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Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

Brad Pitt , Tom Cruise , Neil Jordan  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (777 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas, Kirsten Dunst, Christian Slater
  • Directors: Neil Jordan
  • Writers: Anne Rice
  • Producers: David Geffen, Redmond Morris, Stephen Woolley
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 6, 2000
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (777 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RFFS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,722 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Behind-the-Scenes Documentary: In the Shadow of the Vampire
  • Production Stills and Design Sketches Gallery
  • Introduction by Ann Rice and Neil Jordan
  • Interview Gallery with the film's stars and creators

Editorial Reviews

The selfishly evil vampire Lestat (Cruise), seduces Louis into a life of immortality, where he is troubled by the need to kill to maintain his own life. He confesses his 200 year erotic and bloody adventure to an unbelieving journalist.
Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Rating: R
Release Date: 3-FEB-2004
Media Type: DVD

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81 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkly satisfying...... August 19, 2001
Format:DVD
Let me begin by saying that I have not read the book and am judging the movie solely on its own merits. "Interview with the Vampire" is a luscious, guilty pleasure of modern filmmaking, visually resplendent and with wonderful performances by all (including Christian Slater, Antonio Banderas and Stephen Rea). It follows the adventures of Louis de Pont du Lac (Brad Pitt), a 200-year-old vampire hailing from Louisiana, as he recounts the story of his life (and unlife) to interviewer Daniel Malloy (Christian Slater). Along the way we meet his maker Lestat de Lioncourt (Tom Cruise), his "daughter" Claudia (Kirsten Dunst), and Armand (Antonio Banderas), leader of the Parisian vampires.
Tom Cruise, in my mind, perfectly portrays the elder vampire Lestat...beautiful, cunning, selfish, a seducer, many of the same qualities present in Armand, and possesses an excess of dark humour. Brad Pitt's Louis still clings to the last shreds of his humanity...his sense of right and wrong, the value of life, the horror of killing in order to survive (angstmaster Nick Knight from "Forever Knight" springs to mind). There is a lack of onscreen romantic tension between Cruise and Pitt...something that makes their relationship seem less immediate and binding. However, there is definitely a spark between Louis and Armand (Antonio Banderas), and it was easy to believe that Louis was tempted to stay as a companion to such an intelligent, beautiful vampire who could teach him the answers to his questions. Kirsten Dunst is phenomenal as Claudia, the vampire with the mind and desires of a woman eternally trapped in the body of a doll-child.
The visuals are lavish, moody, stunningly brilliant, especially the world of 1800's New Orleans with its brocades, silks, and elaborate dresses.
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166 of 188 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dies Irae, Dies Doloris ... March 18, 2004
Format:DVD
"Libera me, Domine, de vitae aeterna" - "Free me, Lord, from eternal life": If a movie begins with a choir and boy soprano singing these words, in a requiem's style and overlaying the camera's sweeping move over nightly San Francisco bay, zooming in on a Victorian building's top-floor window after having followed the life on the street below like a hunter follows its prey - if a movie begins like this, you know you're not looking at your average flick, whatever its subject. (And if the first thing you catch is the Latin phrase's grammatical mistake, this is probably not your kind of movie to begin with).

Much-discussed even before its release, due not least to Anne Rice's temporary withdrawal of support and her no less sensational subsequent 180-degree turn, Neil Jordan's adaptation of the "Vampire Chronicles"' first part, based on Rice's own screenplay, is a sumptuous production awash in luminous colors, magnificent period decor and costumes, rich fabrics, heavy crystal, elegant silverware and gallons of deeply scarlet blood, supremely photographed by Phillippe Rousselot, with a constant undercurrent of sensuality and seduction; an audiovisual orgy substantiated by one of recent film history's most ingenious scores (by Elliot Goldenthal). Although the book only gained notoriety after the publication of its sequel "The Vampire Lestat," followed in short order by the "Chronicles"' third installment, "The Queen of the Damned," by the time this movie was produced, Rice had acquired a large and loyal fan base, who would have been ready to tear it to shreds had it failed to meet their expectations. That this was not unanimously the case is in and of itself testimony to Neil Jordan's considerable achievement (only underscored by the botched 2002 realization of "Queen of the Damned").
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Reluctant Vampire September 6, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
5 stars out of 5 = Masterpiece

Elegant, sophisticated, beautifully scripted, acted, paced, & filmed, "Interview with the Vampire" is among my top five favorite Vampire movies. No other Vampire film, other than Gary Oldman's Oscar worthy performance in "Bram Stoker's Dracula," delves as deep in a character study of Vampires & how it would be like to be a Vampire from their point of view.

A broad 200 year perspective of the life of Brad Pitts Vampire character, "Louie," the reluctant Vampire who finally succumbs to his fate of feeding on human blood, & in his quest for enlightenment of what he is, he finds out, if anything, he is a Vampire.

The story of a surprisingly great performance of Tom Cruise's, "Lestat," who sees "the dark gift" as everything he could ever want, except companionship, what he wants the most, & realizes the least. Cruise steals the show in his glee for sucking the blood out of the living, & his indignation for turning "Louie" in to a Vampire that still has respect for human life, in a barrage of cold blooded murders, & ranting at "Louie" with black comedic hilarity, yet shocking indifference to life, to the point of sadomasochism . Also, a very young Kristen Dunst's, "Claudia", who also steals the show & matches Lestat bite for bite in the quest for blood, & the sport it brings. A hugely great & complicated performance for such a young girl!

"Interview with the Vampire" is a thinking man's horror film, one that reaches down deep, not just to bring you cheap scares & shallow predictable characters, but a rich tapestry of what it means to be a Vampire, & all the consequences that goes with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie EVER!
This is one of those rare occasions where I enjoy the movie over the book. This movie introduced me to Anne Rice and I have read all of her Vampire Chronicle novels because of it. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Paul McKinley
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
when i saw this movie, years ago with my group of sorority sisters, we all fell in love.. it had and it stick with same them(a liiiiiiiiittle bit of change from the book) black... Read more
Published 8 days ago by melida
5.0 out of 5 stars Always loved this movie
The story flows very well and the acting
is convincing along with the great story-line.
I might end up buying it in the future
instead of rental, but it was worth it... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Meschach Horne
5.0 out of 5 stars Still good!
I had not watched this film for 3 years and it is still good. Fun to watch. Buy it today.
Published 15 days ago by Mrs Katherine Zanzibar
5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly worth watching
Great entertainment, and, most importantly, not disgusting and/or depressingly idiotic like usual zombies, vampires and walking dead. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Rinny416
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love vampires this is the best movie
I love this movie! Its an all time favorite and amazon has made it easy to watch! Never gets old
Published 17 days ago by ariel anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see
Unique and spooky. The little girl should have won an Oscar. Tom Cruise was very good never seen him like this before.
Published 23 days ago by michael wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Vampire Flick
I really enjoyed this Vampire flick more so then the latest ones out. It kept me hooked through out the whole movie and Brad Pitt was amazing as always! A must see in my book!
Published 23 days ago by Natalie Bates
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie
Can't say enough good things about this movie. It is an excellent movie that truly is as good as the book. My favorite movie of all time. I'd give it 100 stars if I could
Published 23 days ago by S. Dupuis
5.0 out of 5 stars uniquely vampire
It is not the typical vampire movie you see today. The main plot line is just so creative that you earn simpathy for the blood thirsty beasts.
Published 23 days ago by Woolfpack
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Is the Blu-Ray worth it?
I enjoyed the blu-ray version a lot I have seen the DVD like 6 times. Highdefdigest.com gave it 3.5 stars out of 5 that sounds right.
Nov 25, 2009 by I AM A.M. |  See all 4 posts
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at least it isn't twilight or underworld
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