could remake one classic 80's movie, it would be Gremlins, especially
because of what they can do with CGI these days. Nonetheless, Warner
have released this classic movie on Blu-ray that highlights a simpler
time of movies in this horror comedy classic.
Celebrating it's 25th
anniversary in 2009, Gremlins was directed by Joe Dante and starred Zack Galligan as Billy, a boy who truly gets involved in something over his
head with these mythical creatures.
The story starts with Billy's father attempting to find the
perfect present for his son and when he accidentally walks into a
Chinese mystics store and discovers a Mogwai, a cute little furry
creature. Reluctantly the store owner parts with the Mogwai and bestows
a warning for the new owner to never get the creature wet, avoid putting
it in bright light and never ever feed it after midnight.
But as fate would have it, Billy accidentally ensures that all three
rules are broken and this innocent little creature spawns a plethora of
other Mogwai and when they eat after midnight, they turns into deadly
and violent little green Gremlins.
As the gremlins run riot through the
small town of Kingston Falls, it is up to Billy and his girlfriend Kate
(Phoebe Cates) to attempt to set things straight. The movie for its time was not only quite
violent but was a very amusing movie, especially
when the Gremlins get involved in all sorts of mischief and strife.
Even though the movie was quite clichéd and at times predictable, it is
another example of an 80's classic and it's interesting to see how
Spielberg evolved from schlock horror to more mainstream productions and
interestingly enough, the movie
still holds up quite well. It's over the top, it's outrageous and it's
hilariously entertaining that looks quite impressive on Blu-ray.
Boasting some impressive video
with sharp images and a great colour palette, it's definitely a step in
the right direction on Blu-ray but of course, it highlights some of the
flaws of the special effects, especially those crazy looking puppets.
The audio is probably a tad more impressive than the video and certain
parts sound brilliant through our surround sound setup.
When it comes to extras, the Blu-ray features commentary by director Joe
Dante, producer Michael Finnelli and special effects supervisor Chris
Wales who give the viewer an interesting and times entertaining behind
the scenes of Gremlins. Although the commentary that wins on this disc
is the one by director Dante and some of the stars from the movie which
include Zack Galligan and Phoebe Cates who really ham it up for the
microphones and have some great tales about creating this movie. Lastly,
we have a behind the scenes featurette, additional scenes and some
trailers to nicely compliment the main film.
At the end of the day, Gremlins proves to be a great ride down memory
lane and surprisingly for a movie of this age and calibre of special
effects, it actually dated quite well and is still as enjoyable, perhaps
a little more than when I originally saw this film at the cinemas in 1984.
All I can say to Warner is bring on Gremlins 2 on Blu-ray.
Damn... Now I can't
get that Gremlins theme out of my head.