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Poltergeist Blu-ray
JoBeth Williams, Heather O?Rourke, Craig T. Nelson
Written and produced by Steven Spielberg
Originally released 1982
Warner Home Video 2010

Poltergeist is an excellent mix of the horror movie and the Spielberg childhood epic. This is it's the second Poltergeist Blu-ray release, the first being in digibook format. The movie looks really good in high definition. Special features on the Blu-ray version are 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack and features titled The Real World of the Poltergeist Revealed, Science of the Spirits, and Communing With the Dead.

The Jenkins family lives in a new suburban housing development. One night after the local TV station's signal goes to snow (ah the good ol' days) young Carol Ann is attracted to the TV set and starts talking to it. The next day the kitchen chairs refuse to stay under the table and a spot in the kitchen can propel you to the other end of it. Eventually the manifestations start attacking the family. First they call in paranormal specialists and then hire a psychic cleaning lady named Tangina (Zelda Rubinstein)

Supposedly directed by Tobe Hooper (Texas Chain Saw Massacre and the original Salem's Lot), Poltergeist is really a Steven Spielberg movie. There are scenes right out of E.T at the beginning.

The main reason Poltergeist works and still works is it also has an interesting sense of humor. There are a couple of unnecessarily gross scenes such as when one of the paranormal investigators has a vision in a mirror.

Though the idea for this movie is spirits contacting a little girl trough the TV set they do not get any clearer or consistent in high definition

There is supposedly a Poltergeist curse as both Heather O'Rourke (Carol Ann) and Domique Dunne (Dana) died very young.

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