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Casper - Seeing Is Believing [Import]

4.6 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Bill Pullman, Christina Ricci, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle, Doug Bruckner
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Universal Music Group
  • VHS Release Date: Oct. 13 1995
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6303614493
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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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Format: DVD
Casper can't decide at all what it wants to be: cartoonish action but supposedly-real themes and ideas (ranging from growing up and having first romances to nothing less than death, the afterlife, missing people and clinging to undone things in the real world), but all the ideas get the briefest of treatments. A few less ideas and a little more focus certainly would have made a world of difference. Bill Pullman and Christina Ricci do quite well considering they're acting opposite special effects, but the film just can't generate any real warmth or feeling that doesn't feel tacked on.

Finally, I was surprised at the language in a movie for kids, as it includes "hell," "bitch," and "for Christ's sake." Oh, and "piss off." Some of the action meant to be entertaining is simply fairly crude. The effects are quite good (particularly for the time of release) but don't be fooled by wee, cute Casper on the cover: it isn't a film for kids under seven or eight years of age.
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Format: VHS Tape
Any film that can gather the family together for a fun,wholesome, and entertaining view, and hold the interest of all for it's entire length, gets 5 stars in my book. "Casper" is one of those films. It may not go down as some great piece of cinematic art, but it is one that all generations can enjoy, will leave you with a smile, and something to talk about with kids afterwards.
Based on the old comic book stories, "Casper" is a very friendly but very lonely ghost. He lives in an old mansion, that has seen better days. He is not alone in this huge house though, he lives with his three very nasty(but funny) uncles,"Stretch", "Stinky" and "Fatso". Casper only wants someone to move in,so he could have a friend, the uncles on the other hand, do their very best to scare away any visitors.
So when a greedy woman inherits the property, and believes there is a buried treasure inside, she hires an array of 'ghostbusters' to rid the house of all spirits. None seem to be able to handle this terrible trio, until one day a ghost psychiatrist and his lonely daughter(also looking for a friend),move in and try to tame the threesome. From there it's a fun and wild ride, and a touching story of friendship.
The film has a terrific cast that works well with the wonderful animation and special effects. Bill Pullman and Christina Ricci are the father and daughter team that befriend these spirits. Cathy Moriarty("Forget Paris"), and Eric Idle as her bumbling assistant add their talents as they go for the treasure.Lots of big names are cameoed throughout. Don Novello, and Dan Aykroyd reprise their roles of Father Guido Sarducci, and ghostbuster Dr. Raymond Stantz for brief appearances, just to name a couple.
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Format: DVD
Casper (not to be confused with "Casper: A Spirited Beginning" or any of the Casper The Friendly Ghost cartoons) is an interesting mix of elements both good and bad - but mostly good.
Without a doubt, the movie's strongest asset is its humor. By and large, this is thanks to Casper's uncles Stretch, Stinkie, and Fatso (The Ghostly Trio), all of whom are hilariously animated and perfectly voiced by three actors whose names I unfortunately can't remember. Bill Pullman is also very funny as Dr. Harvey, and great supporting comic performances are lent by Cathy Moriarty as the evil Carrigan Crittenden and Eric Idle as Carrigan's long-suffering sidekick, Dibs.
All of this, of course, amounts to a sub-plot in the end - a prominent one, but a sub-plot nonetheless. The main story is that of Casper (voiced by Malachi Pearson) and Dr. Harvey's young daughter, Kat (Christina Ricci). Ricci says some of her lines awkwardly (in my opinion), but for the most part does a nice job. Jessica Wesson's portrayal of Amber, the snotty girl at Kat's school, is perfect.
I think the movie's flaws lie in its plot more than anything else. For instance: throughout the story, Kat has a crush on Vic, the supposedly cute (and slimy) kid at her school, but in the end when Vic shows his true colors and stands her up at the Halloween party, she doesn't really seem to care at all. There is a brief shot of her sitting by the wall with a pouty (well, really, more broody) expression on her face, but this is dispensed with in an instant.
Another of my biggest beefs is with the ending. I don't want to give away specifics, but it is the weakest part of the story - bittersweet and touching one moment, and then it turns raucous and weird before you can blink. Makes you want to throttle the nearest neck.
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Format: DVD
Casper has been around for a long time and its good to see it turned into a movie and this movie holds up the grandness of the television show. The acting, suprisingly, was very good, forshadowing for the great things christina ricci would bring to the silver screen later in her acting career.
A greedy woman and her friend, i woudl say, inherate a mansion from her dead father, to soon find out it is haunted by 4 ghosts, so they hire a ghost doctor to rid the house of the spirits and the docotor and his daughter live there and work with the ghosts, having rough first encounters, and the daughter befriends casper, the youngest ghost. Turns out he likes her. Later at school it is decided that katt's house will be the place for a school halloween party. Katt and Casper discover a machine that turns the dead into living and peril happens where the woman kills herself to get her treasure and tries to use the machine but Katt tricks her and she moves on, then the dad accidentaly dies and Casper gives his one chance to live again to him and as a reward he is allowed to be alive again for that night and he and Katt become....well i dont know they really didnt show you too much into that.
This is a great movie with a very good cast. My favorite part of the movie, oddly, it the score. The sound of the piano solo is so haunting and beautiful that it just fits this movie perfectly. this movie is for anyone who enjoys a good time.
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