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NEW Swayze/moore/goldberg - Ghost (Blu-ray)
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GHOST - Blu-Ray Movie
Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze are the passionate lovers whose romance is undone when the latter is murdered during a bungled hit arranged by a rival. The clever concept by screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin (director of My Life) extends outward into comedy (Swayze's character communicates through a sassy medium played by Whoopi Goldberg, who won an Oscar for this role), horror (the afterlife is populated by hell-bound demons and the like), and romantic complications (a handsome suitor, played by Tony Goldwyn, comes on to Moore while Swayze's spirit is still hanging around). Directed by Jerry Zucker, previously best known for codirecting Airplane! and similar broad comedies, Ghost is a careful balancing act of strong commercial elements, but at heart it is a timeless Hollywood tearjerker that easily gets under one's skin. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Rubin begins by telling us a little of his personal history and how it led to the creation of this script. He traveled East, spent time in a Tibetan monestary studying mysticim, and came back to San Francisco in the Summer of Love. It was then another ten years before he got his break in Hollywood.
I gained great respect for Rubin and his metaphysics, which I agree makes the movie more than just another "ghost" genre love story. He's right when he says that the typical antics one finds in the ghost genre, where things like objects flying across a room in front of stunned mortals, are reserved only for the end. They cap the movie, not form its substance.
He talks how his Whoopie Goldberg character was at first not a charlatan but a genuine psychic. When he showed the script to some friends they laughed. This triggered in him the realization that there was great comedic tension caused by making her a charlatan who becomes genuine only when she finds haunted by Sam.
The essence of the story, Rubin says, is the idea of a person caught between two worlds, denizen of neither, but needing to come to grips with the past so he can move into the future (unlike the other ghost in the movie, the "train ghost," who never learns the lessons necessary to move on). It's also about a man learning to say, "I love you," to his significant other, as well as the value of life in general.
Rubin really hits the nail on the head with these points and other in his commentary. I think it's something I can listen to several times, and then periodically and gain something new each time.
A man is shot and killed. His body dies, but not his spirit. Before leaving this world for the next, he must find a way to warn his lover that she is in impending danger from the culprits. Sound just a little familiar? It should. The idea for this story is loosely based on none other then "Hamlet". This though is not quite as deep or complex as Shakespeare's great tragedy. It is however, a thought provoking, touching story that has a little something for everybody. It's got romance,comedy, mystery and suspense, fantasy, action and most importantly...WHOPPI!
So how does Sam(Patrick Swayze) manage to make contact with his beloved Molly(Demi Moore) after his death? Well he goes through a psychic of course. Not just any psychic though..he finds a medium who's larger than life..Oda Mae Brown(Whoppi Goldberg).
Together, they turn Molly into a believer(along with the audience) and chase down the murderous thugs out to get her.
The action, and suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat, the romance will thrill you and the special effects are dazzling. Whoppi Goldberg is fabulous, and provides the wonderful comic relief in the story, as a con artist who finds herself with a gift to give. She took home an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for this 1990 film. The film was also honored with the Best Original Screenplay. Swayze and Moore seem like they were made for each other and will have you believing in love ever after.
The DVD presents a nice clear picture in widescreen and the sound gives you the choice of DD5.1 surround or stereo surround. It may also be viewed in French(stereo) and has English subtitles for those needing them.Read more ›
Patrick Swayze gave the performance of his career as Sam. It's a shame his career would never be the same afterwards by taking lackluster after lackluster for the rest of the decade (save To Wong Foo).
Demi Moore's career went from semi-popular Brat Pack refugee to a bonafide superstar with this role. She is not a great actress in the least (for every Ghost and A Few Good Men, she had 4 or 5 Scarlett Letter's and Striptease's), but she was excellent as Molly.
Whoopi Goldberg, what can you say? Color Purple had already proved the naysayers that she could act. And next to her part as Celie in Color Purple (still a shame both her, and that movie were snubbed by Oscars), her role as Oda May Brown is definately her signature role. She steals every single scene she is in. The bank scene and the nun scene are two of the funniest scenes ever put on celluloid. She totally deserved her Oscar.
Also look for Stephen Root (better known for his role in Newsradio, as well as his part as Milton in Office Space) as the police detective who Demi goes to halfway through it.
This movie is a great classic.Read more ›
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Très bon film ! oui je l'ai eu un peu tard mais au moins, c'était dans les dates estimées. Read morePublished 1 month ago by France