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In the realm of modern vampire films, THE LOST BOYS ($25) stands out as a superior offering because of its sleek, yet tongue-in-cheek approach. Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) are two teenage brothers who relocate with their recently divorced mother into their grandfather’s home in Santa Clara, California. Unbeknownst to the new residents, Santa Clara turns out to be vampire central, with an undead teen motorcycle gang running amok. Kiefer Sutherland is David, the leader of the vampire pack who sees Michael as an ideal candidate for his private boys club. Jami Gertz portrays Star, the very attractive female vampire that David uses to lure Michael in.

Much of the film’s humor comes when Sam discovers that his older brother has become a fledgling vampire and is forced to enlist teen vampire hunters Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Allen Frog (Jamison Newlander). With the aid of the Frog brothers, Sam hopes to root out the head vampire and save Michael from a bloody fate. Also adding to the film’s humor is Barnard Hughes who delivers a great comic performance as Michael and Sam’s spaced out grandfather. The cast of THE LOST BOYS also features Dianne Wiest as Michael and Sam’s mother Lucy and Edward Herrmann as Lucy’s suitor Max.

Warner Home Video offers THE LOST BOYS on DVD in both Letterboxed and pan and scan presentations on opposite sides of the disc. The pan and scan transfer crops almost half of the film’s Panavision aspect ratio, making it a viable option for only the least discriminating viewer. If you must watch this version of THE LOST BOYS, it does have good color and decent detail. The great looking Letterboxed presentation features the 16:9 anamorphic enhancement for wide screen televisions and restores most of the film’s 2.35:1 theatrical aspect ratio. Dark sequences reproduce with surprising detail, however there is noticeable film grain in a number of the more difficulty lit sequences. The rest of the transfer is sharp, detailed and richly colored. Digital compression artifacts were never troublesome on the Letterboxed edition, however they were somewhat more noticeable on the pan and scan presentation.

THE LOST BOYS features a new Dolby Digital 5.1 channel re-mix for this DVD release. The mix is quite good, giving excellent channel separation across the front and deep base. The surrounds aren’t used as aggressively as newer films specifically mixed for a 5.1 channel format, however the sound from the surround channels is effective. Other soundtrack options include a matrix Dolby Surround compatible track. Subtitles are available in English, French and Spanish.

The interactive menus offer access to a theatrical trailer, production notes and cast and crew biographies/filmographies.

Horror fans are certain to enjoy THE LOST BOYS on this good looking and sounding DVD. Recommended.




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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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