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Fright Night: 30th Anniversary Edition (1985/Columbia/Sony/Twilight Time Limited Edition Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B+ Film: A-

The cult classic Fright Night has never looked better as it explodes onto Blu-ray from Twilight Time in a limited edition pressing of 5,000, is already sold out online and is even visually an upgrade from their early, more basic limited edition that ran only 3,000 copies that the company issued a few years ago. You may be able to get either version off of Amazon, eBay or other online sources. I can assure you that this edition is pretty special, as all Twilight Time releases are, and is packed with new extras and a fully restored picture and sound mix. The disc also features an excellent insert booklet with cool artwork and production stills from the film with great linear notes. It's so refreshing to get a insert in a new Blu-ray release these days!

The film, though a little dated now and recovering from that so/so remake a few years back, has incredible special effects and so much charm that I never tire of watching it. If you haven't seen this film, I highly suggest you do as it remains one of the most interesting vampire films ever made. Made before Lost Boys, the film has a definitive '80s feel and a story that starts out similar to Rear Window with fun practical effects that still feel menacing and relentless.

For young Charley Brewster (Chris Sarandon), nothing could be better than an old horror movie late at night. Two men move in next door, and for Charley with his horror movie experience, there can be no doubt that their strange behavior is explained by the fact that they are a vampire and his undead day guardian. The only one who can help him hunt them down is a washed-up actor, Peter Vincent, who hosts Charley's favorite TV show, Fright Night. Vincent doesn't really believe that vampires exist, but does it for the money...

Directed by Tom Holland, Fright Night stars Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowall, Stephen Geoffreys, and Jonathan Stark.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a 2:35 X 1 widescreen aspect ratio and an English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 track and a English DTS-HD 2.0 Master Audio Stereo lossless track. Comparing the image to older releases, it's clear that this transfer has more saturated and brighter colors and a sharper image. Struck from a gorgeous new 4K master, the transfer is simply stunning - making it feel like a newer film than what it is.

Expanded extras include:

Audio Commentaries - First commentary track has filmmaker Tim Sullivan moderating a panel discussion with writer and director Tom Holland talking and stars Chris Sarandon and Jonathan Stark. This is followed by another where Sullivan, this time joined by journalist Jeremy Smith, once again moderates a lively chat with Holland, William Ragsdale, Stephen Geoffreys and special-effects artist Randall Cook.

Vintage EPK - Nearly as long as the movie itself, the original EPK piece features various interviews praising cast & crew, discussion on the film's themes, a music video along with interviews of the band and lots of surprisingly amusing BTS footage.

Reunion Panel (SD, 55 min) - Originally recorded in 2008 during Fear Fest 2, Tom Holland, Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Stephen Geoffreys, Amanda Bearse and Jonathan Stark reunite for a Q&A panel discussion where the group shares memories and laughs.

Choice Cuts - Broken into three sections, this collection of interviews features 'Shock Till You Drop' contributor Ryan Turek chatting with director and writer Tom Holland over a variety of aspects of the production, story, history and anecdotes from the set.

Plus we get an Isolated Music Score track, Still Gallery and Trailers.

This release is a must! Highly recommended even if you own previous versions!

For more on this film and its recent remake, visit our review of the earlier limited edition at this link:


- James Harland Lockhart V



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