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The Lost Boys (1987/Blu-ray/Warner Home Video)


Picture: B+     Sound: B+     Extras: B+     Film: B



We are quite familiar with Vampire films around here, in fact we’ve covered dozens of titles over the past few years and you can read about them, as well as the terrific essay posted here:





Two of the better of the subgenre arrived almost simultaneously in 1987, those two films would be Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark and Joel Schumacher’s The Lost Boys.  Both are different in their approach to the material and Near Dark has survived a bit better over the years, but The Lost Boys has become a bigger hit and seems to have endured for fans.  There is no doubt that a large part of the films success, both then and now, is the cast, which at the time was young and inexperienced, but those same actors have emerged into some of the best and brightest in the business.


Arriving on Blu-ray from Warner, the film will arrive with great anticipation and fans should be quite satisfied with the overall package, although the performance of this Blu-ray is a bit on the disappointing side at times, more on that later.  The supplements should quench the thirst though for the majority of the films fans, and it’s no surprise that this film arrives on Blu-ray at the simultaneous release of the films sequel The Lost Boys: The Tribe, which is about 20 years overdue and because of that fact, suffers tremendously.  Despite liking the majority of Schumacher’s body of work, he gets lucky with this film, but it has not aged nearly as well as most think.


In some respects this film works almost entirely because of the cast and the cinematography by Michael Chapman (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, but aside from that the film always felt dated on arrival and never really managed to pull all the strings together, certainly not as well as Near Dark.  Most of the inexperience comes from the directing as Schumacher had only done a few films up until this time and looking back now it’s apparent that the film is more of a ‘teenie’ vampire film than it is serious, especially if you do a direct comparison to Bigelow’s film.


The film is presented for Blu-ray in a 1080p transfer framed at 2.40 X 1, was shot in real anamorphic Panavision and displays a great range of detail, depth and color that has not been seen before in home video releases.  However, despite that, there are limitations in overall sharpness.  This is a 50GB disc, so the storage space on the disc enables the entire film, along with great extras to remain on one disc.  The majority of the close-ups in the film look good and demonstrate the resolution that Blu-ray is capable of for back catalog titles, but other scenes look softer and blacks are a shade off from time to time.  Aside from those few issues, the film still looks the best it has and will satisfy most tastes, even the bloodiest ones.


Same goes for the Dolby Digital TrueHD mix, which will come across boosted in comparison to previous home video releases.  Here we finally get all of the films dynamics without the compressed sound that was always evident earlier.  Instead, we get crisp detailed highs and smooth deep lows.  Some scenes work a bit better than others as it seems that scenes with more activity (see action) are almost harsh in nature.  Overall the sound feels ‘bigger’ and is perhaps more along the lines of what those heard back in 1987 in theatrical prints that were in 70mm blowups with their 4.1 Dolby magnetic 70mm stereo sound.


The extras are the real deal in this release as we get a terrific commentary track by Schumacher (he always delivers good audio tracks), a 24-minute long retrospective from 2001, 4 featurettes that details some of the actors in the film, a featurette that runs 23-minutes that is more focused on the two Coreys, 12-minutes of deleted scenes, a photo gallery, Lou Gramm’s music video “Lost in the Shadows”, and the films theatrical trailer, which is presented in 1080p resolution.  The other supplements are standard definition.


Fans should be glad to finally get this film in High Definition and while there are small issues with both the picture and the sound, those are overcome by the wealth of extras and should appease most until a future release cancels out some of the minor problems associated here.  Until then, enjoy!



-   Nate Goss


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