Explorers - Collector's Edition [Blu-ray]
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The visionary dreams of three curious and adventuresome young boys become an exciting reality in Explorers, the action-fantasy from acclaimed director Joe Dante (Gremlins), who combines keen humor, warmth and fantasy with unexpected twists. In their makeshift laboratory, the boys use an amazing discovery and their ingenuity to build their own spaceship and launch themselves on a fantastic interplanetary journey. A galaxy of adventure for the whole family, Explorers stars a young River Phoenix (Stand By Me, Sneakers) and Ethan Hawke (Training Day, Reality Bites).
Bonus Content:- Includes the Home Video & Theatrical Cuts of the Film
- A Science Fiction Fairy Tale: The Story of Explorers – Featuring New Interviews with Director Joe Dante, Screenwriter Eric Luke, and Star Ethan Hawke
- Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Joe Dante
- Interviews with Cinematographer John Hora and Editor Tina Hirsch
- Theatrical Trailer
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 5.39 x 6.81 x 0.59 inches; 5.92 Ounces
- Director : Joe Dante
- Media Format : NTSC, Subtitled
- Run time : 3 hours and 38 minutes
- Release date : May 25, 2021
- Actors : Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, Jason Presson, Bradley Gregg, Georg Olden
- Producers : David Bombyk, Edward S. Feldman
- Language : English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
- Studio : SHOUT! FACTORY
- ASIN : B08VY771N1
- Writers : Eric Luke
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,974 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I've enjoyed the film ever since it came out. Didn't get to see it in the theater, but saw it when it came to home video and cable/satellite. Always enjoyed the simple fantasy that so many of us share which is building a spaceship. Plus, I thought the aliens at the end were hilarious. I think it's funny when people write about how they were disappointed at the end. Those people are missing the point. It's SUPPOSED to be disappointing. The main "hero" of the story, Ben, built up this huge fantasy in his head regarding aliens. When they didn't meet his expectations, he was profoundly disappointed. The audience is supposed to share in his disappointment. When you realize that, the film becomes more enjoyable.
The Blu-ray package is fine. There are two discs with two versions of the film. One is the Home Video cut ( which I'm sure most people have seen) and the Theatrical cut. Theatrical is about 3 minutes longer than Home Video cut. Haven't watched the Theatrical cut yet, but have looked at a few scenes to see if I could find the extra footage. I have to compare more, but I think the Home Video version has a better picture. Theatrical seems to be lighter. Special Features are fine. They're duplicated on both discs, so you can see all of them regardless of which disc you have in. Like a lot of Shout! Factory releases, the package has a reversible label so you can have either new artwork or classic movie poster artwork.
Good family film, and recommended to those who like 80's sci-fi movies.
By THXkid on May 26, 2021
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The version I got was a Dutch edition, don't worry, it runs on R2 machines without conversion and you just have to select English from the front menu.