|Category||Vampire||Theatrical Trailer(s)||Yes, 1|
|Year Released||1987||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||93 minutes||Other Extras||Cast & Crew Biographies
|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||
English for the Hearing Impaired
Italian for the Hearing Impaired
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.
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.
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 video quality is very good for the age of the movie.
The audio quality is good.
The extras present are average.
© Michael Demtschyna
26th March 1999
|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|