The month of October seems to have a plethora of interesting releases. Frank Oz’s rendition of the cult classic “Little Shop Of Horrors” (1986) is coming to stores on Blu Ray on October 9th, 2012. The musical is based on the (1960) feature film version called “The Little Shop Of Horrors.” The 1986 version seems to have stood the test of time and is the most cherished amongst fans. The version stars Rick Moranis,Ellen Greene,Vincent Gardenia, and Steve Martin.
The story follows Seymour Krelborn, a florist working in the ill fated Mr.Mushnik’s flower shop. Business is horrible, mostly because of the dull vibe of the flower shop. With the business in the shadows of closing, Mr. Mushnik’s lovely assistant (And Seymour’s secret crush) Audrey, recommends Seymour shows off his unique plant. The plant which Seymour calls Audrey II is placed in the windows of Mushnik’s shop. The plant instantly is the bait for customers to come in and buy products. The only problem is the Audrey II only consumes blood for food. The Audrey II voiced by the late great Levi Stubbs (Lead singer of the Four Tops) begins to speak, grow, and take on a personality of its own. Seymour is in a bind because Audrey II has brought him success in so many ways. On the other hand, when Audrey II demands that Seymour partake in various atrocities to feed it Seymour is conflicted. Will all of his success go down the drain? Will he ever have a chance to be with Audrey?
The Blu Ray Directors Cut release of this film is a long time coming. In 1998, Warner Brothers special edition dvd was recalled after a short run in stores. It included over 23 minutes of uncompleted footage that was not authorized by (Producer) David Geffen. It is now a collectors item, and well sought after online. The new version will add all of this content back in.
The October 9th Directors Cut will feature:
- Theatrical version of the film with optional commentary
- The Director’s Cut featuring the newly restored 20-minute alternate ending
- 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
Fans of this movie should be well pleased, and first timers should also enjoy this rendition. Warner Brothers took their time and perfected this release. I’m sure fans will become fans again upon release.