Moderator / Reviewer
- Apr 4, 2017
My AV System
- Preamp, Processor or Receiver
- Yamaha TRS-7850 Atmos Receiver
- Other Amp
- Peavy IPR 3000 for subs
- Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
- Sony ubx800 4K UHD Player
- Front Speakers
- Cheap Thrills Mains
- Center Channel Speaker
- Cheap Thrills Center
- Surround Speakers
- Volt 10 Surrounds
- Surround Back Speakers
- Volt 10 Rear Surrounds
- Rear Height Speakers
- Volt 6 Overheads
- 2x Marty subs (full size with SI 18's)
- Video Display Device
- Sony 85 inch X950H FALD TV
There are very few movies that literally exude cult classic status as 1987’s The Lost Boys. Not only is it an 80s horror movie (which I’m a huge fanatic of), it’s a cheeky blend of dark humor, The Goonies, and heavily influenced classic Bram Stoker and Nosferatu lore. The movie was “THE” movie to watch if you were a hipster cult film fan back in the early 2000s, and still manages to be a huge hit even to this day. It’s witty, vicious, cleverly fun, and manages to blend the mish mash of varying styles together nearly seamlessly.
Newly divorced Lucy (Dianne Wiest) and her two sons Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) are forced to move in with her eccentric taxidermist father (Barnard Hughes) down in Santa Carla California. Everything seems fine for Lucy, but Michael and Sam are trying to process the move from Phoenix Arizona down to the more “modern” world of So-Cal. While Sam falls in with local comic book brothers Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Alan Frog (Jamison Newlander) who warn the boy of impending doom by vampires, Michael ends up chasing after a girl (isn’t that always how it is?). Turns she’s an enigmatic beauty named Star (Jami Gertz) who hangs out with the local bad boys who spend their night picking fights and getting into trouble. Michael ends up following David (a 21 year old Kiefer Sutherland), the leader of the bad boys, and Star back to their lair where he ends up trying to fit in.
Unfortunately his actions of “fitting in” have sort of doomed them all. Turns out that David turned him into what we all know as a vampire, and it’s only a matter of time before he completely turns and kills a human for the very first time. Now it’s up to Sam and the Frog Brothers to help Michael get Star and another half turned vamp away from David’s clutches, and end the vampiric rein of terror by killing David once and for all.
At the same time we get to see flying wire work battles that remind me of the old Nosferatu vampire movies, as well as classic vamp lore that you would see in a Bram Stoker work. It’s actually really clever, and one of the reasons that the film has remained so relevant all these years. It’s goofy as all get out, but it’s violent, a clever twist on classic vamp tales, and manages to keep all the vying genres balanced JUST enough that you’re laughing at the jokes, reveling in the gore, and tipping your hat to the good old vampire legends. Not to mention that it has everyone looking like they came out of a late 1980s Guns n’ Roses or Bon Jovi concert with all the teased hair, leather outfits, and ripped muscles. Heck, it even has a 22 year old Alex Winter (Bill S. Preston, Esquire as you might know him) as a mulleted vampire minion of David’s.
Rated R by the MPAA
4K Video: Video:
Just like Poltergeist, Warner Brothers hasn’t just recycled the old 2008 Blu-ray by putting it in the set, but rather used the same new 4K master used for the 4K UHD disc to mint a new Blu-ray disc. It also shows solid improvement over the 2008 disc, giving it a much more stable look with better colors, less DNR and smearing, and a brighter look that is more appealing. It still doesn’t compare to the new 4K UHD disc though.
• The Lost Boys: A Retrospective
• Inside the Vampire's Cave
-- A Director's Vision
-- Comedy vs. Horror
-- Fresh Blood: A New Look At Vampires
-- The Lost Boys Sequel?
• Vamping Out: The Undead Creations of Greg Cannom
• Haimster & Feldog: The Story of the 2 Coreys
• Multi-Angle Video Commentary for selected scenes
-- Corey Haim
-- Corey Feldman
-- Jamison Newlander
• A World of Vampires
• The Lost Scenes
• "Lost in the Shadows" Music Video
• Theatrical Trailer
Yeah, The Lost Boys has it all. It’s pure 80s magic, with Joel Schumacher blending multiple genres together seamlessly, and has just the right cast and indelible sense of fun that makes a classic a classic film. The 4K UHD looks a lot better than the aging 2008 Blu-ray, and comes with all of the legacy extras as well. I can’t recommend the film enough on a personal level, and the upgraded specs makes it a very worthy upgrade for fans who want a film to look like actual film. Highly recommended.
Starring: Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Jami Gertz, Alex Winter, Kiefer Sutherland, Wilford Brimley
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Written by: Jan Fischer, James Jeremias, Jeffrey Boam
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 HEVC
Audio: English: DTS-HDM 5.1, French, German, Italian, Spanish (Latin), Spanish (Castilian) DD 2.0
Subtitles: English SDH, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch
Studio: Warner Brothers
Runtime: 97 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: September 20th, 2022
Recommendation: Highly Recommended