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Awesome, classic movie, given the love it deserves!
on 9 May 2017
I have loved the movie The 'Burbs for as long as I can remember, and already owned it on DVD. However when I discovered this Arrow Films version on Blu-ray with a boat load of additional features, behind the scenes documentary, commentary track, and more - I had to buy it again!
There is a couple of screens of information text when you start the movie telling you about how they have restored it from the original film and audio. It's a good job, and does benefit greatly from the cleaned up print, gorgeous saturated colours, and soundtrack. Joe Dante, the director, personally approved the final product. However whether just due to the fact this is a full HD blu-ray, film grain is very obvious the whole way through, and I am surprised they did not do anything about this (maybe there is some reason they couldn't .... film restoration is not my forte!).
I really thoroughly enjoyed watching some of the extras. The documentary included is worth the price of the blu-ray alone. Also something interesting that I haven't yet watched but will do is Joe Dante's personal cut of the movie, which until this blu-ray only existed on VHS in Dante's personal collection. It does say the transfer is only as good as the VHS, so will be interesting (!) but I understand the edit is really quite different with totally different opening and endings.
Film grain aside, this really is a top top top notch version of the movie. You can tell from the work done on the movie itself, the curation of all the extras, and even the reversible blu-ray case sleeve with special artwork on one side, that this has been a labour of love.
If you love this movie, even if you already own it -- buy this version again. You won't be disappointed.