:38]
14. Carl [6:10]
15. Believe... [7:17]
16. End Credits [6:14]

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Ghost 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite 6 months ago
One of those classics that gets better each time you watch it. One of my favorites. Really good movie.
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Love, Sadness and Humor all tied into one. It taps into all of your emotions. For a good laugh, and a good cry too--watch this very special movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
one of my fave scenes is when she is trying to scam a customer and sam keeps talking to her. Saying stuff like what a crock and finaly whoopi lets out a 'Who is that. Oh and sams rendition of 'I'm henry the eightth i am!' Is great fun. I cried at the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is by far, one of my fave movies along with king kong (the new version), and cinderella man. Whoopi Goldberg is hilarious. And Moore and Swayze are spectacular. Every time i hear unchained melody or see the ending to this movie. i bawl my eyes out!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Patrick Swayze in this movie! The movie overall was really really great. Whoopi Goldburg and Swayze were sooo good. This movie is funny at parts and sad at parts. It is wonderful!
blearyeyes More than 1 year ago
When I saw the Blue Ray version on the shelf I expected yet another "directors cut" Well this is a re-release of the original theatrical release and that for me is quite good enough. It is a wonderful film with unforgettable performances all around, it looks stunning in its new Blue ray incarnation and I highly recommend it for anyone with a hi end system.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my very favorite movies.
-Betty- More than 1 year ago
GHOST: I have always loved this movie as well as the theme music -- now I am happy to own a copy. Who wouldn't enjoy the best of Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg, all in the same movie? [Funny AND Sad both -- keep a Kleenex near-by.]
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This is a wonderful and sexy movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was truely intresting, spooky, and well performed but patrick, and co-stars. This edge of your seat romance and connection between life and death makes you want to watch it over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ghost, is without a doubt, one of the finest films of all time. The music, the way evil people die and the way good people die is wonderfully crafted. The scene when Whoopi Goldberg's character hears Sam's voice for the first time is wildly funny. See this movie and you will not have a dry eye in the house at the end of the movie.