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The Lost Boys 4K UHD Review

‘The Lost Boys’ is a vampire movie classic. 

In 1987’s ‘The Lost Boys,’ siblings Michael and Sam move with their mother to their grandpa’s place in the fictional beach town of Santa Carla, California. The town, as it turns out, has a notorious history of murders and it soon becomes evident why as there is a gang of ageless vampires feasting on locals. Michael falls in with the gang and eventually becomes a vampire himself, but rebels against it. It is discovered that destroying the head vampire will reverse the vampiric effects, but can the leader be found? With the help of the vampire hunter Frog Brothers and Sam, Michael hopes he can return to normal (along with a couple of other vampires). 

Written by Jeffrey Boam, Jance Fischer, and James Jeremias and directed by the late Joel Schumacher, ‘The Lost Boys’ is a bonafide horror-comedy classic. Although there are some decidedly 80’s montages and music and general weirdness (seriously, what is with that pipe explosion sequence?), ‘Lost’ has the perfect balance of horror and comedy. The vampires are actually menacing (especially in the intense climax) and there’s plenty of cheesy but fun humorous moments (particularly anything with the Frog Brothers). On top of that, the movie has a clever take on both 80’s kidventure movies (ala ‘The Goonies’ and ‘E.T.’) and vampire mythology as the writers mix in a ‘Peter Pan’ influence and a unique setting in Santa Carla (which is really Santa Cruz). The location is really a character itself in the movie and it’s a wonderful backdrop for the events that transpire. 

If there was one thing the movie could have used more of its characterization. We don’t learn a ton about any of the vampires or Star, but the air of mystery does work in the movie’s favor. Speaking of the characters, ‘Lost’ has quite the all-star cast with Kiefer Sutherland, Edward Herrmann, Alex Winter, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, Jason Patric, the always reliable Diane Wiest, and Jami Gertz. Kiefer gives an intense and commanding performance as the vampire David while the 2 Coreys steal many scenes. Jason Patric (who has always been rather underrated and underused) also shines as Michael. 

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 2160p. How does it look? WB always seems to crush it with these 4K releases. As someone who grew up on a lot of these archival titles on VHS or TV, it still blows me away to see the clarity of something like ‘The Lost Boys’ on 4K.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Despite not having a higher quality track, this one still packs a punch.

Extras:
* Commentary by Joel Schumacher (on the 4K and Blu-ray).
* Theatrical trailer
* A music video for Lou Gramm’s “Lost In The Shadows.”
* 15 minutes of deleted scenes.
* A multi-angle video commentary by Corey Haim, Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander.
* ‘The Lost Boys: A Retrospective’ featurette.
* ‘Inside The Vampire’s Cave’- A 4 part feature that covers Joel Schumacher, the horror-comedy, the film’s take on vampires and the prospect of sequels (obviously this came out before the made for home video titles).
* ‘Vamping Out: The Undead Creations Of Greg Cannom’- A look at the makeup artist’s work.
* ‘Haimster And Feldog: The Story Of 2 Coreys’- A featurette about the 2 actors and their friendship.
* ‘A World Of Vampires’- An interactive map

September 18, 2022 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , ,

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