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Poltergeist (25th Anniversary Edition) 

 Poltergeist (25th Anniversary Edition) (1982) (DVD)

  Review by Suzanne  12/12/07

Even though this is a 25-year-old movie, it holds up pretty well. It is not very dated, even though it shows a stereotypical suburban family of the early 80's. The only thing that makes it seem older is the pacing, which is pretty slow for a modern movie,k particularly a horror or action movie. Nowadays things would move more. But the pacing works well on the movie because it adds to the creepiness.

It's great to see Jobeth Williams before she put on weight, and Craig T. Nelson when he still had most of his hair. Tobe Hooper, most well known for the Texas Chain Saw Massacre, did a great job with this horror movie. This is one of those that scares you but does not gross you out, like the old-fashioned kind of horror movie.

It's a very enjoyable movie that anyone would like, even now. And since it is not particularly gory or sexual, people of almost any age can enjoy it (as long as they don't mind being a little scared by ghosts). I think the special effects still hold up, too, but I'm not one of those people that cares about things like that.

For a 25th anniversary DVD, it is very lacking in features. Perhaps they had more in the 20th anniversary DVD, or they are saving them for the 30th anniversary? I don't know...but all it includes are two short specials that talk about ghosts and psychic events in real life. Noted "experts" in the paranormal talk about poltergeists, and some of the movie people also put in their two cents. I would have rather seen the actors talk about the movie, or the director. The features are very disappointing.

So it's a good buy if you want to see the film, but otherwise it's not worth it. Go rent the DVD's for the great TV show "Poltergeist: The Legacy" instead (which has nothing to do with the movie).

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