I’ve never been a fan of musicals. Although I enjoyed “Annie,” “The Wizard of Oz” and other movies of that nature, I always found myself fast-forwarding through the musical numbers to get to the real meat and potatoes of the plot. That’s how I felt for the most part watching “Little Shop of Horrors” on Blu-ray for the first time. I did find a few of the songs humorous, but for the most part I found the musical numbers to be a distraction and break from the actual storyline. That’s a funny thing to say about a beloved movie based on a hit play but that’s how I feel.
Seymour works and lives in a plant shop where he eeks out a sad and lonely existence. His work mate is the lovely physically and emotionally abused Audrey. He pines for her day in and day out but never tells her about his true feelings. While shopping one day, Seymour sees an interesting plant he’s never encountered before. He buys it and takes it home, only to find out it’s a blood-thirsty man-eater. The more it drinks and eats, the bigger it gets. Will Seymour give into its demands to be fed or will he destroy the plant before it gets out of control?
“Little Shop of Horrors” couldn’t look any better than it does in this “Director’s Cut” Blu-ray version. The colors are vibrant and the picture is clean. Long-time viewers will be delighted to see the movie in high-definition finally. It will be like watching it for the first time all over again for them.
The movie is presented in 5.1 surround sound that successfully distributes the musical numbers, dialogue, and sound effects all over your home theater. Every bit of Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, and Steve Martin’s singing is heard in ways they’ve never been heard before. It’s an experience fans of this cult classic will be thrilled over.
There are plenty of bonus materials to be excited about. The theatrical version with optional commentary is included along with the newly restored Director’s Cut which has a 20-minute alternate ending. Frank Oz and Richard Conway provide an introduction for the Director’s Cut. A “behind-the-scenes” documentary entitled “A Story of ‘Little Shop of Horrors'” is featured. Deleted scenes and outtakes with optional commentary and two theatrical trailers are found as well. There’s also a 40-page booklet with pictures, “making-of” stories, and trivia inside. A special note from Director Frank Oz addresses his cut of the film.
I found both the theatrical and Director’s Cut to be entertaining. However, the Director’s Cut could have five minutes trimmed down from it and still be effective. The “Little Shop of Horrors: The Director’s Cut” Blu-ray is worth every penny fans and newcomers will spend on it. The movie itself looks and sounds phenomenal and the special features make this a collector’s dreams come true. It’s a wonderful addition to anyone’s home entertainment library.