Movie News

Ghost [Blu-Ray]

Ghost [Blu-Ray]
Drew Turney

By Drew Turney

The darling of the 1990 box office season, and directed – although hard to believe now – by spoof movie godfather Jerry Zucker.

Anyone who doesn’t know the story of Sam’s love for Molly from beyond the grave, using gifted but fraudulent medium Oda Mae (Goldberg) must not have been near a cinema since ”Back to the Future” five years before. It was the cultural product of the new decade, turning a $22m budget into a half billion dollar behemoth.

And like the most effective tales, it’s simple. A man and woman madly in love with each other are cruelly separated by a mugger’s bullet.

Sam turns away from the inviting light to pursue the crook, then returns to see his own bloodied body cradled in Molly’s arms.

Dead and not loving it, Sam is determined to bring the evil Willy to justice, and he follows his best friend Carl to the thug’s apartment but is horrified to learn the mugging was a hit to swindle Sam out of money, and Carl was in on it.

With the race on to save Molly from the scheming hands of Carl and the lecherous hands of Willy, Sam tracks down phony medium and con artist Oda Mae to be his earthly conduit as she can actually hear him (for once in her life).

Who can forget the shadow monsters who come to collect the villains, the tears streaming down Demi’s face amid that short-cropped do or the aching desire of the clay making scene to the strains of the Righteous Brother’s ‘Unchained Melody’ (still the record holder for occupying number one on the charts twice with the longest gap in between)?

Big laughs, big thrills, a huge heart and a tearjerker up with the best of them, it deserves its place among the most popular movies of all time.

Blu-Ray Details and Extras

What’s New? Well, the beautiful BR-Ripe transfer of course. This is as probably as good as you’d get the 19-year-old film to look these days – which isn’t to say it’s only passable, just suggesting that there are some moments that don’t look as vibrant or as high in detail as others. By-and-large though, it’s a glorious transfer.

The audio-track is good too. It’s not ear-splitting good, but it’s good.

What’s not so new? The extras. Nothing on here that wasn’t on the “Ghost : Special Collector’s Edition” SD release from a year or so ago (Commentary from director Zucker and writer Bruce Joel Rubin, numerous featurettes, a retrospective documentary featuring the core cast, photo gallery and trailer – – actually, the trailer is in HD, as opposed to everything else which is in SD, so maybe that’s considered new?).

Share this story!Share on FacebookShare on TumblrShare on StumbleUponTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on Google+Pin on PinterestDigg thisBuffer this pagePrint this pageShare on LinkedIn
(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Click to add a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Movie News
Drew Turney

An Australian-based film critic and celebrity interviewer now based in Los Angeles, California.

More in Movie News

I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, from left: Freddie Prinze Jr., Jennifer Love Hewitt, 1997, © Columbia/courtesy Everett Collection

Here’s what’s showing on Crackle this June

Caffeinated ClintMay 28, 2015
therumperbutts

Exclusive : Clip from The Rumperbutts

Editorial StaffMay 28, 2015
Cliff-Curtis

Behind-the-scenes of Fear The Walking Dead

Ashleigh DaviesMay 28, 2015
theendofthetourbanner

Trailer & Poster: The End of the Tour

Ashleigh DaviesMay 28, 2015
beekle

Jason Reitman is bringing Beekle to the silver screen

Ashleigh DaviesMay 28, 2015
British actress Tilda Swinton poses on the red carpet arriving at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 12, 2012.  AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

Tilda Swinton is Doctor Strange’s mentor

Ashleigh DaviesMay 28, 2015
Presenter Chris Pine pose backstage at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 12, 2014.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson  (UNITED STATES - Tags: Entertainment)(GOLDENGLOBES-BACKSTAGE) - RTX17BOS

Wonder Woman finds her love interest

Ashleigh DaviesMay 28, 2015
San Andreas

‘San Andreas’ Review

Drew TurneyMay 27, 2015
forceofdestiny

Trailer : Force of Destiny

Caffeinated ClintMay 27, 2015