Movie Review: GREMLINS (4K UHD Combo Pack)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

GREMLINS was directed by Joe Dante from a screenplay by Chris Columbus and stars Zach Galligan as Billy Peltzer, Phoebe Cates as Kate Beringer, with Hoyt Axton, Randall Peltzer, Polly Holliday, Frances Lee McCain, Corey Feldman and Judge Rheinhold, along with the voices of Frank Welker as Stripe and Howie Mandel as Gizmo. Gremlins was produced by Michael Finnell and executive produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, and Steven Spielberg. The music is composed by Jerry Goldsmith.

A gadget salesman is looking for a special gift for his son and finds one at a store in Chinatown. The shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him the `mogwai’ but sells it to him with the warning to never expose him to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. All of this happens and the result is a gang of gremlins that decide to tear up the town on Christmas Eve.

The story for this 1984 horror-comedy centers around Billy Peltzer who receives a mysterious creature as a Christmas present from his father who picked up the Mogwai at a Chinese trinket shop. The thing is, the creature wasn’t really for sale but the owner’s grandson sneaks the Mogwai out of the store and sells it to him anyway. Billy names the Mogwai Gizmo and there are three rules that go along with it. Don’t get them wet. Don’t expose them to bright light. Don’t feed them after midnight. Well, all three of the rules accidentally get broken and it turns into chaos for Billy who recruits his girlfriend Kate to help him try to clean up the crazy mess that can’t really be explained.

What happens is, Gizmo gets wet and a number of Mogwai pop out from him but these creatures are a lot different than the original. They turn into mischievous monsters that cause all kinds of chaos and destroy anything they get their hands on. They raise hell in the small town as a last line of defense is formed. Billy, Kate, Gizmo and a few of their friends have their hands full as they go up against the army of Gremlins but in the end they finally find a way to stop these monstrous menaces before the entire town is destroyed. The trinket store owner also shows up to reclaim the mysterious Mogwai but tells Billy that maybe he’ll be ready to own him one day.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/0-card. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc is color coded and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this upgrade and were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Gremlins is a slice of cinema I always enjoy revisiting and I usually watch once a year around Christmas time. It’s one of those movies that asks the question, is it a Christmas movie or just a movie that takes place at Christmas? I think it’s a combination of monster movie, creature feature, black comedy that takes place at Christmas time and that’s why it’s a timeless holiday classic. Yes, it’s a Christmas movie! There’s a lot of talent involved in this wildly entertaining movie, from the incredible cast that’s in front of the camera to the director and his talented behind-the-scenes team. You can’t forget about the fantastic special effects that includes some impressive animatronics and puppeteering that brings these amazing creatures to life. Joe Dante is a great storyteller who’s cranked out numerous fan favorites over the years but this one here is probably my personal favorite from the legendary filmmaker. Gremlins is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital) debut on October 1st.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 106 Minutes

Rated: PG

4K UHD Video: 2160p Ultra High-Definition 16X9 Widescreen (1.85:1)

4K UHD Audio: English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 / French Dolby Digital 5.1 / Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16X9 Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby TrueHD / English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 / French Dolby Digital 5.1 / Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras have been imported over from previous home video releases. They include two audio commentary tracks, a behind-the-scenes featurette, additional scenes with commentary, photo gallery, three theatrical trailers, online content and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Filmmakers’ Commentary with Director Joe Dante, Producer Michael Finnell and Special Effects Artist Chris Walas
  • Cast Commentary with Director Joe Dante, Zack Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Dick Miller, and Howie Mandel
  • Gremlins: Behind the Scenes Featurette (06:21)
  • Additional Scenes with optional Commentary (10:26)
  • Photo Gallery (00:07)
  • Theatrical Trailers (04:42)
  • Online Content
  • Digital Copy

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