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Gremlins [DVD] [1984]

Zach Galligan , Phoebe Cates , John Hora    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Frances Lee McCain, Polly Holliday
  • Directors: John Hora
  • Producers: Jerry Goldsmith
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Romanian, Bulgarian
  • Dubbed: French, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Italian
  • 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CD3PK6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,295 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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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

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gremlins, are at last unleashed on Blu-ray!! 28 Nov 2009
"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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless 17 May 2006
Gremlins is the story of an inventor who whilst peddling his wares in Chinatown at Christmas time comes across a shop and decides to buy a present for his son. The present that he buys is a Mogwai an incredibly cute little creature to give his son as a pet. He is warned to follow three rules regarding the Mogwai, these being:

1) Don't get the Mogwai wet

2) Don't expose the Mogwai to light, especially sunlight

3) Most importantly don't feed it after midnight

The Mogwai is taken home to his family and the son immediately loves the creature soon dubbing it Gizmo. Obviously, the son manages to break all the rules therefore spawning little Mogwai's which when inadvertently fed after midnight metamorphasise into the gremlins creating havoc across town.

The film is a bit slow to get going but Gizmo is just so damn cute you're happy to watch it. Once the gremlins appear though the film becomes really funny and clever. The creatures and the puppetry are second to none and in a time before CGI the mind boggles to think of the amount of work that must have gone into some of the scenes. There is an extraordinarily hilarious scene where the gremlins are in a bar acting like how a bunch of drunken men may act in a bar. There's even a gremlin with a flasher mac on who proceeds to flash at the barmaid!!

I do have a couple of problems with the film though. One of them being the casting of Zach Galligan as the son and the main character. When you hear that the father is going to buy a present for his son you automatically assume that the son will be a lot younger than he actually is. I don't know how old he actually is and is supposed to be but he looked about 19. I just felt that the role was written for a younger character.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gremlins (Blu-ray) 2 Jan 2010
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars by a Yank 13 Jan 2010
Still an awesome movie after all these years! I saw it in the theater and it has never looked better. Great transfer (though like most 80s movies it is not HD perfect) but looks beautiful. Plays great on my American PS3 and cost less then Amazon USA.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect Christmas film... 8 Dec 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
For those that like their films on the dark side.
Just bought this on blu-ray for my 8 year old Son to watch. Yes, it's a 15 rated film, but he can handle it.
Very dark and also very funny in equal measures and I'm pleased to see that it's a decent upgrade on my old DVD copy.
Some great extras with deleted scenes and two commentaries.
No home should be without a copy this yuletide.
Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gremlins Blu-ray 23 Nov 2011
By maaroc
Gremlins a timeless classic for all ages
I will never tire of it, and allways watch iy on xmas eve
as a part of my xmas countdown.
when Darlean Love belts out them first few lines of
"Christmas Baby please come home" You know it is xmas!

And to watch this in Blu-ray is amazing I felt like I was there
If You have a Blu-ray player I would urge You to upgrade
to this version of Gremlins

So happy xmas to You all...xxx

PS A Gremlin is for life not just xmas!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody's got a story like this one. Nobody 20 Dec 2010
By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE
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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. Only 25 at the time of filming his career has been made up of classics, and Christmas classics, such as The Goonies, Young Sherlock Holmes, Home Alone, Home Alone 2, Harry Potter, and Bicentennial Man.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars there here
ill keep this short and sweet it looks better on bluray but not worth upgrading if you have on dvd the sound is ok nothing amazing, reason to get is uv copy comes with it so play... Read more
Published 1 month ago by nukemiow
4.0 out of 5 stars Why a 15?
I would like to know why this film is a 15?
But overall I enjoy this film and is a good laugh
Published 2 months ago by Lewis
3.0 out of 5 stars Mega madness, super badness.....
Billy Peltzer is given a creature called a Mogwai by his father for Christmas, but he is unaware of the carnage he is about to encounter. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't be christmas....
without Gremlins!!!

I watch this every year and i never tire of it!! it is sweet and heartwarming and also rather jumpy in places but its a classic and one i would... Read more
Published 4 months ago by OwenDavies2
4.0 out of 5 stars What you see... isn't always what you get.
Gremlins is a strange fantasy film from Joe Dante. He creates a film that pays homage to the science-fiction films of the fifties. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lord Anon
4.0 out of 5 stars Gremlins in the House
Just waiting to see the 3D remake of this movie. Was a classic in it's time. Unfortunately as time goes by your expectation of movies increases and a lot of oldies don't appear... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Vivian Thomas
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work
Won't work !! Keeps saying enter regional code , and there isn't one !! Sorry to say is was a complete waste of money
Published 12 months ago by Charlotte
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School is Best :-)
One of my favorite childhood memories is now on Blu ray, it does it justice to have Gizmo and Spike and the Gang come to life in Hi Resolution!
Published 12 months ago by Luc Renoux
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
A classic of the 80's is back and in a good bluray transfer quality. If they would release a complete box pack, it would be a lot better. Recommended.
Published 14 months ago by Rodrigo
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic film
This is one of these films we all know and either love or hate it was one of those i had to update from the many many videos i still own
Published 16 months ago by Miss Ann Stevens
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