Movie Review: THE ‘BURBS (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

THE ‘BURBS was directed by Joe Dante from a screenplay by Dana Olsen and stars Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Rick Ducommun, Corey Feldman, Wendy Schaal, Henry Gibson, Brother Theodore, Courtney Gains and Gale Gordon

Tom Hanks stars in The ‘Burbs, a comedy about a suburbanite whose plans for a peaceful vacation at home are disturbed by a creepy new family on the block. Much to the disappointment of his wife (Carrie Fisher), Ray Peterson (Hanks) and his three neighbors set out to investigate the next-door residence after they begin to observe strange happenings. Set in an average neighborhood that is anything but ordinary, The ‘Burbs blends slapstick comedy and spine-thrilling mystery and is superbly directed by cult filmmaker Joe Dante (Piranha, Gremlins, Matinee, The Howling).

The movie follows Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) who’s taking a much deserved week of vacation where he and his buddies Art (Rick Ducommun) and Rumsfield (Bruce Dern) become extremely curious about their odd new neighbors, the Klopeks, after one of their other neighbors goes missing. The three men take it upon themselves to go on a mission to discover what these mysterious new neighbors are up to and if they’re actually behind their other neighbor’s disappearance or not.

As the movie plays out, Ray, Art and Rumsfield don’t actually find what they’ve been looking for but before this strange night ends something extremely sinister about the Klopeks is accidentally uncovered. Ray and his friends end up causing a lot of damage on their street but this startling revelation is a big enough discovery that it gives them just a little redemption for the chaos they created in the first place. One thing is for sure and that’s life in the cul-de-sac will never be the same for Ray and his quirky neighbors.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/0-card. The front features the all-new artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some original artwork and movie credits so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use for the front cover. This Blu-ray disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. This release features a new 2K scan of the intermediate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. This is a pristine upgrade from Shout Select.

Bottom line is, The ‘Burbs is one of those rarities that you never grow tired of no matter how many times you’ve watched it. It’s also a movie that’s like a fine wine because it simply gets better as it ages. The story for this one is so much fun because it exaggerates what goes on in everyday suburbia when new neighbors move in. The cast did a fantastic job with their wonderful characters plus this was when Tom Hanks was still funny. What the three main characters (played by Hanks, Dern and Ducommun) go through to see if their new neighbors are actually hiding something is ridiculously hilarious. Of course, appearances can be deceiving, except in this case when the snooping accidentally exposes something much more sinister about these new neighbors. Director Joe Dante captured the magic that this light-hearted horror-comedy possesses because it never allows itself to get too dark and it’s honestly the perfect popcorn movie experience. The ‘Burbs will be available on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on March 20th and is definitey worth adding to your Shout Select collection.

Distributor: Shout! Factory

Run Time: 102 Minutes

Rated: PG

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

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include all-new interviews, some audio commentary, a “making of” featurette, an alternate ending that’s a must see, deleted/extended scenes included with the original workprint, image and poster galleries and the theatrical trailer.

  • NEW 2017 2K Scan Of The Interpositive
  • NEW Interview with Director Joe Dante (18:36)
  • NEW Interview with Editor Marshall Harvey (09:53)
  • NEW Interview with Director Of Photography John Hora (10:57)
  • Audio Commentary With Writer Dana Olsen, Moderated By Author Calum Waddell
  • There Goes The Neighborhood: The Making Of The ‘Burbs – Includes Interviews With Director Joe Dante, Actors Corey Feldman, Courtney Gaines, And Wendy Schaal, Director Of Photography Robert M. Stevens, And Production Designer James H. Spencer (1:06:32)
  • Alternate Ending (07:21)
  • Original Workprint From Joe Dante’s Archive (Includes Deleted And Extended Scenes) (1:45:57)
  • Behind-The-Scenes Still Gallery (05:54)
  • Stills And Posters Gallery (07:53)
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:31)


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