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This might be old news but I didn't see any posts about it so I'm posting it here. Warner Bros. is releasing a new 25th Anniversary Edition of Poltergeist on 10/9 on DVD. They also announced HD-DVD & Blu-Ray versions to be released day and date but pulled both versions a few days later stating production issues with the Blu-Ray version as the cause. Either way Warner expects to have the title out either late in 2007 or early 2008 once the problems are resolved, it's still possible it could make it out 10/9 with the normal DVD as well. Below is the UPC codes for both versions along with the pricing information. Poltergeist would be the first Spielberg film to make it onto HD-DVD, unless of course Universal sets dates for some of his bigger titles by the end of the year.

Poltergeist (Blu-Ray)
012569798496
$28.99 SRP
Release Date: TBA

Poltergeist (HD-DVD)
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$28.99 SRP
Release Date: TBA

Poltergeist (DVD)
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$19.99 SRP
Release Date: 10/9
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I hope its remastered. Great film.
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Wonder if BD-J 1.1 was the issue for the delay.
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I hope its remastered. Great film.

Based on the information Warner has sent us for the normal DVD version it is a new remastered version of the film so the film should look better than it ever has on any format.
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I thought Spielberg didn't want any HD DVD releases and had a fit when Uni posted "coming soon" with Jaws and ET to where they had to retract that as a "mistake"??? Some are listing the HD and BRD versions as cancelled now instead of just TBA dated.

It took forever to get DVD releases of his work (same with Lucas), so I wouldn't doubt if this TBA goes on and on and on for some time to come. I'm hoping for sooner rather than later, but I won't hold my breath, either.

I'd much rather have ET or Jurassic Park over Poltergeist, but any step in releasing his stuff in HD is a benefit to us all. Paramount should work on him for a super HD set for Indiana Jones once 4 comes out next year.

Sony did at least manage to strong-arm him with Close Encounters... although the 50$ price tag is nauseating for a catalog release (40$ for the DVD is bad enough, too). Who knows if he doesn't make them pull that as well...

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I saw a HD broadcast of this. I think it was Voom. It looked very soft. They showed 1,2 &3. 2 and 3 looked pretty good. If this gets a new master then maybe it will be worth their effort. I like this one as well and would love to have this in HD.
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Poltergeist would be the first Spielberg film to make it onto HD-DVD, unless of course Universal sets dates for some of his bigger titles by the end of the year.


Looks like that accomplishment will be going to Twilight Zone: the Movie. If Poltergeist makes it by 10/9, it would only manage to tie it.
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They also announced HD-DVD & Blu-Ray versions to be released day and date but pulled both versions a few days later stating production issues with the Blu-Ray version as the cause.

Information oddly left out in the thread bb7 made awhile back.
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Poltergeist isn't a Steven Spielberg film (well, not officially). It was directed by Tobe Hooper. Spielberg took a producer's credit.
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Poltergeist isn't a Steven Spielberg film (well, not officially). It was directed by Tobe Hooper. Spielberg took a producer's credit.

Yeah, and SS did most of the directing, too...

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Information oddly left out in the thread bb7 made awhile back.

Not to mention bb7 didn't even post it in the BR software forum.
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I can't see that clown in HD! When he drags that boy under the bed...

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Poltergeist isn't a Steven Spielberg film (well, not officially). It was directed by Tobe Hooper. Spielberg took a producer's credit.

Right, it was a Spielberg *production*, as was TWILIGHT ZONE-THE MOVIE, but folks need to tone down the "look, there's a Spielberg movie coming out!" when neither of these movies are really classified as "his."
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Right, it was a Spielberg *production*, as was TWILIGHT ZONE-THE MOVIE, but folks need to tone down the "look, there's a Spielberg movie coming out!" when neither of these movies are really classified as "his."

Actually Spielberg only directed the one story in Twilight Zone (the one with the fatality). Where as he pretty much did all of Poltergiest, I think he was worried that the movie would bomb and he didn't want it to tarnish his name.
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Actually Spielberg only directed the one story in Twilight Zone (the one with the fatality).

John Landis directed the fatal segment.
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John Landis directed the fatal segment.

I could have sworn that it was Spielberg.....Wait no you are right......What part did he direct again. Never mind probably the worst one of the bunch.
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It was the "Kick the Can" segment. The one with the old folks dreaming of youth. Very typical (thematically and in tone) to Spielberg's mid-80s output.
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Actually Spielberg only directed the one story in Twilight Zone (the one with the fatality). Where as he pretty much did all of Poltergiest, I think he was worried that the movie would bomb and he didn't want it to tarnish his name.

It's pretty widely regarded that Spielberg directed "Poltergeist," but the reason his name doesn't appear as director has nothing to do with box-office expectations. You don't simply direct a stinker and put another director's name on the film... there's a designated name for that (Allan Smithee), and you have to go through proper channels at the director's guild to use it. Putting another real director's name on the movie will get you blacklisted, and we all know that wherever that black list is, Spielberg's name is at the farthest point from it.

Tobe Hooper (who also directed the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre") was the appointed director. Spielberg was a very hands-on producer who very quickly surmised that Hooper was not up to the task, and pretty much held his hand through the making of the entire film. My understanding is Spielberg went to the director's guild to request that Hooper's name be replaced with his and they refused, and so the movie appears as it does now, with Spielberg as producer and Hooper as director, just like the contracts were written up.

Tobe Hooper went on to direct "Lifeforce" next, and Steven Spielberg's next release was "E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial," so we know where most of the influence on Poltergeist came from.
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I can't see that clown in HD! When he drags that boy under the bed...

ah ****! now I dont want this movie!
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Spielberg was a very hands-on producer who very quickly surmised that Hooper was not up to the task, and pretty much held his hand through the making of the entire film. My understanding is Spielberg went to the director's guild to request that Hooper's name be replaced with his and they refused, and so the movie appears as it does now, with Spielberg as producer and Hooper as director, just like the contracts were written up.

Spielberg was knee-deep shooting E.T. around the same time -- I think that's the only reason he didn't direct the movie per se. But he ended up being around a LOT, obviously, and his imprint is all over it.

If they released the old Making Of featurette on the HD-DVD, you can watch Spielberg give instructions to all the actors and set up the cameras...while Hooper sits in the background not saying a word.
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Yes. Spielberg expected Poltergeist to do much better than E.T. But we all know how that turned out.

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This is one of those flicks I've never owned but always wanted to. Hell yeah, I'll buy it on HD DVD! That'll be awesome!

If I wasn't into home theater, I'd have a whole lotta money.
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What stinks is this is just a week after I ordered more than $200 in HDDVD's from Warners site, damn. This was one of the ones I was really looking forward to.
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According to thedigitalbits.....

"Warner has announced a new Poltergeist: 25th Anniversary Edition DVD for release on 10/9 (SRP $19.97), which features a remastered anamorphic widescreen transfer, along with the They Are Here: The Real World of Poltergeists Revealed documentary. Unfortunately, according to Warner, no high-def versions are currently planned."

grrrrrrrr.....

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