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Ghost Movie Review

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How do you get guys to go to a quintessential, timeless romance about love that spans beyond death? The answer is simple: you throw in a comedian and a few murders and turn the movie into a thriller. Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg star in the Oscar-winning Ghost, which is now out in a Special Collector's Edition DVD. By that we mean that one or two random special features have been added to the previously released DVD to get you to buy it again.

Ghost is a great film. Sure, it has its faults, but few films are successfully able to transcend genders as often and as easily as Ghost does. At one moment it's an epic romance, at another a thriller, at yet another a comedy, and everything is tied together with a murder conspiracy plot. How many movies can make the women cry even after the lead character has killed his best friend and watched as creepy little demon shadows have pulled him off into Hell?

If you don't know what Ghost is about, you should just stop watching and rent the movie. Swayze stars as a man and lover to Demi Moore's Molly Jensen (by the way, Moore looks extremely hot with short hair), who finds his romance cut short when he is murdered in a botched mugging. Despite being dead, his soul stays behind, and he soon realizes he has to uncover the truth behind his own death. As he discovers more and more about what's going on, he realizes that Molly is in grave danger. His only hope... a fake psychic (Goldberg) who claims she can see ghosts but doesn't actually believe it.

I don't really need to go into details; Ghost is a fun movie from beginning to end. It's touching (yes, I admit it), and the story's pretty good, too. Moore looks hot and Goldberg is at her funniest (enough to warrant an Oscar for her performance). Swayze makes for a strong leading role.

This new DVD package offers director's commentary, a couple of behind-the-scenes featurettes (Alchemy of a Love Scene, anyone?) and the trailer. Not very exciting, but oh well.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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