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Fright Night [Blu-ray]
(Tom Holland, 1985)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Columbia Pictures Corporation
Video:Twilight Time / Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Region: FREE! (both) (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Runtime: 1:46:25.921 /
Disc Size: 23,844,845,146 bytes / 24,714,786,445 bytes
Feature Size: 23,328,006,144 bytes / 24,064,505,856 byte
Video Bitrate: 21.99 Mbps / 25.07 Mbps
Chapters: 11 / 16
Case: Standard Blu-ray case (both)
Release date: December, 2011 / September 18th, 2014
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3794 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3794 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Isolated Score: DTS-HD Master Audio English 1658 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1658 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English
640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
English (SDH), none
English, English (SDH). Arabic , Bulgarian , Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Czech, Japanese, Portuguese, none
• Isolated Score Track
• 2 Trailers (1:21, 1:27)
• Julie Kirgo liner notes
Description: Classic Vampire film about a teenager who learns that his next door neighbor is a vampire, and no one will believe him....
''FRIGHT NIGHT'' has a lot more personality than the usual horror
film, which is a distinctly mixed blessing. It tells of a nice
teen-ager, played by William Ragsdale, who becomes alarmed at the
possibility that a dapper vampire may have moved next door. To
investigate the secret life of this soigne neighbor (played by Chris
Sarandon, who's made a specialty out of playing smug, slightly
dissipated heavies), he enlists the help of an over-the-hill screen
Charley (Ragsdale) has seen a coffin being carried into the house next door and a corpse being dragged out, but no one will take him seriously. In desperation he enlists a TV vampire killer, who's initially charmed by neighbour-from-hell Jerry (Sarandon), before noticing the absence of his reflection in a mirror. A farrago of cartoonish exaggeration (mouthfuls of fangs, razor-sharp talons and eyes like burning coals), knowing humour and '80s camp, it shouldn't even begin to work, and yet, strangely, it does, sort of, thanks to the assured handling of writer/director Holland, and two performances in particular - Geoffreys as Charley's pal Evil, and McDowall as the timid vampire killer. The music helps, covering an ambitious range from piano-murdering suspense-raisers, through disco fodder, to a Sparks tune, 'Armies of the Night', by Ron and Russell Mael.Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Fright Night is advertised as being limited to 3,000 copies on Blu-ray from Twilight Time - the company who have brought us titles like The Egyptian and The Mysterious Island on Blu-ray as well as DVDs like Fate is the Hunter, The Kremlin Letter and Violent Saturday. It looks okay for a single-layered transfer. Colors appear true without bolstering manipulations, detail is decent and there is even some depth seen in the 2.35:1 frame. There is a small amount of noise in a couple of the darker scenes but overall I'd say this looks significantly superior than how SD could relate the visuals due to the superior contrast. The effects are a bit dated but the Blu-ray's 1080P resolution doesn't expose anything as too 'cheesy'. This transfer provides solid image quality producing a surprising home-theater presentation.
Well this will throw a monkey-wrench into the eBay auctions. The Sony (out of Germany), is Region FREE, and the Blu-ray transfer is as good (slightly more robust) than the very Out-of-Print Twilight Time. Image quality seems at total parity.
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The DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 3794 kbps seems to extract every drop it can from the film's score some effect sounds that sweep to the rear speakers. I wouldn't say anything was crisp but there are some more gentle surprises with ghoulish sounds, screams and Brad Fiedel's supportive score. All good - if not great. There is also the ability to hone in on the isolated score in a less robust lossless stereo transfer. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
This is where the Twilight Time takes the lead - the Sony doesn't take advantage of the ability to go lossless, but the Dolby surround sounds okay - although not as dynamic at the US edition. It does offer multiple foreign-language DUBs and subtitles and is also Region FREE.
Aside from the aforementioned isolated score there are only 2 Trailers and some liner notes in the box by Julie Kirgo.
No extras at all on the Sony... which is only marginally worse than the Twilight Time.
If you've been waiting to nab this - the German Sony may have saved you a bundle. Not only does it match the video, weaker in the audio, no extras but has very similar menus! This also, isn't, limited to 3.000 editions. Buy at will from Germany with the same check-out process as your English-friendly Amazon.
December 12th, 2011
September 30th, 2014
About the Reviewer: 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 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 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.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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