BeetleJuice
Warner Bros. / 1988 / 92 Mins / Rated M15+


MOVIE
I have to admit that I am a huge Tim Burton fan, his movie have always had a sharp wit and were constructed with great dialog and moments, Beetle juice is no exception. Alec Baldwin & Geena Davis are a young married couple who live in a small New-England town in a large old style house. One day while out on a drive they get into an accident and there car falls off a bridge. Unknown to them, they return home not knowing they have died, time passes and yuppies move into there house, real bad yuppies too. 

Being dead they can't do anything about stopping them so they try to haunt the house to scare them off. After several pathetic attempts they decide to enlist the help of Beetle juice (Michael Keaton) to get them out of the house. After a few scares one major hiccup occurs, the new owners aren't scared off, so now they have got annoying yuppies and a crazy dead loony to deal with. 

This movie was made just before the original Batman movie, Tim Burton said it was this performance that gave Michael Keaton the role of the winged avenger and you can see why, if you haven't seen this movie get ready for a laugh, the musical score by Danny Elfman really adds to the strangeness of this movie, thank god there is a separate music score also. Outstanding.

VIDEO
For a movie 11 years old this movie stand up quite well. There is the occasional showing of film grain but this is definitely a problem to do with the original master. Colors are natural although flesh tones are off somewhat and the images are quite sharp. No problems there.

Side A of Beetle juice is framed at 1:85:1 and is 16:9 enhanced, Side B of Beetle juice is the full-frame 4:3 version

This is a double-sided, single layer disc.

AUDIO

It good to see this movie has been re-mixed in Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. Although it does seem a little lacking with surround use and the use of the .1 channel for some scenes but it is a damn sound better than the old Dolby Stereo mix that I also have.

The dialog is a little hard to listen to at times, shame there.

EXTRAS
There are some good extras on this disc. Firstly, the theatrical trailer and also there is the Music Only Score in DD5.1 which sounds great and shows the real talent of Danny Elfman. The rest are just standard Production/Cast Notes etc.

Subtitles are, English, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Closed Captioned.

FINAL THOUGHTS
This is a great one to add to your collection, very funny.

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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REVIEW EQUIPMENT

Display: 48" Sony RPTV.
DVD Player:
Panasonic A350 Player using S-Video Cables.
Receiver:
Pioneer VSX-D508 Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.
Speakers:
Accusound speaker system.

Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 24 May 2000 15:26:04 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 103 minutes
Case Type: Snapper
Release Date: 17/5/1999
Catalog Number: 16643
List Price: 34.95
Distributor: Warner Bros.
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: No Label
Disc Format: DS-SL
Chapters: 32
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio:

4:3 Side A
1:85:1 Side B
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround
2.0 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: 5.1 Music Score
Languages:


English
French
Italian
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: Yes
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: None
Cast & Crew Bios: Yes
Deleted Scenes: None
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: None
Production Notes: Yes
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