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Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Commentaries on this disc:
Director Joe Dante, actor Zack Galligan, writer Charlie Haas, and producer Michael Finnell
Rating:6.6/10 (12 votes) [
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Reviewed by frankasu03 on June 18th, 2008
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I will admit, I'm biased about this commentary. It was the first one I ever listened to, and remains the only one I've listened to repeatedly since. Those who have listened to Joe Dante knows he gives great commentary. Paired with long-time collaborator-writer Charles Haas, producer Mike Finnell and star of Gremlins 1+2, Zach Galligan, this group gives one of the funniest, most entertaining talks I've ever heard. What began as an unneccesary sequel that Warner Brothers desperately needed became a great satire of movies, television, and pop culture. The gang really portrays the sense of madcap glee that embodies this film. Special kudos to Zach, who displays a keen memory of specific scenes, shooting days, and fellow actors. So informative, so entertaining, sure to keep you up..after midnight...sorry. 10 out of 10
Reviewed by Agressor on April 28th, 2015
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I wish I could agree with the poster above but alas, this commentary was a major dissapointment for me, having enjoyed both of the commentaries for the first Gremlins.
Zach Galligan and Joe Dante who provided excellent contributions for the first films commentary seems to have used up all their commentary-excitement on that go, because here they are boring and stilted.
Reviewed by Uniblab on January 17th, 2016
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A quite OK commentary. Compared to the director-and-crew track from the first movie, this one is more low-key and tongue-in-cheek and it couldn't have been different, since Dante right from the beginning makes it clear that the movie basically as a vanity project the studio offered him again after his first refusal and many failed attempts with other people.
Galligan is probably snakebit after having his enthusiasm cold-shouldered on the first movie's commentary, so on this one he basically restricts himself to a sidekick for Dante.
All things considered, even though this is by no means a remarkable track, it's pretty informative as Dante explains why Rick Baker did the creatures insted of original designer Chris Walas and even some amusing anecdoted about some of the most preposterous satirical elements being based on reality.
This is one of those tracks that will have a great appeal for those who remember the movie from their childhood.
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