Gremlins Blu-ray Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 7.8
Video 7.0
Audio 7.0
Special Features 8.0
Total 8.0

Distributor: Warner
Running Time:
Reviewer: Andrew Bistak
Classification
: PG

8.0


Gremlins

If I 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.






 
 



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