Beetlejuice (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) and his wife Barbara (Geena Davis) had a good life, with simple pleasures and a lot of love to share. The couple had a nice, big house they worked on and in the attic, they worked on a scale model of the entire town, which was a sight to behold. But one trip to the store, the couple got into a car accident and both were killed. But when they wake up and they’re still in their own home, things start to get rather strange. Especially when a new family moves in, one with a mother that plans to change the house to her whims. The couple soon tries to haunt the new residents out, but they’re only ineffective, but the tenants want to create a ghost house attraction. With nowhere else to turn, Adam and Barbara agree to use a spirit known as Beetlejuice, but will he solve their problems, or create even more chaos?

This is just a fun movie. I remember seeing Beetlejuice in the theater and I have watched it countless times on various home video formats, but I never tire of this movie. A few scares, tons of laughs, and numerous memorable quotes, this movie is just a blast to watch, over and over. Michael Keaton shines even under the outlandish clothes and makeup, with a performance that never gets old and makes the most of the material. Add in Baldwin, Davis, Winona Ryder, and other gifted cast members, all of whom have been given well suited roles. The production design also stands out, with great attention to detail within a dark atmosphere, not to mention some fun special effects. Above all else, this is a funny, enjoyable movie that has a unique presence, so Beetlejuice earns a high recommendation. This Blu-ray release has enhanced picture & sound, plus a few extras, so for fans, this is the Beetlejuice you’ll want to seek out.

Video: How does it look?

Beetlejuice is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. I wasn’t floored by this transfer, but it does offer a nice upgrade over previous editions. The print looks fine, but two decades have taken a toll, so you’ll see some grain and debris. Even so, the visuals remain pretty clear and detail is solid. The depth isn’t remarkable, but clarity is bumped up and you’ll know this is high definition, to be sure. The colors look great, while contrast is spot on and that is crucial for this movie. So in the end, a very good looking presentation.

Audio: How does it sound?

Beetlejuice is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. I wasn’t floored by this transfer, but it does offer a nice upgrade over previous editions. The print looks fine, but two decades have taken a toll, so you’ll see some grain and debris. Even so, the visuals remain pretty clear and detail is solid. The depth isn’t remarkable, but clarity is bumped up and you’ll know this is high definition, to be sure. The colors look great, while contrast is spot on and that is crucial for this movie. So in the end, a very good looking presentation.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Beetlejuice is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. I wasn’t floored by this transfer, but it does offer a nice upgrade over previous editions. The print looks fine, but two decades have taken a toll, so you’ll see some grain and debris. Even so, the visuals remain pretty clear and detail is solid. The depth isn’t remarkable, but clarity is bumped up and you’ll know this is high definition, to be sure. The colors look great, while contrast is spot on and that is crucial for this movie. So in the end, a very good looking presentation.

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