The Lost Boys [WS/P&S] [DVD] [1987]

This blend of teen comedy and vampire horror remains popular thanks to a willful placing of style over substance in making the vampires more cool than actually scary. Warner's DVD edition is pretty basic, but does at least emphasize director Joel Schumacher's visual flamboyance. The stylized lighting and shiny sets and costumes benefit from a seamless anamorphic widescreen transfer, and the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track ensures the brooding '80s soundtrack is crisp and clear. The extra features are slick but limited, consisting of the original theatrical trailer and some mildly interesting production notes. Thoughts from Schumacher or his teen heartthrob stars might have been welcome, but since the film plays like an extended MTV video, perhaps there is little insight or background to be discussed. Though this disc is nothing special, the feature itself is certainly improved by DVD technology, making it an interesting edition for '80s nostalgists.
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98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (155 out of 159)

Special Features

  • Interactive menus
  • Production notes
  • Scene access
  • Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Subtitles: English, Français, Español
  • Theatrical trailer

Synopsis

The Lost Boys
In this hit '80s hybrid of the horror movie and the teen flick, a single mom and her two sons become involved with a pack of vampires when they move into an offbeat Northern California town. Lucy (Dianne Wiest) and her sons, Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim), move to Santa Carla to live with Lucy's lovable but curmudgeonly father (Barnard Hughes). Lucy gets a job from video-store owner Max (Edward Herrmann), then begins dating him, while Sam hangs out with Edward and Alan Frog (Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander), a pair of vampire-obsessed comic-shop clerks. Soon Michael falls in with some actual vampires after becoming enamored of one of their victims: Star (Jami Gertz), a gypsy-like vixen who is trying to hold on to her humanity even though vampire leader David (Kiefer Sutherland) wants to play Peter Pan to her Wendy. When Michael visits the cavernous hangout of David and his cronies and unwittingly drinks from a wine bottle full of vampiric blood, he becomes an unwilling member of the bloodsucker biker gang. Soon, it's up to Sam and the Frog brothers to destroy David and his ilk without killing Michael and Star. Shot on location in the coastal California town of Santa Cruz and directed by Hollywood pro Joel Schumacher, The Lost Boys became a pop-culture phenomenon thanks to its attractive young stars, offbeat soundtrack, and hip, clever marketing campaign. The film's tagline -- "Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It's fun to be a vampire." -- perfectly captured its knowing mixture of attitude and gore. The effects team who transformed Sutherland and company into snarling bloodsuckers would go on to provide equally gruesome effects for Blade, another revisionist vampire flick, more than a decade later. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jason Patric
    Jason Patric - Michael
  • Corey Haim
    Corey Haim - Sam
  • Dianne Wiest
    Dianne Wiest - Lucy
  • Barnard Hughes
    Barnard Hughes - Grandpa
  • Edward Herrmann
    Edward Herrmann - Max

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