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Stuff [DVD] [1985] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Michael Moriarty , Andrea Marcovicci , Larry Cohen    DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Moriarty, Andrea Marcovicci, Garrett Morris, Paul Sorvino, Scott Bloom
  • Directors: Larry Cohen
  • Writers: Larry Cohen
  • Producers: Larry Cohen, Barry Shils, Paul Kurta
  • Format: Anamorphic, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct 2000
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y6A6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,590 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Spoofing 1950s-era fright films like The Blob and Soylent Green, Cohen, as always, has more on his mind than just blood and gooey guts --Deep Focus Review

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers --Cinema Slasher

B-movie gold! --Bloody Crypt

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Stuff ... there's never enough 30 Mar 2004
Format:DVD
The stuff is an alien substance of sorts, found bubbling out of the ground in small towns across the United States. It looks like ice-cream, tastes great and, once it takes hold of you it becomes addictive and deadly. But what is its secret ingredient?

Enter Michael Moriarty (A Return to Salem's Lot), who is hired as an industrial saboteur by representatives of a food company to find out just what makes the stuff so addictive. As the stuff becomes more readily available, the people selling it are no longer content to merchandise it through through the smaller outlets. They begin to advertise it nationwide.

David 'Mo' Rutherford (Moriarty)tracks the stuff across country, with Nicole (Andrea Marcovicci) and a young boy, Jason (Scott Bloom), witnessing its effects on the population. During their efforts they are assisted by Col. Malcolm Grommett Spears (Paul Sorvino) and the wacky cookie entrepreneur, Chocolate Chip Charlie (Garrett Morris, Saturday Night Live). As the film progresses, it becomes impossible to know just who to trust, and resisting the stuff becomes increasingly difficult. The more you consume, the harder it becomes to resist.

Larry Cohen has become a hero to those whose intersts are in cult horror/sci-fi films, having turned out classics like 'A Return to Salem's Lot', 'The Ambulance', and 'Q: The Winged Serpent'. This is his fourth collaboration with actor Michael Moriarty, and it is well worth the money. 'The Stuff' contains comedy, action, science fiction, and horror - a combination of 'The Blob' and 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers', with Cohen's crazy sense of humour thrown in for good measure.

Bonus features on this edition include an informative audio commentary with director, Larry Cohen, TV spots, theatrical trailer, and widescreen presentation.

Buy it! You'll be addicted

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Consumer Nightmare 30 Sep 2010
Format:DVD
Everybody is going mad for 'The Stuff', the nations' favourite taste. Discovered bubbling out of the ground by a miner, it soon becomes a hugely popular dessert, hogging supermarket shelves and earning itself a chain of eateries. The Ice Cream lobby, afraid of the popularity of this new product, hire industrial spy, and one time F.B.I Agent David 'Mo' Rutherford to investigate and discredit the popular pud. Things take a sinister turn however when Mo discovers that their is a web of secrecy surrounding the ingredients and the production of The Stuff, and soon he realises there are those who would wish to silence him. Meanwhile, very strange things start to happen to those who over indulge in the irresistable goo.
If you can get over the fact that the menacing 'creature' in the film resembles a lake of Ice Cream, then you should find this hilarious film to be great fun. It's a sort of cross between Invasion Of The Body Snatchers and a sharp satire on consumerism and fast food. The factory scenes are very reminiscant of the superb BBC/Hammer adaptation of Quatermass II.
The fact is, although it does borrow liberally from the past, it has a style all of its own. It may be a mixing of genres but above all it's a comedy. A very funny one at that. One major reason for the films' success is another great performance from Cohen regular Michael Moriarty. He plays Mo with a southern drawl and a goofy, slightly volatile temperament. Paul Sorvino also deserves a mention, as he's quite brilliant as militia man Colonel Spears.
Whilst it might not be the cast iron classic that Cohen's other features such as 'Q- The Winged Serpent' and 'God Told Me To' are, but for me it's probably the most enjoyable of all Cohen's films.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff. 9 Aug 2014
Format:DVD
Great little B-movie feature that harks back to 50s/60s sci-fi films (it's a combination of Invaders From Mars and The Blob) and is a cool satire on consumerism that's extremely smart and witty. Michael Moriaty is so funny as Dave Mo Rutherford and really has a great time hamming it up with a great Southern accent which sends up a lot of stereotypes. Garrett Morris, Danny Aiello and Paul Sorvino all turn up in small roles and all lend black humour to Larry Cohen's witty and telling script. The FX are dated but are hilarious and there are some really unexpected little scenes that will have you laughing, like when Mo meets up with some company types and ends up knocking out one of them! Enjoyable Stuff indeed!! The overnight sensation of the highly addictive desert "The Stuff" ("One lick is never enough!") has ice cream companies panicking, especially after the company buys out the "Chocolate Chip Charlie's" chain which has its owner steamed. The competitors hire industrial spy Mo Rutherford, an Industrial spy that apparently isn't as dumb as he looks, sounds, or acts (Michael Moriarty) to discover the formula of "The Stuff" so that they can "improve" it, but it defies chemical analysis apart from containing a "benign bacteria". Rutherford discovers that all of the FDA employees who approved the product are either dead or out of the country with the exception of retired Vickers (Danny Aiello) whose leftover paperwork leads him to a dying Southern town and proof that "The Stuff" is more than addictive; it's actually alive and influencing the behavior of its consumers. Admittedly some of the fx do look a bit weak which is probably due to the low budget but this actually gives the movie some kitschy value. Horror fans will definitely appreciate this as it was a blast, just as long as you don't take it seriously though. Highly recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid
Shockingly Bad from the start. I gave up with this film after 20 minutes as I cringed with the bad acting and story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by I. Pm Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Prompt delivery, great product
Prompt delivery from this store, great product with no problems. The only 'flaw' was that they hadn't listed the EXTRAS that were on the disc ...pleasant surprise! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Daniel John Palmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Colourful, campy and far more intelligent than a film about alien...
The Stuff is Larry Cohen's satire on consumerism and how poison is sold to the masses as a desirable object. It's become more and more prescient over time too. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rob Simpson
3.0 out of 5 stars TERRIBLE VERY AVERAGE HD TRANSFER OF A CLASSIC 80'S THRILLER/HORROR...
THE STUFF one of my favourite Larry Cohen films
i remember watching this film on Video tape in the 80'S, scary and funny film at the same time
this film has only one DVD... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ben30
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing transfer of a great film!
I have been waiting with baited breath for this to be released. Its a classic B movie which I loved as a child. I still love it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Comic Guru Ltd
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you eating it? Or is it eating you?
Five stars for the delivery and price, quick delivery I ordered it on a Saturday evening and had it by the Tuesday, I remember watching this as a teenager thinking it was awful and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Great B Movie
This is one of the funniest low cost B movies out there. Special FX arent too bad either but this movie was ahead of it's time in regards to Ice cream/Yogurts which now come with... Read more
Published 8 months ago by S. Blackwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Will leave you wanting more.....much more.
Like many others I first saw this back when I was a kid in the 80s. I couldn't remember much about it but remembered I enjoyed it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Zombie fanatic
5.0 out of 5 stars the suff 1985
in 1985 was the year of horror comical scares like
tom hollands vampire masterpiece fright night with
chris sarandon and william ragsdale that landmarked
film... Read more
Published 14 months ago by frankie
4.0 out of 5 stars The stuff B-movies are made of!
Overall, you need to go into a film like this not expecting too much, and you won't be disappointed. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Nigel Bemrose
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