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Little Shop Of Horrors 

Directed by Frank Oz (Warner)

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Making its debut on Blu-Ray in an extras-packed special edition, 1986’s Little Shop of Horrors has never looked, or sounded, better. The goofy, grisly musical comedy about a boy (Rick Moranis), a girl (Ellen Greene) and a hungry, homicidal houseplant is filled with hilarious cameos (like Bill Murray’s masochistic nutjob) and memorable musical numbers (Steve Martin steals the show with his heartfelt ode to dental cruelty). Director Frank Oz’s commentary highlights the practical effects wizardry that brought Audrey II to life, while the legendary alternate ending—where the heroes die, and the killer plant conquers the world—is also included in an optional director’s cut. In a new featurette, Oz admits to filming a new, happier ending when early test audiences were outraged by the downbeat finale. It was a wise move, but it’s a treat to see the elaborate original conclusion restored here.

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