Little Shop of Horrors [Special Edition] [DVD] [1986]

One of those rare films to attain cult, critical, and popular success, fans of Little Shop of Horrors will be both pleased and disappointed by this Warner Home Video DVD release. There is no faulting the widescreen anamorphic transfer that returns the film to its theatrical aspect ratio, nor the equally fine Dolby Digital audio transfer. Another bonus has the witty Alan Menken and Howard Ashman score on a separate audio track, while Frank Oz's audio commentary gets viewers inside of what was a very hard shoot. Director Oz is on the record as saying that his rather dry demeanor was the basis for the Muppet Bert of Sesame Street fame and he erases any doubt of that in his insightful, if humorously monotone, commentary track. There is also a fun "Outtake Reel" from the shooting which reveals why fans of the movie have reason to be disappointed in this DVD. For a few seconds of outtakes, viewers can see part of the original ending of the movie, in which the monstrous giant plants take over the world. Shot at great expense, the original, darker ending was replaced with a more upbeat (though still cynical) conclusion. In a bizarre move, Warner Home Video has botched both of its DVD releases of Little Shop of Horrors. The first release only showed the film with the original ending while this second release only gives viewers the theatrical version. Can a third DVD release that combines all the features of the first two versions and has both endings be far behind?
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Special Features

  • 2 theatrical trailers
  • Feature-length commentary by director Frank Oz
  • Interactive menus
  • Language & subtitles: English, Français, Español
  • Outtakes and gags
  • Production notes
  • Scene access
  • Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1

Synopsis

Little Shop of Horrors
It started as a 1960 Roger Corman horror comedy, filmed in two days; it then inspired a lavish 1982 Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Finally in 1986, Little Shop of Horrors (1960) graduated into a multimillion-dollar, all-star film musical. Rick Moranis plays nebbishy Seymour Krelborn, who works in a rundown flower shop on Skid Row. While his boss (Vincent Gardenia) bemoans the lack of business, Seymour seeks a way of bringing the shop -- and himself -- fame and fortune. He purchases a strange plant from an even stranger oriental street vendor (Vincent Wong), naming the plant after his girlfriend Audrey (Ellen Greene, one of the few carry-overs from the Broadway version). Gradually, Seymour learns to his horror that "Audrey II" (given the voice of R&B performer Levi Stubbs) craves blood and flesh. With each of Audrey II's "FEEED MEEE"s, Seymour must scare up human food to satisfy the plant's appetite. One such victim is dentist Steve Martin, a leather-jacketed Elvis type (the dentist's ultra-masochistic patient played by Jack Nicholson in the 1960 original is here impersonated by Bill Murray). The lighthearted tone of the film darkens as Audrey II grows in monstrosity, but the unhappy ending of the Broadway version is avoided herein. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Rick Moranis
    Rick Moranis - Seymour Krelborn
  • Ellen Greene
    Ellen Greene - Audrey
  • Vincent Gardenia
    Vincent Gardenia - Mr. Mushnik
  • Steve Martin
    Steve Martin - Orin Scrivello, D.D.S.
  • Tichina Arnold
    Tichina Arnold - Crystal

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