Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Here they grow again.
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- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 20, 2002
- Originally Released: 1990
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Single Side - Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Additional Release Material:
- Music Video
- Audio Commentary: Joe Dante - Director
- Text/Photo Galleries:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Zach Galligan & Phoebe Cates|
|Performer:||John Glover, Robert Picardo, Jackie Joseph, Shawn Nelson, Rick Ducommun, Paul Bartel, Julia Sweeney, Robert Prosky, Christopher Lee, Haviland Morris, Dick Miller, Keye Luke, Gedde Watanabe & Kathleen Freeman|
|Directed by||Joe Dante|
|Edited by||Kent Beyda|
|Screenwriting by||Charles S. Haas|
|Composition by||Jerry Goldsmith|
|Produced by||Michael Finnell|
|Director of Photography:||John Hora|
... is one of the funniest comedies of its time, a veritable live-action cartoon from Joe Dante at his most unrestrained. Full Review
[A] riotous parade of slapstick sadism, self-reflexive gags and more movie parodies than a Mad magazine special...
Sight and Sound
... not merely the rare sequel that is funnier than the original, it is one of the funniest comedies of its time, a veritable live-action cartoon from Joe Dante at his most unrestrained. Full Review
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Rating: 3/5 -- Campy horror sequel has unrelenting cartoonish violence. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Only a snob could resist such a generous level of lunacy. Full Review
...It's an infernally funny mass entertainment....GREMLINS 2 is better than the original....Dante is a filmmaker with dash, spirit and humor...
Los Angeles Times
4 stars out of 5 -- [T]his splendid sequel prioritizes comedy....Full of inspired ideas...
Just when they thought they were safe, young sweethearts Billy (Zach Galligan) and Kate (Phoebe Cates) from Joe Dante's GREMLINS have moved on to the Big Apple, landed jobs in a high-tech office park, and have met up with Gizmo once again. When a series of accidents creates a whole new generation of Gremlins, the three pals must use everything they know to prevent another comic catastrophe. The monsters wreck havoc at Clamp Industries, the "smart building" where Billy and Kathy work, creating madness and mayhem for the Donald Trump-like owner, Daniel Clamp (John Glover), who sees the invasion as yet another opportunity for media attention. But, when the monsters invade "Splice of Life," the top-secret genetics laboratory housed at Clamp Industries, the Gremlins develop new genetically altered powers that make them even harder to destroy. This highly inventive sequel to GREMLINS, successfully combines wicked horror and dark humor in an outrageous and eerily realistic post modern setting.
- Cameo appearances by screenwriter, Charlie Haas, as Casper; composer Jerry Goldsmith as a customer at the frozen yogurt counter; and real-life movie critic Leonard Maltin, as himself (on the cable access show "Movie Police", he is giving the original GREMLINS a bad review).
- Cameo appearance by SNL's Julia Sweeney as the receptionist at "Splice of Life."
Two different versions of the film were made, one for theatrical release and one for video. In the theatrical version the film appears to begin to burn, in the video release the segment simulates a broken VCR.
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