The Lost Boys on DVD
If you didnt grow up in the 80s, you probably wont enjoy The Lost
Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) are moving to a small California
beachfront town with their mom (Dianne Wiest). Typical kids, they dont
want to be there; theyd rather be out with the friends theyre being
forced to leave behind. And they cant help but have a bad feeling about
Santa Carla, which is dubbed the murder capital of the world, because
of all the people that disappear without a trace.
But the family does their best to fit in. Mom gets a job and the boys head
out into town on a regular basis to do what they do. Michael meets Star (Jami
Gertz), a beautiful young girl who may or may not be dating David (Kiefer Sutherland),
who may or may not be a vampire.
Sam meets the Frog brothers (Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander), a couple
of local kids who seem to know more than they initially let on.
As Michael becomes more and more a vampire, Sam and the Frogs devise a way
to kill the head vampire and bring every half vampire back to normal. Trouble
is, theyre not quite sure who the head vampire is. Things progress pretty
normally from there, as the vampire hunters try to find and kill the necessary
vampires, and Michael does his best to cope with being a vampire not
to mention avoiding being killed by his brother and the Frogs.
It isn't a great movie. But its a great 80s movie. Its a total
cheeseball-fest of humor, action, and gore, with the one thing youd never
find anywhere but in an 80s movie: vampires with mullets. Not to mention vampires
who spend way too much time walking in and out of stores without actually buying
Director Joel Schumacher has a great looking movie on his hands. The small
California town is beautiful, and the film features frequent shots of the beach
and open ocean. Theres some wonderful cinematography by Michael Chapman.
Probably the best part about the whole thing is that it stars the two Coreys:
a sure sign of quality 80s filmmaking.
On the other hand, the movie itself isnt all that spectacular. It starts
out well enough, but a couple of times it seems unsure of where it wants to
go, opting to take the most obvious route you could think of. Of course, this
is 17 years ago, and was probably much less ordinary back in that day.
Its hard to imagine anyone but the target demographic really appreciating
The Lost Boys. Like The Goonies, Monster Squad, and so many others, you have
to have grown up in the aforementioned decade to truly enjoy it.
The Lost Boys has still managed to get a 2-disc special edition, even if its
the kind of 2-disc special edition that would have made a more impressive single
disc special edition.
Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, the picture is good, but suffers
from the typical 80s movie grain. Colors are rich and detail is well done (even
during the dark scenes), although theres a bit of muddiness here and there.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 is good, but should have featured more aggressive surrounds,
especially during the more intense vampire attack sequences. Overall dialogue,
music and effects are separated nicely, but the big, loud rock n roll
soundtrack should have been far more overpowering. The subwoofer goes back and
forth between being too loud and too quiet, with no real balance in between.
Disc ones only extra is the impressive audio commentary by Schumacher.
While some may only know him as the butcher of Batman, hes actually made
several pretty good movies. Not only that, but the man seems to be nothing more
than a movie lover who loves making movies, and it comes across in his commentary.
Hes pretty softspoken, but smart, and knows a thing or two about the filmmaking
process. He talks about everything from the pre-to-post production, the casting,
and the mix of horror and humor.
Disc two features a good assortment of other material, but theres no
doubt it could have easily fit on the same disc as the movie. The Lost
Boys: A Retrospective is a 25-minute making-of documentary that focuses
way more on the early stages of production than anything else. We learn how
the project came together, why certain people got involved, and how the movie
apparently has been one of the more influential films in the genre.
Inside the Cave is a short featurette on the visual design, Comedy
vs. Horror focuses on the movies postmodern hipness,
A Different Look at Vampires is all about the films new twist
on the classic legend, and A Sequel? examines the possibility of
a Lost Boys 2. Theres also another short on the Undead Creations
of Greg Cannom.
The Coreys and Jamison Newlander provide a multi-angle video commentary that
provides us with some great insight into the thought processes of the trio.
Theres also a 4-minute featurette on the history of the Coreys relationship.
Finally, we get a series of deleted scenes, a photo gallery, an interactive
map, a music video, and the trailer.
The Lost Boys, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
97 minutes, anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) 16x9 enhanced, Dolby Digital 5.1
Starring Corey Feldman, Jami Gertz, Corey Haim, Edward Herrmann, Barnard Hughes,
Jason Patric, Keifer Sutherland and Dianne Wiest
Produced by Harvey Bernhard
Screenplay by Janice Fischer & James Jeremias and Jeffrey Boam, Directed
by Joel Schumacher
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