Critters

Critters

4.4 5
Director: Stephen Herek

Cast: Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy Green Bush

     
 

This well-remembered science fiction opus gets a serviceable presentation on DVD. Critters has been given a widescreen transfer to DVD at the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, letterboxed on conventional TV sets and enhanced for playback on 16 x 9 monitors. (A pan-and-scan transfer at 1.33:1 is also available.) The film's original English-language soundtrack hasSee more details below

Overview

This well-remembered science fiction opus gets a serviceable presentation on DVD. Critters has been given a widescreen transfer to DVD at the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, letterboxed on conventional TV sets and enhanced for playback on 16 x 9 monitors. (A pan-and-scan transfer at 1.33:1 is also available.) The film's original English-language soundtrack has been remixed for Dolby Digital 5.1 playback, while an alternate audio track dubbed in French is in Dolby Digital Mono. The feature is closed-captioned in English. As a bonus, this edition includes the film's original trailer.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
This pleasant, old-fashioned diversion posits eight hungry little furballs called Crites snatching a spaceship and escaping from their prison planet. They come to Earth, landing in a small Kansas town and pursued by a pair of shape-shifting bounty hunters. One takes the guise of a famous rock star named Johnny Steele (Terrence Mann of A Chorus Line), while the other snatches various guises from the people he meets. Meanwhile, the Crites are eating everything in sight and terrorizing a farmer's family. And a wholesome family it is, too, with mischievous son Brad (Scott Grimes of Night Life), precocious daughter April (Nadine Van Der Velde), and perfect housewife Helen (Dee Wallace of The Howling). Don Opper is funny as the semi-retarded handyman Charlie, who is always hearing aliens through the fillings in his teeth, and Blood Simple's M. Emmet Walsh is in fine form as the town sheriff. An interesting kiddie-oriented ploy has the bounty hunters almost as destructive as the Crites until they are befriended by young Grimes. Kids will enjoy the Crites, well designed to be both fearsome and cute by the Chiodo Brothers, who would go on to make the fun, silly Killer Klowns From Outer Space, while adults will groove on the nifty transformation effects by R. Christopher Biggs and the 1950s monster-movie ambience. Look for a young Billy Zane as Van Der Velde's doomed boyfriend, and a funny exchange between a hungry Crite and a toy ET. There were three sequels, none directed by Herek, who went on to 101 Dalmatians.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2003
UPC:
0794043637124
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
PG13
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:26:00
Sales rank:
26,314

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen and fullscreen versions of the film; 5.1 surround sound; Stereo surround sound; Hidden alternate ending; Theatrical trailers; DVD-ROM enabled

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dee Wallace Helen Brown
M. Emmet Walsh Harv
Billy Green Bush Jay Brown
Scott Grimes Brad Brown
Nadine Van Der Velde April Brown
Terrence Mann Johnny Steele
Don Opper Charlie McFadden
Billy Zane Steve Elliott
Ethan Phillips Jeff Barnes
Jeremy Lawrence Preacher
Lin Shaye Sally
Michael Lee Gogin Warden Zanti
Art Frankel Ed
Doug Koth Bowler #1
Montrose Hagins Organist
Roger Hampton Jake
David Stenstrom Pool Player #2
Adele Malis-Morey Woman #1
Corey Burton Critters

Technical Credits
Stephen Herek Director,Screenwriter
Chris Biggs Makeup Special Effects
Larry Bock Editor
Michael Cassidy Stunts
Gregg Fonseca Production Designer
Philip Foreman Art Director
Quicksilver Fx Special Effects
Rupert Harvey Producer
Anne Huntley-Ahrens Set Decoration/Design
Daryl Kass Production Manager
Elisabeth Leustig Casting
Isabel Bau Madden Art Director
Dononic Muir Screenwriter
David Newman Score Composer
Don Opper Screenwriter
Chiodo Brothers Productions Special Effects
Sara Risher Associate Producer
Robert Shaye Executive Producer
Tim Suhrstedt Cinematographer
Christopher Tufty Cinematographer
Hilary Wright Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Space Fugitives/Title [5:08]
2. Rise and Shine [3:13]
3. Strange Frequency [2:36]
4. Educational Videos [2:54]
5. Grounded for Life [4:18]
6. Meet the Parents [5:11]
7. Earthquake or Meteor [3:42]
8. Feeding Time [5:38]
9. Help From Above [6:42]
10. A Roll in the Hay [3:21]
11. Biblical Proportions [2:08]
12. "They Have Weapons" [4:42]
13. Bounty Hunter Bowling [4:59]
14. Critter in the House [2:56]
15. Police Report [1:49]
16. Brad's Ride [4:40]
17. The Exterminators [5:28]
18. Rescue Mission [9:15]
19. Home Improvement [2:44]
20. End Credits [4:12]

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