"Well it's been along time coming but at last it's here, Gremlins is on Blu-ray!"
"But was it worth the wait?"
"As a die hard fan of the Gremlin films, I would say yes!"
I don't think theres any point in me writing a review of the film itself as I'm sure everyone in the world knows the story by now, a true testament of how brilliant and well made a film Gremlins is, but you could always check out the many DVD reviews here on Amazon if in need of a recap. This review is about the blu-ray disc itself, to help anyone thinking of upgrading or experiencing this classic film for the first time.
I'll start by talking about the picture transfer. I would say for a twenty five year old film the overall picture transfer is very good, bright and with a great amount of detail. But I feel I must point out that it's not as good as some of the other Blu-ray transfers of films of a similar age, "The Thing," "The Shining" and "The Goonies" spring to mind, but it is a faithful transfer never the less. There is amount of grain to the picture, but then I wasn't expecting the picture quality of a new blockbuster, but like I said for a film of this age It's still amazing quality and a great improvement over DVD.
The improvements are: more detail on the Gremlins themselves with more colour and detailed skin, the face shots of Gizmo are the most beautiful of all! The human face's and interior scenes also have a more fleshed out feel to them. The scene inside the store towards the end of the film, Gizmo and Stripe's face off, I feel stands out the most for me, a noticeable upgrade from the washed out picture quality of the DVD. The outdoor scenes are also a vast improvement over it's DVD counter part and show the true power of what Blu-ray can do.
As for the sound, this Blu-ray disc has been mastered in Dolby TrueHD and sounds very crisp and sharp, only a minor enhancement over the impressive DVD master.
"But it's the extras that was also a big part of why I purchased this Blu-ray edition!"
For many years, we in the UK have been having to make do with a no extras basic DVD edition. I'm so happy to announce to long suffering British fans, that there are a good selection of extras included on the disc, this time around!
The extra features include: not one, but two! Insightful audio commentaries from director Joe Dante himself with cast members, a vintage six minute making of featurette, a photo/storyboard gallery and a selection of standard theatrical trailers. But the best extra feature by far, has to be the over ten minutes of never before seen footage, which also includes a director and cast members commentary.
So, if your thinking of upgrading or just looking to brighten up your Blu-ray collection, then Gremlins is for you!