The Ghost and the Darkness

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Overview

Stephen Hopkins' adventure drama The Ghost and the Darkness comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials are limited to a theatrical trailer. This Paramount disc does a superb job of presenting the film, but ...
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Overview

Stephen Hopkins' adventure drama The Ghost and the Darkness comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials are limited to a theatrical trailer. This Paramount disc does a superb job of presenting the film, but offers little else.
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Special Features

Widescreen version ; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 surround; English Dolby surround; French Dolby surround; Spanish subtitles; English captions; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
This action film from writer William Goldman and director Stephen Hopkins grafts a true story onto the structure and character types of Jaws (1976) to create a derivative but admittedly spellbinding and effectively spooky film. The central bogeymen are a pair of lions instead of a shark, the locals are railroad laborers instead of vacationers, and the setting is Africa instead of an island beach community, but savvy viewers will get the gist of what the filmmakers are up to pretty quickly. In the place of the naïve sheriff we get a naïve architect (Val Kilmer), and in place of a seasoned sport fisherman we get a seasoned hunter (a grizzled Michael Douglas having fun in a role his father would have been comfortable inhabiting a few decades earlier). Point for point, Hopkins and Goldman ape the earlier classic, and the stunning revelation is that it works remarkably well, resulting in a taut, suspenseful film with an outcome never in doubt but leaving the viewer chilled, thrilled, and satisfied.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/1/1998
  • UPC: 097363235071
  • Original Release: 1996
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Douglas Charles Remington
Val Kilmer Col. John Henry Patterson
Tom Wilkinson John Beaumont
John Kani Samuel
Om Puri Abdullah
Bernard Hill Dr. Hawthorne
Brian McCardie Angus Starling
Henry Cele Mahina
Emily Mortimer Helena Patterson
Technical Credits
Stephen Hopkins Director
Michael Douglas Executive Producer
Jose Luis Escolar Asst. Director
Michael Games Production Manager
William Goldman Screenwriter
Jerry Goldsmith Songwriter
Grant Hill Co-producer
A. Kitman Ho Producer
Gale Anne Hurd Producer
Simon Kaye Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Mirkovich Editor
Ellen Mirojnick Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul B. Radin Producer
Steven E. Reuther Executive Producer
Robert Brown Editor
Mary Selway Casting
Sarah Trevis Casting
Stuart Wurtzel Production Designer
Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Scene Selection
0. Scene Selection
0. Menu Group #1 with 15 chapter(s) covering 01:49:49
1. Train To Mombassa [6:08]
2. Welcome To Tsavo [6:39]
3. The Nights Are Safe Again [4:34]
4. "I, too, have killed a lion.|00:04:46|}
5. No Reason For Fear [7:39]
6. The Ghost And The Darkness [5:52]
7. The Contraption [8:56]
8. The Devil Has Come [6:09]
9. A Time For Bravery [4:47]
10. The Thicket [7:43]
11. They're Only Lions [10:47]
12. The Lair [9:30]
13. Human Bait [7:45]
14. Sort It Out [8:00]
15. The Lion Killer [10:27]
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Menu

Main
Play
Set Up
   English Dolby Surround
   English 5.1 Surround
   French
   English For The Hearing Impaired
   Spanish Subtitles
   None
Theatrical Trailer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Ghost and the Darkness

    I liked the movie when it came out. I had forgotten how really good it was until I watched it again. My 10 year old grandson watched it with me and couldn't take his eyes off the screen. A great action-packed movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My ALL TIME FAVORITE MOVIE

    I absolutely love this movie. I've watched it like 20 times and it never gets old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't Forget the King of Beast...

    while building a railroad would be the biggest moral of the story is that man is not always dominant, not even when you have the best hunter in the world in the form of the pompous and wild-eyed Charles Remington. I was actually rooting for the big cats in this because I don't like the British. Maybe it's the Irish in my past or something, but their arrogance supercedes any ethnic group I have known including Americans. The genius cats terrorize the railroad leader John Beaumont and others killing some 130 men. In other words, they killed because they liked to kill like serial killers. They were purely evil, those lions in Uganda. Remington gets killed but so do the cats and all ends well. But Mankind still needs his enemies, only now he just fights his own kind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i love this movie

    we watched this movie in my geography class and i loved it! my teacher also told us that the actual lions are in the Field Museum in Chicago. BUt this movie was the best one i have seen in a long time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Val is awesome (like always)

    Val and Michael do such a great job in this excellent movie. This is my favorite movie, I love the music, the acting, and the plot. It is so suspenseful, sad, and scary. Like Samuel said, ''They are not lions, they are the Ghost and the Darkness.''

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Val Kilmer is awesome!!! ****

    Val Kilmer is my favorite actor and that is what made me watch this movie. Not only do I love Val's acting, but the movie I loved also. the fact that they can take a true story and turn it into such an entertaining action movie(staring the most awesome and hot actor)made me want to even do a school project on it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the ghost in the Day light

    The music director of the film has done a superb job.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Finding the Lost Continent of the Soul

    The Ghost and the Darkness is a simple tale; a man trying to build a bridge is interrupted by the local fauna, who seem to view his attempt as their own fast food delivery service. The real story here, though, is not about bridges and lions at all, but is about the nature of courage. As aptly put by Michael Douglas, flawlessly portraying the Great White Hunter, ''You have just been hit. Now, it is up to you whether you get up or not....'' Memorable characters, photography and scenery, a solid story line (and true, at that), make this a singular event.

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