Director: Jerry Zucker
What a classic movie. The late Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn, Whoopi Goldberg, and others make up a fantastic acting team. All the performances were incredible. The movie won 2 Oscars, 15 wins and 24 nominations.
- “Ghost Stories: The Making of a Classic” featurette
- “Inside the Paranormal” featurette
- “Alchemy of a Love Scene” featurette
- “Cinema’s Great Romances”
- Photo gallery
- Theatrical Trailer
“Ghost Stories: The Making of a Classic”is a 13 minute long extra featuring Jerry Zucker, Bruce and the the principle actors. A special thanks goes out to Lindsay Doran who brought the Ghost script to Jerry’s attention. There is a funny story about it where Bruce Joel Rubin (the screenwriter) cringed at the thought of Jerry directing his movie (Jerry was known for the “Naked Gun” series of comedies. Patrick, was another seemingly odd choice for the role of Sam Wheat. But, Patrick knew it was a great role despite its original characterization and Jerry eventually came around to seeing the potential. Patrick was the driving force behind Whoopi getting the part. You hear stories about how the movie came about and clips featuring short interviews and clips from the movie itself. It is a nice extra feature. Actors will like reviewing this piece.
“Inside the Paranormal” is a 7 minute extra which features several spiritual medium/psychics talking about their gift and what it is like. Interspersed throughout are clips from the movie. One of the more famous psychics is James Van Praagh.
“Alchemy of a Love Scene” This was all about the famous pottery scene with remembrances by Patrick and Demi, Bruce and several others. Wow, Demi was so young, so different than she is now. Very interesting hearing her talk. They also talk about the music. In particular, “Unchained Melody” and its role in the scene. Bruce talks about how this scene changed the script. How the sensuality of this pottery making scene negated the need for the original “love making” scenes.
The extra feature: “Cinema’s Great Romances” is presented by AFI Historian, executive editor, and author Patricia Hansen introduces cinema’s greatest love stories. Also featured in this 20 minute extra feature is Professor of Critical Studies at USC Drew Casper (amongst others). many movie greats are examined from A Place in the Sun, to Love Story, from Harold and Maude to Roman Holiday and many other greats.
What really interested me was the fact that such a movie had so many great companies behind it. Companies like Richard Edlund (Boss Films), Bruce Nicholson (Industrial Light and Magic), John T. Van Vliet (Available Light Ltd.), Maurice Jarre (Conductor). I don’t know, for some reason it was a great surprise to me. Did you know Maurice has 167 conductor credits in IMDB.com?
There is a newer release of this DVD (2013). It has 2 discs. But, I don’t know what is on it. Perhaps, the extra disc contains a digital copy.
So, I’d say you still have to check out the extras on this DVD.
I give it ★★★☆☆