Gremlins 2: New Batch [DVD] [1990]

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.
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Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (90 out of 95)

Special Features


  • Over 20 minutes of never-before-seen footage
  • Behind-the-scenes documnetary
  • Feature-length commentary by director Joe Dante and producer Michael Finnell
  • Gag reel
  • Cast/crew film highlights
  • Theatrical trailer
  • All-New 2001 digital transfer
  • Soundtrack remastered and presented in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Surround 2.0
  • Interactive menus
  • Scene access
  • Languages & Subtitles: English, Français & Español
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Where the original Gremlins was a horror film spiked with comedy, Gremlins 2: The New Batch is essentially a black comedy, with a couple of horrifying touches. As the film starts, the fantastical trinket shop in Chinatown, which sold the Mogwai in the first film, is demolished by a crazed multi-media businessman called Daniel Clamp (John Glover). The heroes from the first movie, Billy (Zach Galligan) and Kate (Phoebe Cates), happen to work for Clamp in his huge high-rise. They find the Mogwai within Clamp's building, but not before he has accidentally spawned legions of mischievous, lizard-like Gremlins. Soon, the Gremlins are wreaking havoc throughout the building. In the original film, their misdeeds were violent, but here they're also goofy and satirical. Director Joe Dante has filled the film with quick verbal and visual jokes, which, for many, makes Gremlins 2: The New Batch a satire and inversion of the typical horror film. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Zach Galligan
    Zach Galligan - Billy Peltzer
  • Phoebe Cates
    Phoebe Cates - Kate Beringer
  • John Glover
    John Glover - Daniel Clamp
  • Robert Prosky
    Robert Prosky - Grandpa Fred
  • Robert Picardo
    Robert Picardo - Forster



Overall customer rating

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95%
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    better than the first

    Posted
    prlwctd

    This 1990 Gremlins sequel (which reunites the main cast with director Joe Dante) finds Billy & Kate now working at a mechanized building (owned by a hilarious John Glover) in the Big Apple. There, they are reunited with Gizmo, who has been brought their by a genetics team working in the lab after his owner passes. One thing leads to another and the title creatures make an encore appearance. Christopher Lee & future Star Trek: Voyager Robert Picardo are also funny as a genetic scientist & a stuffy executive, respectively. This has even more laughs than the first (especially once the Gremlins get their claws on genetic material), which is probably why it's the rare sequel that's better than the first.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Surprised no Remake.

    Posted
    Tman92
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    I am really surprised they have not remade the Gremilin movies. They have remade everything else and than some. I am afraid they might rip it to shreds though. These are classics, and there are a few younger people that know who they are, which was surprising to me. I sat down with my now 5 year old daughter and introduced them to her. She loved them, of course the Gremlins were scary but she couldn't stop laughing at Gizmo. I like 1 more than 2, but 2 is still good. I use the theme as my ringtone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not As Good As the First, But Still Worthwhile

    Posted
    kevman79

    The original 'Gremlins' was such a great film, it really comes as no surprise that there wasn't any way a sequel, regardless of how good, could best it. Nonetheless, 'Gremlins 2: the New Batch' still has some great material that fans of the first film will enjoy. My personal favorite aspect of the film was Gizmo donning 'Rambo' garb to help defeat the gremlins near the end of the movie. Great bonus features on this widescreen disc. Recommended!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good sequel

    Posted
    FooDankie

    I loved this and the original movie when I was a child. I bought this movie for my daughter on DVD because she was wearing out the movie that was recorded on VHS tape. Now she has the original, part two and a dancing, singing gremlin-she is very happy and content. There are some violent scenes and black humor but nothing my daughter hasn't seen watching cartoons. I highly recommend this movie. Your kids will love you for it.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Great B Monster Movie

    Posted
    SaintofSatan
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    At its core, this is purely a fun monster movie. If you are expecting amazing acting or crazy special effects, this is not the movie for you. However, if you enjoy creature features or enjoyed the first Gremlins. Then you will definitely enjoy this movie. Warning, do not expect this to be close to as good as the original Gremlins but it is still extremely fun to watch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nostalgic fun

    Posted
    Sean
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect Sequel

    Posted
    Recondite
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    Gremlins 2: The New Batch is more comedy driven this second time around but still incorporates enough horror to connect to the original movie. The new batch of gremlins was a great gift for the fans of the 1984 original. Couldn't ask for a better sequel, (spoiler alert) unless we got an aquatic or spectral Gremlin.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sequel to a classic

    Posted
    GizmoLover
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    I very much enjoyed watching this movie again. I absolutely love the adorable lil Gizmo and was amused with the movie parodies to the original Gremlins movie, Rambo films, The Wizard of Oz, Marathon Man and The Phantom of the Opera. I recommend this movie if you're a fan of slapstick comedy.

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