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Casper - Seeing Is Believing

Bill Pullman , Christina Ricci    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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This 1995 family film tries to put a fun spin on the story of a paranormalist and widower (Bill Pullman) who moves into a new house with his daughter (Christina Ricci) and meets up with the ghost of a dead little boy. Based on the comic book about Casper the friendly ghost, the film is a dreary series of awkward interactions between live actors and computer effects, and you can almost see Pullman and Ricci reconsidering the project while on camera. A few cameo appearances from uncredited stars help things a bit. But there's no way, based on this film, that one could have guessed that its director, Brad Silberling, would go on to make the exceptional drama City of Angels. --Tom Keogh

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Casper flew onto blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.85:1 encode. The bit-rate was quite high (33.21 Mbps) on a BD-50 disc. The overall transfer is clean, much improved from the previous 1995 DVD. Details are quite sharp. Fleshtones are accurate. The video is quite pleasing. My only complaint is that there is no main menu. There is no choice of subtitles or audio. (3.5/5)


Casper arrives on blu-ray with DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio track. I personally loved this soundtrack so much that I even bought the CD soundtrack too. The music was by James Horner (remember his famous Titanic soundtrack). The piano incidental music is beautiful. Dialogue is clear and prioritized. The voice of Casper by Malachi Pearson was very well chosen, well suited to the character. There are two songs in the movie: Remember Me This Way, performed by Jordan Hill, and written by David Foster and Linda Thompson. The title song Casper The Friendly Ghost by the Ghostly Trio plus at the end credit was sung by Little Richard. It is a well-balanced soundtrack, with nice surround effects. (3/5)


From director Brad Silberling and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment comes a live-action fun house ride filled with laughter, excitement and ghostly surprises. "Ghost therapist" Dr. James Harvey (Bill Pullman) and his daughter Kat (Christini Ricci) arrive at drafty, old Whipstaff Manor. Its greedy owner, Carrigan Crittendon (Cathy Moriarty), has hired Dr. Harvey to exorcise the house's apparitions: a friendly but lonely young ghost named Casper, who's just looking for a friend, and his outrageous uncles Stretch, Stinkie and Fatso (The Ghostly Trio). If the plan works, she and Dibs (Eric Idle), her partner-in-slime, can get their hands on the manor's fabled treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How much swearing does a movie need? Jan. 11 2003
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The characters in this movie must had used bad lanuage about 10 to 20 times in an hour and 41 minutes. You have a dad, and his daughter, 4 ghosts, a mad woman and a man that her partner. Or whatever he is. How much more fun do you need? Of course for some reason this movie has not been released on dvd? But maybe soon the company of this film made decide to bring Casper on dvd. When Casper opens, a lady named Carrigan Crittender (Cathy Moriarty) is ferious to learn that her dead father has only left her a mansion named Whappistaff. She even yells at her partner named Dibs (Eric Idle). They take for for Maine and learn all by themselves that the house is haunted by a freindly ghost named Casper (Malaoni Pearson), his grumpy uncles Stretch (Joe Nipate), Stinkie (Joe Alaskey) and Fatso (Brad Garrett). So when the 3 out of 4 ghosts scare away people she hired to get rid of the ghosts, she decides to have the place torn down but again the ghosts scare away the workers. Until one day when Casper sees a story on Hardcopy about a ghost psychiatrist named Dr. James Harvery (Bill Pullman) and his daughter Kat Harvey (Christina Ricci) and quicky disappears and puts the story on in Carrigan's hotel room where she calls the town that Jmaes Harvey and Kat are currently in and hires James to take a try iof rid the masnion of the ghosts, but doesn like his weeks or years reply on how long it should approzimatly take.
If you love movies that was children's animated shows, I reccomemd you to watch Casper. Plus if you are a fan of either Mr. Rogers, Ben Stein, Rodney Dangerfield, or Mel Gibson, they all pretty much has apparances in the movie. Or had apparances if thier scenes were deleted from the film. I know for sure you can see both Mr. Rogers and Ben Stein are dentifly seen in this movie.
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I'm a big animation fan, so naturally I love to see live action movies based on cartoon characters. Also, back when this came out I was totally in love with Ricci. Maybe it seems odd to give this film five stars, but then you have to commend them for making a good big budget movie about Casper. That had to be tricky. It's simple in some ways, I mean, you have the usual, greedy crook villain character that's in so many live-action cartoon movies, and you have the usual silly lines and some bad acting here and there, but there are so many good things about this movie too. The effects are great, as well as the music and the Haunted House. The voices are also excellent. Plus, there were a lot of cool cameos, which were really the best parts of the movie. Especially Dan Aykroyd in a very brief scene as Ghostbuster Ray Stantz. It was a little weird when we see Casper in the flesh at the end, looking older and acting smoother than he sounds and appears as a ghost. I also am not a big fan of Kat's mom at the end, but whatever. There are little bothers here and there, but it is still an excellent movie and definitely a fave. And definitely one of Ricci's best. I'll leave you with a synopsis, in case you haven't seen the film.
Casper is a friendly ghost who lives in an old mansion with his three rude, even abusive uncles. It's all very much a take on Cinderella. A mean, greedy woman named Carrigan has recently inherited the mansion and believes there is a treasure hidden in it, so she hires Dr. James Harvey to get rid of the ghosts so she can do a thorough search. The doc has a daughter named Kat, played by Christina Ricci, who Casper develops a crush on and makes friends with. The Doc tries to talk the ghosts into moving out, and Kat plans a big Halloween party, while Carrigan causes trouble.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Caspar Bluray + Digital Copy
Just bought this movie and watched it.
I like Bill Pullman and Christina Ricci.
I like the special effects and even the kids can watch this one. Read more
Published 13 days ago by douglas reid
5.0 out of 5 stars Casper is a GREAT film!!!
I love this movie!!!
it is one of the better kids movies made in the past 30 years.
As someone who enjoyed this film on LaserDisc (which was excellent A/V quality), I was... Read more
Published 19 days ago by KatoD
4.0 out of 5 stars A strange but fun little movie.
There are so many ways that they could have gone with the story.
For instance, had this been a foreign film I am sure we'd have the story from Casper's POV. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Ray Keeper Jr
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Bon film comme je me souvenait. Bonne traduction.
Published 1 month ago by Gaby Therrien
5.0 out of 5 stars CASPER oh! What a delightful thrill, BOO I'm back...
Finally at very long last, Brad Silberling's masterpiece "CASPER" will be released on September 2, 2014, on Blu-ray for the very first time ever. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JOHN M.L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence at it's best
What an excellent movie. I love it just as much now as I did when I was 11 yrs old. Today in particular I searched for it on DVD because I wanted to buy it and I was quite... Read more
Published on May 12 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
One of the best movies of the past decade. Great cameo's, incredible acting. Love it!
Published on Nov. 4 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars NO DVD why
I want this on DVD when it is released on DVD in anamorphic widescreen I will give it a better review.
Published on Oct. 31 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars "Scream or Sugar?"
Casper the friendly ghost lives in an old mansion along with 3 other ghosts. When a ghost chaser (Bill Pullman) and his daughter (Ricci) enters the mansion to get rid of the... Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2002 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars greatest kids movie
this is a great movie for kids. I even love it
Published on Oct. 26 2002 by Rachael
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