The Gate (Special Edition)
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After an old tree is removed from the ground, three young children accidentally release a horde of nasty, pint-sized demons from the hole in a suburban backyard. What follows is a classic battle between good and evil as the three kids struggle to overcome a nightmarish hell that is literally taking over the Earth.
- Audio Commentary with Director Tibor Takacs, Writer Michael Nankin, and Special Effects Designer & Supervisor Randall William Cook
- FROM HELL: The Creatures & Demons of THE GATE
- THE GATEKEEPERS with Tibor Takacs and Michael Nankin
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Afterthought. After comparing both the original full screen version and this newly released version, I can without a doubt say that this is truly the wide screen theatrical version. Thank you Lionsgate for releasing it its true form. My hat is off to you.
The effects are FANTASTIC. The acting is fun. There are moments where The Gate slows down and just has fun with itself. There's an underlying message that supports the things that really matter to us, like friendship and loyalty. None of this is done in a patronizing or smarmy way. In the last act, The Gate gets downright symbolic; pure visions of the battle between good and evil. It gets epic here and there. Our hero, portrayed admirably by a young Stephen Dorff, is a pretty righteous little dude. He must rescue his friends and banish the forces of evil in the end. This film is alive, with thematically ambitious moments and little things that make you think or laugh.
The Blu-ray is great with lots of bonus features. Looks good, SOUNDS good. The shadows are dark and those 1987 neon colors pop nicely enough.
Sure it's horror, but I recommend this for all ages. It's creepy, and fun.
a haunting quality that stuck with me. I was excited to finally get a good
widescreen DVD of this Canadian-made kid's chiller starring the gifted 12-year-old
Stephen Dorff. Some critics have complained that the first half is dull. I
disagree-- I think they gave a realistic, though "Leave It To Beaver" style,
grounding to the story, with much humor and knowing dialog. You are slowly
pulled into a harrowing yarn with foot-tall goblins, a mummified walking corpse,
and a majestic four-eyed Demon Lord worthy of The Great Harryhausen.
The character played by Dorff is a brave little guy, assisted by his typical teen sis,
and a "Harry Potter" looking buddy who digs the Satanic Rock Group "Sacrifyx--
whose members all died in a plane crash!" Oh smell shades of Lynyrd Skynyrd!
You never know when an elaborate album booklet will prove useful to combat Evil!
That kid poses in a floor mirror wearing a "robe" and intoning the pompously sinister
screed of the album narrator, who warns that the "Old Gods" (H.P. Lovecraft-style)
yearn to get back into our world and take it over.
The yarn builds to an apocalyptic conclusion which spews a diabolical "Wizard of Oz"
style tornado out of a backyard pit to threaten the World As We Know It. The wrap-up
with Dorff hugging his "best buddies" reminded me of another great and heart-tugging
curtain line, "There's no place like home!" I strongly recommend "The Gate" for kids'
Halloween parties; it's funny, scary, amazing, and even imparts worthwhile values.
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