Near Dark

Near Dark

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Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Cast: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen


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Vampires roam the countryside in search of blood in director Kathryn Bigelow's '80s horror classic Near Dark. This two-disc set sports a first ever 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and looks fantastic. The dark, foreboding colors and solid black levels are all well saturated with only the slightest amount of dirt showing up in the image. Otherwise, this is


Vampires roam the countryside in search of blood in director Kathryn Bigelow's '80s horror classic Near Dark. This two-disc set sports a first ever 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and looks fantastic. The dark, foreboding colors and solid black levels are all well saturated with only the slightest amount of dirt showing up in the image. Otherwise, this is an exceptional transfer by Anchor Bay which should please fans who have long waited for this film on DVD. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround as well as DTS Surround, both in English. Each of these soundtracks are very enveloping with surround sounds swirling around the viewer. Some of the directional effects sometimes sound forced, though mostly these are tight, taught mixes filled with creepy effects and effective music. All aspects of these mixes are free and clear of any hiss or distortion. Also included on this set is a Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround mix and English closed captions. Anchor Bay has pulled out all the stops to make this edition of Near Dark a great buy for fans. Starting off the second disc's special features is an informative commentary track by director Kathryn Bigelow. Bigelow is a very intelligent speaker who has a lot to say about the production, casting, and story. This track is a must for any viewer wanting to know more about the film's history. "Living in Darkness" is a nearly hour-long documentary featuring all-new interviews with the director, producers Steven Charles Jaffe and Edward S. Feldman, director of photography Adam Greenberg, and actors Adrian Pasdar, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, and Jenette Goldstein. This is a very comprehensive feature that should give viewers a lot of insight into the making of the film. Finally, there is a single deleted scene with optional commentary by the director, storyboard for five key sequences, two galleries with over 100 images, talent bios, theatrical trailers, and a booklet for fans to peruse through. All in all, this is an excellent first-ever DVD edition of Near Dark.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
Katherine Bigelow's mesmerizing Near Dark is a lyrical, gorgeously crafted vampire western that has acquired a cult following since its release in 1987. The undead in Bigelow's film are a tightly knit, leather-clad gang of hell-raisin' rednecks who prowl the Southwest in a motor home looking for fresh prey. When one of them, an ethereal beauty named Mae (Jenny Wright), attracts the romantic attentions of farm boy Caleb (Adrian Pasdar), she spares his life, turning him into a vampire and inducting him into the clan. Bigelow, a former painter, clearly revels in the visual and poetic possibilities of both western and vampire myths, presenting a hero who is caught, literally and figuratively, between the forces of light and dark. Both deadly and alluring, the vampire gang functions as a sort of perverted familial unit. Each member is sharply drawn, with standout performances by Wright, by Lance Henriksen as the leader of the pack, and by Jenette Goldstein as his moll. The shimmering nightscapes and images of the vampires racing across flat plains in an attempt to escape the rising sun are unforgettable. And the scene in which Caleb, unable to kill his own prey, hungrily sucks blood from Mae's wrists, is breathtakingly erotic. With references ranging deftly from classic westerns to '60s biker movies, Near Dark is a near-perfect genre hybrid that stands among the best modern vampire movies.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Kathryn Bigelow's Near Dark (1987) crosses the Western with the horror film in one of the most intriguing and smartly scripted films in the vampire subgenre (although the "v" word is never spoken). While the velvety shadows and expressive lighting effects enhance the eeriness of the undead drifters' night world, Bigelow's keen visual sensibility is also displayed in her stylish Western landscapes; the romance between Caleb and Mae may be gothic, but it's Southern-Western Gothic. In this hybrid atmosphere, the complex relationships among the vampire "family" shift sympathies away from the usual human "heroes," even as the deliberately paced story is shot through with violently frightening and blackly humorous scenes of vampire mayhem. The charismatic crew's hedonistic world has its seductions, even if former human Caleb cannot adopt the lifestyle. As vampire initiate Caleb becomes increasingly strung-out from avoiding blood, and the specter of blood exchange invokes death, Near Dark becomes a timely allegory of disease and drug addiction as well as a tale about broken families and Western isolation. Though not a hit in 1987, Near Dark has become a cult favorite and one of the most highly regarded films in Bigelow's genre-twisting oeuvre.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Disc 1: ; Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Audio commentary with director Kathryn Bigelow; Disc 2:; Living in Darkness: an all-new 47-minute documentary featuring interviews with director Kathryn Bigelow, stars Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Adrian Pasdar, Jenette Goldstein, producer Steven-Charles Jaffe, director of photography Adam Greenberg, and executive producer Edward S. Feldman; Deleted scene with commentary by director Kathryn Bigelow; Theatrical trailers; Original storyboards; Poster & still gallery; Behind-the-scenes still gallery; Talent bios; DVD-ROM: original screenplay; DVD-ROM: screen savers

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adrian Pasdar Caleb Colton
Jenny Wright Mae
Lance Henriksen Jesse
Bill Paxton Severen
Jenette Goldstein Diamondback
Tim Thomerson Loy Colton
Joshua John Miller Homer
Marcie Leeds Sarah Colton
Paul Lane Actor
James LeGros Teenage Cowboy
Eddie Mulder State Trooper
Kenny Call Deputy Sheriff
Ed Corbett Ticket Seller
Troy Evans Plainclothes Officer
Bill Cross Sheriff Eakers
Roger Aaron Brown Cajun Truck Driver
Thomas Wagner Bartender
Robert Winley Patron in Bar
Jan King Waitress
Danny Kopel Biker in Bar
Billy Beck Motel Manager
S.A. Griffin Police Officer at Motel
Bob Terhune State Trooper
Gary Littlejohn State Trooper
Don Pugsley Second truck Driver
Neith Hunter Lady in Car
Theresa Randle Lady in Car
Tony Pierce Highway Youth
Gordon Haight Highway Youth
Leo Geter Caleb's Friend
Gary Wayne Cunningham Caleb's Friend

Technical Credits
Kathryn Bigelow Director,Screenwriter
Adam Greenberg Cinematographer
Mark Allan Associate Producer,Production Manager
Stephen Altman Production Designer
Eddie Cooley Songwriter
Everett Creach Stunts
John Davenport Songwriter
Ed Feldman Executive Producer
Christopher Franke Score Composer
Steve Galich Special Effects
Steven Charles Jaffe Producer
Casey Kelly Songwriter
Guy J. Louthan Asst. Director
Dale Martin Special Effects
Charles R. Meeker Executive Producer
Diane Nabatoff Associate Producer
Joan Parr Songwriter
Diane Perryman Art Director
Joseph Porro Costumes/Costume Designer
Karen Rea Casting
Eric Red Co-producer,Screenwriter
Paul Simmons Songwriter
Davida Simon Makeup
Gordon J. Smith Makeup Special Effects
Howard E. Smith Editor
Donald Summer Sound/Sound Designer
Tangerine Dream Score Composer
Sonny Throckmorton Songwriter
D. Woody Songwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Feature Presentation
1. Program Start/Main Titles
2. Dreamgirl
3. "Horses Don't Like Me"
4. First Kiss
5. Dawn
6. Mae's Clan
7. New Car
8. Broke and Hungry
9. Bloodlust
10. Homesick
11. Nasty Surprise
12. Secondhand Meal
13. Shit-Kicker Slaughter
14. Last Dance
15. Firefight
16. "Do You Miss the Sun?"
17. Family Reunion
18. Blood Transfusion
19. Cured
20. Incompatible
21. Bad-Ass Bloodsucker
22. Showdown
23. Flames at Dawn
24. Salvation
25. End Credits


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Near Dark 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i've heard of this classic movie from watching that 100 scariest moments countdown on bravo. it looked interesting and so go to see it but for some reason didn't like it at first but watched it a second time and it wasn't that bad but a pretty good movie. very surprised that adrian pasdar from heroes was in it. he was actually not bad. its good to see him in other stuff than heroes. he is a pretty good actor. and bill paxton was crazy yet funny too. this is the story of a guy meets girl who is a vampire and meets her crazy vampire "family" while being tracked down by his dad and sister. any movie with lance is good for some reason, that's just cool.
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