Near Dark (1987) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Horror / Romance
Lions Gate || R - 94 minutes - $19.99 || November 10, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-12-10


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Writer(s): Kathryn Bigelow & Eric Red (written by)
Cast: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton


Theatrical Release Date: October 2, 1987


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Featurette
  • Deleted Scene


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (DTS-HD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

It's the prequel to Twilight!!!! Wait, made in 1987? What the hell is going on here? Oh, it's just Lionsgate's poor attempt to cash-in on the success of Twilight by creating new artwork that looks very damn close to the film in question.

Plot: Caleb is a simple cowboy living with his father and younger sister when he meets a beautiful woman named Mae late at night. After putting the moves on her she decides to do the same to him - biting him. But uh oh...he is now turning into a...VAMPIRE! Mae's takes Caleb back to meet the rest of her 'gang' and they travel from city to city feasting on humans and trying to get Caleb to learn the ways of what he is slowly becoming.

I saw this film many years ago at a young age and didn't care for it much then...and now, probably 13 years later I still don't see how this film garnered 'cult' status.

The film itself is not bad - the tale of a tortured vampire who simply refuses to kill humans for nourishment but eventually turns on his 'family' is not a new concept but its effective here as Caleb never actually kills a human.

Acting is just what you would expect from a B movie. Lance Henriksen does a great job as does the two leaks but the rest of the Vampire crew is laughable.

The ending of the film bugs me because Caleb is cured by a blood transfusion - just like Mae later is. If it's that simple, don't you think the other Vampire's who had long gotten bored of the lifestyle would welcome the change to be human again . And if they get 'changed' back their bodies don't age. Oh well.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All features are presented in SD.

Commentary with Director Katherine Bigelow

Living in Darkness (47 Minutes) - An informative documentary that was created for the 2002 DVD re-release that brings together nearly the entire cast to discuss the inner workings of the film and how it got started. Funny seeing "flying man" Adrian Pasdar before his role in "Heroes". This looks really good too.

Also included is a Deleted Scene.

Sadly, Lionsgate has axed a few of the features found on the just recently re-released DVD. Thankfully, those features really don't add up to much anyway.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Near Dark is presented in 1.85:1 on a 25GB Disc. I've read other reviews of this release and most feel itís simply "DVD quality" but I have to disagree - it looks decent. Granted, its not the best budget title I've seen in terms of picture quality, but blacks are dark and there has been some cleanup done to it. As with the other Lionsgate releases, there is a mild bit of DNR applied.

Lionsgate has included an English 5.1 DTS MA Track for this release. Just like the other 80's flicks hitting Blu-ray the same month as this film by Lionsgate, almost everything is focused on the front speakers while the rears get minimal affects. The bar fight scene is the only time I really felt all five speakers active but at least the dialog didn't fluctuate.



.::OVERALL::.

Since this is a budget release timed to come out when New Moon hits theaters, I can't blame Lionsgate for trying to pimp the film a bit. With a modest increase in Picture and Audio quality and the low price tag I'd say give this one a purchase over a rent if you're into Vampire flicks.