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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 54 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 7, 2010
- Originally Released: 1982
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: They Are Here: The Real World of Poltergeists Revealed
- Documentary in 2 Parts: Science of the Spirits and Communing with the Dead
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
- Dolby True HD 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams & Heather O'Rourke|
|Performer:||Dominique Dunne, Oliver Robins, Zelda Rubinstein, Beatrice Straight & James Karen|
|Directed by||Tobe Hooper|
|Edited by||Michael Kahn|
|Screenwriting by||Michael Grais, Mark Victor & Steven Spielberg|
|Composition by||Jerry Goldsmith|
|Produced by||Frank Marshall & Steven Spielberg|
|Director of Photography:||Matthew F. Leonetti|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
- Carol Anne Freeling (Heather O'Rourke) about the poltergeists
The buildup is slow and deliberate, creating a vivid sense of love and warmth within the family who share the harrowing adventure. Full Review
Christian Science Monitor
4 stars out of 5 -- POLTERGEIST balances genuine scares with light relief and a top performance from Heather O'Rourke....Classic stuff.
[It] raises interesting psychological issues in the context of a baroque ghost story. It's a devastating commentary on the tv-oriented suburban lifestyle. Finally, it demonstrates the power and efficacy of the story told from the child's point of view. Full Review
Rating: 7/10 -- One of the 1980s' most distinctive and important horror movies. Full Review
Antagony & Ecstasy
A slick, entertaining ghost story and a stomach-turning gore-fest in equal measure, the balance of Spielberg and Hooper's creative impulses blending together. Full Review
Though the shocks are well conveyed, it's the sweetness that lingers, making this the first cute and cuddly entry in the genre. Full Review
Included in The New York Times 10 BEST FILMS OF 1982
New York Times
Ghosts invade suburbia in this 1982 horror film from director Tobe Hooper (TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE) and producer Steven Spielberg. Life in the Freeling family's tract home is comfortably bland, but frisky poltergeists soon put a little excitement into their daily routine--moving furniture and communicating with their youngest daughter, Carol Anne, through the television set. Unfortunately, harmless pranks quickly turn nasty and the previously friendly ghosts kidnap Carol Anne, trapping her in the spirit world. To win the child back, the family calls in a team of parapsychologists and a psychic who conducts an elaborate exorcism. The apocalyptic finale is deliciously macabre, and pushed the limits of the PG rating. A number of sequels followed, and speculation still remains on whether Spielberg--who wrote the story and storyboarded the action--essentially ghost directed the film.
- Filmed in Metrocolor and Panavision.
- Film was originally rated R by the MPAA, but received a PG on appeal.
- Academy Award Nominations: Best Original Score, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Effects Editing.
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