Lost Boys - Special Edition

Lost Boys - Special Edition

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Director: Joel Schumacher

Cast: Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest

     
 

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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… See more details below

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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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Few blockbusters can boast the easy charms of this delightful popcorn flick, which featured "the two Coreys" (Haim and Feldman) at the height of their popularity and set brooding Jason Patric up for endless "Why isn't he a bigger star?" feature stories. Although no fewer than five hands were involved in the screenplay, the film that emerges is a solidly cohesive effort that takes both its teen angst and its blood-n-fangs seriously even as it smirks slightly at its own cheekiness. From the deadpan antics of Grampa (Barnard Hughes) and the quirky likability of his flaky daughter, Lucy (Woody Allen favorite Dianne Wiest), to the classic "meet cute" of Star (Jamie Gertz) and Michael (Jason Patric), The Lost Boys uses standard-issue screenwriting devices to set up its vampires-in-seedy-suburbia scenario. It succeeds, however, thanks to its imaginative vampire mythos and its easy mixture of laughs and thrills. Kiefer Sutherland is actually quite menacing as the leader of the Rebel Without a Cause-style undead, while the Coreys and co-star Jamison Newlander have great fun spouting slang witticism and driving stakes through the hearts of the bloodsucking legions. The location shots of coastal Northern California punks cavorting on the boardwalk set an edgy pop-culture tone that's carried through in the music (by INXS, Echo and the Bunnymen, and composer Thomas Newman, among others) and especially in the shots of the so-hip-it-hurts vampire hangout. The real treat for horror fans, though, is the extended set piece of the climax, which includes so many inventive deaths (and killer plot twists) that it renders earlier vampire movies tame. Fans of more methodical psychological horror -- and older audiences in general -- probably won't find The Lost Boys too scintillating, but for youngsters, horror fans, and '80s survivors, it's a fun little flick that has held up remarkably well.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/28/1998
UPC:
0085391174820
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:37:00

Special Features

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

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason Patric Michael
Corey Haim Sam
Dianne Wiest Lucy
Barnard Hughes Grandpa
Edward Herrmann Max
Kiefer Sutherland David
Jami Gertz Star
Corey Feldman Edgar Frog
Jamison Newlander Alan Frog
Brooke McCarter Paul
Billy Wirth Dwayne
Alex Winter Marko
Chance Michael Corbitt Laddie
Nori Morgan Shelly
J. Dinan Myrtetus Security Guard
Kelly Minter Maria
Jim Turner Gas Station Owner
Melanie Bishop Child's Mother

Technical Credits
Joel Schumacher Director
William S. Beasley Asst. Director
Harvey Bernhard Producer
Jeffrey Boam Screenwriter
David Burton Stunts
Greg Cannon Special Effects
Michael Chapman Cinematographer
Chris Columbus Screenwriter
Mark Damon Executive Producer
Richard Donner Executive Producer
Marion Dougherty Casting
Thomas A. Duffield Art Director
Janice Fischer Original Story,Screenwriter
Michael Genne Camera Operator
Sandy Gimpel Stunts
Danny Gould Songwriter
Randy Hall Stunts
Steve Holladay Stunts
John W. Hyde Executive Producer
James Jeremias Original Story,Screenwriter
David LeBell Stunts
Gene Lebell Stunts
John Meier Stunts
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Larry Nicholas Stunts
Michael D. O'Shea Camera Operator
William R. Perry Stunts
Chuck Picerni Stunts
Bernie Pock Stunts
Thomas Pope Screenwriter
D. Kerry Prior Special Effects
Robert Brown Editor
Pat Romano Stunts
David Ronne Sound/Sound Designer
Bob Stoker Special Effects
John Warnke Set Decoration/Design
Robert W. Welch Production Designer
R. Chris Westlund Set Decoration/Design
Scott Wilder Stunts
Spice Williams Stunts

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Scene Index

Jump to a Scene
0. Jump to a Scene
1. Boardwalk prey. [3:02]
2. Welcome to Santa Carla (People are Strange). [3:14]
3. Arrival at Grandpa's. [3:14]
4. First night (I Still Believe). [4:17]
5. The Frog brothers. [1:46]
6. Deadly interruption. [1:23]
7. Deadicated to a higher purpose. [1:53]
8. The challenge (Good Times). [2:16]
9. Ride to Hudson's Bluff (Lost in the Shadows). [2:26]
10. Feeding time at the lair. [4:09]
11. One of us. [2:27]
12. The railroad bridge. [4:49]
13. Michael's transformation. [6:26]
14. An uncontrollable urge to fly. [5:08]
15. Max's visitors. [1:12]
16. Lovers (Cry Little Sister (Theme from The Lost Boys)). [2:51]
17. Behind the sunglasses. [1:19]
18. Max's hound of hell. [2:30]
19. Dinner with Max and the Frogs. [4:55]
20. Time to join the club. [3:49]
21. Harder to resist. [2:42]
22. Hunting the undead. [6:05]
23. On their own. [2:31]
24. Preparations for battle. [3:23]
25. Under siege. [1:55]
26. Garlic bloodbath. [1:23]
27. Death by stereo. [1:50]
28. The attack of Eddie Munster. [1:26]
29. Faceoff: Michael vs. David. [2:43]
30. The head bloodsucker. [2:38]
31. "All the damn vampires." [2:47]
32. End credits (People are Strange, Don't Let the Sun Go down on Me). [4:31]
Side #2 -- Standard
0. Jump to a Scene
1. Boardwalk Prey. [3:02]
2. Welcome to Santa Carla (People are Strange). [3:14]
3. Arrival at Grandpa's. [3:14]
4. First night (I still Believe). [4:17]
5. The Frog Brothers. [1:46]
6. Deadly interruption. [1:23]
7. Deadicated to a higher purpose. [1:53]
8. The challenge (Good Times). [2:16]
9. Ride to Hudson's Bluff (Lost in the Shadows). [2:26]
10. Feeding time at the lair. [4:09]
11. One of us. [2:27]
12. The railroad bridge. [4:49]
13. Michael's transformation. [6:26]
14. An uncontrollable urge to fly. [5:08]
15. Max's visitors. [1:12]
16. Lovers (Cry Little Sister (Theme from The Lost Boys)). [2:51]
17. Behind the sunglasses. [1:19]
18. Max's hound of hell. [2:30]
19. Dinner with Max and the Frogs. [4:55]
20. Time to join the club. [3:49]
21. Harder to resist. [2:42]
22. Hunting the undead. [6:05]
23. On their own. [2:31]
24. Preparations for battle. [3:23]
25. Under siege. [1:55]
26. Garlic bloodbath. [1:23]
27. Death by stereo. [1:50]
28. The attack of Eddie Munster. [1:26]
29. Faceoff: Michael vs. David. [2:43]
30. The head bloodsucker. [2:38]
31. "All the damn vampires." [2:47]
32. End Credits (People Are Strange, Don't Let the Sun Go down on Me). [4:31]

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