Jan 192017

Poltergeist II isn’t as good as the original, no surprise there, but there’s still some fun entertainment value amongst some truly creepy scenes even if the tone isn’t exactly consistent.



Poltergeist II: The Other Side
— Collector’s Edition —


Genre(s): Horror, Supernatural, Comedy
Shout Factory | PG13 – 90 min. – $34.93 | January 31, 2017

Date Published: 01/19/2017 | Author: The Movieman


Directed by:
Brian Gibson
Writer(s): Michael Grais & Mark Victor (written by)
Cast: JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O’Rourke, Oliver Robins, Julian Beck, Zelda Rubinstein, Will Sampson, Geraldine Fitzgerald
Audio Commentaries, Featurette, Interviews, Trailer, TV Spot, Still Galleries
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 41.8 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A


THE MOVIE — 3.0/5

Plot Synopsis: The Freeling family — Steve (CRAIG T. NELSON), Diane (JOBETH WILLIAMS), Robbie (OLIVER ROBINS) and Carol Anne (HEATHER O’ROURKE) — settles into a new home following the annihilation of their former residence by terrifying visitors from the netherworld. But the spirits of the dead are still hell-bent on luring the family’s clairvoyant daughter Carol Anne to “the other side.”

Quick Hit Review: Poltergeist II: The Other Side is at times a chilling, creepy and scary and other times laughable silly/goofy sequel that of course doesn’t hold much of a candle to its predecessor and yet I found it incredibly entertaining, even the mid-80s visual effects. The cast though is still a lot of fun to watch, as you can never go wrong with Craig T. Nelson, and Will Sampson stood out in a supporting role.



This release comes with a matted slip cover with custom artwork while the interior is reversible revealing the original theatrical poster art.

Audio Commentaries:

  • Writer/Producer Michael Grais
  • Webmaster of the Poltergeist Fan Site David Furtney

These two tracks offer different perspectives as Grais guides us what it was like putting together the sequel while Furtney gave a fan perspective while also espousing bits of trivia.


  • Robbie’s Return – Actor Oliver Robins (14:25; HD)
  • The Spirit World – Special Effects Designers Richard Edlund, Steve Johnson and Screaming Mad George (22:09; HD)

Both  interview features are great, with top marks to Robins who is fairly engaging and recounts working with the director and fellow cast mates while the other gets into the more technical realm.

Ghosts of Giger (21:02; HD) is a look at the contributions of Artist H.R. Giger featuring rare photos and illustrations and an interview with friend and agent Les Barany.

Archive Featurettes:

  • They’re Back: The Making of Poltergeist II (6:15; SD) is an older featurette that was made more for advertising purposes, but include some behind-the-scenes footage and on-location interviews with the cast and crew.
  • Monster Shop (2:45; SD) is a look at the make-up effects work on the film.
  • Ghost Makers: The Magic of Poltergeist II (6:28) – Here is how the special effects were accomplished.

Rounding things out is the Theatrical Trailer (1:22; HD), TV Spots (2:04; SD), Still Gallery (6:12; HD) and Poltergeist II Script (10:17; HD).


VIDEO – 4.0/5

Shout Factory, through their Scream line, releases Poltergeist II onto Blu-ray presented in its original 2.35 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer from a new 2K scan of the interpositive. For the most part, this is an impressive looking picture with bright colors and sharp detail. It’s fairly clean with no noticeable instances of artifacts, aliasing, dust marks or other flaws.

AUDIO – 4.0/5

The disc comes with both a 5.1 and 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio tracks with the former being the default. I toggled back and forth between the two and actually found the 2.0 option to be tad better especially with dialogue which was clearer, however the other one still offers decent depth particularly when the poltergeist activity picks up in the third act.


OVERALL – 3.5/5

Overall, Poltergeist II isn’t as good as the original, no surprise there, but there’s still some fun entertainment value amongst some truly creepy scenes even if the tone isn’t exactly consistent. This “Collector’s Edition” Blu-ray released by Shout Factory offers up good video and audio transfers and a fine selection of bonus features.





Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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  1. Hello, I just read your dvd review and I need your help. I’m looking for a copy of the poltergeist 2 movie script. I already own a copy of the movie but….that script…I’ve been looking for it everywhere. I’ve read the first poltergeist script and I’d love to see how they wrote the reverend in the second. Can you please help me?

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