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Ghost became the sleeper hit of the summer in 1990 along with garnering a Best Picture, Best Editing, Best Original Score nominations and winning Academy awards for Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay written for the screen. The film finally makes its DVD debut 11 years later.

Director, Jerry Zucker, executive producer of Airplane! and The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! fame takes on his first dramatic film that tells the story of Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) and Molly Jensen (Demi Moore), a New York couple who are committed to each other.  However, while walking back to their apartment after a night out, Sam is tragically killed, leaving Molly alone.

Upon his death, Sam learns that he is a ghost and finds himself watching over Molly. During this time he discovers that his death was no accident.  Vowing to avenge his death and warn Molly that she is in danger, Sam finds Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg), a spiritualist who is able to communicate with the dead. Thus begins a series of events that will change the lives of Molly and Oda Mae Brown and make them believe that ghosts are for real and they do walk among us.

Although I didn’t find Swayze’s performance particularly moving, I did enjoy the chemistry between Swayze and Moore.  One scene in particular revived There was a sense of real love between the two actors that I found to be utterly convincing and Moore is fabulous as the partner in a relationship who is left to deal with the death of Sam.
Goldberg’s award winning performance was given some of the best lines in the film, offering comic relief where the film could have become overly dramatic and romantic.

Embraced by millions, Ghost, went on to make $217 million in the U.S. and $290 million worldwide.

The studio has done a great job here again with a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen  transfer  that looks fantastic. The sharpness of the picture and the detail within the scenes are flawless, quite surprising with a film that is 11 years old. There are several scenes within the film that were shot in low light, however they don’t seem to come across as being murky and muddled. In this transfer of the decade-plus year old film, the colors appear very strong and sharp. Many of the darker scenes have a purple to blueish tint to them. I think color scheme was chosen to give the film a particular mood in theses scenes and it certainly enhances the viewing experience. Overall, I think Paramount has done a great job in making sure the original theatrical presentation of “Ghost” was preserved in this DVD release.

The sound is great too with Dolby Digital 5.1. The sound is crisp and clean with a few moments when the surround sound accentuates the intense moments of the film. The score comes across as filler to the dramatic elements of the film as well. Both these aspects certainly enhance the film and give me the feeling it did while watching this film in the theater.

What about the extras
I am starting to gain faith in Paramount studios for putting a few more extras on their DVD releases then they have in the past.

Included is a feature length commentary with director Jerry Zucker and writer Bruce Joel Rubin. This is perhaps one of the weirdest commentaries I have listened to in that Zucker is hilarious at times while Rubin rambles on about various things including his life story, issues with the film, story and analysis of the final product. I enjoyed the commentary for Zucker’s good mix of humor with informative insights from Rubin.

A 22-minute documentary called “Remembering the Magic” looks back at the success s of the film. This feature also includes new and old footage with Swayze, Moore and Goldberg talking about the film and screen tests with the actors. I found this feature to be interesting  and well worth my time.

The film’s theatrical trailer is also included.

I was a huge fan of this film when it was first released and have found myself to love it even more after this great DVD issue. I urge fans of the film to check this one out, you won’t be disappointed. Paramount has  given “Ghost” a great special edition that will be cherished and loved by fans of the film. I applaud Paramount for including extra features and not just releasing a bare bones edition.