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Release Date: 10/7/2003
Original Release: 2003
Format: DVD
Length: 95 minutes
Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
Rating Reason: terror/violence, some sexual content, and language
UPC: 794043641923
Studio: Warner Home Video

Directed by: Glen Morgan
Featuring: Crispin Glover, Jackie Burroughs, Laura Elena Harring, R. Lee Ermey
Categories: Horror/Suspense, Black Comedy, Theatrical Release, Remake, Revenge

Willard Platinum Series DVD Description
Glen Morgan's WILLARD stars Crispin Glover in the title role as a socially awkward loner who lives with his ailing mother (Jackie Burroughs) in a decrepit old house. Trapped between duties at home and working at a dreary company formerly owned by his deceased father, Willard leads a bleak and routine existence until he befriends Socrates, an albino rat living in the basement. This new friendship leads to an affinity for the ever-growing rodent population under his house, and soon Willard discovers the rats will do anything he tells them. When Willard is pushed too far by his bullying boss (R. Lee Ermey), he decides to use his four-legged companions to get revenge.

A perfect pairing of actor and character, Glover is ideal as Willard in this Burton-esque remake of the 1971 cult horror film. Widely known as an introvert and eccentric in real life, Glover expertly transfers his quirks to Willard in a giddily affected performance that ranges from subdued to outraged. Ermey (of FULL METAL JACKET) and Laura Elena Harring (of MULHOLLAND DRIVE) provide excellent support as his dictatorial boss and concerned coworker, respectively, but the true costars of this thriller are two rodents, the affectionate Socrates and the imposing, cat-sized Ben. Although some of the rat scenes are rendered with animatronics or CGI animation, the majority of Glover's scenes with Socrates and Ben involve real animal actors who convey distinct personalities and factor heavily into the story. The clever and darkly comic script even manages to bring in an element of the original film by featuring photos and paintings of Bruce Davison, star of the earlier film, as Willard's dead father. And be sure to listen for both a young Michael Jackson and Glover himself singing WILLARD's adopted theme song, "Ben."

DVD Features
Region 1
Keep Case
Dual Side - Dual Layer
Full Frame -
1.33
Letterbox - 2.35
Widescreen - 2.35
Audio:
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound - English
Stereo Surround Sound - English
Additional Release Material:
Music Video: "Ben" - Crispin Hellion Glover (with Optional Commentary)
12 Deleted Scenes (with Optional Commentary)
Audio Commentary: Glen Morgan - Director, James Wong - Producer, Crispin Glover and R. Lee Ermey - Stars
Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
Three TV Spots
Featurette:
1. "Year of the Rat" - Behind-the-Scenes Documentary
2. "Rat People - Friend or Foe?" Documentary
Interactive Features:
Interactive Menus: Animated Menus
DVD-ROM Features:
Rat Gallery
Script-to-Screen
Trivia Game

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