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Poltergeist 4K UHD Review

‘Poltergeist’ is a classic 80’s horror film. 

Directed by Tobe Hooper (although it’s been said Steven Spielberg had a hand in directing the film as well), 1982’s ‘Poltergeist’ is a simple story about the Freeling family living a normal life in a California suburban community known as Cuesta Verde. It soon becomes apparent though that something is very wrong with the house they are living in when chairs begin to move and a tree begins to attack. Worse still, the youngest daughter (Carol Anne) becomes trapped in a spiritual realm. Desperate, the Freeling family reach out to a team of Parapsychologists (and later a Medium) to try and figure out what is happening and to hopefully get their daughter back. 

Written by Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais and Mark Victor, ‘Poltergeist’ is the type of movie that wastes no time getting down to business. It grabs you from the get go and never lets go. You don’t want to look away from the screen for fear of missing something because it’s that intense of a horror thrill ride (and to think this movie was rated PG). 

The beauty of ‘Poltergeist’ is its simplicity. Hooper and Spielberg essentially put the audience into this house with the family. Not only do you spend time with the all too relatable characters with parents Steve and Diane, the family dog, their 2 young children Robbie and Carol Anne and their teen daughter Dana, but you’re essentially trapped inside the house along with them. They can’t leave because they have to get their daughter back and they’re forced to reside in a hellish environment. There are so many horror movies in which the characters can and should leave a haunted house but this movie bucks that lame trend. The writers also thoughtfully explore themes about faith, skepticism, fear, the afterlife, and the unexplained. Yes, it’s largely a story about family and spirits, but there’s more going on under the surface. 

The cast is aces. This movie would not work if you didn’t buy into the characters as a family. The ever underrated JoBeth Williams shines as Diane while Craig T. Nelson delivers one of his best performances as Steve. The late Heather O’Rourke gives one of the most iconic child actor performances as Carol Anne. Her delivery of “They’re here” alone has become an iconic pop culture moment. Zelda Rubinstein is also quite the scene stealer as the Medium Tangina.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 2160p. How does it look? Once again, this is another stunning 4K release. The level of clarity in the image blew me away. It was blast being able to notice more details in every frame (especially all of the Star Wars items).

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA (Remastered) and Original Theatrical English. How do they sound? The Original Theatrical English is a solid track but if you want to hear more from the sound design (and Jerry Goldsmith’s great score) you’re better off with the effective 5.1 track. 

Extras:
* Theatrical trailer
* Digital copy
* ‘The Making Of Poltergeist’- An archival 7 minute behind-the-scenes featurette. Set footage, special effects tidbits, and on-set interviews are included.
* A 2 part extra titled ‘They Are Here: The Real world Of Poltergeists.’ Part 1 covers ‘The Science Of The Spirits’ while part 2 is about ‘Communing With The Dead.’

September 19, 2022 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , ,

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