The Lost Boys

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Details At A Glance

Category Vampire Theatrical Trailer(s) Yes, 1
Rating Other Trailer(s) None
Year Released 1987 Commentary Tracks None
Running Time 93 minutes Other Extras Cast & Crew Biographies
Production Notes
RSDL/Flipper No/No
Cast & Crew
Start Up Movie
Region 4 Director Joel Schumacher

Warner Brothers
Starring Corey Feldman
Jami Gertz
Corey Haim
Edward Herrmann
Barnard Hughes
Jason Patric
Kiefer Sutherland
Dianne Wiest
Case Snapper
RRP $29.95 Music Thomas Newman

Pan & Scan/Full Frame None MPEG None
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Dolby Digital 5.1
16x9 Enhancement Yes Soundtrack Languages English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
French (Dolby Digital 2.0 )
Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 )
Theatrical Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
Macrovision ?
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
Italian for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking No

Plot Synopsis

    I don't know if it is my imagination or not, but it seems to me that every time a new video format is released, The Lost Boys ends up on that new format pretty early on in the piece. The Lost Boys is not one of my favourite movies. Indeed, I think it is quite dull overall. However, I can certainly say that the most impressive way to experience this movie is on DVD.

    Santa Carla, California is a great resort town. It is also the murder capital of the world thanks to its resident vampire population. Lucy (Dianne Wiest) and her sons Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) come to live with Lucy's father, Grandpa (Barnard Hughes) when Lucy gets divorced.

    Pretty soon, Lucy has met Max (Ed Herrmann), Michael has become a vampire and met the local vampires headed by David (Kiefer Sutherland) and become enamoured with one of them, Star (Jami Gertz), and Sam has met the local "experienced" vampire slayers, Edgar and Alan Frog (Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander).

    Michael doesn't like being a vampire, and Sam, Edgar and Alan figure out that if they kill the head vampire, everyone else will return to normal.

    The movie is accompanied by a nicely remixed 5.1 soundtrack with considerable attitude, and this coupled with the movie's cinematography shown in its true 2.35:1 glory, meant that I wasn't nearly as bored as I have been in the past whilst watching this movie.

Transfer Quality


    The video transfer of this movie is excellent for its age, with only minor flaws.

    The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer was clear and sharp most of the time, though some graininess is apparent at times. Shadow detail was generally very good, though not as good as contemporary transfers. There are a lot of very dark scenes, and generally these are rendered very well. No low level noise was apparent.

    The colours were heavily saturated. Indeed, at times I would have described this transfer as oversaturated.

    No MPEG artefacts were seen. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of a small amount of aliasing, which was much less than I was expecting from this transfer. Film artefacts became a little intrusive at times, with occasional white flecks here and there.


    There are three audio tracks on this DVD; an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, and French and Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded soundtracks. I listened to the default English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack.

    Dialogue was clearly audible at all times, though a few dialogue peaks were slightly distorted.

    There were no audio sync problems with this disc.

    The musical score is by Thomas Newman and is suitably edgy.

     The surround channels were used aggressively, for music, ambience and special effects, providing a reasonably enveloping experience.

    The .1 channel was used moderately to give added punch when it was required.


    The basic extras are on this disc.


    The main menu is plain and functional.

Theatrical Trailer

    This is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced with a Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded soundtrack.

Cast & Crew Biographies

    These are quite lengthy.

Production Notes

    These are extensive and cover numerous production issues in some considerable detail.


    The Lost Boys is for those of you that like the Vampire genre. I was a little bored, though the excellent audiovisual experience compensated somewhat for this.

    The video quality is very good for the age of the movie.

    The audio quality is good.

    The extras present are average.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Michael Demtschyna
26th March 1999

Review Equipment
DVD Pioneer DV-505, using S-Video output
Display Loewe Art-95 95cm direct view CRT in 16:9 mode, via the S-Video input. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Audio Decoder Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital AddOn Decoder, used as a standalone processor. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Amplification 2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer
Speakers Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Yamaha B100-115SE subwoofer