Ghost Story

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Overview

John Irvin's big-screen adaptation of Peter Straub's horror novel Ghost Story arrives on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but this film has never looked better on home video.
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Overview

John Irvin's big-screen adaptation of Peter Straub's horror novel Ghost Story arrives on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but this film has never looked better on home video.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

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Arriving at the end of arguably the most fertile decade of horror filmmaking, John Irvin's Ghost Story 1981 proves that even the lesser-known genre entries could be quite chilling. In fact, elements that might have detracted from this film's scare factor -- a score that's too bombastic, and a starring role for the 82-year-old Fred Astaire -- do nothing of the sort. Irvin's smart, tension-sustaining visual setups and James Alexander's haunting sound design, each prepare the viewer, but not completely, for the surprisingly sophisticated gore effects from makeup artist Dick Smith. Even if it weren't for all this, the presence of the singular Alice Krige would be unsettling enough. Playing the beautiful specter, Krige makes marvelous use of that lifeless stare, wicked half smile, and disembodied voice -- characteristics that later made her the ideal choice to play the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact. Even though convincing enough special effects did not yet exist, Krige leaves a viewer feeling that her face might split open into ghoulish horror at any moment. The film's effectiveness is especially surprising given that it contains two lengthy flashbacks -- which fly in the face of the genre's usual need for immediacy -- and features a cast of primarily senior citizens John Houseman and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. accompany Astaire. The dedication of these professionals makes Ghost Story more than just a good ghost story, but something classy and memorable as well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/2004
  • UPC: 025192010125
  • Original Release: 1981
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:51:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,129

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred Astaire Ricky Hawthorne
Melvyn Douglas John Jaffrey
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Edward Wanderley
John Houseman Sears James
Craig Wasson Don/David Wanderley
Alice Krige Alma/Eva
Jacqueline Brookes Milly
Miguel Fernandes Gregory Bate
Mark Chamberlin Young Jaffrey
Tim Choate Young Hawthorne
Kurt Johnson Young Wanderley
Ken Olin Young James
Brad Sullivan Sheriff
Russell Bletzer
Guy Boyd
Robert Burr
Helena Carroll
Robin Curtis
Breon Gorman
James Greene
Lance Helcomb Fenny Bate
Patricia Neal Stella Hawthorne
Michael O'Neill
Deborah Offner
Technical Credits
John Irvin Director
James Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
Phil Bowles Asst. Director
Jack Cardiff Cinematographer
Larry Cohen Screenwriter
Lawrence D. Cohen Screenwriter
Dick Smith Makeup Special Effects
Douglas Green Co-producer
Dan Kolsrud Asst. Director
Norman Newberry Art Director
Tom Rolf Editor
May Routh Costumes/Costume Designer
Philippe Sarde Score Composer
Burt Weissbourd Producer
Albert J. Whitlock Special Effects
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Chowder Society (Main Titles) [6:59]
2. Death in the Family [4:57]
3. Bad Dreams [4:52]
4. Over the Edge [5:57]
5. Time of Your Life [3:58]
6. In Danger [7:22]
7. The Price of a Story [4:45]
8. Stay for the Night [4:43]
9. Show Me Off [7:58]
10. Quite a Tale [8:37]
11. Patient Waiting [8:21]
12. We Killed Her [5:52]
13. A Goddess [5:58]
14. It's Too Late [6:28]
15. Into the Pond [5:51]
16. Dance With Me [5:13]
17. Still Alive [9:51]
18. End Titles [2:48]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Scenes
   Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Ghost Story

    Ghost Story is one of the best, and one of the truly spooky movies of all time. Great acting if you are a lover of this kind of movie you won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Had to close all the curtains while watching this movie

    when I read the book, I kept looking over my shoulder. The movie certainly did the book proud. I can honestly say they both scared the pants off me! I loved the winter scenes, and the actors portrayed their guilt quite well. As for the revenge, well, they do say that revenge is best served up cold!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding and Scary

    I've also enjoyed the winter scenes in this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Scary as EVER!!

    This movie due to its spooky production design (scary little town), true enough story line (ghost stories are always great if people listening, allow themselves to get hooked in), musical score (becomes a character in itself)and acting (by great legends and wonderful newcomers, at the time anyway)that never quite lets you relax for fear of what they (and you) will see/hear/deal with next. For those of you who will say, 'The book was better' I say, they always are. However, this moive is perfect for a horror/thriller movie night when you need to pick a movie from this genre that will try and scare everyone. It's not a 'slasher' pix. Those are great too but this is a thriller with a love story for all ages. (all ages meaning 'all time' this movie is rated R for a reason...no little kids here)So shut off the phone, lock the door, check under the bed and settle in for a Ghost Story that (if you allow it too)will scare the heck out of you. Then when you least expect, over the following weeks, months, years this movie will creep back into your mind (when you're alone) and again...SCARE THE HECK OUT OF YOU!! I first saw it in the theater in the middle 80's and it remains to this day, a movie I can't watch alone. Enjoy.

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