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Gremlins 25th Anniversary (BD)
Gremlins is a wildly original roller-coaster ride of hilarious mischief. One minute your hair will stand on end, the next you'll hold your sides with laughter at the havoc these supposedly gentle furballs create when the rules surrounding their care and feeding are inadvertently broken one fateful Christmas. Written by Chris Columbus and directed by Joe Dante, Gremlins unleashes special effects that dazzle and enchant and merriment that lingers in the memory. And isn't that "what superior popular moviemaking is all about" (Richard Corliss, Time).]]>
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One of the interesting things is that in addition to the actors playing the main characters, this movie features a number of faces recognizable as old time actors. These include Kenneth Toby, Scott Brady and Harry Carey, Jr. There were others whose names I could not recall.
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Some BDs of 70's and 80's films don't come with a very pretty restored picture. Not so here. Since there are more puppets than not, the special effects are outstanding. The special features are on the light side, but you don't grab BDs for those, unless you're me. The commentaries are fun, especially the director and lead actors Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates. There are some new/exteded scenes, and a dated making-of featurette (which is not to say it's worthless, it's just dated). The audio channels are actually beterr than anticipated, with a heavy TrueHD 5.1 right on the top (I still miss 7.1 though). There's a ton of subtitle tracks as well, which as I always say, is greatly appreciated.
This is a seminal 1980's film wrapped up in a bow, literally. It's just the sort of off-beat film that warrants being called a Christmas film. Now, there's only one question to ask yourself:
"Do You Hear What I hear?"
This movie has it all. It starts out like an homage to "It's A Wonderful Life", then things start getting weird. Amid lots of cool cameos and typical Joe Dante background action (always watch what TV's are playing in the background of any scene in a Dante film), the film begins taking an ominous turn.
Adeptly, Dante keeps his options open far past when you'd expect him to have to commit, so you're over halfway through before you know for sure whether it's going to be funny or creepy. The decision is signaled with the comic execution of the show's least likable character. From there, it's simply the funniest film ever made.
I especially love the cameos - Chuck Jones, Steven Spielberg, Robby the Robot, the Time Machine (check out the background action in *that* scene!), "Show White", and the list goes on. The casting of both major and minor characters is perfect, with lots of recognizable veterans along with Joe Dante regulars such as Dick Miller. The deliciously evil mayhem of the gremlins themselves leaves no icon of popular culture untapped.
Many have claimed that the sequel was better, but I have to disagree. For me, the contrast between the Capra-esque backdrop and the "What type of film is this?" treatment are what elevate it to greatness. The sequel lacked both qualities. It's also not going to be as popular with critics who like to be able to categorize any film within the first 15 minutes.
I can't recommend it highly enough! I'd especially recommend it as the ultimate anti-Christmas movie for when it's late December and you're getting really burned out on forced cheerfulness.
Ok, after decades in the top spot, Gremlins has lost that honor to the Lord of the Rings trilogy (which I consider to be a single movie). Still, I've been watching movies for a half century plus, so 2nd place isn't too shabby! It still holds the record as the film I saw the most times in a theater - I paid for 12 tickets before I figured I'd caught enough of the gags going on in the background or periphery.
If you consider the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy as a single film, or even the complete series of "Babylon 5", they have supassed "Gremlins" as my favorite. But "Gremlins" remains my all-time favorite single film - i.e. watchable in a single sitting.