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Meet the Hollowheads

4.2 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Lee Arenberg, Layne Britton, Barney Burman, Shnutz Burman, Chaz Conner
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: St Clair Vision
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001GH7G8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,651 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Meet the Hollowheads" on IMDb

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By Snow Lane on November 16, 2001
Format: DVD
People must wonder why on earth I gave this movie a perfect five star rating.
Explanation?
IT'S SO INCREDIBLY PSYCHO.
I watched it and continued to laugh and laugh at how odd beyond odd it is. A must see for all.
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I was wondering if this one would ever come oozing back up from the tubes. Juliette Lewis, John Glover, Bobcat Goldthwait and Anne "Throw Mama From The Train" Ramsey join an ensemble cast in a story about a subterranean society whose lives depend on an infrastructure of tubes. At the center of this tale is the Hollowhead family, consisting of a hard-working dad with hopes of promotion at the job, a sparkly mom who gets food out of a duct in the wall, a young boy who gets amusement picking parasites from the family (dog?) and slingshotting them into a fan, an older sis whose hormones are in overdrive, an older brother who plays an instrument that resembles a cross between an accordion and a rubber chicken, and of course an eyeball plant that lives in the hallway.
Dad is having the boss over for dinner and needs to make an impression for his promotion, so mom gets busy preparing a special dinner for the occasion. Sis has some partying to do with friends that night, and mom reluctantly gives in to letting her feel grown up and using her "Softening Jelly" before going out. Dad's boss proves to be a true predator of a dinner guest, and things get ugly as the evening evolves into a genuine game of primal survival for the HH family. To complicate matters, sis is escorted back home by the police after they bust the party she went to, who claim that these kids tapped a forbidden feed of some choice "Butt Polish". Of course, this being a family offering, all is somehow made right in the end. But not before considerable fluids are spilled ......
Obviously not for everyone, Meet the Hollowheads is a tweaked-out live action cartoon vision of an alternate universe, sort of a Leave It To Beaver drops acid and goes to Jupiter.
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A charming pop-art nightmare piped-in from another dimension, MEET THE HOLLOWHEADS is an unassuming cult sleeper brimming with wit and imagination. Highly stylized with bold colors and cartoonish sets, this zany satire paints a meticulously-detailed picture of an alternate universe where the world rests upon a literal "edge" of eternal nothingness and essentials are delivered through an elaborate network of underground tubes. The story follows a day in the life of the (seemingly) wholesome Hollowhead clan as they deal with all manner of familial strife, not the least of which is an unexpected visit from Mr. Hollowhead's slimy boss Mr. Crabneck, who wastes no time in coming on to Mrs. Hollowhead and proves harder to kill than Wolfgang Kieling in TORN CURTAIN. The playful juxtaposition of sitcom tropes with unhinged surrealism is both amusing and unsettling. Likable performances all around and endlessly quotable dialogue. Butt Polish, Puenetration Boxes, Splat-Spray Games: every other line is awash in mysterious, mostly unexplained jargon. This will no doubt drive some crazy. This movie is not for them. I thought half the fun was in not knowing exactly what the Hell "Softening Jelly" is. This underappreciated gem of the bizarre deserves a better DVD.
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Format: DVD
I was a big fan of this movie since I discovered it hidden in a dark corner of a video store. It's wildly inventive, crazy, and stupid (but in a good way)!

Amazon lists this disc at under $4 -- and you sure get what you pay for! The DVD is an ultra-bargain basement release. I knew I was in trouble when I saw the box it came in. A half-thick DVD case with video captures for the box art. Not good! I owned the poster back in college.. why wasn't that used?

It's little more than a DVD dub of the VHS version. Colors are smeary, detail is blurry. The audio is muffled. The tape's tracking is bad in spots. Don't expect normal DVD clarity here!

While it's great that this movie is available on DVD, I just wish a little more effort went into this terrible transfer. Worth buying, though!
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By Bob L on August 2, 2006
Format: DVD
I appreciate the fair warnings about the transfer. I got beat-to-the-punch when someone else stole the only VHS copy I knew of, from the Wherehouse in the late eighties. So, when I happened upon the Laserdisc I added it to my collection of Champagne for Caesar and Susan Slept Here. They seemingly could also only be had in this format, which I'm now grateful for having excellent transfers of all three movies. With such excellent sources as these Laserdiscs, you wonder what could be the problem with making a decent DVD. Champagne for Caesar is also a lousy DVD transfer but it doesn't cost 3.98, it's 22.99.

Well, that being said, this is a marvelous movie. Everyone in it is wonderful though you'd almost have to say this was written expressly for Richard Portnow and John Glover, two extraordinarily gifted and undervalued character actors. Portnow is riotous as Glover's (Hollowhead's) boss Mr. Crabneck. What a name. No one but Glover could play Henry Hollowhead, the Ozzie Nelson of the future. A future where, like The Jetsons world being dominated by sprockets, Henry's world is ruled by and actually comes to the Hollowheads through tubes. Henry started as a lowly reamer and has by hard work and some creative tubing of his own has climbed up to lower middle management (probably the equivalent of the lower G.I. tract) and raised up an average family perfectly suited for this tubular world. How well Henry entertains Mr. Crabneck as a dinner guest seems to be the determining factor in Henry's next upward movement. This thing is really wild. My favorite parts are the early Crabneck behavior toward the younger son and the provocative Julliette Lewis and what a reamer wears and does.

There were a bunch of these quirky, inventive family comedies around at this time.
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