Poltergeist appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The image offered the expected high quality affair.
Overall sharpness appeared solid. A few slightly soft shots materialized along the way, but they stayed minor and negligible. The image lacked shimmering or jagged edges, and edge haloes failed to mar the presentation. I also didn’t see any print flaws.
Hello, orange and teal! Poltergeist emphasized the modern palette, and the results seemed fine. The colors didn’t overcome their stylistic restrictions, but they appeared appropriate.
Blacks were deep and dark, while shadows seemed smooth and clear. The movie gave us a strong transfer.
I also felt pleased with the immersive DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack of Poltergeist. The audio seemed to accentuate the visuals well. It mixed creepy atmosphere with a mix of jolts and “assault moments” from the rear.
In the front, the track showed good stereo music and presented various elements in a logical and natural manner. The elements blended neatly and created a seamless sense of the environment. From the rear, thunder and aggressive violent components added kick to the proceedings and made the mix more involving.
Audio quality seemed positive. Dialogue consistently appeared natural and crisp, with no edginess or intelligibility issues on display. Music was clear and dynamic. The score seemed broadly reproduced and complemented the mix nicely.
Effects always were distinctive and concise, and the mix boasted fine clarity for the louder moments. Bass response always seemed rich and firm. The mix lacked the consistent ambition to reach “A” level, but it earned a solid “B+” as a fine soundtrack.
This set includes both 2D and 3D versions of Poltergeist. The picture comments above reflect the 2D edition – how did the 3D compare?
Picture quality took a mild hit, as I thought the 3D image looked a bit softer than its 2D counterpart. While this didn’t turn into a major decline in clarity, it seemed noticeable.
As for the stereo imaging, Poltergeist mainly favored a sense of depth and dimensionality. The visuals occasionally boasted more ambition – like when a drill poked out of the screen or a drone flew – but most of the presentation stayed with a more environmental approach.
In that sense, the 3D presentation worked fine, though I couldn’t claim that the extra depth seemed good enough to compensate for the decreased definition. While this became a largely appealing 3D image, the weaker sharpness meant it didn’t work as well as I’d hoped it would.
The Blu-ray offers two separate editions of Poltergeist. In addition to the Theatrical Cut (1:33:41), we find an unrated Extended Version (1:40:53).
Most of the added footage revolves around exposition with the family. These give the Extended Version a little more depth, but it doesn’t turn into a significantly superior cut of the film.
Note that the 3D version of the film only comes via the theatrical cut. If you want to view the extended movie, you need to stay 2D.
An Alternate Ending runs one minute, 46 seconds. This leaves us with a different look at what happens to the Bowen family. It’s a less concrete finale than the one in the film but not one that I find to be better or worse.
In a Gallery, we see a collection of photos, as this area offer 12 stills from the movie. None of these prove to be especially interesting.
The 2D disc opens with ads for Before I Wake, The Exorcism of Molly Hartley and The Pyramid. Sneak Peek adds promos for American Horror Story: Freak Show and The Lazarus Effect as well. We also get two trailers for Poltergeist.
It’s always dangerous to remake a good movie, so the 2015 Poltergeist started at a deficit. Viewed independently, the update doesn’t flop, but it lacks much personality, character or reason to exist. The Blu-ray boasts very good picture and audio but lacks notable supplements. Fans of the original Poltergeist might want to check out the new one as a curiosity, but they shouldn’t expect much from it, and the 3D presentation doesn’t improve it.
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