Those mischievous green terrors are back for seconds in Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Warner has done a very presentable job at making sure this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen print looks very crisp and clean. Aside of just a smidgen of edge enhancement, this picture appears to boast sharp, detailed colors and well defined black levels. The soundtrack is presented in a newly remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround mix in English, along with a Dolby 2.0 Surround track in English, French and Spanish. The 5.1 mix does a fine job of making sure the soundtrack is crystal clear, though directional effects are rather slim and spotty. All aspects of the soundtrack are free of any hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc are English, French and Spanish subtitles. Warner has gone the extra mile to throw a few extra features on this disc, starting with a commentary track by director Joe Dante and producer Mike Finnell. This is mildly funny track that features multiple stories about the cast, effects and difficulties working with little green puppets. A gag reel of funny flubs is included, as well as an entertaining behind-the-scenes featurette which is a parody of other boring featurettes found on most discs. An ample amount of deleted footage running over 20 minutes is included with optional commentary and allows viewers to see what ended up on the cutting room floor. Finally there is a goofy game called "The Gremlins Files," a theatrical trailer for the film, and a list of the cast and crew members.
Over 20 minutes of never-before-seen footage
Feature-length commentary by director Joe Dante and producer Michael Finnell
Cast/crew film highlights
All-New 2001 digital transfer
Soundtrack remastered and presented in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Surround 2.0
Languages & Subtitles: English, Français & Español
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Rated 4 out of 5 stars
The original Gremlins was a minor masterpiece, and no sequel was ever going to match it in terms of quality. But this movie was fun in a different way, throwing insane concept after insane concept against the wall so we can laugh at what sticks...and also what doesn't stick.