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Little Shop of Horrors 1998

The story behind ''Little Shop'''s extended DVD -- Why Warner Home Video flipped out after seeing ''Little Shop of Horror'''s original 23-minute climax

When Frank Oz's 1986 musical-comedy version of Little Shop of Horrors was briefly released in a special-edition DVD in '98, it included one bonus feature too many: the film's vastly superior original 23-minute climax — axed after test audiences went ballistic over Rick Moranis' and Ellen Greene's being eaten by the movie's basso-profundo-voiced plant. Warner Home Video refused to account for the immediate recall, but producer David Geffen owned up, when contacted by EW. ''Of course I objected,'' said Geffen. ''They put out a black-and-white, unscored, undubbed video copy of the original ending that looked like s---.'' Geffen promised EW in '98 that fans would get another shot at seeing the original ending once he provided his color version of the print, but another special edition was eventually issued without the coveted climax. Now, six years later, you may have to bid $100 or more (a used copy recently went for $122.50 on eBay) to own those death scenes in all their gruesome, hilarious majesty.

Originally posted Dec 03, 2004 Published in issue #795 Dec 03, 2004 Order article reprints