Studio Synopsis ~ In this cult classic, a nerdish florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.
Studio: Warner Bros.
Running Time: 94 minutes
Number of Disks: 1
– Theatrical version of the film with optional commentary
– The Director’s Cut featuring the newly restored 20-minute alternate ending: The footage of the original ending was previously available only in black & white in the extra content of a limited number of copies of a DVD edition released in 1998. Now, with the help of production notes from Frank Oz and others on the film’s creative team, WHV has meticulously restored and digitally remastered the ending, in full color, with the elaborate special effects intact. Sound has also been rebuilt and mixed in Dolby 5.1. The theatrical version has also been re-mastered.
– Digitally re-mastered picture and 5.1 sound on both versions
– Frank Oz and Little Shop of Horrors: The Director’s Cut: An introduction by Frank Oz with Richard Conway
– A Story of Little Shop of Horrors: behind-the-scenes documentary
– Outtakes and deleted scenes with optional commentary
– Two theatrical trailers
– Blu-ray Book: Boasting 40 pages of behind-the-scenes insight, including film trivia, actor and director bios and more
Quirky to its roots and overgrown with outrageous camp, “Little Shop of Horrors” plants a wondrous crop of songs and shocks, with an all-star cast and an equally stellar screenplay and music penned by the deft hand of the late Howard Ashman, whose later work included Disney musicals Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast. And though Corman’s classic 1960 shocker will always be the original Audrey appetite suppressant – fed with an amazing and unsettling performance by Jack Nicholson as Dr. Farb’s pain-junkie patient – the vitality, morality and brutality of this 1986 transplant demands to be in the sunlight.
Warner’s latest take on this weirdness is mostly a rehashing of veteran features wrapped in new packaging, but does include one extra item of particular interest. The controversial “alternate ending” is indeed that item and has finally been allowed back onto the extras menu with full colorization, Dolby 5.1 sound and special effects updates. This alternate ending briefly appeared on a few limited 1998 DVD editions, but under the scrutiny of the film’s producer David Geffen, was removed in apparent anticipation of a future DVD release. Geffen felt as if the unapproved, semi-finished black and white alternate ending – one that stayed true to the original Broadway ending, but was quickly nixed by test audiences – might make for an unexpected audience surprise later on and thus didn’t want its existence known.
The lone new addition to the extras menu, “Frank Oz and Little Shop of Horrors: The Director’s Cut” mulls over the aforementioned ending by teaming up both Oz and special effects artist Richard Conway, and addresses much of the reasoning, rehashing and reactionary factors that went into the scrapping of the darker original ending for the more sunny secondary one. Recurring features such as “A Story of Little Shop of Horrors” and the Outtakes and Deleted Scenes offer a wide spreading scope of the film’s behind-the-scenes production and playfulness, and Oz’s commentary on the theatrical version of the film is; as it’s always been, enormously insightful and a window into the mind of a true film technician. A full-color 40 page collector’s booklet with tons of information about the film, its cast, crew, and production is also included.
So whether you love it for its music, its mystique, or just love hearing Audrey II’s booming “Feed Me!”, the “Little Shop of Horrors: Director’s Cut” Blu-ray Book is hearty and harrowing enough to satisfy any massive musical appetite.
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Central Cast: Rick Moranis | Levi Stubbs | Ellen Greene | Steve Martin | John Candy | James Belushi | Christopher Guest | Bill Murray
Director: Frank Oz
Central Writers: Howard Ashman
Theatrical Release: December 19, 1986
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: October 9, 2012
Genre: Comedy | Musical
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE