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Beetlejuice 4K UHD Review

“Beetlejuice” is a perfect October movie.

In 1988’s “Beetlejuice,” the story revolves around a couple (Adam and Barbara Maitland) who are living in their dream home. Alas, their lives come to an abrupt end after an accident and they wind up becoming ghosts in their own home. To no surprise, a new family soon moves into the home (the Deetz family) and the Maitlands unsuccessfully try to drive them out. Eventually ,they resort to calling upon a bio-exorcist named Beetlegeuse (AKA Beetlejuice) to drive the family out, but their plan ends up backfiring. Other key storylines include the Maitlands bonding with Lydia Deetz and the netherworld. 

“Beetlejuice” is the type of original movie that you just don’t see enough of these days. It’s a quirky horror comedy directed by Tim Burton in the prime years of his career that deals with selfishness, culture, greed, and change wrapped up in a “be careful what you wish for” package. The filmmaker’s dark humor mixed with his distinctly unique visual style (the sets, costumes, make-up and production design are nothing short of mesmerizing) still feel like a breath of fresh air all these years later (which is undoubtedly why the film has endured and has become a cult classic over the years).

Now, granted, the cast goes a long way in making this movie what it is. Michael Keaton showed such versatility here as the wise cracking troublemaker ghoul. As the two Batman films and even “Dumbo” showed, Keaton just paired so well with Burton. Winona Ryder also gave one of the best performances of her career as the young droll goth Lydia. The rest of the cast is also pitch perfect with Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, and Glenn Shadix turning in highly memorable work.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 2160p. How does it look? Having seen these films countless times before on numerous formats, I have to say I was deeply impressed by the 4K disc. Between the vibrancy of the colors to the ability to notice so many more details, fans will be overjoyed by this release.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? The movie (and Danny Elfman’s iconic score) have never sounded better.
Extras:
* Blu-ray copy
* Digital copy
* “Beetlejuice” theatrical trailer
* Music-only track
* 3 episodes of the “Beetlejuice” animated series titled “A-Ha!,” “Skeletons In The Closet,” and “Spooky Boo-Tique.”

October 5, 2020 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , ,

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