WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
It's Christmas and an inventor father has just bought his nice son a "magwai" pet as a gift. The animal is said to have three rules to follow: 1) do not expose it to light 2) do not place it in contact with water 3) do not feed it after midnight. Well, unfortunately all three of these rules are broken at some point, and the little critters get nasty on a small town.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This film was always a favorite of mine as a kid and I'm happy to report that it still comes through today as an adult. A top-notch movie which effectively balances various elements, including a great sense of humor, drama, a little romance, horror, gore and much action and fun. It also includes two of the cutest things to ever grace the big screen, in Gizmo, the original "gremlin" and Phoebe Cates, one of the cutest human beings on the face of this planet (where are you, Phoebe...come back!!). I especially loved the whole "small town" feel of this movie, the Christmas lights blinking everywhere, the jolly people, the merry tunes and the gradual buildup that this film bestows upon the viewer before all hell breaks loose! And boy, does it ever! (the multitude of movie geek in-jokes were also a lot of fun) Once the "bad" gremlins enter this picture, everything is shoved into overdrive, and chaos ensues with many funny scenes featuring the nasty animals engaging in various activities such as drinking up a storm, smoking like chimneys, partying, dancing, playing poker, watching movies and eating lots of popcorn (damn, that sounds a lot like the Arrow!). Seriously though, the fun doesn't stop in this film's second half and the catchy score by Jerry Goldsmith takes things to an even funkier level (I could still hear it now). A fun movie for anyone looking to kick back and watch little bittie animals go nuts on small town America.
Almost nothing. This DVD barely includes the essentials, like the trailers, production notes and a couple of remarks about the behind-the-scenes of the movie (in text form, people), and a lame, still menu with no sound. Quite unimpressive, you would have imagined at least some outtakes, deleted scenes or featurette with this re-issue. C'mon, guys!!
If you're a fan of the movie, you must definitely own the DVD, but I would honestly recommend that you wait a little longer for a special edition or something, because this release is as dry as they come in respect to extras. An awesome movie that thrills on various levels but diminished on an overall DVD level by so-so video, decent audio and practically no extras.