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Ghost - Blu-ray DVD / drama DVD / fantasy DVD / comedy DVD review
GHOST Rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 4 stars
Actors: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn, Whoopi Goldberg, Vincent Schiavelli
Director: Jerry Zucker Distributor: Paramount
DVD release: 30 December 2008 Runtime: 126 min.
(1 disc)
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, Blu-ray
DVD features: 1080p High Definition, Aspect ratio 1.85:1, Audio tracks (7.1 DTS HD Master Audio - English; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English, French, Spanish), Subtitles (English, English SDH, French, Spanish), Commentary (w/ dir. Jerry Zucker, writer Bruce Joel Rubin), Ghost Stories: The Making of a Classic, Inside the Paranormal, Alchemy of a Love Scene, Cinema's Great Romances, Photo gallery, Theatrical Trailer HD

It's been years since I've seen Ghost. It came out in 1990 and it still holds up incredibly well. If you're unfamiliar, it's a story about a guy named Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) and his girlfriend, Molly Jensen (Demi Moore). Sam works in a financial capacity of some sort, and Molly is an artist. They live in a New York loft they're renovating. One night while on the way home from the theater, they are mugged and Sam is fatally shot. He is dead, but his soul remains, having put off going into the light for the time being. He lingers on earth, keeping close to Molly, and she can feel him.

When he catches the man who shot him breaking into Molly's loft, he's powerless to stop him. He follows this guy and discovers that he's been hired by someone. Sam needs to find out why. He finds his way to a psychic named Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg), who's been making a living as a flim-flam artist faking psychic readings and bilking widows of their money. She never thought she had any psychic powers until Sam interrupts a phony reading. He goads her into helping him by singing annoying songs until she gives in. Molly is skeptical of Oda Mae's motives, but Sam manages to convince her.

The first hour of the show is the most memorable. Sam learns the rules of being a ghost and gets some advice from a subway ghost (Vincent Schiavelli). He learns how to sort out his unfinished business on Earth so that his spirit can rest.

If you've never seen Ghost, you need to. If you haven't seen it in years, the time is right and so is the format. The Blu-ray transfer is excellent for a film of its age. It looks just beautiful and sounds great, too. Dust off that pottery wheel and see Ghost again.

The special features include commentary from Director Jerry Zucker (Airplane!) and writer Bruce Joel Rubin (Jacob's Ladder), a making-of featurette, and another about the making of Ghost's unforgettable love scene.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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