Actors: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Frances Lee McCain, Polly Holliday, Hoyt Axton
Director: Joe Dante
Language: ENGLISH: Dolby TrueHD 5.1, ENGLISH: Dolby
Digital 2.0, FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1, GERMAN: Dolby Digital 5.1,
ITALIAN: Dolby Digital 5.1, SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1, SPANISH: Dolby
Digital 2.0, PORTUGUESE: Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish
Region: Region Free
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of Discs: 2
Orig. Release Date: 1984
Studio: Warner Bros.
Release Date: 9/30/2014
Run Time: 106 Min.
- Audio commentaries:
- Director Joe Dante, producer Michael
Finnell and special effects artist Chris Walas focusing mainly on
elements in the story, the incorporation of special effects, and what
could be done differently if the film was made with present-day
- Director Joe Dante, and actors Phoebe
Cates, Zach Galligan, Dick Miller and Howie Mandel, this track is far
more sentimental, with a focus on bits of information or stories from
the set of Gremlins.
- Gremlins: behind-the-scenes (480p,
Dolby Digital 2.0, 6:21 min): This featurette was produced back in 1983
and includes footage of the crew working on the set, as well as
interviews with Joe Dante, Steven Spielberg and Hoyt Axton.
- Additional Scenes (480p, Dolby Digital 2.0, 10:26 min)
- Photo gallery
- 2 standard definition trailers for Gremlins, and a standard definition trailer for Gremlins 2: The New Batch.
- Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous: Making Gremlins
(1080p; 1.78:1; 29:15): This new retrospective features new interviews
with director Joe Dante, star Zach Galligan, writer Chris Columbus,
executive producers Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall and producer
Michael Finnell. Columbus describes the inspirations behind his first
draft, which Spielberg bought and then advised on rewrites. Spielberg
chose Dante to direct, based on Piranha and The Howling.
Galligan describes his audition and the process of filming. Dante
describes, among other things, his battle with the studio over the
famous Phoebe Cates monologue about why she hates Christmas, which the
studio wanted to cut. He also discusses working with composer Jerry
Goldsmith, whom he calls one of the few authentic geniuses he's ever
- From Gizmo to Gremlins: Creating the Creatures
(1080p; 1.78:1; 17:48): The same group, plus creature creator Chris
Walas and Howie Mandel, the voice of Gizmo, describe the laborious
development of Gizmo and the Gremlins and the painstaking work required
to bring them to life in the pre-digital age. The highlight is listening
to Mandel talk in Gizmo's voice, especially when he announces his
availability for Gremlins 3.
- Hangin' with Hoyt on the Set of Gremlins (1080p; 1.33:1; 4:18): A collection of behind-the-scenes film clips from Hoyt Axton's downtime during the filming of Gremlins.
- Digital Comics (1080p; 1.78:1)
- Gremlins: The Gift of the Mogwai (7:01): This animated comic version of Gremlins
includes character voices and narration. It takes the story from Rand
Peltzer's purchase of Gizmo up through the Mogwai's first night in the
- The Last Gremlin (6:40): This
comic picks up the story as Billy, Kate and Gizmo chase "Stripe" into
the department store. In this rendition, the battle between Billy and
Stripe is considerably toned down. Instead, it becomes a race to the
greenhouse fountain, where Stripes attempts to multiply again. As in the
movie, Gizmo saves the day. (Note, however, that in the "Cute. Clever"
featurette, Galligan says that the scene was originally shot differently
and does a convincing impression of Dante explaining why it was changed
to its current form.)
Gremlins is a wildly original roller coaster ride of hilarious
mischief. One minute your hair will stand on end, the next you'll hold
your sides with laughter at the havoc these supposedly gentle furballs
create when the rules are broken. One of the most fondly remembered box
office hits of recent times, with sly special effects that dazzle and
enchant, Gremlins is "what superior popular movie making is all about."
(Richard Corliss, Time)