Among the all-time, most underrated comedies is the 1989 Joe Dante film The ‘Burbs. A Tom Hanks-starrer about the dangers of nosey neighbors with too much time on their hands, and the lulling sense of false security that comes with living in the suburbs.
Boasting a cast that included Carrie Fisher, Bruce Dern, Corey Feldman, Rick Ducommun, and Henry Gibson, The ‘Burbs was just over 100 minutes of suburban paranoia and eventually validation. What starts as suspicious neighbors complaining about noise and yard upkeep, quickly devolves into hopping fences and cutting alarms. It’s 1980s suburbia at its finest.
Tom Hanks stars in The ‘Burbs, a comedy about a suburbanite whose plans for a peaceful vacation at home are disturbed by a creepy new family on the block. Much to the disappointment of his wife (Carrie Fisher), Ray Peterson (Hanks) and his three neighbors set out to investigate the next-door residence after they begin to observe strange happenings. Set in an average neighborhood that is anything but ordinary, The ‘Burbs blends slapstick comedy and spine-thrilling mystery and is superbly directed by cult filmmaker Joe Dante (Piranha, Gremlins, Matinee, The Howling).
They haven’t gotten into specifics of what else will be on the disc yet, so we’ll update once that information is available.
So you know how a bunch of you have been asking us when we'll put out The 'Burbs on Blu-ray?The answer is March 20, 2018! http://bit.ly/BurbsCollector
So while we wait for further details on the content of the Blu-ray, we thought we’d celebrate by sharing our 10 favorite quotes from the movie.
10. THE BROWNIES
Rumsfield: There go the Goddamn brownies!
9. THE ATTEMPTED THEFT
Ray: You wanna take that out of your pocket? You wanna not steal that from Walter’s house, please?
8. THE SLIDE TACKLE
Rumsfield: Hey… Pinocchio! Where are you going?
7. THE HEAD OF THE HOUSEHOLD
Carol: He can’t come out until he resembles the man that I married.
Art: Carol, We don’t have that kind of time.
6. THE PICTURE
Rumsfield: Oh, pretty girl! Friend of yours?
Hans: No, it came with the frame.
Rumsfield: [mocking] It came wit de frame?
5. THE LAME-O
Steve Kuntz: Hey man, when’s the big unveiling, huh? Look, I gotta go to work in a couple of hours, you know.
Rumsfield: Hey man, piss off. Ricky, get this lame-o out of your yard.
Ricky: Get out of my yard, Lame-o!
4. THE NOTE
Art: He’s a litterbug. You know it could be a candy bar wrapper, a credit card receipt, you know those things fly around. Ahhh… it’s my note.
3. THE TRASH BAGS
Ray: I’ve never seen that. I’ve never seen anybody drive their garbage down to the street and bang the hell out of it with a stick. I-I’ve never seen that.
2. THE CHANT
Ray: [chanting] I’m not going to listen to this, I’m not going to hear this now.
Art: Ray! Ray! You’re chanting! Ray. Ray, look. Ray, unconscious chanting! You’re chanting!
Art: [chants] I want to kill everyone. Satan is good. Satan is our pal.
Art: Ray. Ray, you’re chanting! Hey, once they [points to the book] get in here…[points to Ray’s head]…it’s over, pal.
1. THE THERMOSTAT
Art: A thermostat on a home furnace; is that supposed to go to 5,000 degrees, you think?
The ‘Burbs Shout! Factory Blu-ray releases on March 20, 2018, and pre-orders include a poster!
Images: Universal Pictures, Shout! Factory
Source: Shout! Factory