The Lost Boys
Two-Disc Special Edition

Starring: Corey Feldman, Jami Gertz, Corey Haim and Kiefer Sutherland
Warner Home Video
RRP: 19.99
Certificate: 15
Available 13 September 2004

When their parents divorce, Michael and Sam Emerson move with their mother to their grandfather's house in a California town nicknamed "The Murder Capital of the World." Soon after arriving, Michael gets involved with a hell-raising motorcycle gang of vampires with a charismatic leader. When Sam becomes involved with he Frog brothers, who confess to being undercover vampire hunters, he realises it's up to them to save Michael and the rest of the town from the vampire gang...

The Lost Boys is one of those movies that still holds a special place in my heart. With this film, director Joel Schumacher redefined the vampire genre, and it also won the 1988 Saturn Award for 'best horror film'.

The predominantly teen cast all put in first rate performances, and it is a credit to the production that they managed to pull out all the stops, especially as there was very little budget. Schumacher's vision is not just a horror movie, there are plenty of laughs, and he really shows vampires as a sexy, fun loving breed.

This special edition two-disc collection not only features a new widescreen digital transfer and Dolby 5.1 sound, it also includes a number of added features. These include an audio commentary by Schumacher; The Lost Boys: A Retrospective (24 mins) - a series of new interviews with the director and cast members; Inside the Vampire's Cave (18 mins)- an expansion on the Retrospective feature; Vamping Out: The Undead Creations of Greg Cannom, Oscar winning make-up artist (14 mins); An interview with the two Coreys; 15 minutes of deleted scenes; a multi-angle video commentary on a section of the movie with Corey Haim, Corey Feldman and Jameson Newlander; Lost in the Shadows music video; and theatrical trailer.

There seemed to be a problem with one of the menu pages for the extras on the second DVD. For some reason the features don't highlight when you attempt to select them, so it is very much trial and error on which feature you are selecting.

This movie is still as impressive as the first time I saw this, almost 20 years ago. Whether you're a fan of The Lost Boys, or have never seen it... this is a collection well worth buying.

Pete Boomer

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