Directed by: Joe Dante
Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover, Robert Prosky, Robert Picardo
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Distributed by: Warner Home Video
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Running Time: 106 minutes
Film: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3 out of 5 stars
Warner Brothers definitely made up for their mistakes with the first “Gremlins” and delivers a very impressive release for “Gremlins 2: The New Batch”. This time around, the ante is upped and the gremlins are more out of control. I remember the first time I saw this film in the theaters, I was completely blown away but its satirical humor and over-the-top action. Although not this film doesn’t excel for this series but still is a damn fun time, especially in high-definition.
Like I said, the Blu-ray presentation is a real step up from “Gremlins”. It’s MPEG-4 AVC 1080p transfer looks almost perfect and very sharp in its 1.78:1 aspect ratio. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 audio track is also very impressive and works well with Goldsmith’s score and the special effects. Unlike “Gremlins” though, this Blu-ray does not also contain an English 2.0 track as well. Overall, this is a very impressive Blu-ray.
The special features are only in standard definition but overall not bad. There is an audio commentary with director Joe Dante, writer Charlie Haas, producer Michael Finnell and actor Zach Galligan. Worth checking out if you enjoy this zany sequel. There is a short but decent feature “The Making of Gremlins 2: The New Batch”, which plays like a spoof mockumentary. There are over 20 minutes of deleted scenes included with Optional Commentary. There is a few good ones overall and worth checking out. Since this film is a real romp there is an excellent gag reel running about 6 minutes. There is an “Alternate Home Video Sequence”, which includes a fun scene made for the home video release, remember home video? Lastly, there is the theatrical trailer included.
Synopsis: Billy Peltzer and Kate Beringer move to New York City and meet up with their Mogwai friend, Gizmo, when a series of accidents creates a new generation of diverse gremlins. Billy, Kate, and Gizmo must once again use all their experience to prevent another catastrophe.