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Interview with the Vampire [Blu-ray]
(Neil Jordan, 1994)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video: Warner Video
Feature Runtime: 2:02:33
Feature film disc size: 20.3 Gig
One single-layered disc
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 7th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Video codec: VC-1
• Director’s Commentary with Neil Jordan
Product Description: The undead are among us and livelier than ever when Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and a talented group of young bloods star in Interview With The Vampire, the spellbinding screen adaptation of the Anne Rice bestseller./Award-winning and box-office favourite Cruise stars as the supremely evil and charismatic vampire Lestat. Pitt is Louis, lured by Lestat into the immortality of the damned, then tormented by an unalterable fact of vampire life: to survive, he must kill. Stephen Rea, Antonio Banderas, Christian Slater and newcomer Kirsten Dunst also star. One lifetime alone offers plenty of opportunities for the savage revelries of the night. Imagine what an eternity can bring. Hypnotically directed by Neil Jordan, Interview With The Vampire offers enough thrills, shocks and fiendish fun to last a lifetime, and beyond....
Although one of the characters in "Interview with the Vampire" begs to be transformed into a vampire, and eagerly awaits the doom of immortality, the movie never makes vampirism look like anything but an endless sadness. That is its greatest strength. Vampires throughout movie history have often chortled as if they'd gotten away with something. But the first great vampire movie, "Nosferatu" (1922), knew better, and so does this one.
The movie is true to the detailed vision that has informed all of Anne Rice's novels, and which owes much to the greater taste for realism which has crept into modern horror fiction. It is a film about what it might really be like to be a vampire. The title sets the tone, and in the opening scenes, set in San Francisco, the 200-year-old vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac (Brad Pitt) submits to an interview by a modern journalist (Christian Slater), just as any serial killer or terrorist bomber might sit down to talk to "60 Minutes." His story begins in the late 1700s, in New Orleans, that peculiar city where even today all things seem possible, and where, after losing his wife and daughter, he threw himself into a life of grief and debauchery. His path crossed that of the vampire Lestat (Tom Cruise), who transformed him into a vampire, and ever since he has wandered the world's great cities, feeding on the blood of his victims.
Excerpt from Roger Ebert at the Chicago Sun Times located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
An unusual production in that it utilizes a lot of natural light (mostly from many candles and often fire) - hence the image quality is quite dark for much of the film. It doesn't report a lot of detail in the image but grain is very visible and I tend to believe this was the intent of DP Philippe Rousselot. This exports a fairly unique look and is a great mood setter. Personally I really liked this 1080P image as I felt it was very accurate to original. Those expecting the usual Blu-ray vibrancy may be disappointed but for those who have seen it in other digital forms, I'm guessing this appearance will be somewhat of a revelation. Hopefully the expandable captures below will give you an idea of how it will look on your system.
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September 25th, 2008
Introduction: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 7500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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