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Feature 8.3
Video 7.9
Audio 7.9
Special Features 7.0
Total 8.2
Distributor: Warner
Running Time: 92 minutes
Reviewer:
Anthony Butcher
Classification: M15+

8.2


Beetlejuice 20th Anniversary Edition

The classic Tim Burton movie finally arrives on Blu-Ray that is easily one of the most original comedy horror's of all time. The story of Beetlejuice revolves around the Maitlands, a happily married and recently deceased couple  (Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin) who come to the realization that they are ghosts.

They find their beloved country home, which the rules of the afterlife forbid them to leave, sold to a city couple (Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O'Hara) and their eccentric daughter (Winona Ryder). The plot follows the ghost's comedic attempts to expel their new tenants including calling upon the talents of "bio-exorcist" Beetleguese.

Michael Keaton steals the movie with his portrayal as the title character who is repulsive and nasty but excellently portrayed through the actor's deeply humorous performance. Keaton has the least screen time of any of the main actors but easily outshines them all.

Beetlejuice is also the movie that made Tim Burton and led him to create one of the most memorable Batman movies of all time. Although the plot is quite clichéd at times and does suffer from some inconsistencies, however it's still good old fashioned movie with a touch of horror, comedy and drama.

Video wise, Warner presents the movie at a ratio of 1.85:1 with a 1080p VC-1 encode and although may not be the best transfer, the quality is still quite outstanding for a movie that is over 20 years old. Decent picture quality and great colours for a movie of this age. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 TrueHD which sounds good, although not as impressive as the Blu-ray discs of today, however once again, for a movie that is over 20 years old... it does the job quite well with clear and crisp audio and music.

Once you have watched the movie, the disc also contains some interesting extras that include 3 episodes from the Animated Beetlejuice Television Series, Skeletons in the Closet, Spooky Boo-Tique and the original theatrical trailer.

If you are a fan of the movie, than the remastered version of Beetlejuice 20th Anniversary is definitely a must have Blu-ray to own. Best of all, the movie still holds up well for a horror comedy, although the special effects are a tad "lame" but hopefully new comers will also enjoy this classic Tim Burton film. Even though it comes with a M15+ rating, the movie could almost border on a PG, however parental descretition is advised.






 
 



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