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Serial Mom [DVD] [1994]

Kathleen Turner , Sam Waterston , John Waters    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, Suzanne Somers, Justin Whalin
  • Directors: John Waters
  • Producers: John Fiedler, Mark Tarlov
  • Format: PAL, Colour, HiFi Sound, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005K26F
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,050 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



In Serial Mom director John Waters creates a wickedly funny--and nasty--comedy starring Kathleen Turner as the ultimate suburbanite: a woman so obsessed with suburban perfection that she kills a neighbour for not separating her recyclables. Hubby Sam Waterston and kids Matthew Lillard and Ricki Lake don't have a clue that in fact it is squeaky-clean mom who is the killer at large in their Baltimore neighbourhood and who has murdered, among others, the guy who dumped her daughter. The final courtroom scene is a riot, turning her into a celebrity defendant (long before OJ Simpson) and featuring a terrific cameo by Patty Hearst (yes, that Patty Hearst). Not for the squeamish or the easily offended, Waters' fans will find him in classic form. --Marshall Fine,

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Cult director John Waters follows up his successes with 'Hairspray' and 'Cry Baby' with this black comedy about a serial killer, poking fun at American Apple Pie values. Kathleen Turner is the devilish mother in question who'll do anything to protect her family.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I am a massive fan of this film and I purchased it right away when I found out it had been released on blu ray. However, i was really disappointed with the blu ray transfer given to this little gem of a movie. The picture quality is not at all what we have come to expect from the blu ray format and really is not much better than the dvd version.
So if you are thinking about upgrading your dvd to this blu ray, then I would wait until the price comes down to around 5 because I think that it isn't worth more than that unless you really are a die hard fan of this movie, or just keep your dvd version, as you won't see much of a picture upgrade in the blu ray transfer.
Come on universal pictures, if you are going to release these titles on blu ray, then at least make sure that they are given decent transfers or don't bother at all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud black comedy 12 April 2014
By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER
Hilarious black comedy about a mother who solves her problems by killing people who annoy her or her children. Plenty of laugh out loud scenes especially if you've got a cynical sense of humour. It's loosely based on the true story of a Texan mother but exaggerated for comic effect - one of the better comedies to come out of the USA.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DO YOU RECYCLE? 11 May 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
John Waters does it again with another classic that epitomizes his post-Divine era. Beverly R. Sutphin (Kathleen Turner) is an immaculate mother who recycles and listens to Barry Manilow. She lives in the Baltimore suburb with her dentist husband (Sam Waterston) and two children, Chip (Matthew Lillard) and Misty (Ricki Lake). Everything is seemingly normal except mom has some issues that she works out differently than most folks.

The film oozes with satire of the modern vs. 50's family, the celebrity status we bestow on criminals, plus other topics. I liked the background details such as the monster models I remember having as a kid as well as the Spiro Agnew painting in the courthouse. There were numerous memorable scenes and lines as in most Waters' films. Worth owning.

Parental Guide: F-bombs, magazine/movie nudity, weird sex scene.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see!!! 25 Oct 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Hilarious. Love the black comedy. Couldn't stop watching it. It's a must see!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray picture quality is a big disappointment 15 Aug 2013
By gaattc
I concur with the previous reviewer: this is a very poor Blu-ray transfer. From the looks of it, the studio just re-used an old DVD master, slapped a lot of Edge Enhancement - and I mean a lot - on it, and done was the Blu-ray. As always with EE, the picture looks very artificial and processed. This movie would have deserved so much better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Serial Mom DVD 11 July 2014
Serial Mom is a very funny Black Comedy about loving and care Mom (Kathleen Turner). But she is a perfectionist in life and if your not well !!. Brilliant film to watch , not for easily ofended with strong language and so gore to !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, funny, Dark...Watch it! 27 Jun 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
You have to love this gem.
Kathleen Turner is amazing and so very funny in this underrated film.
It's a little blood thirsty in parts, however I think you laugh as you can identify slightly with her character when people get on her nerves !
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Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
all I can say is love this movie, a great black comedy.

I expected the picture not to be that great since its not a MAJOR movie so I did not expect them to spend much money cleaning it up for Blu-ray but it looks very good indeed...bargain
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
In the wrong format would not work on my DVD player or Xbox 360 what a waiste of m
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Lockett
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY on Blu-Ray!
It was so great to FINALLY have this cult classic movie on Blu-Ray! The transfer looks great, and I really enjoyed it. This is a really funny movie.
Published 1 month ago by Stephen Gallagher
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased
Great film, great quality & packaging was great too. Also great was how quick was time was from ordering to receiving. Just alround great :-)
Published 4 months ago by garshau
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Mom
Kathleen Turner is one good looking lady, This is one of the better Comedy of hers and with back up from some other good actors.
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Mark J. Kendrigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Soooo funny!
Everything about the movie is perfect. Something only John Waters and Kathleen Turner could accomplish together! And the best part of it is watching it on Full HD!
Published 5 months ago by Felipe Costa
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
I watched it younger and I laughed a lot,once again I found it very funny.The kind mother which is in fact a serial killer is surprising. Read more
Published 7 months ago by carosalf
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG.... Just buy this movie!!!!
This has to be the funniest film ever made. I have quite a dark dry sense of humour, and it takes a lot to really make me laugh, but this film, it's so funny from the opening scene... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tony Cobb
4.0 out of 5 stars Mummy!!!!
Silly but throughly enjoyable. Companion piece to "TO DIE FOR". Kathleen Turner is great. Court room scenes are brilliant. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Paul Wilcox
1.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie but...
5 star movie with a bad transfer and bad cover art? I was really looking forward to upgrading my DVD. I will wait.
Published 12 months ago by Summer_Nights
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