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- Apr 4, 2017
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The Burbs: Collector's Edition
There are those iconic childhood movies that stick with you through thick and thin, and we all have. Growing up as a formative child in the 80s, I have list a mile long of great movies from that era (especially horror films), but I still stick to a handful of films that I watched over and over and over again during those years. The two that really stick out in my mind are Strange Brew and The Burbs. It had everything you could ever want in a dark comedy. Joe Dante directing, Tom Hanks, a young Carrie Fisher (R.I.P.), Bruce Dern, Corey Feldman, Henry Gibson and Rick Duccomun. I can’t tell you how many late nights I stayed up watching this on TV, or wearing out the VHS copy that my aunt taped for me until I was old enough to start buying VHS and DVDs of the my own.
They say that just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean people aren’t out to get you. Which is basically the entire premise of The Burbs. Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) is a stressed out suburban dwelling businessman, and all he wants is a week of rest. Taking off a week to do just that, he can’t exactly get his mind off of doing SOMETHING. Well, when you’re bored, and the only friends you have are your crazy neighbors Art (Rick Duccomun) and Mark (Bruce Dern) then you have to MAKE something up. This comes in the form of the enigmatic and barely seen slavic new guys on the block, the Klopeks. The Klopek’s are a bit mysterious and come out only at night, which may seem a bit odd, but when you’re bored and home alone then the imagination runs wild.
Convinced by the chubby cook Art, and the overly enthusiastic ex-military Colonel Mark (Dern) that the Klopeks are actually up to something nefarious, Ray gets in a bit over his head. Investigating the family seems like a good idea to keep boredom away at first, but soon things get scarier when their crotchety neighbor Walter (Gale Gordon) vanishes one morning. Going full on commando, the trio of man children decide to take matters into their own hand and find out what devious and dastardly deeds their reclusive neighbors are up to! That is, if they don’t get themselves arrested for trespassing and harassment at the end of the day.
Dante keeps the film moving at a brisk pace, introducing us to our cast of misfits early on, and then easily drifting the film over several notches as the suburban dads give birth to their crazy theories. What starts out as a little weekend jaunt gets progressively darker and darker until the guy’s are almost unhinged intheir decision making. However, this is what gives the film its charm, as you’re laughing at these guys with obvious gusto as they pretty much sink themselves in their net. Sadly the center act of the film suffers with pacing a bit, and it’s not until the fantastic third act that it pulls back out of the slump it got itself into.
Rated PG by the MPAA
• Audio Commentary With Writer Dana Olsen, Moderated By Author Callum 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
• Alternate Ending
• Original Workprint From Joe Dante's Archive (Includes Deleted And Extended Scenes)
• Behind-The-Scenes Still Gallery
• Stills And Posters Gallery
• Theatrical Trailer
The 44th film in Shout Factory’s “Shout Select” lineup, The Burbs is one of those 80s classics that you can watch over and over again. Everyone involved in the film was obviously having a blast, and the Shout Factory bringing this classic back to us in MUCH superior video/audio quality is a huge boon to film fans. I’ve collected this movie in at least 4 different editions on Blu-ray alone, and between this and the Arrow release, we finally have the definitive edition. The extras are substantial (like most Shout Factory Collector’s editions) and it’s definitely a must buy for Region A viewers.
Starring: Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Corey Feldman, Carrie Fisher
Directed by: Joe Dante
Written by: Dana Olsen
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 AVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 2.0
Subtitles: English SDH
Studio: Shout Factory
Runtime: 102 minutes
Blu-Ray Release Date: March 20th, 2018
Recommendation: Buy It!