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The Burbs [VHS]

Tom Hanks , Bruce Dern , Joe Dante    Suitable for 12 years and over   VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman, Rick Ducommun
  • Directors: Joe Dante
  • Writers: Dana Olsen
  • Producers: Dana Olsen, Larry Brezner, Michael Finnell, Pat Kehoe, Ron Howard
  • Language: German
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 4front
  • VHS Release Date: 1 July 1999
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R66S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,162 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Tom Hanks stars in The 'Burbs, a sporadically funny extended sketch piece about a gaggle of suburban neighbours so preoccupied with mysteries taking place behind the closed doors of a newcomer that they go to extremes to look inside. The film is essentially a simple satire from director Joe Dante, for whom suburbia has been ripe territory for such comic-horror stories as Gremlins, Explorers, Matinee and Small Soldiers. Of all Dante's movies, The 'Burbs has the least story material to go around, and it depends heavily (and with modest success) on the comic powers of its cast--including Bruce Dern as a paranoid nut, Hanks as a Mr Normal type who loses perspective, and Rick Ducommun as Hanks' neurotic best friend. These appealing people hold one's attention, but by the end of the film, with nothing much having happened, even the cast can't mitigate an empty feeling. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

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Life is pleasant, if dull, in the suburb of Hinckley Hills until the weird Klopeks move in next door to Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks). When Ray decides to spend his week's vacation relaxing at home, he soon allows himself to be persuaded by his other neighbours that the Klopeks are in fact marauding killers, and joins in the suburbanites' investigation.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Huns came out of the cave! 24 Feb 2008
My sister and I are reviewing this film as it is definetley one of our favourites.First is that anyone I know who has seen this film cannot help quoting from it comments such as "this is walter" and "what is that Slavic?".

What makes this film remarkable is that Tom Hanks leads the film and it is just not a Tom Hanks film. There is no message of hope no triumph of decent Americans.on the contrary this is a film that celebrates fear of strangers/foreigners and extols the virtue of snooping. What I find slightly annoying is that Rick Duccomon (Art aka Tuna-Neck) has been in so little since (I think he was in the lamentable California Man and Gremlins 2 but that is it). This is a tragedy as Rick's performance is a revelation especially his ability to eat in every single scene.

It also has excellent support from the always interesting Feldman and the barking mad Dern. One review (halliwells)described the Burbs as the most unusual American major studio film of the 80s It is certainly one of them. Make sure you buy the dvd because it is on tv a lot but always annoyingly cut.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still watching it, and still laughing 14 July 2004
Format:VHS Tape
If you have the appropriate sense of humour, you will laugh at this film forever. It carries more character quotes than any other film I can remember, like Bruce Dern's "Where you going Pinocchio", Corey Feldman's "No tan-lines today" or Tom Hanks " Who keeps a horse in their basement?" amongst others. The performances by the star cast are so strong that they completely take over what is a fairly ordinary storyline. The excellent directing catches some wonderful moments of real pace during a pedantic day in suburbia which comes alive with the antics of the various characters as they interact with their strange neighbours, the Klopeks. On average I watch this film once a month and still find new angles on the jokes and asides which pepper the script. Give it a chance and it will hook you in too.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films ever 28 Jun 2005
The Burbs is a cult classic black comedy directed by Joe Dante and stars Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher and Corey Fledman among other reocognisable faces.
The story is based around a group of suburbanites and their obsession with a strange new family in the neighbourhood called the Clopeks. Their overactive imaginations lead them to delve deeper into the odd activities taking place at the Clopek residence, such as the strange noises coming from the basement, digging up the back yard in the middle of the night (like grave diggers) and the general odd behaviour of the family.
What makes this film so appealing is that this could take place in any neighbourhood you care to think of. The suburb is otherwise very ordinary - set routines, nosy neighbours and typical banter you would find in a quiet suburb.
The Burbs features a fantastic cast, lively script and some genuine laughs. The characters are all fantastic to watch and you learn to love them all for their individual qualities (of which there are many).
This is the uncut version of one of the best films I have ever seen. The only part I have never noticed before was the inclusion of a four letter swear word in one scene (for those who want to know, it begins with "s"). I didn't notice any other differences to when it is on television.
This DVD only includes a 90 second teaser trailer from when the film was released but the film is so good you shouldn't let the lack of extras put you off. This is easily one of my all time favourite films. Very little comes anywhere close to the quality of this little gem. An incredible film!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Embodiement of 1980's Goodness 31 May 2007
I'm absolutely positive that this is the only movie I've seen with Tom Hanks that I have enjoyed. It's certainly the only one I've ever bought!

A quirky look at suburban life, nosy neighbors and dark secrets lurking beneath the floor boards of the house next door. A Horror-Comedy classic, this movie is a "must have" for anyone who (a) grew up in the 1980's and/or (b) enjoyed such movie's as House (I, II, III, etc.), Ghostbusters, Evil Dead, Beetlejuice and Gremlins.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
An absolute classic. You really can't describe The 'Burbs, a bit of horror, a bit of suspense, a bit of action, adventure and a huge assortment of comedy glued together with slapstick and dark humor. Altogether, a great film, a great cast and a great script. This film has sadly been forgot but for the few people who actually appreciate this film it remain an all-time great forever. Full marks to the director Joe Dante. Buy this film, its EXCELLANT!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the burbs- the real review 18 Dec 2011
for anyone who has wondered about those strange folk next door, an absolute belter of a dvd one for the collection.
just brilliant
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Kai
An unashamedly enjoyable treat from director Joe Dante.
Tom Hanks plays Ray, a thirty-something suburbanite who is just beginning a relaxing week at home with his wife Carol (Carrie Fisher) and his son Dave (Corey Danziger - who couldn't look more like a young Hanks if he tried) Unfortunately for his family, Ray is overly protective of his neighbourhood and becomes increasingly suspicious of his reclusive new neighbours, the Klopeks, especially when bizarre noises emit from their basement late at night.
Flanked by his other neighbours - the oafish Art (Rick Ducommon), the military obsessed veteran Mr. Rumsfield (hilariously played by Bruce Dern) and the stoner next door Ricky (Corey Feldman)- Ray sets out to discover the truth behind the Klopeks - more so when Walter, the old guy at the end of the street mysteriously disappears.
Featuring appearances from Dante regulars Dick Miller, Henry Gibson and Robert Picardo, The Burbs is a hilarious and thoroughly enjoyable film that comments on neighbourly suspicions in a typical American suburban street. The film often veers into slapstick territory, particularly during the films final half hour, but like Evil Dead 2, this adds to The Burbs' enjoyment rather than watering it down.
The performances by the leads - Dern especially - are excellent and the 'neighbourly chat' in the Klopek's home is a particularly memorable scene. Once again, Dante tips his hat towards 50's B-movies with spooky lighting, odd camera angles and even a ridiculous dream sequence.
A deliciously offbeat film and an underrated one at that. It has been a while, but it is finally available on DVD. Go buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it thanks
Published 28 days ago by Katryna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very funny Tom Hanks film with a good supporting cast and a very good storyline.
Published 29 days ago by colinc
5.0 out of 5 stars the burbs
great film was surprised with the speed of the order and watched almost straight away. will use this service again.
Published 2 months ago by valisland
3.0 out of 5 stars The Next Door Neighbour
Still as good as it was when first caught a glimpse of this gem, keeps you guessing along with the characters... & laughing of course. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Daniel
1.0 out of 5 stars mistake by me
made a mistake thought it was dvd my own fault wont let it happen again, nothing wrong with tape thanks
Published 3 months ago by anthony satelle
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Another of his earlier films to add to my hanks collection.
Not one that can be watched over and over.
Published 4 months ago by ShellyB76
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
love this movie, especially on a sunday afternoon nice and cosy with a big plate of munchies worth buying, go for it
Published 5 months ago by jacs
5.0 out of 5 stars tom hanks
a hilariouse film about nosey neighbours,a great film to add too you collection go out buy it and see you wont regret it
Published 5 months ago by davidhattermann
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Excellent movie - one of my favourites and perfect as a "starter" spooky film for youngsters at Halloween!! Love it!
Published 7 months ago by JAK
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughter is anticarcinogenic !.
Tom Hanks at his funniest. Great film for the whole family. It's good to see your Children and Grandchildren enjoy themselves.
Published 10 months ago by Rob Ferrante
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