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The Little Shop of Horrors [Import]

Jonathan Haze , Jackie Joseph , Mel Welles , Charles B. Griffith    Unrated   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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Hilarious, cheapie black comedy from 1960 that may be the best film by B-picture master Roger Corman, other than Bucket of Blood, made about the same time with the same writer, Charles Griffith. Seymour (Jonathan Haze) is an assistant in a skid-row flower shop who's on the point of losing his job when the unusual plant he's developed turns the store into a major attraction. The only problem is that the plant needs human blood to live, all the while crying, "Feed me! FEED ME!" Luckily, Seymour causes a series of inadvertent deaths that more than make up for the food shortage. Jack Nicholson provides a comic sidebar as a nutjob masochist visiting a dentist's office. Giggling and wild-eyed from the same impulse that might lead others to read scandal sheets, he can be seen in the dentist's waiting room reading aloud from Pain magazine. Famous for having the shortest shooting schedule on record (two days and a night), The Little Shop of Horrors spawned an off-Broadway musical that was in turn made into a successful film in 1986, starring Rick Moranis and Steve Martin. It was in just this quick-shoot atmosphere that Corman nurtured the careers of many of America's most celebrated film directors; this little shop of honors included Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich, Martin Scorsese, and Jonathan Demme. The DVD has optional Japanese subtitles, very generous bios of the stars and filmmakers, and a clean, crisp transfer. --Jim Gay

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2.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Little Shop of Horrors May 28 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Don't get me wrong, I'm sure this is a great film, but Amazon, you really need to work on labelling. At the time I bought this, the information was the same as the Little Shop of Horrors starring Rick Moranis. I didn't realize it was a completely different film until seeing a picture of Jack Nicholson in black and white posing on the back cover. My advice - if this is the version you're looking for, go for it, but if you're looking for the other one, this isn't it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool package format Nov. 20 2012
By Aaaviku
Not only did the movie arrive promptly and in excellent condition, it also was packaged as a DVD case sized collector photo book
It was very cool
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5.0 out of 5 stars Plant Food... June 12 2004
Yes, this is the original LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, with the original talking carnivorous plant known as Audrey jr. Produced and directed by schlock-meisterburger Roger Corman, LSOH is about the trials of poor Seymour Krelboined (Jonathan Haze) and his interesting life in and around Mushnick's florist shop. Seymour works at Mushnick's, where a steady stream of eccentric characters happen through (including Dick "Bucket Of Blood" Miller as a guy who loves to eat flowers). Seymour is growing his own new type of plant, which he names Audrey jr. after his cutie pie co-worker (Jackie Joseph). Well, Audrey jr. doesn't seem to be very healthy, until Seymour accidentally cuts himself, getting some of his blood in Audrey jr.'s soil. The little plant responds and begins growing big and strong. The little green monster starts talking too, demanding more FOOD! Soon, Seymour is bringing in the bodies of people he's met, who just happen to have fallen victim to a series of unfortunate accidents. LSOH is hystrically funny and dark as well. Seymour's mom is unforgettable, as are Mr. and Mrs. Mushnick, and of course, the great Jack Nicholson in his debut role as a masochistic dental patient. Buy this one right now! Highly recommended...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wrong movie reviewed April 11 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Your review of Roger Corman's low-budget "Little Shop of Horrors" by James G. Mack actually reviews the musical version, made many years later. You need to correct that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars And all along it was a YIDDISH COMEDY!!! Dec 17 2003
As every film buff knows, this is the schlock horror movie that later became the hit Broadway musical of the same name. Like the musical, this was never intended to be a scare -- it was done tongue-in-cheek and is really a spoof .
I had heard of this movie, but did not see it until after viewing the musical. What surprised me was the amazing amount of Jewish humor in the original. Mr. Mushnik, the flower shop owner, speaks with a decidely Yiddish accent, and is constantly making puns like "Aloha -- OY!" Then there's Mrs. Shivah (her name refers to a Jewish funeral custom), who is always buying flowers for some relative who died. Never mind that traditional Jewish funerals don't use flowers -- it's a good gag. So is Seymour's hypochodriac mother, who is the exact opposite of the usual Jewish Mother -- she DOESN'T want Seymour to get married, but if he does, he should at least get a girl with a really serious disease, not this healthy Audrey he brings home. The dinner at Mom's is hilarious -- everything she serves is some sort of home remedy. Cough syrup liquers, cod liver oil soup.... kosher, but YECCCCH!!!!
All of this gets lost in the musical rewrite, which went from Yiddish theater mode to Motown. That was funny, too -- but if you are into collecting old Jewish humor, then the original "Little Shop" should definitely be on your shelf. I give it five stars, not because it's a great cinematic acomplishment (it's not!) but because I see it as a part of Jewish-American cultural history. And besides, it's funny!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the funny version Nov. 27 2003
I didn't realize there were other versions of "Little Shop of Horrors." This one is kind of creepy if your looking for the Rick Moranis version. This is an interesting movie to watch.
I actually found myself drawn to the TV, because unlike the funny movie, this one have the 'old school' king of twists that make it confusing.
It also has some of the same things (the dentist being fed to Audrey). You should just watch this movie, because it's not what you think it is.
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2.0 out of 5 stars great movie, lousy copy March 22 2003
Format:VHS Tape
If you've never seen Little Shop but love humor on the edge, this is more than worth the money (though I bought the same copy from another source for a dollar less).
But, if you love film, this copy is abysmal, not even close to Corman's original. There's dirt on the film, contrast is limited (though the movie is watchable) and detail is definitely compromised. It's recorded in VHS EP mode.
Corman made some great films, this title is arguably the best of its genre, and I hate to think that the original may be lost or missing, and this is all we have left.
It may have been shot in two days, but it was excellent B/W not so long ago.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Bad Review Feb. 15 2003
By A Customer
This movie needs better acting and special effects. It also needs color to make it more interesting. It wouldn't hurt for a better score or if it was longer to add detail. At the beginning, the narrator needs to put some expression into what he is saying and the actors need to do that over all. I actually think the best actor from this movie was the plant and the guy who ate flowers.
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