Poltergeist

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Overview

One of the scariest films of the 1980s, Poltergeist is given great treatment by the folks at MGM in its DVD resurrection. The disc is two-sided, with the film presented in its original widescreen format on one side and in a pan-and-scan format on the other; the widescreen version is particularly impressive. Both sides are presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound and include scene selections, optional English, French, or Spanish subtitles, and the original theatrical trailer. Also included is an eight-page booklet ...
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Overview

One of the scariest films of the 1980s, Poltergeist is given great treatment by the folks at MGM in its DVD resurrection. The disc is two-sided, with the film presented in its original widescreen format on one side and in a pan-and-scan format on the other; the widescreen version is particularly impressive. Both sides are presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound and include scene selections, optional English, French, or Spanish subtitles, and the original theatrical trailer. Also included is an eight-page booklet that ranks among the best yet published with a DVD. The booklet chronicles Steven Spielberg's inspiration for the film and also features production notes, trivial references to old movies, and even a segment that ponders the possible actual existence of poltergeists. All in all, this is a satisfying package for one of the best horror films of its era.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jason Bergenfeld
At a time when horror films focused on a rogues' gallery of masked slashers, Steven Spielberg took the road less traveled with Poltergeist, a classic haunted house tale set amid cookie-cutter homes and under picturesque suburban skies. The film follows the Freeling family's inevitable crumbling as an unearthly force transforms their home into a house of horrors, culminating with the disappearance of five-year-old Carol Anne Heather O'Rourke, who passed away upon completion of Poltergeist III. Spielberg's original script blends terror with comic relief, and the mind-blowing special effects of George Lucas's Industrial Light and Magic help make the film more than a mere two hours of things going bump in the night. Spielberg even recruited The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's Tobe Hooper to direct a cast of actors then unknown, including Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams. Upon opening in theaters, Poltergeist quickly became a cultural phenomenon, as the sight and sound of television static took on a whole new meaning and little Carol Anne's cry, "They're here!" became the catchphrase for 1982 and beyond.
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Though directed by Tobe Hooper, Poltergeist is most often thought of as a Steven Spielberg movie, with all of the hallmarks of a Spielberg film: impressive effects, snappy pacing, and a child-like sense of wonder and horror. At the time, the director was juggling the haunted-house project with the more personal E.T., and cult horror director Hooper was called in to helm. Legend has it that Spielberg had his fingers in just about every decision, and even directed some of the scenes himself, leaving the job's technical aspects to Hooper. Spielberg would eventually be credited as co-producer and co-screenwriter. Poltergeist is clearly more akin to Spielberg's E.T. or Close Encounters of the Third Kind than to Hooper's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Eaten Alive. It's a very engaging film, thanks to Jo Beth Williams's solid performance and the slick, chilling effects by Industrial Light and Magic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/1997
  • UPC: 027616603999
  • Original Release: 1982
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Craig T. Nelson Steve
JoBeth Williams Diane
Beatrice Straight Dr. Lesh
Dominique Dunne Dana
Oliver Robins Robbie
Heather O'Rourke Carol Anne
Zelda Rubinstein Tangina
Martin Casella Marty
Richard Lawson Ryan
Michael McManus Tuthill
Virginia Kiser Mrs. Tuthill
James Karen Teague
Jeff Bannister
Dirk Blocker Jeff Shaw
Robert Broyles Pool Worker #1
Noel Conlon Husband
Jane Feinberg
Mike Fenton
Allan Graf Neighbor
Sonny Landham Pool Worker #2
Clair E. Leucart
Lou Perry Pugsley
Philip Stone Voice Only
William Vail Implosion Man
Joseph Walsh Neighbor
Technical Credits
Tobe Hooper Director
Richard Edlund Special Effects Supervisor
Jane Feinberg Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
Cindy Folkerson Stunts
Donna Garrett Stunts
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Michael Grais Screenwriter
Bruce Green Editor
Edward S. Haworth Production Designer
Bob Herron Stunts
Dennis E. Jones Production Manager
Michael Kahn Editor
Cheryal Kearney Set Decoration/Design
Pat Kehoe Asst. Director
Kathleen Kennedy Associate Producer
Ann Lambert Costumes/Costume Designer
Matthew Leonetti Cinematographer
Marci Liroff Casting
Frank Marshall Producer
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
L.J. Mower Costumes/Costume Designer
Dorothy Pearl Makeup
Craig Reardon Makeup Special Effects
Art Rochester Sound/Sound Designer
Felix Silla Stunts
James Spencer Production Designer
Steven Spielberg Original Story, Producer, Screenwriter
Mark Victor Screenwriter
Chuck Waters Stunts
George Wilbur Stunts
Bob Yerkes Stunts
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- WIDESCREEN
0. Chapter List
1. The Star Spangled Banner [1:30]
2. The Family [:56]
3. Carol Anne Awakens [2:10]
4. Main Title [1:21]
5. The Bike Ride [:59]
6. Dueling Remotes [4:44]
7. Bedtime for the Kids [2:24]
8. Smoking with the Freelings [2:34]
9. Robbie and the Clown [4:40]
10. "They're here!" [3:08]
11. TV People [4:09]
12. The TV People Move Chairs [5:31]
13. Consulting the Neighbors [1:46]
14. Robbie Versus the Tree [1:14]
15. The Abduction of Carol Anne [2:11]
16. The Search for Carol Anne [3:18]
17. Consulting the Parapsychologists [2:25]
18. The Spinning Room [:33]
19. Poltergeist Distrubances [1:34]
20. Calling Carol Anne [2:44]
21. The Jewelry [1:07]
22. "She just moved through me!" [:59]
23. Losing Touch with Carol Anne [1:34]
24. "If that is the way out..." [2:59]
25. The Light [4:01]
26. Marty's Midnight Snack [2:23]
27. Night Visitors [4:11]
28. Robbie and the Lady Leave [1:51]
29. Expansion Plots [5:07]
30. Enter Tangina [2:17]
31. Tangina's First Session [3:52]
32. "Let's go get your daughter." [4:01]
33. "Open the door!" [2:29]
34. Rebirth; A Family Reunion [4:23]
35. "This house is clean." [1:34]
36. Moving Day [2:33]
37. Bath and Bedtime [3:18]
38. Robbie Versus the Clown [:50]
39. Diane Versus the Beast [1:15]
40. The Beast Materializes [1:15]
41. The Swimming Pool [2:00]
42. The Expanding Hallway [:19]
43. The Gaping Closet [1:09]
44. "You left the bodies?" [1:14]
45. Escape from the Garage [1:15]
46. The House Implodes [:51]
47. Escape to Suburbia [1:40]
48. End Credits [3:40]
Side #2 -- PAN & SCAN
0. Chapter List
1. The Star Spangled Banner [1:31]
2. The Family [:56]
3. Carol Anne Awakens [2:10]
4. Main Title [1:21]
5. The Bike Ride [:59]
6. Dueling Remotes [4:44]
7. Bedtime for the Kids [2:24]
8. Smoking with the Freelings [2:34]
9. Robbie and the Clown [4:40]
10. "They're here!" [3:08]
11. TV People [4:09]
12. The TV People Move Chairs [5:31]
13. Consulting the Neighbors [1:46]
14. Robbie Versus the Tree [1:14]
15. The Abduction of Carol Anne [2:11]
16. The Search for Carol Anne [3:18]
17. Consulting the Parapsychologists [2:25]
18. The Spinning Room [:33]
19. Poltergeist Distrubances [1:34]
20. Calling Carol Anne [2:44]
21. The Jewelry [1:07]
22. "She just moved through me!" [:59]
23. Losing Touch with Carol Anne [1:34]
24. "If that is the way out..." [2:59]
25. The Light [4:01]
26. Marty's Midnight Snack [2:23]
27. Night Visitors [4:11]
28. Robbie and the Lady Leave [1:51]
29. Expansion Plots [5:07]
30. Enter Tangina [2:17]
31. Tangina's First Session [3:52]
32. "Let's go get your daughter." [4:01]
33. "Open the door!" [2:29]
34. Rebirth; A Family Reunion [4:23]
35. "This house is clean." [1:34]
36. Moving Day [2:33]
37. Bath and Bedtime [3:18]
38. Robbie Versus the Clown [:50]
39. Diane Versus the Beast [1:15]
40. The Beast Materializes [1:15]
41. The Swimming Pool [2:00]
42. The Expanding Hallway [:19]
43. The Gaping Closet [1:09]
44. "You left the bodies?" [1:14]
45. Escape from the Garage [1:15]
46. The House Implodes [:51]
47. Escape to Suburbia [1:40]
48. End Credits [3:40]
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Menu

Side #1 -- WIDESCREEN
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   Language Selections
      Spoken Languages
      Captions And Subtitles
   Theatrical Trailer
Side #2 -- PAN & SCAN
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   Language Selections
      Spoken Languages
      Captions And Subtitles
   Theatrical Trailer
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  • Posted October 6, 2013

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    After seeing this one years ago, my kids had to be told it was a

    After seeing this one years ago, my kids had to be told it was actually fake and called POULTERPUPPY. They slept soundly. If you want to understand it better, watch the DEXTER's LAB program episode FILET OF SOUL, almost the funniest homage and satire ever done as a cartoon.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Something Wicked Scary Comes Home

    poltergeist is quite the genuine horror thriller. it pulls u inside its devious mind like the little girl being sucked into the white noise of the television portal. the characters are believable & the suspence hits u stone cold like a heavyweight boxer's right jab. poltergeist is certainly one of the most influential supernatural movies of its generation. if u are a believer like me, the storyline weaves & winds from a subtle to extreme haunting. this is not some hokey, artificial flick that serves as popcorn entertainment. u will be as scared from the moment imagination serves as your guide to the climax. wasn't there a sequel tainted by tragedy? yes that's right. don't mess with the spirit world. poltergeist is well written as well as a real scare. today's horror movies are more gory & apply violence as the main tool of shock therapy. the 80's had alot of substance, style, & originality as well as bad hair daze. luckily, this movie adds to the zeitgeist effect of that decade without the kitsch & soft cheese. anyhow, go return to this movie. you will remember it well. besides, who says there's no such thing as ghosts? maybe u need some sensitivity training. poltergeist will shake your norms & rattle your soul.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not so scary

    okay so the Poltergeist is not so much of a scary movie i mean the little girl gets stuck into the tv her mom cries out stay away from the light! its a pretty freaky movie but not so sacry i guess kids should stay away from there tv sets LoL Just kidding!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So Creepy!

    I can tell you that this movie is creepy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great

    This was Tobe Hooper's best film since Texas Chainsaw Massacre. A great movie about well...a poltergeist. Who would of thought.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    polterperrfect.

    this is for sure one of my faviorte horror movies of all time/the effects in it are great. i have seen it on cable in the past back in 1983 or 1984/ and i also got the dvd and it looks and sound better/ almsost 2 hours of fearful and scarry excitment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My favorite horror film.

    ''Poltergeist'' is my favorite horror film for a number of reasons. One is the acting. The parents are excellently protrayed, and the children are not annoying. 5-year-old Heather O'Rourke is really so beautiful and sweet that I wish she were my own child. This film is also very scary because it taps into many parents' worst fear: losing a child. It's quite intense for a PG rating [no PG-13 rating existed in 1982]. Steven Spielberg sure knows how to make an intense, emotional experience of a movie, and ''Poltergeist'' is just that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Scary, emotional and down right great.

    Even though this was directd by Tobe Hooper it is still in my mind a Steven Spielberg film. It is great scary stuff and the Speicial effects are wonderful.

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