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One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach-
 All the damn vampires!

I remember seeing THE LOST BOYS ($29) upon its theatrical release in 1987 and found the movie to be very cool, fresh and best of all- intentionally funny. For these reasons, I remain rather partial to this wonderful modern day vampire film. Unlike a lot of genre films that employ humor to relieve tension, THE LOST BOYS gets the combination just right, with all of the supernatural elements played straight, while the filmís comedy is completely character driven. THE LOST BOYS also gets high marks for adding style to the scare factor by mixing MTV type visuals to tried and true horror movie techniques. Of course, having a highly appealing cast certainly didnít hurt THE LOST BOYS; especially when one considers that the filmís motorcycle riding gang of vampires usually look more like an MTV friendly rock band, than a pack of bloodsuckers.

The plot of THE LOST BOYS follows teenage brothers Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim), who relocate with their recently divorced mother Lucy (Dianne Wiest) to their grandfatherís home in Santa Carla, California. Michael and Sam quickly learn that Santa Clara is far from an average seaside community- in fact, it is referred to as the murder capital of the world, which probably has something to do with the townís high vampire population. No sooner do the teens arrive in Santa Carla, when Michael crosses paths with David (Kiefer Sutherland) and his motorcycle buddies, who initiate into their little club where they partake of an unusual liquid refreshment. Michaelís new "drinking problem" forces Sam to enlist teen vampire hunters Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Allen Frog (Jamison Newlander), who may be able to save his brother from an everlasting liquid diet. The cast of THE LOST BOYS also features a very sexy Jami Gertz, Edward Herrmann, Alex Winter and a scene stealing turn from Barnard Hughes as the teenís spaced-out hippy grandfather.

Warner Home Video has made THE LOST BOYS available on Blu-ray Disc in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the VC-1 codec. The 1080p presentation of THE LOST BOYS is utterly spectacular- I was blown away at how good this 1987 film looks on Blu-ray. THE LOST BOYS was made on a relatively modest budget, but cinematographer Michael Chapmanís work makes the film look like it cost a boatload more. This is a truly beautiful looking movie; shot in some gorgeous locations and with a highly attractive cast- wow Jami Gertz looks amazing in this film. The image is wonderfully sharp and highly defined; every fine detail is up there on the screen- individual hairs, blemishes on the actorsí youthful skin, textures of fabric and even grains of sand are easily discernible. Additionally, the picture is highly dimensional and genuinely pops in high definition. Colors are truly vibrant, especially during daylight sequences, but are even impressive in dark scenes. Flesh tones are generally appealing, except when the actors in prosthetic makeup. Blacks are inky, whites are always stable and contrast is generally smooth, but there are individual shots that have a slight harshness. The elements from which THE LOST BOYS has been mastered are very clean, but an occasional blemish does show up from time to time. Grain appears throughout the course of the movie and can be somewhat heavy in some of the darker sequences, but it gives the presentation a marvelous film-like quality.

THE LOST BOYS is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. This is absolutely the best that THE LOST BOYS film has ever sounded in the home venue and again, the Blu-ray presentation left me highly impressed. Fidelity is very strong, especially where the musical component is concerned. Sound effects are convincing and the bottom end of the track demonstrates sufficient depth for the material. There is excellent channel separation across the forward soundstage, which benefits both the sound effects and tremendous amount of music integrated into the soundtrack. Sure, the surrounds arenít used as aggressively as newer films, but there is a nice amount of active effects, ambient sound and musical fill that finds its way to the rears. An English Dolby Digital 5.1 channel, plus French, Spanish, Castellan, German and Italian language tracks are also encoded onto the disc. Subtitles are available in English, French, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese and Swedish.

The interactive menus allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as, as well as the supplemental materials, which have been ported over from the two-disc special edition DVD release. Starting things off is an entertaining and rather informative audio commentary with director Joel Schumacher. The Lost Boys: A Retrospective is a twenty-four minute look back on the production that features interviews with Joel Schumacher, producer Richard Donner, cinematographer Michael Chapman, plus cast members Kiefer Sutherland Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Jamison Newlander and Edward Herrmann. Inside the Vampire's Cave is broken up into four parts, running eighteen minutes total, that looks at how the project changed after Joel Schumacher was brought on board, how horror is blended with comedy, how vampire lore is adapted to the film and the possibility of a movie sequel to this popular vampire film.

Vamping Out: The Undead Creatures Of Greg Cannom is a fourteen-minute look at the makeup effects created for the film. The Return Of Sam And Frog Brothers offers a Multi-angle Video Commentary With Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, And Jamison Newlander, which allows all three actors to individually comment on the same sequences from the movie. Also included in this section is Haimster & Feldog: The Story Of The 2 Coreys- a five minute look back at the how the two actors came together for the first time and the various times they worked together. Fifteen minutes of Deleted Scenes are provided, and while there are some interesting moments, none of it really need be cut back into the body of the film. The Vampireís Photo Gallery supplements the makeup featurette with more than seventy still images. A World Of Vampires offers an interactive map of vampire legends from around the globe. A Lou Gramm Music Video for Lost In The Shadows, plus a Theatrical Trailer close out the supplements.

THE LOST BOYS is a cool, sexy and intentionally funny horror movie that works as well today as it did in 1987. Warner has done an amazing job with the Blu-ray Disc release- it is visually stunning and sonically awesome. Absolutely recommended.



The Lost Boys [Blu-ray] (1987)


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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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