‘The Lost Boys’ Blu-ray Review
‘The Lost Boys’ directed by Joel Schumacher is one of the more popular horror films of the late 80’s about a group of vampires that are played like a pawn by the head vampire to attain his own goals. This is another one of those films that didn’t do well initially in the theaters when released in 1987, but really took off during the video rental business in the 80’s and 90’s, and doing much better in DVD sales. ‘The Lost Boys’ is yet another one of those films that has become popular over time due to a cult like following status. Many of the stars from this film would go on to have successful careers, but some would also collapse later in their careers to the point of self destruction.
While this film is labeled as a horror movie, I do want to make note that this is one of those films that won’t scare you. When I first saw ‘The Lost Boys’, I was freaked out being a 10 year old at the time. Now that I am older, I look back at ‘The Lost Boys’ and there isn’t anything that is frightening about the film. Besides ‘The Lost Boys’ not being horrifying, it tells a good vampire story that is more geared toward the teenage crowd. Having seen this film so many times over the years, it holds up fairly well here in 2008 albeit a few things. You have the 80’s theme/era running throughout the film which many might be turned off by as it almost feels like you are getting smacked in the face by it. From the hairstyles to the outfits, it does bring back a lot of memories.
The story begins with Lucy Emerson (Dianne West) and her two sons Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) move to Santa Clara where they are taken in by Lucy’s father (Barnard Hughes). Both Michael and Sam make two different sets of friends; one set is for greater evil and the other for good. Michael is recruited by David (Kiefer Sutherland), which is the leader of the vampire group. Michael doesn’t realize what this group is all about, and even worse is that he has his eye on Star (Jami Gertz) whom is with David. Sam meets two brothers, Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Alan Frog (Jamison Newlander) in a comic book store as Sam points out that the Superman comics are out of order to the two brothers. They pick on him a little bit, due to his appearance, and then they offer him a comic book about vampires and how it will save his life.
For those that have not seen the film, there is a twist at the end, but many may see it coming from the beginning of the film. David is trying to recruit Michael for a purpose more than just being friends, but for a greater evil. With the Frog brothers being vampire hunters and Sam having become friends with them, Sam’s eyes are open to what is occurring around him. The story revolves around the Emerson’s possible descent into the darkness with two brothers that will try and stop the evil forces from hurting their family.
The acting isn’t bad in the film, but Corey Haim’s sticks out like a sore thumb. Every time he was on screen, he sounded like a whiney teenager. I wanted to rip the remainder of my hair out on my head. As he grew older, he got a bit better with his acting, but to me his performance here just wasn’t for me. I think that Patric, Sutherland, and Feldman help hold up this film very well. While all three were in the younger days of their careers, their performances alone carried ‘The Lost Boys’ to a very good film.
On the technical side, I am very impressed with ‘The Lost Boys’ on Blu-ray. This blows the doors off any of the previous DVD efforts. Anytime a film looks this good on Blu-ray and is from the 70’s or 80’s, there are no excuses for other catalog titles in the same era to not look good. The picture quality is top notch and even looks good in the dark scenes. There is some apparent grain in scenes, but not all over the place like all the DVD versions. There are also scenes where the image looks pristine and that really made me impressed. On the sound front, ‘The Lost Boys’ is presented in a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. I will say that this is one of Warner’s best efforts on the sound all around for a catalog title. All the sound effects were rather loud all around and even the dialogue was well balanced. I didn’t have to touch the audio at all to try and make out what was being said, I had to actually do the opposite and turn the volume down a bit. For catalog titles, ‘The Lost Boys’ is close to ‘The Warriors’ Blu-ray for reference quality of a catalog title. ‘The Warriors’ is still at the top echelon for how catalog titles should be produced in high definition.
All of the 2 disc SE DVD features make it over on Blu-ray. I find this to be the ultimate version of ‘The Lost Boys’ on Blu-ray with top picture and audio quality + porting over the features from the 2 disc SE DVD. While ‘The Lost Boys’ on so many fronts can be viewed as a failure or even an 80’s cheesy film when viewed in 2008, this is a rather enjoyable film.