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“Ya rotten kids, ya should be locked in cages!”


After many years of shoddy treatment at the hands of its distributor, Problem Child, one of my favourite bad movies ever, has finally been released properly!

This film, and its sequel, the imaginatively named Problem Child 2, have, for some time, only been available on DVD in 4x3 full frame format. Obviously, these aren’t the most prestigious titles Universal has ever released, and you won’t see them being added to the studio’s HD DVD line-up any time soon (then again, considering some of the junk they’ve released in high definition, you’d think they might be well at home there), but no movie, not even Voodoo Academy, deserved to be butchered in such a way. Thankfully, Universal’s European distribution wing have come to the rescue, releasing the two original “classics”, and an apparently embarrassing made-for-TV sequel, on April 3rd, in a 3-disc box set, named, like its two-film US counterpart, the Problem Child Tantrum Pack. Recognising the important place that these films hold in the history of cinema, the BBFC have also agreed to waive the cuts they originally demanded to Problem Child 2 (the film was unlucky enough to be released at the height of the board’s nunchuk obsession).


Naturally, I’ve ordered myself a copy, from Play. I also took the opportunity to order a copy of Black Book (Zwartboek in its native Dutch), a film I originally intended to go to see at the cinema (yeah, yeah, how many times have I said that and not gone through with it?). It’s a Paul Verhoeven film, so chances are it’s laughably bad, shamelessly tasteless, or both, but it got some pretty good write-ups at the time of its theatrical release, so I’m going to give it the benefit of the doubt. Oh yeah, and hope to get my reviews of both The Fountain (boo, hiss) and Pan’s Labyrinth (which I still haven’t got round to watching) before the end of the weekend.

Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 9:28 PM | Comments: 8
Categories: Cinema | DVD | HD DVD | Reviews



Ah yes, I remember back when I was a kid, and time had no value to me, ABC for a weekend showed Problem Child 1&2 then told me to "Stay tuned for the premiere of Child's Play 3!" Which was pretty bad, and not in a good way. Just... tame, like Home Alone 3 wait... no, Home Alone 4... Watch it if you're feeling brave.

Posted by: Todd S. Gallows, June 1, 2007 8:33 AM


Correction... Problem Child 3*

Though, Child's play 3 did more or less deliver the same effect of tame/lame dreck in a series of good bad movies.

Posted by: Todd S. Gallows, June 1, 2007 8:35 AM


Home Alone 4? I’m not that crazy. Then again, Problem Child 3 my psych me up for a true torture test.

Posted by: Whiggles, June 1, 2007 5:49 PM


Don't know if you're aware of this but Pan's Labyrinth is announced in a special DVD edition in France, with the film on HDDVD as a supplement.

Posted by: Lex, June 2, 2007 1:13 PM



Yeah, I noticed that. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have any English subtitles. Still, if I like the film enough, I may end up buying it all the same.

Posted by: Whiggles, June 2, 2007 3:07 PM


Have you ever seen any of Verhoeven's work made before he came to America?

Posted by: , June 5, 2007 4:38 AM


Not as yet, but Black Book, which I thoroughly enjoyed (will post my thoughts on it later), has interested me in his Dutch work.

Posted by: Whiggles, June 5, 2007 7:20 AM


TURKISH DELIGHT is where it's at.

Posted by: Marcus, June 5, 2007 5:19 PM

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