Little Shop of Horrors

Directed By: Frank Oz Starring: Rick Moranis

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Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

by mattie on 6/22/2011

Little Shop Of Horrors is a fabulous musical, proving that the spark and he magic is still there in the genre. It's quality all the way. What did surprise me most about it was how dark the whole affair was. Orin is beating up Audrey on a regular basis, Audrey II wants Seymour to go on a killing spree so he can get some lunch, Orin delights in ripping the back teeth out of his patients like there's no tomorrow. What's even more surprising is the contrast between these and the quite brilliant songs in the film (Classic numbers include "Suddenly Seymour", "Somewhere That's Green" and the show-stopping title theme). This rather strange mix works excellently, resulting in an irresistible film.

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definite must-have for a real fan

on 5/6/2012

This dvd was released around March of 1998. (Which makes it rare to begin with, since dvd's really didn't even catch on until 2000.) Warner Bros. released this dvd, and about 1 or 2 days later, all the copies were recalled. Apparently, The alternate ending (which has the audrey II spawning, and creating more plants, and then using this plant army to dominate the entire world!!) was left on the cutting room floor, because, according to the commentary, when they screened this ending with a test audience, they were horrified... so it was relpaced with the happy ending. (The plant dies, everyone lives, yay!!!) However, when they released the dvd, they added this alternate ending in the special features, apparently without the permission of Frank Oz, the director. So he filed a lawsuit against warner bros., forcing them to recall all the unsold copies of the film.

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Studio Warner
SKU 212121386
UPC 883929090914
UPC 14 00883929090914
Format DVD
Release Date 11/3/2009
Rating Rating
Black Comedy
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In this dark but goofy and thoroughly fun musical, shy Seymour and bubbly Audrey don't recognize the romance blooming between them, but they do recognize the money-making potential of Seymour's weird plant, discovered after a total eclipse of the sun. Soon money pours in and Seymour becomes a minor celebrity, but behind the glamour and fame lies a secret Seymour can't reveal: this strange and unusual plant's favorite food is blood. As the plant grows taller and taller, its demands for food grow as well, and Seymour starts to suspect that the plant might have an agenda for world domination.
Plot Summary
Summary Based on the Roger Corman cult classic, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS slams together twisted humor, a singing plant, a sadistic dentist, and sweet and oblivious love between two skid-row denizens into a rollicking musical well worth watching again and again. Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene portray perfectly clumsy Seymour and bubbly but easily dominated Audrey as they search for a way off skid row. A strange and unusual plant Seymour found after an eclipse might be their ticket out, but the plant Seymour calls Audrey II also desires a strange and unusual food: blood. Audrey's abusive boyfriend, Orin, a dentist who enjoys inflicting pain (played to the hilt by Steve Martin), is the first to go, but who will be next? And will Audrey II's hunger ever end? ^Moranis and Greene sing with verve and passion, making each song a joy, and the cartoonish sets recall a stage musical even as Frank Oz wields the camera skillfully to make the most of the movie format. Fans of musicals shouldn't miss this movie, and nonfans will soon be converts.
New York Times "...A full-blown movie musical, and quite a winning one....It's not hard to understand this good-natured material's durability..." 12/19/1986 p.C5
Variety "...[The] tech credits are excellent....[The] camerawork suggests a world like no other....On film the numbers are impressive set pieces, imaginatively staged with wonderful sets..." 12/10/1986
Los Angeles Times "...Grandly loony, full-bodied and explosively funny. It's a movie that connects with its audience in a big way....The actors and lines are on target, the music has a swing and bite, the camera seems exuberant..." 12/19/1986 p.C1
Premiere "[T]he movie is one of the better movie musicals produced in our largely post-movie-musical era." 12/01/2004 p.168
Frank Oz
Rick Moranis
Cast & Crew
Ellen Greene - Star
Steve Martin - Star
John Candy - Star
James Belushi - Star
Vincent Gardenia - Star
Rick Moranis - Star
Tisha Campbell - Star
Christopher Guest - Star
Bill Murray - Star
Frank Oz - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1986
UPC 00883929090914
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 94 minutes
Color Color
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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