Gremlins 2: The New Batch (Blu-ray)

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Gremlins 2: The New BatchStarring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover, Robert Prosky, Robert Picardo

Directed by Joe Dante

Distributed by Warner Brothers Home Entertainment

When the original Gremlins came out in 1984, audiences fell in love with the movie, and to this very day it’s much cherished amongst fans. The reasons are clear: It was a heartwarming thrill ride starring a creature named Gizmo who simply stole our hearts. A sequel was a no-brainer. 1990’s Gremlins 2: The New Batch brought back everything fans loved about the first film but mixed the ingredients with magic mushrooms, uppers, and enough caffeine to have you charging through a wall as if it wasn’t even there. No, this was not your daddy’s Gremlins movie. This was an entirely different kind of beast that was just made up of the same DNA.

The story is simple. Billy (Galligan), Kate (Cates), and Gizmo (voiced by Howie Mandel) pack up and move to New York City; and before you know it, a series of events transpire that lead to a whole new batch of Gremlins. Ones that can fly, spin webs, and speak intelligently. Absolute chaos and flurries of dark humor ensue to the point where we feel like we are less watching a movie and more having a stream of consciousness experience. It’s insanity, and this writer loves every second of it!

Chance are by now you’ve seen the film so there’s no real reason for me to dwell on that so on to what you want to know about… the Blu-ray. The film’s 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer is nothing short of striking. Skin tones are dead on, colors are incredibly vibrant, and the image itself is just dripping with detail. There’s no artifacting or other anomalies to be found, and for a movie of this age we’ve rarely seen a better job done bringing the package to high-definition life. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track is the perfect complement to the masterful transfer as it’s brimming with life and will be giving your home theatre system quite the workout. Buy with confidence. In terms of audio/video quality this title delivers.

The special features… not so much. Don’t get me wrong. There’s plenty to enjoy here; however, it’s ported straight from the DVD and presented in standard definition. For the record there’s a commentary track with Joe Dante, actor Zack Galligan, writer Charlie Haas, and producer Michael Finnell; about 20 minutes of outtakes; a featurette; and other odds and ends, all of which are listed below.

Admittedly, Gremlins 2: The New Batch isn’t as good as the original Gremlins (Blu-ray review here) and is as unconventional a sequel as can be. Lots of Gremlins fans were disappointed with the flick, but for my money it’s an absolute blast, and this is a very worthy package to have in your collection. That being said… Gremlins 3 anyone? Um, hello?

Special Features

  • Audio commentary with director Joe Dante, actor Zack Galligan, writer Charlie Haas, and producer Michael Finnell
  • Over 20 minutes of footage not seen in theatres
  • Behind-the-scenes documentary
  • Gag reel
  • Alternate home video sequence
  • Trailer


    4 out of 5

    Special Features:

    3 1/2 out of 5

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  • Steve Barton

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    • DavidFullam

      I love this film. Dante took a huge dump on pop culture, consumerism, sequels, and more to make one of the best and most inventive follow ups ever.

    • Masked Slasher

      Personally, I feel this is superior to the original film.

      Brilliantly executed, and an absolute joy to watch from beginning to end.

    • Sirand

      Gremlins 2 is Dante at his best.

      The fact that a lot of people bag on this movie totally baffles me. I guess it was way too much fun for most people to handle.

      • Terminal

        Yeah, that’s why I avoid this movie like the plague. TOO MUCH FUN. That makes a lot of sense.

    • Terminal

      3 knives for me. The movie is weak sauce, and I was never a big Gremliins kid anyway, so the first one barely registers for me either. It usually takes four movies for a horror franchise to begin running out of ideas and making fun of itself, it’s sad it took a sequel for Gremlins to do that.

    • Vanvance1

      Not as good as the original film? You’re right, it was better! Joe Dante delivered a perfect slice of lunacy and fun. I love Gremlins but Gremlins 2 ups the ante in all the best ways possible.

      4.5 knives from me. I’ll definitely be adding the blu to my collection.

      P.S. I hope Dante gets some more work soon. ‘The Hole’ proves he’s still on top of his game.

      • hegemon13

        Seriously? The Hole was good for the first half-hour or so, and then became a boring, uninventive, safe-scare cliche that would have been more fitting as an RL Stine adaptation.

        • The Woman In Black

          I have to agree. The Hole was a big disappointment to me.

          • Vanvance1

            The Hole had the 80’s vibe that Super 8 was desperately hoping to achieve. It was a very well done children’s movie; something like Roald Dahl’s work.