‘Ghost’ Blu-ray Review
In one of the best movies to be released in the very early 90’s, ‘Ghost’ captured the hearts of many and still leaves a lasting impression nearly 18 years later. Director Jerry Zucker is able to bring in many different genres into the film that actually works so well. This is a romantic-comedy-drama-thriller all rolled into one. 18 years later, this is still a great piece of work from the story to the performances. ‘Ghost’ at the box office was a runaway success with a worldwide total gross of $517 million dollars and a mere budget of $22 million dollars.
In ‘Ghost’, Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) and Molly Jensen (Demi Moore) are madly in love with each other. They live in New York City where everything seems to be going well for the couple. With bad there is also good that comes in this life. One night after a play they are walking back home only to be held up at gunpoint by mugger. Sam tries to fight him off, but gets shot. The camera work is done so well in this scene that you are very uncertain as to who got shot. This is always a lasting impression for me every time I see this film.
Sam’s soul is stuck between heaven and hell as he is trying to keep Molly safe. Molly is in danger from the assailant that shot him. Even worse is that someone paid him off to kill Sam due to some shady business dealings. When Sam realizes that there is more to Molly just being in danger, he seeks the help of a psychic Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg). The problem is that Oda Mae believes that she is not a true psychic and a mere fraud. With Oda Mae’s help, Sam reaches out to Molly and is hot on the trail of avenging his death to bring those to justice.
‘Ghost’ is a phenomenal piece of work that has classic written all over it. Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg come into this film with some very strong performances. I can go as far as saying that these are probably some of the strongest performances of their careers. Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze have great chemistry with each other making their on screen love for each other believable.
Everything just gels so well together on screen that it keeps you on the edge of your seat most of the film. There are a lot of shocking revelations that throughout the film that makes you sit back and think. For those that have not seen this film, I have cut this review a bit on the short side as to not give away any spoilers which would hamper the enjoyment of the film.
Movie Content: 4.5/5
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Colors are rich and bold than they have ever been. Fleshtones look accurate and natural. Black levels are deep with shadows having a nice defined look. Details are excellent considering that the film is 18 years old. Like all the recent Paramount catalog releases on Blu-ray, there are a few white specs throughout the transfer. The visual effects still look good for the age of the print and not once does it look phony as it has in other older films transition to high definition.
Video Quality: 4/5
The audio is presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. This is a film that will not rock the house from an audio standpoint, and it was never intended to. ‘Ghost’ is very light on sound effects from the rears as this is more of a front heavy presentation. When there are sound effects through rears, they do sound good. The soundtrack uses the soundfield a bit more than I expected. It helps give the sound that little dynamic punch. With this film being so dialogue driven, it takes the spotlight here. Dialogue comes through the center rather clean and crisp.
Audio Quality: 4/5
- Commentary by Director Jerry Zucker and Screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin
- Ghost Stories: The Making of a Classic” Featurette
- Inside the Paranormal Featurette
- Alchemy of a Love Scene Featurette
- Cinema’s Great Romances
- Still Gallery
- Theatrical Trailer [HD]
All the special features from the special edition DVD released in 2007 have been released here on the Blu-ray version. Again, all features are in standard definition, except for the Theatrical Trailer which is in high definition.
Special Features: 3.5/5
‘Ghost’ is a great film that spans several genres and does a great job of combining those elements to deliver an engaging film. The video quality of the Blu-ray is excellent for a catalogue title, albeit a few minor issues. For fans of ‘Ghost’, this would be a nice addition to your collection.
Overall Rating: 4/5 (Purchase)