Sam (Patrick Swayze) has a great life, with a successful career and a beautiful, loving wife, Molly (Demi Moore). The two are deeply in love and enjoying what life has brought them, at least until tragedy strikes. When Sam runs into a business scam, he is killed by those involved in order to silence him. After he dies, his spirit leaves his body and he is supposed to move on, but he refuses to and remains in limbo. He wants to reveal the truth about his death and also watch over Molly, but he is a ghost, so that makes both issues rather difficult. So he visits a medium (Whoopi Goldberg), who turns out to be a fraud, but now she has a real life spirit to contend with, so she is soon on board. But can Sam help Molly uncover the truth and find a way to move on, or will he be trapped in limbo for all time?
I often find myself in the minority opinion when it comes to popular movies and Ghost is no exception. While it was a smash hit and is often mentioned as one of cinema’s great romances, I found Ghost to be trite and shallow. I can see why Ghost pulled tears out of folks, the tale is sad and all, but this is just basic emotional manipulation. The emotion isn’t because we connect with those within the movie, as the character depth isn’t there. This is just pulling heart-strings and little else, with some cliche romance elements tossed in. Ghost isn’t a bad movie, but it isn’t a good one, either. Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze are passable, but I wasn’t dazzled by any of the performance here. But there is an audience for pretentious emotionally manipulative drivel and if you’re a fan of Ghost, this Blu-ray release is a small upgrade over the DVD.
Video: How does it look?
Ghost is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. This is a decent looking presentation, but there isn’t much of a step up over the DVD. The detail is good in some scenes, but not often and in truth, I didn’t feel like I was watching a high definition movie most of the time. The softness is due in part to the visual design, but even beyond that, the visuals are just flat here. The colors and contrast have been worn down as well, so the visuals have a drab presence. I don’t know whether to blame this transfer or the source, but this is a mediocre visual effort.
Audio: How does it sound?
This is a capable Dolby TrueHD 5.1 option, but expect a reserved audio experience that doesn’t engage the surrounds all that much. In the few instances where the surrounds do come alive, even then the overall presence is flat and weak. But this material isn’t driven by power, instead it relies on dialogue. On that note, the vocals are clear and clean, so no complaints there. The music sounds fine, but doesn’t stand out within the mix. This disc also includes French and Spanish language tracks, as well as subtitles in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.
Supplements: What are the extras?
The audio commentary from the DVD edition is back, as director Jerry Zucker and writer Bruce Joel Rubin talk about the movie and its production. A few worthwhile moments pop up, but for the most part, this is a dull and often silent session. This disc also includes four brief, promotional featurettes, and the film’s theatrical trailer.