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Discussion in 'DVD' started by Dave Mack, Sep 12, 2004.
If so, how does it compare to the old release> D
The new release of Ghost Story is stunning. If finally looks like a Cardiff film. RAH
What exactly is different about it? Was the original not anamorphic? I bought it early on, after having bought the remastered laserdisc when that was released. The transfer on both was excellent, I thought. When I heard about the rerelease, my only thought was that the original version wasn't anamorphic because I didn't think it could look any better than it did.
No, the original from Image wasn't anamorphic, just standard letterbox. Unfortunately, both editions are bare-bones without even so much as a trailer. This movie could've made for a good SE because if you've carefully read the credits, it would appear that there were more scenes shot that would've pulled the movie closer to the novel. Also, a Peter Straub commentary might be interesting to hear.
There were LOADS of scenes cut from the movie, including several different endings AND some of Dick Smith's best make-up effects! Try and track down the Cinefantastique magazine from 1981 -- it goes into extensive detail about the movie's editing problems and disappointing final cut. I think most of the people involved with the movie view it as a lost opportunity (including Straub, who was on record as being let down by it), and it would have been nice to see the deleted scenes -- or a longer cut put together -- on a DVD. Image's old DVD, by the way, was utterly worthless. The sound was so pinched there were times you couldn't understand the dialogue. I kept my old laserdisc, but I'm happy to hear the new DVD sports a remastered soundtrack and transfer. Time to upgrade, even if there are no extras