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Gremlins [DVD] [1984]

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  • Actors: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Frances Lee McCain, Polly Holliday
  • Directors: Joe Dante
  • Producers: Michael Finnell
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, German, Dutch, English, French, Italian, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct. 2008
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CD3PK6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,132 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Classic creature comedy horror directed by Joe Dante and produced by Steven Spielberg. When Billy Peltzer (Zach Gilligan) is given the cute and friendly little Mogwai, Gizmo (voiced by Howie Mandel), for Christmas, he is told never to expose it to bright light, get it wet or ever feed it after midnight. But one night when a glass of water is accidentally spilled over little Gizmo, Billy soon finds out why he was told to follow this advice as Gizmo begins to convulse, producing five new Mogwai. As Billy and his science teacher, Mr. Hanson (Glynn Turman), then seek to find out more about the creatures, a series of events lead to the escape of a number of them; and due to their heightened intelligence they know exactly how to replicate themselves. Soon after, the town is overrun by a new breed of Mogwai - the 'Gremlins' - who are menacing little reptilian creatures, and far from friendly.

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When his absent-minded father gives young Billy Pelzer (Zach Galligan) a new pet, he warns him to abide by three rules. The rules get broken, of course, and the pet--a cute Mogwai named Gizmo--unwittingly gives birth to the vicious Gremlins who proceed to terrorise the town.

Although the long shadow of Producer Steven Spielberg hangs over Joe Dante's 1984 comedy Gremlins almost as much as it did over Tobe Hooper's Poltergeist (1982), Dante doesn't allow it to overwhelm his own quirky style too much. Glimpses of Robbie the Robot and The Time Machine (which promptly disappears) at an inventors' convention reveal his passion for old-movie references (which culminated with Matinee, 1993). Aided and abetted by Spielberg's guidance and a script by Chris Columbus (who would go on to direct and produce the Home Alone franchise) and a music score by Jerry Goldsmith, Dante had all the help he needed to make the biggest hit of his career.

Much of the humour derives from Dante's playful handling of the setting in Smallsville, USA, whose inhabitants are as much the target of his satire as they are of the Gremlins' unwanted solicitations. The xenophobic neighbour who warns prophetically of "gremlins" in foreign cars and machinery provides a subtext for the attack on homely American values, as does showing Invasion of the Body Snatchers on TV while the wicked Gremlins hatch. The sight of the little tykes cavorting in a bar, getting drunk and even dancing in pink leggings looks suspiciously like a satirical dig at the whole 1980's culture of selfishness: with their destructive impulses and overindulgences the Gremlins are the ultimate egotistical yuppies. As with many Spielberg projects, the bland hero saves the day for nostalgic, old-fashioned values, but there are plenty of laughs along the way--for example in the now-classic scene when the hero's mother fights off Gremlins in the kitchen by stuffing them in the blender and microwave. Dante's 1990 sequel is even more satirically pointed, and he effectively remade the original with Small Soldiers (1998), replacing Gremlins with toys.

On the DVD: Disappointingly, there are no extra features at all here, aside from subtitles and "interactive menus"--which simply means there is an onscreen menu and it works. --Mark Walker --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE on 20 Dec. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Length: 3:49 Mins
A dark, crazy, twisted, inventive, and violent Christmas classic. There's really no way to classify or categorize Gremlins. It's too mean-spirited to be a kid's film, but not quite intense enough to justify a higher rating (though the 15-rated UK version makes a mockery of the BBFC guidelines).

Gremlins has long been an annual tradition for movie fans. The cozy, snowy atmosphere of Kingston Falls (which appears to be in upstate New York somewhere) is the perfect small town that we all wish we came from. Even when the Gremlins invade it's a homely place to be envious of.

I was frightened of the Gremlins when I was a kid, but they're really nothing more than gigantic smiles with arms and legs. They exist only to have fun at the expense of human life and private property. I suppose they could be a metaphor for hedonism or apathy.

Originally a much more evil script (intended to be an anti-Wonderful Life), Chris Columbus was inspired to write Gremlins as he listened to the rats in his apartment scurry about in the dark during the night. He lightened the material somewhat before filming began, but Joe Dante's wild vision makes it a twisted, festive reality.

Special mention must be made of Jerry Goldsmith's outrageous score and that famous theme tune 'The Gremlin Rag', a demented circus fanfare of anarchy and mayhem. It's crazy to think that we had to wait 27 years to get released on CD.

Gremlins sparked the rise of Chris Columbus as a creative force in Hollywood.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. P. Brown on 28 Nov. 2009
Format: Blu-ray
"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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 2 Jan. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
A good movie is like your favourite cereal, when having it after a long break it's like the first time all over again.
Well watching Gremlins again was wonderful enough but watching it on Blu-ray, brilliant, the characters are sharper, colour more pronounced, just better than expected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Dec. 2011
Format: DVD
A mysterious looking creature is purchased from Chinatown and taken home as a pet, the Mogwai comes with three rules that must be observed at all times;

Keep him out of light, especially sunlight as it will kill him...

Never get him wet...

Never ever feed him after midnight...

Naturally things go belly up and what happens next amounts to a riotous invasion of Gremlins causing no end of destruction to the small town of Kingston Falls. What strikes me the most about Gremlins is the blend of tones, the comedy mixes brilliantly with the cute factor, and then all the serenity is destroyed by the carnage unleashed. With some scenes fit to grace any horror movie. Playing heavily on the old urban legends of little Gremlins messing with machines to unsurp humans, director Joe Dante creates a "Spielbergian" (the beard on producing duty here) parody that delivers royally on the entertainment front. There's fun to be had with some of the in jokes and the social references that the writers throw in at frequent moments. Nods to films like The Wizard of Oz, It's A Wonderful Life and Invasion of the Body Snatchers are well placed, while the pre CGI creatures themselves are brilliant in their reactions to things around them. Be it a gremlin attacking something or Gizmo watching the television aghast, these sprites are a delight.

Some of the humour is very pitch black, so much so it would have gone over many a child's head back when the film was first released. You can imagine many an adult parent sitting there with the children cringing as they laugh to moments like flasher and mugger gremlin, while metaphors and wry side-swipes at small town Americana are bountiful for the observant. Is it, as some critics called it on release, mean spirited?
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