Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Beetlejuice Blu-ray Review

Beetlejuice Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonVideo
Beetlejuice comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 video presentation. I was quite pleased with the presentation, colors were vibrant considering age, and detail was quite good as well. Grain is there, but very non-intrusive and never felt excessive. Special effects looked outdated, but that was to be expected, particularly when they go into the snake zone. Beetlejuice has never looked better, and fans of the film will be pleased with the Blu-ray presentation. 8/10.

Audio
Warner has included a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio track, and it sounds quite acceptable. Dialogue was nice and clear throughout, and the film's score made good use of hte surround speakers quite well. I can't complain much, as the film is now celebrating it's 20th anniversary, but I was left very pleased with the audio, and really could not have asked for more. 7/10.

Extras
Beetlejuice (Animated TV series) Episodes:
A-Ha! (12:15) (SD) - Doomie turns up missing and Beetlejuice tranforms himself into the Neitherworld's greatest detective, Sherlock Homely.
Skeletons In The Closet (12:15) (SD) - Beetlejuice has a closet in the Neitherworld which is filled with skeleton ghosts - one for every lie he's ever told.
Spooky Boo-Tique (12:15) (SD) - Lydia decides to try being a fashion designer, and Beetlejuice, seeing dollar signs, sets her up at the local mall with a full inventory.
Theatrical Trailer (1:27) (SD)
Music-Only Track - Watch the film with only the film's score, it was definitely an interesting extra, but not one I would ever both with again.

I loved that the cartoons were included, I love those old cartoons when cartoons were actually quite good. The package is quite empty overall though, with the Music-only track being more of a pointless feature. Exclusive to the Blu-ray is a soundtrack CD sampler, which is pretty short, although I'm sure fans of the music will welcome it. 5/10.

Blu-news Summary
Beetlejuice is a fun film, it has been a long time since I've seen the film, and the Blu-ray was a great reminder as to why I loved the movie. It's hilarious, despite being a bit strange, it's so different, and just entertaining. I actually popped it in for initial impressions, and found myself sitting there from start to finish when I wasn't planning to at the moment. This is one of Tim Burton's best films to date, and everyone should enjoy it.
The movie has never looked or sounded better, with great video and pleasing audio. Extras are a bit lacking, but I was definitely happy with the episodes included. Overall Beetlejuice is 'Recommended.'
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1 comment:

nate said...

i like the review, but i gotta disagree with something. soundtrack/score isolated tracks are great with the right movies. beetlejuice has quite a few dead spots, but anything Elfman does should have a track like this.