"Director: Joe Dante"

  • Gremlins [1984]Gremlins | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £5.17   |  Saving you £10.08 (257.80%)   |  RRP £13.99

    When his absent-minded father gives young Billy Pelzer (Zach Galligan) a new pet, he warns him to abide by three rules. The rules get broken, of course, and the pet--a cute Mogwai named Gizmo--unwittingly gives birth to the vicious Gremlins who proceed to terrorise the town. Although the long shadow of Producer Steven Spielberg hangs over Joe Dante's 1984 comedy Gremlins almost as much as it did over Tobe Hooper's Poltergeist (1982), Dante doesn't allow it to overwhelm his own quirky style too much. Glimpses of Robbie the Robot and The Time Machine (which promptly disappears) at an inventors' convention reveal his passion for old-movie references (which culminated with Matinee, 1993). Aided and abetted by Spielberg's guidance and a script by Chris Columbus (who would go on to direct and produce the Home Alone franchise) and a music score by Jerry Goldsmith, Dante had all the help he needed to make the biggest hit of his career. Much of the humour derives from Dante's playful handling of the setting in Smallsville, USA, whose inhabitants are as much the target of his satire as they are of the Gremlins' unwanted solicitations. The xenophobic neighbour who warns prophetically of "gremlins" in foreign cars and machinery provides a subtext for the attack on homely American values, as does showing Invasion of the Body Snatchers on TV while the wicked Gremlins hatch. The sight of the little tykes cavorting in a bar, getting drunk and even dancing in pink leggings looks suspiciously like a satirical dig at the whole 1980's culture of selfishness: with their destructive impulses and overindulgences the Gremlins are the ultimate egotistical yuppies. As with many Spielberg projects, the bland hero saves the day for nostalgic, old-fashioned values, but there are plenty of laughs along the way--for example in the now-classic scene when the hero's mother fights off Gremlins in the kitchen by stuffing them in the blender and microwave. Dante's 1990 sequel is even more satirically pointed, and he effectively remade the original with Small Soldiers (1998), replacing Gremlins with toys. On the DVD: Disappointingly, there are no extra features at all here, aside from subtitles and "interactive menus"--which simply means there is an onscreen menu and it works. --Mark Walker

  • Innerspace [1987]Innerspace | DVD | (26/08/2002) from £4.79   |  Saving you £9.20 (192.07%)   |  RRP £13.99

    Innerspace is assured a place in the Hollywood history books as the movie which brought Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan together as one of cinema's most famous couples. The film itself belongs among a series of feelgood fantasies presented by Steven Spielberg in the 1980s, including Back to the Future (1984) and from the same director, Joe Dante, Gremlins (1983). Innerspace offers Dante's usual mixture of comedy, exciting action and fantasy, the plot being a variation on Fantastic Voyage (1966). Test pilot Quaid is miniaturised and as a result of a bungled attempt to steal the new experimental technology, accidentally injected into the body of a deeply stressed and insecure Martin Short. Quaid is charismatic and commanding, Ryan gives an early demonstration of her patent romantic comedy persona, but it's Short's picture as he delivers a perfectly nuanced performance pitched between slapstick and paranoia. The Oscar-winning special effects enhance rather than dominate the story, which, though it gets a bit too silly in places, is generally inventive and sufficiently action packed to sustain the almost two-hour running time. Jerry Goldsmith's muscular score is a major asset, while in-joke spotters will have fun picking out everyone from Chuck Jones to William Schallert (the doctor in The Incredible Shrinking Man (1! 957)). On the DVD: Innerspace on disc has a group commentary with director Joe Dante, producer Michael Finnell, visual effects supervisor Dennis Muren and actor Kevin McCarthy. This is engaging if far from riveting. The original trailer is anamorphically enhanced and there are two perfunctory pages listing cast, crew and the film's Oscar for special effects. The original Dolby Spectral soundtrack has been remixed into Dolby Digital 5.1 and is bold, clear and powerful. The picture is presented at 1.78:1 and is a virtually flawless transfer: colours are rich, detail levels are high and the only trace of grain is in a few particularly high contrast shots.--Gary S. Dalkin

  • Gremlins 2 - The New Batch [1990]Gremlins 2 - The New Batch | DVD | (23/04/2007) from £6.93   |  Saving you £7.32 (129.10%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Here They Grow Again... The rules are the same but the laughs are bigger and thrills are better. This time Billy and everyone's favorite Mogwai Gizmo must face off against a new batch of Gremlins that definitely think New York is their kind of town.

  • Piranha [Blu-ray]Piranha | Blu Ray | (28/01/2013) from £10.78   |  Saving you £5.21 (48.33%)   |  RRP £15.99

    When two hiking teens go missing around Lost River Lake private investigator Maggie McKeown teams up with the local drunk to look for clues. Their search takes them to a secret military base where they inadvertently let loose an experimental strain of mutant piranha. Now the guests at every resort downriver are on the menu! Special Features: Audio Commentary with Joe Dante and Jon Davison Behind the Scenes Making of Outtakes Stills Gallery Radio and TV Spots

  • Gremlins/Gremlins 2 - The New Batch [1984]Gremlins/Gremlins 2 - The New Batch | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £9.79   |  Saving you £0.20 (2.04%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous. They're here! Gremlins: Don't ever get it wet. Keep it away from bright light. And no matter how much it cries no matter how much it begs--never ever feed it after midnight. With these three instructions young Billy Peltzer takes possession of his cuddly new pet. Billy will get a whole lot more than he bargained for... Gremlins 2 - The New Batch: The rules are the same but the laughs are bigger and thrills are better. This time Billy and everyone's favorite Mogwai Gizmo must face off against a new batch of Gremlins that definitely think New York is their kind of town.

  • The Howling [Blu-ray]The Howling | Blu Ray | (09/10/2017) from £8.49   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    An instant werewolf classic, The Howling was directed by Joe Dante, a graduate of Roger Corman's school of low-budget ingenuity who had gained enough momentum with 1978's Piranha to rise to this bigger challenge. He brought along Piranha screenwriter John Sayles, too, and recruited makeup wizard Rob Bottin to create what was then the wildest on-screen transformation ever seen. With Gary Brandner's novel The Howling as a starting point, Sayles and Dante conceived a werewolf colony on the California coast, posing as a self-help haven led by a seemingly benevolent doctor (Patrick Macnee), and populated by a variety of "patients", from sexy, leather-clad sirens (Elisabeth Brooks) to an old coot (John Carradine) who's quite literally long in the tooth. When a TV reporter (Dee Wallace) arrives at the colony to recover from a recent trauma, the resident lycanthropes prepare for a howlin' good time. Dante handles it all with equal measures of humour, sex, gore, and horror, pulling out all the stops when the ravenous Eddie (Dante favourite Robert Picardo, later known as The Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager) transforms into a towering , bloodthirsty werewolf. (Bottin's mentor Rick Baker would soon raise the make-up ante with An American Werewolf in London.) As usual in Dante's movies (qv. Gremlins), in-jokes abound, from characters named after werewolf movie directors, amusing cameos (Corman, Sayles, Forrest J Ackerman), and hammy inserts of wolfish cartoons and Allen Ginsberg's "Howl". It's best appreciated now as a quintessential example of early-80s horror, with low-budget limitations evident throughout, but The Howling remains a giddy genre milestone. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • The 'burbs [Blu-ray]The 'burbs | Blu Ray | (15/09/2014) from £16.98   |  Saving you £10.00 (66.71%)   |  RRP £24.99

    He's a man of peace in a savage land... suburbia. The films of director Joe Dante have taken us to some strange places - a mysterious Chinatown antique store in Gremlins; a secluded resort populated by werewolves in The Howling; even deep inside the human body in Innerspace. But now he takes us to the strangest place of all - surburbia! Family man Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) is looking forward to a week of putting his feet up at home in the quiet leafy cul-de-sac of Mayfield Place. But his plans are scuppered by the arrival of new next-door neighbours The Klopeks whose behaviour and habits are more than just a little kooky. But things go from kooky to downright sinister when local old boy Walter disappears leading Ray and his buddies to suspect their new neighbours of killing and eating him! Sure the Klopeks are a strange bunch what with their digging up the backyard in the middle of the night - but they're not devil-worshipping cannibal killers...are they? If you're looking for a knowing slice of tongue-in-cheek terror then look no further than The 'Burbs. A standout horror comedy from a director who has given us more than his fair share of fun frighteners The 'Burbs assembles a superb cast including Tom Hanks Bruce Dern Carrie Fisher and Corey Feldman in a tall tale of small-town terror. You'll never look at those eccentric neighbours in the same way again! Special Features: High Definition Digital Transfer Newly Created Exclusive Content Reversible Sleeve Featuring Original and Newly Commissioned Artwork by Graham Humphreys Collector's Booklet Featuring New Writing on the Film Archive Content and More!

  • The New Twilight Zone: Complete 80's Box Set [DVD]The New Twilight Zone: Complete 80's Box Set | DVD | (29/04/2013) from £31.37   |  Saving you £18.62 (59.36%)   |  RRP £49.99

    Travel into the fifth dimension once again with the Twilight Zone, testing the limits of reality and exploring the mysteries of the universe. Airing from 1985 to 1989, this critically acclaimed anthology series carried on the legacy of the original Rod Serling programme and attracted a brand-new audience of fans Casts featured such stars as Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Martin Landau, Joe Mantegna and Fred Savage. Episode Directors include Wes Craven, William Friedkin, Joe Dant...

  • Looney Tunes Back In Action [2004]Looney Tunes Back In Action | DVD | (19/07/2004) from £3.99   |  Saving you £10.00 (250.63%)   |  RRP £13.99

    Warner Bros' beloved assortment of irreverent animated entertainers break out of the studio lot to embark on an adventure that takes them from Hollywood to the jungles of Africa.

  • Gremlins [Blu-ray] [Region Free]Gremlins | Blu Ray | (06/10/2014) from £8.99   |  Saving you £-1.00 (N/A%)   |  RRP £7.99

    When his absent-minded father gives young Billy Pelzer (Zach Galligan) a new pet, he warns him to abide by three rules. The rules get broken, of course, and the pet--a cute Mogwai named Gizmo--unwittingly gives birth to the vicious Gremlins who proceed to terrorise the town. Although the long shadow of Producer Steven Spielberg hangs over Joe Dante's 1984 comedy Gremlins almost as much as it did over Tobe Hooper's Poltergeist (1982), Dante doesn't allow it to overwhelm his own quirky style too much. Glimpses of Robbie the Robot and The Time Machine (which promptly disappears) at an inventors' convention reveal his passion for old-movie references (which culminated with Matinee, 1993). Aided and abetted by Spielberg's guidance and a script by Chris Columbus (who would go on to direct and produce the Home Alone franchise) and a music score by Jerry Goldsmith, Dante had all the help he needed to make the biggest hit of his career. Much of the humour derives from Dante's playful handling of the setting in Smallsville, USA, whose inhabitants are as much the target of his satire as they are of the Gremlins' unwanted solicitations. The xenophobic neighbour who warns prophetically of "gremlins" in foreign cars and machinery provides a subtext for the attack on homely American values, as does showing Invasion of the Body Snatchers on TV while the wicked Gremlins hatch. The sight of the little tykes cavorting in a bar, getting drunk and even dancing in pink leggings looks suspiciously like a satirical dig at the whole 1980's culture of selfishness: with their destructive impulses and overindulgences the Gremlins are the ultimate egotistical yuppies. As with many Spielberg projects, the bland hero saves the day for nostalgic, old-fashioned values, but there are plenty of laughs along the way--for example in the now-classic scene when the hero's mother fights off Gremlins in the kitchen by stuffing them in the blender and microwave. Dante's 1990 sequel is even more satirically pointed, and he effectively remade the original with Small Soldiers (1998), replacing Gremlins with toys. On the DVD: Disappointingly, there are no extra features at all here, aside from subtitles and "interactive menus"--which simply means there is an onscreen menu and it works. --Mark Walker

  • Burying The Ex [DVD]Burying The Ex | DVD | (19/10/2015) from £4.99   |  Saving you £8.00 (160.32%)   |  RRP £12.99

    When Max discovers that his girlfriend, Evelyn, is controlling and manipulative he is afraid to end the relationship. However, when fate takes over and she is killed in a freak accident Max cant believe his luck and soon has met a new girl who seems perfect. His new romance gets tricky, however, when Evelyn comes back from the dead intent on getting her boyfriend back and she wont take no for an answer. Burying The Ex is a hilarious horror movie from the legendary director of Gremlins.

  • Police Squad Season 1Police Squad Season 1 | DVD | (06/11/2006) from £12.13   |  Saving you £7.86 (64.80%)   |  RRP £19.99

    The satirical comedy Police Squad pits an ace detective and his captain (Leslie Nielsen & Alan North) against the criminal elements that befoul a big city. From the creators of Airplane!. Episodes Comprise: 1. A Substantial Gift (The Broken Promise) 2. Ring of Fear (A Dangerous Assignment) 3. Butler Did It the (A Bird in the Hand) 4. Revenge and Remorse (The Guilty Alibi) 5. Rendezvous at Big Gulch (Terror in the Neighborhood) 6. Testimony of Evil (Dead Men Don't Laugh)

  • The Burbs [1989]The Burbs | DVD | (01/06/2009) from £5.38   |  Saving you £4.61 (46.10%)   |  RRP £9.99

    To the disappointment of his wife Carol Ray decides to spend a relaxing week at home and soon gets into trouble with his neighbours - a hefty busybody a freaked-out ex-soldier and a spacey teenager - as they observe the strange happenings next door at the Klopek's bizarre residence. When the neighborhood grouch suddenly disappears the men are convinced the ramshackle house hides some hideous clues. Armed with assault rifles high-powered binoculars and a shovel they decide to see for themselves exactly what is going on in the Klopek place... Tom Hanks portrays suburbanite Ray Peterson whose plans for a peaceful vacation are disturbed by a creepy new family on the block in this outrageous suspense-comedy directed by Joe Dante. Set in an average neighborhood that is anything but average The Burbs blends slapstick comedy and spine-tingling mystery with the type of witty humour that has made Tom Hanks a star.

  • Gremlins / Gremlins 2 - The New Batch [1984]Gremlins / Gremlins 2 - The New Batch | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £7.79   |  Saving you £-0.80 (N/A%)   |  RRP £6.99

    Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous. They're here! Gremlins: Don't ever get it wet. Keep it away from bright light. And no matter how much it cries no matter how much it begs--never ever feed it after midnight. With these three instructions young Billy Peltzer takes possession of his cuddly new pet. Billy will get a whole lot more than he bargained for... Gremlins 2 - The New Batch: The rules are the same but the laughs are bigger and thrills ar

  • Small Soldiers [1998]Small Soldiers | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £3.99   |  Saving you £6.00 (60.10%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Here's the pitch for Small Soldiers: "It's like Toy Story but these toys that come to life really kick butt!" That's essentially it for this breezy popcorn flick. In a very smart first 10 minutes, new toy-company owner Denis Leary tells his crew he wants toys "that play back". Hence the small soldiers land in Anytown, USA and the loner kid Alan (Gregory Smith) opens them up before they are supposed to be on the shelves. Those military-grade chips sure make them smart and give the toys plenty of pithy retorts to boot. There's plenty of violence and action, most of it fun enough. The vocal talents, including Tommy Lee Jones, Frank Langella and cast members of The Dirty Dozen are inspired characters, the humans less so. With Gremlins director Joe Dante at the helm, it plays like a sequel to that 80s fantasy. Amazing visual effects, of course. --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com

  • The Hole [Blu-ray]The Hole | Blu Ray | (17/01/2011) from £8.49   |  Saving you £14.50 (63.10%)   |  RRP £22.99

    Four teenagers discover a mysterious hole that leads to an underground bomb shelter. Two weeks later only one of them emerges alive. Can she be trusted to tell the truth about what really happened?

  • Small Soldiers [Blu-ray]Small Soldiers | Blu Ray | (06/11/2017) from £9.39   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Here's the pitch for Small Soldiers: "It's like Toy Story but these toys that come to life really kick butt!" That's essentially it for this breezy popcorn flick. In a very smart first 10 minutes, new toy-company owner Denis Leary tells his crew he wants toys "that play back". Hence the small soldiers land in Anytown, USA and the loner kid Alan (Gregory Smith) opens them up before they are supposed to be on the shelves. Those military-grade chips sure make them smart and give the toys plenty of pithy retorts to boot. There's plenty of violence and action, most of it fun enough. The vocal talents, including Tommy Lee Jones, Frank Langella and cast members of The Dirty Dozen are inspired characters, the humans less so. With Gremlins director Joe Dante at the helm, it plays like a sequel to that 80s fantasy. Amazing visual effects, of course. --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com

  • The 'Burbs [DVD]The 'Burbs | DVD | (28/03/2016) from £5.99   |  Saving you £9.00 (150.25%)   |  RRP £14.99

    Tom Hanks stars in The 'Burbs, a sporadically funny extended sketch piece about a gaggle of suburban neighbours so preoccupied with mysteries taking place behind the closed doors of a newcomer that they go to extremes to look inside. The film is essentially a simple satire from director Joe Dante, for whom suburbia has been ripe territory for such comic-horror stories as Gremlins, Explorers, Matinee and Small Soldiers. Of all Dante's movies, The 'Burbs has the least story material to go around, and it depends heavily (and with modest success) on the comic powers of its cast--including Bruce Dern as a paranoid nut, Hanks as a Mr Normal type who loses perspective, and Rick Ducommun as Hanks' neurotic best friend. These appealing people hold one's attention, but by the end of the film, with nothing much having happened, even the cast can't mitigate an empty feeling. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

  • The Hole [DVD]The Hole | DVD | (17/01/2011) from £3.09   |  Saving you £16.90 (546.93%)   |  RRP £19.99

    From director Joe Dante comes a teen horror 3D adventure that explores the fears and secrets buried in the mind of young people.

  • Amazon Women on the Moon (Dual Format) [Blu-ray]Amazon Women on the Moon (Dual Format) | Blu Ray | (02/04/2018) from £10.98   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    For the first time on Blu-Ray anywhere!! Amazon Women on the Moon is a 1987 American satirical comedy film that parodies the experience of watching low-budget movies on late-night television. The film, featuring a large ensemble cast, was written by Michael Barrie and Jim Mulholland, and takes the form of a compilation of 21 comedy skits directed by five different directors: Joe Dante, Carl Gottlieb, Peter Horton, John Landis, and Robert K. Weiss. The title Amazon Women on the Moon refers to the central film-within-a-film, a spoof of science-fiction movies from the 1950s that borrows heavily from Queen of Outer Space (1958) starring Zsa Zsa Gabor, itself a movie that recycles elements of earlier science-fiction works such as Cat-Women of the Moon (1953), Fire Maidens from Outer Space (1955), and Forbidden Planet (1956). Film actors making cameo appearances in various sketches included Rosanna Arquette, Ralph Bellamy, Griffin Dunne, Carrie Fisher, Steve Forrest, Steve Guttenberg, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kelly Preston, and Henry Silva, alongside television actors such as Ed Begley, Jr., Bryan Cranston, David Alan Grier, Howard Hesseman, Peter Horton, William Marshall, Joe Pantoliano, Robert Picardo, and Roxie Roker. Other notable people in the cast included voice actors Corey Burton and Phil Hartman, talk show host Arsenio Hall, adult film actress Monique Gabrielle, science-fiction writer Forrest J. Ackerman, B-movie stars Lana Clarkson and Sybil Danning, musician B. B. King, radio personalities Roger Barkley and Al Lohman, composer Ira Newborn, director Russ Meyer, model Corinne Wahl, comedian Andrew Dice Clay, Firesign Theater member Phil Proctor, and independent film actor Paul Bartel. John Landis had previously directed The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977), which employed a similar sketch anthology format.

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