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Little Shop of Horrors: The Director's Cut

Now with 100 percent more major metropolitan area destruction!

Rod Lott October 3rd, 2012

How long has it been since you've seen 1986's Little Shop of Horrors, the Oscar-nominated musical comedy produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Martin Scorsese? No, I haven't erred; according to producer David Geffen in a half-hour special on this definitive Blu-ray edition, those Hollywood heavyweights were part of his original plan.


That's one fun fact I learned, but the real draw of this release is the film's Holy Grail: the 23-minute original ending in its entirety and in full-color — not the unfinished black-and-white version — and it's Quite Something to See.

As many Little Shop fans know, but thought they'd never view, the movie stayed true to the off-Broadway smash — itself based on a legendary 1960 Roger Corman quickie — by ending with the murderous plant Audrey II (voiced by The Four Tops' Levi Stubbs) not only eating star-crossed leads Seymour (Rick Moranis) and Audrey (Ellen Greene), but then laying waste to New York City en route to a world takeover.

The effects of the mean green mother from outer space's Godzilla-style rampage are incredible and, it should be noted, all practical. If it had seen theatrical release, I wonder if that Academy Award nomination for effects wouldn't have notched up into a win. Its fourth wall-breaking stinger is also a delight.

As good as the footage is, however, this is one of those rare cases in which I think the test audiences were correct: Seymour and Audrey deserved their happy ending. That they ultimately did had to be part of why director Frank Oz's Little Shop has been a perennial favorite of mine since I first saw it over Christmas vacation in '86. I've seen it so many times, I have its soundtrack memorized. —Rod Lott

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10.03.2012 at 04:43 Reply

Thanks for the review Rod. I don’t think I’ve seen this movie since 1986 and I loved it then. I had a blast singing and dancing in the musical in college, but the idea of seeing the giant talking plant in Blu-ray is intriguing. I’ve been talking with some coworkers of mine from DISH who also love cult classics and they are down for a Little Shop of Horrors get together. When I get excited about a movie, I’ve been known to run out and buy it, but that has blown up in my face when the movie isn’t as good as I’d expected. I like my peace of mind and I can save money by renting from Blockbuster @Home, then if the Blu-ray is a hit, I’ll buy it and have it in my collection.