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In the annals of horror, few ghost movies are as beloved as Tobe Hooper’s 1982 classic Poltergeist. While debates still rage about whether the film was secretly directed by producer Steven Spielberg, Poltergeist remains one of the most effective horror movies of all time. Not quite as beloved are Poltergeist’s sequels, 1986’s Poltergeist II: The Other Side, and 1988’s Poltergeist III. Still, both films have their fans, and those fans are likely to smile with joy when they get a look at the extras line-up for Scream Factory’s upcoming collector’s edition Blu-Rays of each film.

While both Poltergeist II and III have been previously released to Blu-Ray by MGM, both discs were entirely barebones when it comes to extra features, just as the DVDs were. As they’ve done with many a neglected sequel or two, Scream Factory has obtained the rights, and set out to give fans the discs they deserve. The improvements aren’t all about extras though, as both films have also received new 2k transfers.

The full list of features for both discs are below, including new commentaries, interviews, and even the fabled alternate ending for Poltergeist III. The theatrical cut of III ends rather abruptly, with Carol Anne only being seen from the back. This is because series star Heather O’Rourke had passed away at a tragically young age before re-shoots of the film’s ending could be done. The originally shot ending – which O’Rourke participated in – ended up not being used due to issues with the special effects. This will mark the first time this ending has ever been made available for fans to see.

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Special Features:

  • NEW 2K scan of the inter-positive
  • NEW Audio Commentary with writer/producer Michael Grais
  • NEW Audio Commentary with Poltergeist II webmaster David Furtney
  • NEW Robbie’s Return – an interview with Oliver Robins
  • NEW The Spirit World – an interview with special effects designers Richard Edlund, Steve Johnson and Screaming Mad George
  • NEW Ghosts of Giger – a look at the contributions of artist H.R. Giger featuring rare photos and illustrations and an interviews with Giger’s friend and agent Les Barany and special effects designer Steve Johnson, Richard Edlund and Screaming Mad George
  • Vintage Featurettes: They’re Back: The Making of Poltergeist II, Monster Shop and Ghostmakers: The Magic of Poltergeist II
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Galleries (behind-the-scenes photos, stills, posters and script pages)

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Special Features:

  • NEW 2K scan of the inter-positive
  • NEW Audio Commentary with director Gary Sherman
  • NEW Audio Commentary with Poltergeist III webmaster David Furtney
  • NEW High Spirits – an interview with screenwriter Brian Taggert
  • NEW Reflections – an interview with actress Nancy Allen
  • NEW Mirror Images – an interview with Special Effects Creator John Caglione, Jr.
  • Alternate Ending
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Galleries (behind-the-scenes photos, stills, posters and script pages)