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“Ya got a light for an old leprechaun’s pipe?” 

I fucking love the Leprechaun movies.  The first movie, starring Jennifer Aniston and Warwick Davis, set the bar for camp, comedy, and cutthroat kills pretty damn high.  It might have been slaughtered in its original release due to poor reviews, but the film survived the hate and now has a cult following.  The other films in the series - Leprechaun 2, Leprechaun 3, Leprechaun 4: In Space, Leprechaun: In the Hood, Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood, and Leprechaun: Origins – might not be as good as the original, but they ALL have their moments of shamrock shenanigans.

"no, the Lucky Charms jokes never get old in this series."


And, no, the Lucky Charms jokes never get old in this series.  For about a decade those magically delicious flicks kept on coming.  For good reason, too, as they proved to be profitable.  So, here we are in 2019 and we are finally writing about this release from Lionsgate.  Why?  Because a brand-new Leprechaun movie is just about to be unleashed upon us and we, for one, want to be ready for the latest adventure from this pint-sized (and very horny) terror. 

Starting in 1993, Leprechaun proved that Davis could be both whimsical and deadly and, as he did most of his traveling by trike, the film also sold us on the idea of Davis being one hell of a bad, bad dude while making us crack up.  He can keep it light and fluffy, but you are damned if you even try to touch his gold.  And that’s what happens in the first film, bringing this psychotic Leprechaun to a rural town just in time to pogo to death those who dare disturb his gold.  The second film, Leprechaun 2, has the evil little shit searching high and low for his coin AND a wife.  Once again, a great vehicle for Davis to shine and shine again in the role, but for the girl he focuses on, Shevonne Durkin, it’s just a baaaad move.  Still scary, the film is also way too schlocky this time out for its own good. 

In Leprechaun 3, the darkness of the first two films flips on the bright and neon lights and takes the Leprechaun to Las Vegas where he attacks with both wit and wacky intentions while facing off with a young man who has been “blessed” with Leprechaun blood.  The film is decidedly lighter than what has come before and offers viewers a chance to see what would happen with luck and good fortune while spinning the roulette wheel.  With the camp cranked extra glitzy and high, this flick rounded out the first wave of Leprechaun flicks.

And then came Leprechaun 4: In Space.  The title alone should be all you need to get this one into your blu-ray play like RIGHT NOW.  I mean, with the camp so high in this one, we have what looks and feels like Flash Gordon all over again . . . except now with little people who kill!  If it seems like a stretch, just remember that we are dealing with a mean-spirited Leprechaun here, so bugger off.  Anything is possible and with number 4, we have a campier look at this demented situation of gold lust as Davis blasts off and lands in an Ed Wood-like situation with a princess and an insane cyborg doctor, all gold-digging their way in the armpit of space. Leprechaun Collection Bluray

Ice-T joins the fight in the fifth film.  Leprechaun: In the Hood might be appearing as if out of nowhere, but the trade from horror to comedy is absolutely delightful.  This film is quite amusing and quite on point as Davis joins the rap scene of the 2000s with much more rhythm and many more beatings.  He’s also sexually-charged, making this film charged with inappropriate comments and scantily clad women.  The film worked so well that a sequel, Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood, was ordered and, returning Davis to the horror market, had the twisted fuck back into action, killing kids for touching his gold.  Not as freewheeling as the first time Davis was in tha hood, but it’s not nearly as bad as what was next in the series because Leprechaun: Origins, featuring WWE’s Dylan "Hornswoggle" Postl in the titular role instead of Davis, simply sucks. 

No one takes a leprechaun’s gold!  Find out why in these SEVEN films from Lionsgate!

4/5 beers

Leprechaun Collection Bluray

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Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Lionsgate Films
Available on Blu-ray
- September 30, 2014
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
: English SDH, Spanish
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; Four-disc set; UV digital copy; Digital copy
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Offered courtesy of Lionsgate Films, the AVC-encoded 1080p transfers of these Leprechaun movies are a relative goldmine of previously unseen details and colors.  The details in the locations and the clothing and some of the furnishing items are a reason to appreciate the visual “pop” throughout the high definition transfer.  The atmosphere – especially the cinematography – is especially nice.  The crisp image quality is the best you’re going to get with a film like this and, admittedly, even a bit better than expected.  Some stuff from the same era hasn’t made the HD transition quite as well, but these films look better than they ever did.  Colors are perfect. Blacks are solid. Skin tones are detailed and appropriate.  The sound – offered here in a strong DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo track – presents the terror in an engaging manner.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • See Special Features.

Special Features:

Lionsgate pairs these schlocky flicks with some great special features, making this release a MUST-OWN for fans of cult cinema.

Leprechaun

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Mark Jones and Special Make-Up Effects Creator Gabe Bartalos
  • Audio Commentary with Warwick Davis
  • The Leprechaun Chronicles Part One - Beginner's Luck
  • Behind the Scenes Footage
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

Leprechaun 2

  • Audio Commentary with Director Rodman Flender
  • The Leprechaun Chronicles Part Two - A Second Chance
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

 

Leprechaun 3

  • Audio Commentary with Director Brian Trenchard-Smith
  • The Leprechaun Chronicles Part Three - Place Your Bets
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

Leprechaun 4: In Space

  • Audio Commentary with Director Brian Trenchard-Smith
  • The Leprechaun Chronicles Part Four - Out of This World
  • Behind the Scenes Footage
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

 

Leprechaun: In The Hood

  • Audio Commentary with Director Rob Spera
  • The Leprechaun Chronicles Part Five - Evil's in the House
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

 

Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Steven Ayromlooi
  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Steven Ayromlooi and Warwick Davis
  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Steven Ayromlooi and Director of Photography David Daniel
  • The Leprechaun Chronicles Part Six - To the Hood. . .and Back Again
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

 

Leprechaun: Origins

  • Leprechaun: An Icon Reborn
  • Leprechaun: Behind the Blood

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