Biographies-Cast & Crew
Isolated Musical Score
|Year Of Production||1988|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Sided||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Tim Burton|
Warner Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Isolated Music Score Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
Italian for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Adam (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara (Geena Davis) are a happy couple. They live in a small town, in a pleasant house. They have an admirable lifestyle. One day, however, they end up dead. Pretty soon, their house is on the market despite the fact that as far as they are concerned, they still live there. Only problem is, the living can't see them, since they're dead.
The new family moving into the house is comprised of Charles (Jeffrey Jones), a real estate developer from New York, his wife Delia (Catherine O'Hara), and Lydia (Winona Ryder), their daughter. Otho (Glenn Shadix), Delia's interior decorator comes along too. Charles and Lydia are reasonable human beings, but Delia decides that the house needs to be completely redecorated, much to Adam and Barbara's horror. They decide that the family must go!
Unfortunately, Adam and Barbara are not all that good at haunting the house, so they enlist the help of a very sleazy professional "bio-exorcist", BeetleJuice (Michael Keaton). Now, the fun really begins!
The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced. The other side of the disc carries a Full Frame presentation of the movie.
The transfer was quite clear and sharp most of the time, though some graininess is apparent at times. Shadow detail was acceptable, and no particular low level noise was apparent.
The colours were well rendered with no under or oversaturation noted.
No MPEG artefacts were seen. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of some minor aliasing, none of which was of any consequence. Film artefacts betrayed the film's age, but overall they were quite well controlled and inobtrusive.
Dialogue was pretty much perfectly audible at all times, even during the action sequences.
There were no audio sync problems with this disc.
The musical score is by Danny Elfman and is suitably comedic and quirky, setting the jovial mood of the picture very nicely.
The surround channels were only used lightly for some music and for some special effects. The majority of this soundtrack is spread aggressively across the front soundstage rather than being truly enveloping.
The .1 channel was used in a very limited fashion, if it was used at all. Surprisingly, however, I did not feel that this was lacking at any stage.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The Region 4 and Region 1 versions of this DVD are equally featured.
The video quality is very good for the age of the movie.
The audio quality is acceptable given the original Stereo source.
The extras present are average.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-505, using S-Video output|
|Display||Loewe Art-95 (95cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL).|
|Audio Decoder||Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital decoder. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer|
|Speakers||Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Yamaha B100-115SE subwoofer|