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Fright Night Part II (1989)

William Ragsdale , Roddy McDowall , Tommy Lee Wallace  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: William Ragsdale, Roddy McDowall, Traci Lind, Julie Carmen, Jon Gries
  • Directors: Tommy Lee Wallace
  • Writers: Tommy Lee Wallace, Miguel Tejada-Flores, Tim Metcalfe, Tom Holland
  • Producers: Herb Jaffe, Jeffrey Sudzin, Miguel Tejada-Flores
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009YXHJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,251 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fright Night Part II" on IMDb

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Welcome to Fright Night Part II. Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall), "The Great Vampire Killer," and Charlie Brewster (William Ragsdale) are back in the long-awaited sequel to the box office smash hit Fright Night. And so are the bloodthirsty creatures of the night. Charlie has just met Regine Dandridge (Julie Carmen), an exotic, heart-stopping beauty with a deadly taste for things warm and red. He can't stop thinking about her...dreaming about her. Not even Charlie's girlfriend, Alex (Traci Lin), nor Peter Vincent can keep him from being mesmerized by her fatally seductive powers. As the irresistible Regine drains the blood from his veins, Charlie is suddenly jolted by the spine-chilling reality that there's only one thing more terrifying than fighting vampires - becomng one. Director Tommy Lee Wallace (Halloween III) has surpassed the fright of the original film to create a tantalizing shocker in Fright Night Part II. This time the suckers want more than blood. They want revenge!

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If I rated the movie alone, I'd give it five stars. Unfortunately, I have to warn anyone who wants to buy this DVD format from Artisan. I own over 150 DVD's and I've never come across such a sad excuse for a DVD. The picture quality is HORRIBLE! If you look closely, you can see that it was taken from a tape source, and not the original. Plus, Artisan claims on the back of the box that it is formatted from its "original" aspect ratio, and that it was shot in full screen. That is a blatant lie. It was shot in letterbox widescreen, just as the first film was. You can even tell when you watch it that it has been cropped to death, and at certain moments the screen moves from right to left to catch what's missing. The audio is 2.0 Dolby surround, which is fine. However, when you turn the volume up to hear the more quiet parts of the film, you hear tape hiss. Beware of Artisan releases on DVD. Their transfers are usually like this. I have a few other older films released by them, and they're pretty poor in the quality department. It is a great film however, and is worth having no matter what. I guess this DVD is better than not having it...Almost.

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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why Even Bother? August 23, 2003
Format:DVD
If I rated the movie alone, I'd give it five stars. Unfortunately, I have to warn anyone who wants to buy this DVD format from Artisan. I own over 150 DVD's and I've never come across such a sad excuse for a DVD. The picture quality is HORRIBLE! If you look closely, you can see that it was taken from a tape source, and not the original. Plus, Artisan claims on the back of the box that it is formatted from its "original" aspect ratio, and that it was shot in full screen. That is a blatant lie. It was shot in letterbox widescreen, just as the first film was. You can even tell when you watch it that it has been cropped to death, and at certain moments the screen moves from right to left to catch what's missing. The audio is 2.0 Dolby surround, which is fine. However, when you turn the volume up to hear the more quiet parts of the film, you hear tape hiss. Beware of Artisan releases on DVD. Their transfers are usually like this. I have a few other older films released by them, and they're pretty poor in the quality department. It is a great film however, and is worth having no matter what. I guess this DVD is better than not having it...Almost.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is DVD quality? April 6, 2004
Format:DVD
I have bought a few cheapie $3.99 DVD movies. Though the picture was far from great, thery were no worse than VHS picture quality. I recently bought Fight Night Part II on DVD for $10.99 and the picture quality is atually worse than the VHS that I have! What the hell happened! Don't get me wrong, I'm glad that Artisan Entertainment is digging and releasing some old classics from their vaults, but if your going to release them like this then don't bother! This is by for the worst from Artisan. Bride of Re-Animator, Waxwork, and Lair of the White Worm were disappointents because of the poor picture quality, no widescreen formats, and lack of supplemental material, but Fright Night Part II takes the cake as their worst release! MGM may be getting lazy too and only releasing their titles only in Full Screen format, but at least their movies have good picture quality! Artisan needs to shape up or get out! Artisan should sell the rights of their older movies to Anchor Bay Entertainment so they could be properly released!
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars presentation=miserable August 30, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
WHY WHY WHY don't companies like Artisan recognize that horror movie fans, being basically nerds (like me), are more fanatical about video and sound than anyone else? Anchor Bay - bless 'em -gets it, and so can mainstream studios ("The Fog" release is brilliant).
But not Artisan. Instead of admitting that we're very intelligent film-goers who don't live in our parents' basements (well, most of us), they throw us the lowest common denominator garbage like this worthless DVD of a very good film. (Which for me very nearly equals the original; Roddy trapped atop the elevator while the bat-Regine claws her way up remains very effective.) All quibbles about wide-screen aside (I don't know which is true, but I did see it in the theatre and it sure seemed wide-screen), the picture quality is amazing for its sheer awfulness. I'm so sick of throw-away presentations like this. They put out the least possible amount of effort to get by, and assume that fans will be happy to have the film in any form.
Well, no more.
Boycott this DVD! Power to ignored and maligned horror fans everywhere!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Sequel Worthy of Its Predecessor July 15, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
A few years ago while still in High School, Charlie Brewster killed the vampire Jerry Dandridge with the help of his long time idol, film hero Peter Vincent, The Great Vampire Killer. Charlie's therapist has since convinced him that he did not kill a vampire and there are no such things as vampires. The therapist is wrong and Jerry Dandridge's sister is in town to even the score. William Ragsdale and Roddy McDowall reprise their roles as Charlie Brewster and Peter Vincent in "Fright Night Part 2". Julie Carmen plays Regine Dandridge, the sister of the late Jerry Dandridge. Regine is posing as a performance artist and takes over Peter's show "Fright Night". She then proceeds to take steps to make Charlie a vampire, which she feels will be the ultimate revenge for what he did to her brother. Charlie finds himself fighting the vampire nature that is rising within him while he and Peter race to save Charlie's girlfriend from the vampires and to keep Charlie from joining them. It's a worthy follow-up to the original movie.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BOOTLEG/FAKE/UNAUTHORIZED September 27, 2013
Format:DVD
Bootleg. This guy purchased a promo DVD that I purchased at a convention and sold to him on eBay. He has re-released it as an "official" release of his own. However, the promo DVD that was originally sold to him on eBay was from Paramount. Paramount did a remastered print of the film in 2008 and currently hold the HDTV rights to this release, as you will note Paramount's logo which appears at the end of the credits. I will be sure to make Paramount aware of this unauthorized bootlegger asap. P.S. This "seller" aka bootlegger is also selling these on eBay claiming they are originals.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, awful presentation August 22, 2003
Format:DVD
Fright Night Part II is, IMO, very nearly the equal of the first movie, which itself is my favorite horror film of all time. That said, I have been waiting for a few years (ever since the release of the first FN film by Columbia TriStar in '99) for Part II to become available on DVD.
I'm not disappointed that the presentation is full-frame, 1.33:1, as from what I understand, the film was originally shot in this aspect ratio. I'm not even disappointed that there aren't any extras to speak of (extras being rare for any sequel DVD, really).
No, the problem lies with the ABOMINABLE transfer. The movie seems to have been mastered directly from whatever print Vista had lying around--it's very grainy and looks about the same, or perhaps slightly worse than, an SP speed VHS copy. For DVD, it's absolutely hideous. Artisan should know better than to release such product without at least attempting a remastering which would have tightened up the picture and made it worth the DVD release (look at the 2 films' DVD releases side-by-side...nothing to compare!).
If you're a Fright Night completist or just really really like the movie, buy this DVD. It'll keep your VHS copy (you know you have one!) from withering away. Don't buy the disc looking to be wowed by the digital format, you'll disappoint yourself (I did).
The movie: 4 stars (out of 5)
The DVD: 1 star
Average rating: 2.5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a keeper
Published 3 days ago by Layla the Ladybug
5.0 out of 5 stars must have movie
great movie with a good story line did not need any high tech or special effects.
Published 5 days ago by anthony arratia
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
okay if you like that kind of thing
Published 17 days ago by Carole Vanderzanden
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This movie was just how I remembered it. this is the only movie where the bad guys are shown having fun. loved this film
Published 6 months ago by Crystal
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT !!!
It was perfect an I had wanted it for so very long !!!!!! Thank you !!! I will be ordering again.
Published 6 months ago by debra h cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Fright Night Part II (Blu-ray)
Just wanted to let everyone know....I bought the Fright Night movie on blu-ray when Twilight Time released it....actually I got it after they had sold all the copies.... Read more
Published 7 months ago by C. Christie
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Quality And Finally in the Correct Aspect Ratio
Contrary to other reviews, this does not appear at all to be a bootleg. There are no tell tale burns on the disc, normally associated with bootlegs. Read more
Published 7 months ago by G. Joseph Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars SPOOKY NIGHT
THIS DVD COPY HAS GREAT COLOR, ITS SOUND IS TERRIFIC. I'M VERY HAPPY I ORDERED THIS DVD. IT WAS HARD FINDING A COPY , BUT I'M GLAD I GOT IT FROM THE UK. Read more
Published 7 months ago by PAUL JR.
5.0 out of 5 stars I like Roddy McDowall
If you have Fright Night part 1, then you have to have Fright Night part 2. I had spent a lot on this DVD but am happy I did.
Published 7 months ago by Karen L. Egolf
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a good sequel but..
it was okay to watch. The beginning was dull, so I forwarded a little bit to where we got to see the main characters. Basically nearly nothing new in here. Read more
Published 7 months ago by 1337
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