The Frighteners

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Overview

Director Peter Jackson mixes comedy, horror, special effects, and Michael J. Fox in Universal's The Frighteners. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, this transfer looks stunning and is very sharp in both detail and clarity. The black levels are all very well-rendered with the color patterns and fleshtones all solid and even. Except for a slight amount of edge enhancement in a few scenes, this transfer is truly top-notch. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English and French. This is a ...
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Overview

Director Peter Jackson mixes comedy, horror, special effects, and Michael J. Fox in Universal's The Frighteners. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, this transfer looks stunning and is very sharp in both detail and clarity. The black levels are all very well-rendered with the color patterns and fleshtones all solid and even. Except for a slight amount of edge enhancement in a few scenes, this transfer is truly top-notch. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English and French. This is a very enveloping soundtrack that features a ton of directional sounds in both the front and rear speakers. All aspects of the soundtrack are free and clear of any hiss or distortion. Much like the video portions, the audio is also very well produced. Also included on this disc are English and Spanish subtitles. While a laserdisc filled with extras exists, Universal has decided to produce a relatively bare-bones edition of this film on DVD. The only extra features included on this disc are some production notes, a few talent bios, some film highlights, and a theatrical trailer for the film. Maybe someday there will be a better edition of this popular film; until then viewers are stuck with this lackluster edition.
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Special Features

Production notes; Cast and filmmakers' bios; Film highlights; Theatrical trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/18/1998
  • UPC: 025192028625
  • Original Release: 1996
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,770

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael J. Fox Frank Bannister
Trini Alvarado Lucy Lunskey
Peter Dobson Ray Lynskey
John Astin Judge
Jeffrey Combs Milton Dammers
Dee Wallace Patricia Bradley
Ken Blackburn Dr. Kamins
Jonathan Blick Steve Bayliss, Reporter
Angela Bloomfield Debra Bannister
Jake Busey Johnny Bartlett
Nicola Cliff Young Patricia
Stuart Devenie Museum Curator
Frank Edwards Resuscitating Man
R. Lee Ermey Hiles
Troy Evans Sheriff Walt Perry
Jim Fyfe Stuart
Max Grover Nursery Baby
George Grover Nursery Baby
Taea Hartwell Nursery Baby
Elizabeth Hawthorne Magda Rhys-Jones
Tony Hopkins Hospital Patient
Peter Jackson Man with Piercings
Billy Jackson Baby in Bouncer
Vivienne Kaplan Nun
Desmond Kelly Harry Sinclair
K.C. Kelly Doctor
Leslie Klein Sylvia, the Maid
John Leigh Bryce Campbell
Danny Lineham Barry
Melanie Lynskey Deputy
Lewis Martin Hospital Patient
Matthew Chamberlain Passerby
Chi McBride Cyrus
Julianna McCarthy Old Lady Bradley
Charlie McClellan Reporter
Jim McLarty Deputy
Robert Duncan McNeill Passerby
Liz Mullane Nun
Clay Nelson Passerby
Alan O'Leary The Waiter
Anthony Ray Parker Deputy
William Pomeroy Jacob Platz
George Port Orderly
Todd Rippon Deputy
Michael Robinson Deputy
Dee Wallace Stone
John Sumner Deputy
Sophie Watkins Nursery Baby
Genevieve Westcott TV Presenter
Leslie Wing Mrs. Waterhouse
Paul Yates Deputy
Artie Kane Conductor
Technical Credits
Peter Jackson Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Rick Baker Makeup
Brent Baker Makeup Special Effects
John Blick Cinematographer
Richard Bluck Camera Operator
Alun Bollinger Cinematographer
Roger Borelli Makeup Special Effects
Bridget Bourke Production Manager
Victoria Burrows Casting
Charlie Croughwell Stunts
Barbara Darragh Costumes/Costume Designer
Mitch Devane Makeup Special Effects
Steve Doherty Stunts
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Jenny Harris Stunts
Jurgen Heimann Makeup Special Effects
Todd Heindel Makeup Special Effects
Dan Hennah Art Director
Gabrielle Jones Makeup
Vivienne Kaplan Casting
Denise Leibee Makeup Special Effects
Aaron Lupton Stunts
Grant Major Production Designer
Jim McLoughlin Makeup Special Effects
Liz Mullane Casting
Gary Pawlowski Makeup Special Effects
Hammond Peek Sound/Sound Designer
Brian Penikas Makeup Special Effects
Mark Prowse Stunts
Bron Roylance Makeup
Tim Sanders Co-producer
Jamie Selkirk Editor, Producer
Mark Setrakian Makeup Special Effects
Chris Short Asst. Director
Joanne Strong Stunts
Bill Sturgeon Makeup Special Effects
Randy Thom Sound/Sound Designer
Fran Walsh Associate Producer, Screenwriter
Robert Zemeckis Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Chapter List
0. Chapter List
1. Main Titles: The Curse Of Fairwater [7:30]
2. Calling Mr. Bannister [4:19]
3. The Ectoplasmic Associates [5:38]
4. You Appear To Be Dead, Ray! [1:04]
5. Three For Dinner [6:57]
6. The Soul Collector [7:42]
7. Special Agent Dammers [3:49]
8. Museum Mayhem [3:51]
9. The Reaper Strikes [6:24]
10. The Interrogation [:13]
11. Cyrus And Stuart To The Rescue [4:24]
12. An Out-Of-Body Experience [3:38]
13. The Face Of Death [:01]
14. The Killer Couple [7:22]
15. The Express Bus To Hell [6:27]
16. Life After Death (End Titles) [2:14]
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Menu

Main
   Menu Group #1 with 17 chapter(s) covering 01:49:37
Bonus Materials
   Production Notes
   Cast and Filmmakers
      Michael J. Fox
      Trini Alvarado
      Peter Dobson
      John Astin
      Dee Wallace Stone
      Jeffrey Combs
      Jake Busey
      Chi McBride
      Peter Jackson
   Theatrical Trailer
Language Selection
   Spoken Language
   Captions and Subtitles
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The forgotten Jackson

    The Frighteners, Peter Jackson's first studio work, is often overlooked when discussing the director's films, which is a shame, as it is quite a good little slice of comedy-horror. The first half-hour focuses primarily on the funny stuff, and falters a bit, comedy always being something of a hit-and-miss affair with Jackson. However, once Jeffrey Combs' demented FBI agent Dammers is introduced and the film focuses more on its thriller aspects, the Frighteners takes off, spending the next hour and a half racing through its clever plot, and finishing with a great sequence in an abandoned hospital. This sequence, with its multiple protaganists and reality-bending flashbacks, is a fantastically well-done blend of action, comedy, and horror, and deserves to stand aside later Jackson highpoints, such as the Battle for Helm's Deep in Two Towers and Skull Island in King Kong.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MJF's best

    This was such a great movie. It was so scary I almost messed myself. Peter Jackson did a great job as director. Michael J Fox really got to show off his acting chops. Probably his best chops since he devoured the role of Alex P Keaton. I love Mr. Fox so much. I even traveled to a Minnesota Twins game just to get a Michael J Fox bobble head doll.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie was great!

    This movie was awsome! The special effects were very good, even by today's standards! This movie kept your attention the whole time, I didn't get bored once! It was comical and kept you on the edge of your seat. This is one movie that I will definately add to my collection!

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    Posted October 24, 2009

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