Lost Boys [4K Ultra HD]
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What wins the day here is the tight script and impeccable performances from each and every actor. The script isn’t without contrivance but is confident in it’s tone and it’s execution, blending very organic humour and horror seamlessly. The cast are all pitch perfect. This film cemented the careers of many of them, started the love affair with filmgoers of the time with ‘the two Corey’s’ and flung the likes of Sutherland into superstardom. All well deserved to boot. Haim shows serious comedic charisma and Sutherland intensity and wisdom beyond his years (rather fitting for a vampire). The Lost Boys was shot anamorphically on 35mm film with the Panavision Panaflex Gold camera and E-series Lenses. It’s been granted a new 4K restoration for this release, although details of what was involved in this are scant on the ground. The disc however offers up a native 3840 x 2160p resolution image with an aspect ratio of 2.40:1 (which matches the film’s theatrical aspect ratio) that uses 10-bit video depth, High Dynamic Range (HDR10 only) and is encoded using the HEVC (H.265) codec
Audio Commentary - Director Joel Schumacher flies solo, for a measured -- if sometimes slow -- commentary. The basics are covered, from how the project developed to the casting to the surprisingly stressful production. Schumacher has a dry wit to the point that some might be bored, but I found him a wry and engaging speaker. Casual fans can probably skip this and just watch the documentary features, but diehards should give it a listen. Inside the Vampire’s Cave – four featurettes, including ‘A Directors Vision’, ‘Comedy vs Horror’, ‘Fresh Blood’ and ‘The Lost Boys Sequel?’ – 18 mins total Let’s face it, if you’re a fan of vampire movies then there are no shortage of films to choose from. They vary from entertaining to scary to outright funny. But it was with 1987’s The Lost Boys that really made vampires “cool” again. Originally to be directed by Richard Donner, he left to work on Lethal Weapon, but stayed on as a producer. Director Joel Schumacher was brought on, though Donner stayed on as a producer. The Lost Boys had a cast of (then) relative unknown actors. Granted, Dianne Wiest and Edward Herrmann had been in the business for some time, but the younger, fresh faces of Jason Patric, Jamie Gertz and Kiefer Sutherland were still new to the Hollywood scene. The movie might also be noted as the first pairing of “The Two Corey’s”, Haim and Feldman. They’d go on to star in a few other 80’s classics with License to Drive (my personal favorite of their team ups) and Dream a Little Dream. Oh, and lest we forget this movie also features an oiled up, buff, shirtless “sax guy.” Enjoy.
The Lost Boys 4K Video
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The Lost Scenes– Fifteen minutes of deleted scenes are included, though with no commentary or context – they’re a bit disjointed.
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When she isn't sitting behind her laptop bringing readers her hot takes on upcoming projects or keeping the dream alive in the Senior News team, Britta can usually be found outside hiking or inside behind her drum set. She currently plays in two bands, Kid Midnight and Watergate, both based in Brooklyn. An obsessive traveler, Britta loves long road trips to the South West and has a soft spot in her heart for canyons, rivers, and forests. There’s a vivid richness to the entire image, especially noticeable on the exterior shots of Santa Carla under the film’s opening credits. Detail is terrifically sharp (although due to the anamorphic process, there is still inherent and appropriate softness present where it should be at time), the fine detail front and centre across not just close-ups are immediately apparent in all the usual places – clothing textures, facial detail and in all the trinkets buried deep within the superb set design. Lines are sharp without being overly so and it gives a fantastic sense of depth to the whole picture. Multi-Angle Video Commentary– Haim, Feldman and Jaimson Newlander offer up a 20 minute segment on some multi-angles of the film via the oft-used “angle” button your control. It’s there.