Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!

Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!

“Be careful what you ask for” – that’s certainly a theme throughout this late ‘80s classic movie directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton. In addition to having the honor of being the first Netflix disc ever shipped, back on March 10, 1998, Beetlejuice also has the honor of turning 30 years old this month, which explains why there is a cast featuring a very youthful Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, and Winona Ryder.

Part of what we hope to do here at DVD is to introduce new generations to beloved classic films. Sometimes, you think everyone has seen the film, but it’s not always the case. DVD Nation director Ann Silverthorn watched it for the first time recently and has seven things she likes about the movie, including the “light look at death.”

The supporting cast mixes it up. Catherine O’Hara, who you often see in the sweeter roles [Cookie Fleck, Best in Show] is the obnoxious wife, and Jeffrey Jones is the more level-headed husband, not at all like his Ed Rooney character in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. But, the star of the show is Michael Keaton, described by Warner Bros. as “the ghost with the most who flings one-liners, spins into grotesque forms, gobbles insects, and who just can't leave the ladies (living or dead) alone.”

Amy Chesler, another DVD Nation director, was inspired to take an in-depth look at Michael Keaton’s career.

A little known fact is that Beetlejuice won an Oscar for Best Makeup, but unfortunately did not even receive a nomination for costume design. From the whimsical shrunken heads and the run-over gentleman in The Afterlife who says, “Thanks, I’ve been feeling a little flat,” the dead characters definitely make light of an otherwise dismal situation.

Everyone knows if you say Beetlejuice’s name three times he appears, but the number three is used multiple times in the film. Aside from Beetlejuice’s name the Maitlands also say the word “home” three times to escape Beetlejuice, and it’s the number of times they knock on the door to get to the After Life.

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