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Blu-ray Review: THE 'BURBS - There Aren't Enough Superlatives To Describe This Release - Movies In Focus
Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs is a delicious black comedy which focuses on the residents of a small cul-de-sac of Mayfield Place in the fictional town of Hinkley Hills. Strange events soon lead them to believe that their new neighbours are murderers. Dante takes the rough premise of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window and filters it through a comedy/horror prism. This gives the film a unique tone, one which has helped it stay relevant for over a quarter of a century. Tom Hanks plays Ray Peterson, the bored family man on week-long vacation. Much to the chagrin of his wife (Carrie Fisher), all Peterson wants to kick-back and relax. However he’s lead astray by fellow neighbours Art Weingartner (Rick Ducommun) and Mark Rumsfield (Bruce Dern), who decide to snoop on the Klopek family (Henry Gibson, Brother Theodore and Courtney Gaines). The ‘Burbs is Joe Dante working at the top of his game (that’s saying something when he also helmed The Howling and Gremlins). Dante’s macabre humour is perfect for the mixed tone of Dana Olsen’s script and he attacks the film with a mischievous glee. He has the perfect leading man in Hanks, an actor who is the ultimate screen everyman. Hanks goes [...]