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Vamp (1986/MVD Visual/Arrow Blu-ray)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: B Film: C

Obviously an influence on the Rodriguez/Tarantino classic From Dusk Till Dawn, the 1986 comedy chiller Vamp lands on Blu-ray disc for the first time thanks to the good folks at Arrow Films. Though a bit dated, the film is still a pretty fun vampiric journey that isn't quite like the other Vampire films being made around that time such as Lost Boys. Directed by Richard Wenk (who just recently wrote the sequel to Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher sequel and the remake of The Magnificent Seven), the film stars Grace Jones, Chris Makepeace, Robert Rusler, and Billy Drago to name a few. Also included on the release is the short film Wenk made in 1979 entitled Dracula Bites The Big Apple that is a nice relevant addition to the set.

In Kansas, two buddies Keith (Makepeace) and AJ (Rusler) are trying to join the best fraternity in the university. Their pledge is conditioned to the presence of a stripper to entertain the veteran's members of the fraternity. They need transportation to go to the city to hire a stripper, so they invite Duncan (Gedde Watanabe) to go with them in his car. When they arrive in at a sleazy stripclub called ''After Dark Club'' they get more than they bargained for when they encounter a group of femme fatale vampires, led by Katrina (Grace Jones).

Re-mastered in 2K from fine 35mm elements, the 1080p 1.86 X 1 high definition presentation of the film looks fantastic on disc with incredible contrast and colors throughout. Many parts of the film feature high contrast blacks that mix nicely with the colors (lots of greens and purples), namely in the strip club scenes - which look stunning. The new HD presentation resolves these color complexities well. The original mono mix in PCM 2.0 Mono is featured on the disc, which is an improvement over previous releases, but nothing significantly different.

Special Features include...

- One of those Nights: The Making of Vamp - a brand new documentary featuring interviews with director Richard Wenk, stars Robert Rusler, Dedee Pfeiffer, Gedde Watanabe

- Behind-the-scenes rehearsals

- Blooper Reel

- Image Gallery

- Dracula Bites the Big Apple (1979) - Richard Wenk's celebrated short film

- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil

- First pressing only: Booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Cullen Gallagher

If you're a fan of the film, this is the edition to get.

- James Lockhart



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