1st January 2000
Adam and Barbara Maitlan had everything they ever dreamed of. They had a loving relationship and a quaint house in a quiet New England town and everything was just fine and dandy. That was until they had a slight accident on the way from the hardware store and ended up dead and haunting their own house.
Things weren't too bad for the couple until the trendy Deitz family from New York moved in and set about demolishing the house and remodelling based on the bizarre specifications of the neurotic sculptress Delia Deitz and interior designer Otho.
The Maitlan's haunting attempts were a disaster and things were made worse by the Deitzs manic depressive daughter Lydia who could actually see the ghostly pair. Desperate to eject the family they employ the services of the weirdest womanising bio-exorcist of them all, Betegeuse, and both families end up getting more than they had bargained for.
As an 'early standard' DVD Warner broke the mould of barren discs by including plenty of extras to keep the fans happy. They managed to even include a full frame and widescreen edition of the film along with a re-mastered digital soundtrack. However, the picture can be grainy at times with only an average bit-rate. With the usual collection of dark scenes synonymous of Tim Burton films there are plenty of moments when the poor transfer is exposed.
As usual director Tim Burton manages to gather another top notch cast with both Michael Keaton and Catherine O'Hara producing their best ever roles to date. From seeing Michael Keaton more serious side in "Clean and Sober" and his "Batman" roles, his character seen here is truly over the top and remarkable and is worth the price of the disc alone. Catherine O'Hara is also scream as the over anxious and valium dependant mother.
- Theatrical trailer
- Production notes
- Isolated musical score
- Re-mastered Dolby Digital soundtrack