The Burbs (1989) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

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The Burbs (1989) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Joe Dante
Starring: Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher
Rated: PG/1:85/1080p/Region A/Number of Discs 1
Available from Shout Select

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 Burbs is one of the most hilarious and genre-bending films you’ll find out there. It deals with a suburban area that gets turned on its head when some of the regulars suspect that the weird new neighbors might be taking people out and burying them in the backyard. This was a movie I watched probably 50 or more times as a kid on VHS. I’ve given the old DVD a few spins and now I’ll happily be spinning this Blu-ray from Shout’s Shout Select line when I want to watch this great movie. For a comedy, the movie offers up more than a few spooky spots. From some of Ray’s (Tom Hanks) weird dreams he has, after he falls asleep watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, to just the weird and creepy new neighbors in general, this one is a hoot from start to finish and is a film I’d happily give a rare five out of five on. While it might get a bit tricky finding good movies that are even a little bit good in the horror genre for 1989, this one is probably the best film overall for the year and I can’t say enough how much I love this film.

If you are like me and have seen this one a million times then you probably just want to know what this release had on it. Well, this one comes with a 2K scan that looks really good as well as a workprint of the film. As many times as I’ve seen the original this was the first time I’d seen that and that was something cool to watch. You also get a commentary, interviews, and a making-of documentary that has a bunch of the cast but sadly no Tom Hanks. I would have liked to have seen Tom Hanks more in the extras but I still dig what we get here and thank it is a great release and if you are a fan you’ll be more than happy to add this one to your collection.


– NEW 2017 2K Scan Of The Interpositive
– NEW Interviews With Director Joe Dante, Editor Marshall Harvey, And Director Of Photography (Additional Scenes) John Hora
– 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
– 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

Quality of Transfer: 90%

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Chuck Conry

Chuck Conry has been doing this for ten years! He does reviews, podcasts, and makes indie movies. The jury may still be out on if he does any of those things well.