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The 'burbs [VHS]

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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R66S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,938 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Joe Dante directs this late 1980s comedy horror starring Tom Hanks and Bruce Dern. Life is pleasant, if dull, in the suburb of Hinckley Hills until the weird Klopeks move in next door to Ray Peterson (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. The film also stars Carrie Fisher and Corey Feldman.

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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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One of Joe Dante's funniest films with some suspense thrown into the mix
THE BURB'S, excellent writing from Dana olsen
very Funny acting from all the cast, Tom Hanks, Rick Docummon, Corey Feldman, the whole cast is Great
with of course Great Directing from Joe Dante
i used to watch this film lots of times when it was released on DVD years & years ago
never ever thought this film would get a blu-ray release until i saw the listing on amazon uk
what i surprise i Got, this blu-ray special edition by Arrowfilms is incredible
Arrow films went the Whole nine yards with this film
The Theatrical release has been given an excellent blu-ray Transfer in 2K resolution
i only watched some scenes from the Theatrical version to check the picture quality out
considering i've seen the film so many times on DVD
Arrowfilms have done a Great Job cleaning up the picture quality from dvd to High Definition 1080
the Audio mix is only Master audio stereo, not 5.1 surround sound unfortunately

now to the special features, man am i excited about the extras
Arrow films have produced a brand new 1 hour long Documentary on the making of the film
new interviews with Joe Dante, D.O.P Robert stevens, Production design James spencer
plus actors Core feldman, Wendy Schaal and Courtney Gains who played Hans
Mr Klopek played by Brian Gibson passed away years ago
unfortunately for some reason Bruce Dern, Tom Hanks, Rick Docummon or Carrie fisher were not interviewed
maybe they weren't available.
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Format: DVD
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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Format: DVD
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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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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