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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful.
Excellent classic films in a great package.
By SB Leo
Since other reviewers had already discussed the movies on these DVD's in their reviews and most of us already knew these movies, I am not going to waste our time to go over them again. I would like to report the technical details of these two DVD's to help other people make their buying decisions.
1) DISC ONE: Dual layer, The Money Pit, 91 minutes - Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1 - English 2.0, Spanish 2.0, English DTS 5.1, French DD 5.1 - English subtitle & SDH.
2) DISC TWO: Dual layer, The 'Burbs (106 mins) & Dragnet (102 mins). Both have the following specs: Anamorphic 1.85:1 - English 2.0, French 2.0 - English subtitle & SDH.
The special features are: The making of The Money Pit, The 'Burbs alternate ending and Theatrical Trailers for all 3 films.
FYI, I bought The 'Burbs on DVD a few years ago [*], which was on a single layer DVD. I can say that the copy of The 'Burbs on disc 2 is the same as that DVD. I didn't own The Money Pit & Dragnet on their own DVD's before buying this set so I can't talk for them. My friend who owned The Money Pit DVD told me Disc 1 was the same as what he had. I hope my report is helpful for other people.
[*] The product info of The 'Burbs DVD on Amazon says that it has an English DD 5.1 soundtrack. Actually, the English soundtrack on this disc is a DD 2.0 surround mix. If we run the movie through Dolby PL IIx or DTS Neo:6, the simulated 6.1/7.1 surround sound is very convincing.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
Akroyd/Hanks = Yes!
By T. Dahl
I never watched the original show and don't really care about it. The 80's movie iteration was pure 80's movie gold and it is awesome to see two hilarious people and good actors together in a buddy cop movie, before those were really a thing, save for 48 hours, and that horrible Joe Piscopo/Treat Williams movie.
The laughs are cheesy but I still laugh ever time. Dabney Coleman is pretty funny as a rip off Hugh Heffner and the story line is actually pretty good. The movie moves a long with no weird slow spots and comedy is running rampant with the dry quick-witted Akroyd and the 80's goofball version of Hanks.
If you are looking for a silly movie that is enjoyable with a good story, this is it, check it out. Tell them the PAGANs sent you.
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By Michael Boss
1989's The 'Burbs (written by Dana Olsen and directed by Joe Dante) follows a week in the life of Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) attempting a 'Staycation' in his quiet cul-de-sac of Mayfield Place. His week of rest is quickly shattered because his nosey neighbors Art Weingartner (played by Rick Ducommun) and an Army veteran named Mark Rumsfeld (played by Bruce Dern) suspect that the Peterson's new introverted next door neighbors - the Klopeks - are Satan worshiping cannibals. The Klopeks - Uncle Reuben (played by Brother Theodore), Dr. Werner Klopek (Henry Gibson), and Hans Klopek (Courtney Gains) - are wonderfully mysterious with their thick and ambiguous Eastern European accents and eccentric housekeeping. After convincing a skeptical Ray, the three devise a plan to find out just what it is the Klopeks are doing in their basement, and just what did they bury in their backyard late one night?
The movie stars Tom Hanks at what I think is the height of his comedic arc, after a series of great movies he is leaving the 1980s on top. As Ray Peterson, he is stressed and overworked and just wants to relax and enjoy some nice time off from work. He loves the quiet and peaceful setting of his suburban environment. Unfortunately, his neighbors Art and Mark ruin this idyllic sense in their attempts to convince Ray that his neighbors really are Satanic murderers.
Tom Hanks' delivery and comedic timing are impeccable and carries the movie. But not in a way that overshadows his co-stars, as they answer his deliveries with equal funny lines and over-the-top madcap action. Ray's wife Carol (Carrie Fisher) provides the sensible rational side of things, trying to convince the group that the Klopeks are just different and that they only need to get to know them. Once she decides to leave to go visit out of town family, Ray is left to be completely overtaken by the idea that his neighbors really are Satanic murderers, and sets out with Art and Mark to prove it.
This movie was shot on a single set at Universal Studios and takes place all within the set - the plot never moves outside of the small cul-de-sac in which the neighbors all live. I've always loved that simple aspect of this movie as it feels like watching an old episode of The Twilight Zone. Along with an excellent soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith that pokes fun of his other works, such as Patton ([...]), it's easy to get taken to the world of Mayfield Place. The director, Joe Dante, also directed a few other movies that have a place in my heart and childhood - The Twilight Zone Movie, Gremlins and Gremlins 2, and Innerspace.
The movie did decently enough at the box office, but was widely panned by critics. I think it's a campy and often overlooked film that is fun to watch at any time. It was one of those movies that was often playing on TV or on a movie channel as I was a kid, and I've seen it often. I've always thought that it was well-acted and hilarious and just not understood by those who do not like it. The movie is dark and weird, but somehow maintains a light and fun feeling all at the same time.