The Haunted Mansion

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Overview

Inspired by the popular Disneyland ride, The Haunted Mansion stars Eddie Murphy as the head of a family that finds itself vying against a group of 999 ghosts in the titular abode. Also starring Jennifer Tilly and Terence Stamp, the film comes to DVD in widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. A dubbed French audio track in Dolby Digital Stereo and Spanish are also included. Along with the feature presentation, the disc is packed with supplemental extras. Among the bells and whistles are a blooper reel, a...
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Overview

Inspired by the popular Disneyland ride, The Haunted Mansion stars Eddie Murphy as the head of a family that finds itself vying against a group of 999 ghosts in the titular abode. Also starring Jennifer Tilly and Terence Stamp, the film comes to DVD in widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. A dubbed French audio track in Dolby Digital Stereo and Spanish are also included. Along with the feature presentation, the disc is packed with supplemental extras. Among the bells and whistles are a blooper reel, a collection of deleted scenes, a virtual tour of the mansion, and two behind-the-scenes featurettes. For viewers with DVD-ROM capabilities, there is additional bonus material, including a history of the theme-park-attraction behind the movie, a ghost maker, photo galleries, and desktop themes. A full-screen version with the same features is also available.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Bloopers; Deleted scene; Raven "Superstition" music video; Haunted Mansion virtual tour; "Making the Mansion" behind-the-scenes featurette; Anatomy of a Scene: Ghosts in the Graveyard; Audio commentary with Don Hahn (producer), Jay Redd (visual effects supervisor) and David Berenbaum (writer); Hours of DVD-ROM content: Morphing Ghost Host Maker, The History of the Haunted Mansion Attraction, photo galleries, desktop themes/wallpaper/screensavers, enhanced Virtual Mansion Tour; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; THX-certified/Optimizer; Widescreen (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions; French language track; Spanish language track; Spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Back in the days when Eddie Murphy was a Raw stand-up comedian, he hilariously observed that you'd never see African Americans in a haunted house movie. Some 20 years later, Murphy proves the exception to the rule with this family-friendly thriller inspired by the Disney theme-park attraction. Murphy portrays glad-handing, workaholic real estate agent Jim Evers, who takes a "20-minute" detour from his neglected family's long-promised vacation to check out a hot property his wife Sarah Marsha Thomason has been invited to sell. Despite its swampland proximity, foreboding gates, and backyard cemetery, Jim is dying to close a deal on the property: And if the owner, Master Gracey Nathaniel Parker, has his way, he will. It turns out that Sarah is the haunting image of Gracey's own dearly departed, who died under suspicious circumstances years before. Murphy mostly plays straight man to this film's supernatural special effects production segments included on the DVD show how they were created. It's up to the supporting cast -- including Terence Stamp as a terribly stiff butler, Wallace Shawn as a ghostly servant, and Jennifer Tilly as a disembodied Gypsy head encased in a crystal ball -- to scare up most of the laughs. While the chills remain PG all the way, it wouldn’t be a Haunted Mansion without some fitfully frightening scares and shivers: One spirited highlight re-creates the original Haunted Mansion's poltergeist ball; revived corpses chase the kids; and the son is confronted with his worst nightmare, a phalanx of spiders. Murphy may be a mere ghost of his former self, but Haunted Mansion is, like the attraction that inspired it, a wild ride for family fright nights.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2004
  • UPC: 786936226614
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,776

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eddie Murphy Jim Evers
Terence Stamp Evers
Wallace Shawn Ezra
Marsha Thomason Sara Evers
Jennifer Tilly Madame Leota
Nathaniel Parker Master Gracey
Dina Waters Emma
Marc John Jefferies Michael, Michael Evers
Aree Davis Megan
Martin Klebba Happy Ghost
Don Knotts
Technical Credits
Rob Minkoff Director, Executive Producer
Remi Adefarasin Cinematographer
Elizabeth Aldrich Choreography
Rick Baker Makeup Special Effects
David Berenbaum Screenwriter
Barry Bernardi Executive Producer
Stephen Cooper Set Decoration/Design
Chad S. Frey Set Decoration/Design
Beat Frutiger Art Director
Gail Goldberg Casting
Richard Graves Asst. Director
Andrew Gunn Producer
Don Hahn Producer
Lois G. Hoyos Set Decoration/Design
Sony Pictures Imageworks Animator
L. King-Devoreaux Stunts
Aric Lasher Set Decoration/Design
Mark Mancina Score Composer
Jeff Markwith Set Decoration/Design
Mona May Costumes/Costume Designer
Donna Morong Casting
John Myhre Production Designer
Priscilla Nedd-Friendly Editor
Greg Papalia Set Decoration/Design
Richard Romig Set Decoration/Design
Marcia Ross Casting
Lori Rowbotham Set Decoration/Design
Hugo Santiago Set Decoration/Design
Robert L. Sephton Sound/Sound Designer
Bruce K. West Set Decoration/Design
David Wyman Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles [3:18]
2. Evers and Evers [2:13]
3. Just One More Deal [1:36]
4. Jim Plans a Trip [3:06]
5. House Call [1:43]
6. Arriving at the Mansion [4:21]
7. Ramsley [5:47]
8. Spending the Night [2:23]
9. Jim Visits the Library [4:25]
10. The Kids Go Exploring [1:53]
11. Sara Looks for Jim [2:00]
12. Sara Learns About the Mansion [4:24]
13. Emma and Ezra [2:03]
14. Madame Leota [6:44]
15. The Graveyard [3:10]
16. The Mausoleum [6:03]
17. "First You Must Find the Trunk" [5:09]
18. An Unacceptable Union [3:30]
19. The Ballroom Dance [1:28]
20. The One True Elizabeth [1:46]
21. The Ceremony Begins [1:49]
22. Leota Helps Jim [1:53]
23. The Ceremony Is Interrupted [5:36]
24. End Credits [4:34]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Bonus Features
      The Haunted Mansion - Secrets Revealed
      Anatomy of a Scene: Ghosts in the Graveyard
      Disney's DVD Virtual Ride: The Haunted Mansion
      Deleted Scene: Emma & Ezra
      Register Your DVD
      Outtakes Reel
      Music Video: "Superstition" by Raven
      Audio Commentaries
         View the Film With Audio Commentary by Producer Don Hahn, Visual Effects Supervisor Jay Redd and Screenwriter David Berenbaum: On
         View the Film With Audio Commentary by Producer Don Hahn, Visual Effects Supervisor Jay Redd and Screenwriter David Berenbaum: Off
         View the Film With Audio Commentary by Director Rob Minkoff and Costume Designer Mona May: On
         View the Film With Audio Commentary by Director Rob Minkoff and Costume Designer Mona May: Off
      Enhanced Computer Features
   Scene Selection
   Sneak Peeks
      Play All
      Aladdin Special Edition
      Ghosts of the Abyss
      Ella Enchanted
      The Incredibles
      The Haunted Mansion Video Game
      Witch
      My Wife & Kids
      Tower of Terror
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
         French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
         Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
      Captions and Subtitles
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         Subtitles: Spanish
         Subtitles: None
      THX Optimizer
         Audio Tests
         Video Tests
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Spooky Comedy! Fun For All!

    Want a good spook, a little action and comedy, and some mischievous haunting ghosts? Then The Haunted Mansion would do you good. But it’s not something to get excited about. I was so anxious to see the movie with my best friend, my brother, and his friend, but when I saw it I was quite disappointed. There is a plot to the movie but there is never one scene that stays focused very long. The movie keeps your attention but you never really get clued into what’s happening. The best part of The Haunted Mansion is that the story takes place at a haunted house called, Gracey Mansion. Some neat computer effects were also inspired from the famous Walt Disney ride, The Haunted Mansion. For the highlights, take yourself to see the singing graveyard busts and the annoying, yet funny, talking gypsy ball. Overall, The Haunted Mansion ride at Walt Disney World is more enjoyable and worth your money. Boo!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful!

    When I went to see this movie it theatres, I totally loved it. I love watching it and Eddie Murphy is so good in it. You should see it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Movie

    This movie is the best ever. If you have children who are scared of the ride. They'll laugh til their voices go sore. Or just pee in thier pants

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2004

    Haunted Mansion

    It was okay, but it could have been better had they not played toward the comedy part. The writers should have used more romance, and horror. That's more of what the people of the times are looking for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2004

    Haunted Mansion

    The movie was excellent. I found the romantic aspect of the movie more to my liking. Bravo to Nathaniel Parker for his exceptionally talented skills as an actor. He brought an air of exquisite suffocation, and charm to the movie. His smooth voice, and handsome features captivated my heart. He was perfect for the part of Master Edward Gracey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie For Fans Of The Haunted Mansion

    My two favorite attractions at Disneyland are Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion, so I was thrilled when I heard that Disney was making films based on these rides. Of course, we all know about the tremendous success of 'Pirates of the Caribbean,' and I absolutely loved that movie as well, so I went to see 'The Haunted Mansion' knowing it would probably not be nearly as successful. Let's face it: lightning rarely strikes twice, which is something Disney probably never considered when making this film. Sure enough, it wasn't nearly as successful, and it wasn't as good as 'Pirates of the Caribbean.' But that doesn't mean it was a bad movie. For fans of the attraction, this movie does not disappoint! I liked it a lot, it wasn't the greatest film ever, but I never expected it to be. It's just a good, fun movie with just the right amount of chills and humor...just like the ride! I think the reason it didn't do so well is because people were expecting 'Pirates Part II.' It had the unenviable job of being the following act to one of 2003's biggest films, but aside from that, the movie itself is good fun...nothing more, nothing less! Just sit back and enjoy some good thrills and chills with '999 Happy Haunts!'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gracey - A man to love

    I truly enjoyed watching THE HAUNTED MANSION. It had its good, and bad moments. It's bad moments were that of Eddie Murphy. He acted like a chicken with its head cut off. Running a muck here, and there. Eddie came off looking like a silly, frightened school girl. No one in the theatre seemed to grasp any of the lame jokes which we spouted from Murphy's lips. On the other hand, the movie was saved by grace, or rather Gracey, AKA Nathaniel Parker. Actor Nathaniel Parker was most excellent in his portraly of a man who just couldn't come to terms with losing his love. Not even in death. Parker was poetry in motion. He made you feel his pain, sorrow, and joy as he felt it, throughout the movie. One could not help rejoicing at the end, when Edward Gracey, Parker, finally got to be with the wmoan his heart had been bleeding for for the past 150 yrs. Parker expressed words without even having to move his lips. The look in his eyes said it all. Stamp, though nice, and creepy, over did the voice a little, but other wise he preformed magnifcently too. The woman who played Mrs. Sarah Evers, was perfect in her part. She shined with glory, and gracy. The children, were as so many children are today, rude, and smart mouthed. And played their roles perfectly.

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