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There Goes the Neighbourhood: The Making of The ‘Burbs (2014) Review

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The brand new making of doc that featured on the equally brand new Blu-ray release of The ‘Burbs from UK distributor Arrow Video this year. Featuring interviews and insight from the film’s director Joe Dante (Gremlins, Innerspace), some members of the cast along with the director of photography and production designer.

It’s a very well put together documentary on the making of the cult classic horror comedy starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, and Carrie Fisher. It’s a shame none of those three high profile names (and others) were involved in the project but coming from a small (albeit ever expanding) company like Arrow Films, it’s no real surprise they were unable to secure interviews with them.

We still hear some great stories, particularly from Courtney Gains (who plays the young Klopek in the film) who was a surprisingly fantastic interviewee. Wendy Schaal also had some fun things to say and then there’s Corey Feldman. I think he comes across worse than he actually is, because at times he seemed a little big headed in this, but I got the inkling he really wasn’t trying to be.

All the same, the main event for me was hearing as much as possible from the director himself, Joe Dante. He had plenty to say on the film and the talking head footage was spiced up greatly with a number of behind the scenes photos from his personal collection. Another thing Arrow seem to do well in their in house documentaries on Blu-ray releases is including photo references. For example when Wendy Schaal will say she’s worked with Joe Dante numerous times, we’ll see still images from those films, along with some brief information in the corner. Obviously Arrow wouldn’t be able to afford to licence clips from all of the films referenced but the use of images really brings a fuller feeling to the piece.

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Overall, fans of The ‘Burbs should be delighted with this feature as all aspects of the film are covered, from the writing, the production, the alternate ending that had to be reshot and much more. Highly recommended.

★★★½

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