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Old 12-14-2013, 07:25 PM   #1
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Any love for 1981's Ghost Story????

I saw it for the first time on cable in 1983 and liked it then. Thought it was creepy, love the special effects, but a lot of people hated it due to the book was better kinda thing. I remember in December of 81 seeing ads on t.v. for it and there was a lot of coverage on it, specially that old show called Evening Magazine. I really never cared too much for craig wasson . The chick was hot for that time though..
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Old 12-14-2013, 10:30 PM   #2
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Liked it quite a bit very creepy and a solid, classic ghost story. However, at one point they showed an old man's penis and this scared me the most out of everything in the film. I was about twelve when I first saw it.
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Old 12-14-2013, 10:46 PM   #3
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think you are referring to the scene in the beginning where the craig wasson duel role brother falls out of the window and crashes below in front of a swimming pool. Yeah, that was one of the rare few times we see full frontal male nudity in an R rated film..
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Old 12-14-2013, 10:47 PM   #4
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I like it, although I haven't seen it since the 90s. I watched it many, many times when it aired in the mid 80s on The Movie Channel. Many of the town scenes, the bridge in particular, was shot in Woodstock, VT not far from where I grew up.
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Old 12-14-2013, 11:06 PM   #5
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Decent Film, needs the HD upgrade. Don't wait for Universal to do it though. Hope Scream Factory get this.
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Old 12-14-2013, 11:39 PM   #6
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I always felt it was a nice, classy alternative to all the teen slasher horror back then. I remember the teaser trailer before HALLOWEEN II.
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Old 12-14-2013, 11:44 PM   #7
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Funny this was brought up- I have always loved this one and pulled out my old dvd copy of the original release (snapper case with the original poster artwork) to watch yesterday as I was home sick from work. Unfortunately, this was a 1:85:1 version unenhanced for today's TV's, so the picture was in a little box in the middle of the screen. I couldn't watch it this way. I know there is sadly no Blu out there, but do any of you know if the second version they put out (Amazon says a 2004 release) on DVD is enhanced? This would be perfect snowy viewing for the winter.
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Old 12-14-2013, 11:53 PM   #8
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Unfortunately, this was a 1:85:1 version unenhanced for today's TV's, so the picture was in a little box in the middle of the screen. I couldn't watch it this way. I know there is sadly no Blu out there, but do any of you know if the second version they put out (Amazon says a 2004 release) on DVD is enhanced? This would be perfect snowy viewing for the winter.
I have the Universal DVD and it is anamorphic widescreen.
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Old 12-14-2013, 11:55 PM   #9
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yes, universal did re-release it again around 2004 with a 16x9 widescreen, the colors seem to shift more towards red on this release. But the artwork is different from the one you have with the original artwork snapper case. I had that one too .
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Old 12-15-2013, 12:29 AM   #10
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Thanks guys! I will have to grab that one since I don't see the blu on the horizon soon.
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Old 12-15-2013, 12:35 AM   #11
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Funny this was brought up- I have always loved this one and pulled out my old dvd copy of the original release (snapper case with the original poster artwork) to watch yesterday as I was home sick from work. Unfortunately, this was a 1:85:1 version unenhanced for today's TV's, so the picture was in a little box in the middle of the screen. I couldn't watch it this way. I know there is sadly no Blu out there, but do any of you know if the second version they put out (Amazon says a 2004 release) on DVD is enhanced? This would be perfect snowy viewing for the winter.
No capablility to zoom in on your set? Pity.
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Old 12-15-2013, 12:41 AM   #12
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My favorite Peter Straub novel.
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Well as the video explains, I do not think it is a great film, nor do I think.
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Old 12-15-2013, 01:35 AM   #13
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I watched it for the first time in October and loved it. Effective and engaging.
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Old 12-15-2013, 04:53 AM   #14
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My favorite Peter Straub novel.
It's been a while since I read the novel/saw the movie. As in, on its theatrical run. So I guess we're talking 32 years.

But I do remember being majorly disappointed by the movie, after reading the book. Maybe this is one that's ripe for remaking? Although I remember that the novel was pretty sprawling, and I don't think there was any way to make a film that included all the elements from the book.
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Old 12-15-2013, 04:44 PM   #15
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I love it - great atmosphere and makeup, Alice Kriege is awesome, and Craig Wasson's full frontal gets me every time. One of my favourites ghost movies, and I'd gladly upgrade to blu.
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