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Near Dark [UMD for PSP] (1987)

Adrian Pasdar , Jenny Wright , Kathryn Bigelow  |  R |  UMD for PSP
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein
  • Directors: Kathryn Bigelow
  • Writers: Kathryn Bigelow, Eric Red
  • Producers: Charles R. Meeker, Diane Nabatoff, Edward S. Feldman, Eric Red, Mark Allan
  • Format: Color, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000DZ95IA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,776 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Near Dark [UMD for PSP]" on IMDb

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In the dusty heart of the American southwest, innocent country boy Caleb Colton (Adrian Pasdar of MYSTERIOUS WAYS) is seduced by a beautiful girl (Jenny Wright) into joining a roving pack of vicious drifters led by the enigmatic Jesse (Lance Henriksen of THE TERMINATOR and ALIENS). But this is no ordinary band of outlaws; Caleb is now trapped in a nightmare of soulless evil that waits in the shadows, hellish mayhem that thrives on blood and absolute horror that begins NEAR DARK. Bill Paxton (TWISTER) and Jenette Goldstein (ALIENS) co- star in this extraordinary shocker co-written and directed by Kathryn Bigelow (STRANGE DAYS).

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111 of 118 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, Great DVD! September 16, 2002
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Near Dark is one of those great movies that it seems no one has seen. I hope this deluxe DVD will change that.
Near Dark suffered in it's initial theatrical release due to it's resemblance to The Lost Boys. They share a storyline (Hapless young man falls for a girl who turns him into a Vampire, and he's forced to deal with her crazy running buddies.), and even a release date; Lost Boys blew Near Dark right out of theaters, but Near Dark found an appreciative audience on video, and deservedly so. The cast is uniformly great, especially Lance Henrikson and Bill Paxton as the lead Vamps. The script, by Director Kathryn and Eric Red, is perfect- we learn little tidbits about the history of the Vampires, but we're always kept at arms length from them. We see them as alien and threatening, and they see us a food. Bigelow does a great job, especially considering it was her solo directorial debut. The only gripe I had is the Vampirism "Cure" which seems like a Deus Ex Machina, but that's a small quibble. The Tangerine Dream score also made some scenes seem really cheesy...FAR from their best work. I think an orchestral score would have been much better, but budget constraints....
The 2-DVD set is beautifully packaged, with a die-cut inner package inside the box, and a great looking (and informative!) booklet. The film looks great; As usual, Anchor Bay does great work on their DVD transfers. It also has a commentary track from Director Bigelow, which is kinda dry and technical. Disc 2 has tons of storyboards, a weak deleted scene, a new 47-minute documentary, cast & crew bios (Very extensive!), still & ad galleries, and tons more.
Near Dark is one of those films that has flown under the radar for FAR too long, and I can't recommend it highly enough!
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First And Best In A Different Breed Of Vampire Movie October 20, 2006
I find that usually, vampire tales - whether filmed or written - have to have a large dose of grandeur and mystique to the vampires to make them work (the "Underworld" movies; "Blood: The Last Vampire", various successful incarnations of Dracula, etc.) Even "From Dusk Til Dawn", which was anything but a traditional take on the vampire, had the creatures so monstrously impressive and in some cases so exotically alluring (ex. Salma Hayek), that Dusk sort of fit the bill too, in some weird way.

The ploar opposite of the 'grand' depiction of the vampire is one that was very prevelant in the 90s and still turns up quite often today. The 'lowlife' vampire, with many of the supernatural aspects played down, the charisma and the mystery often missing, very human in appearance at all times, riding around in beat-up old cars and vans, and spending the daylight hours in cheap motels or the basements of bars instead of in eerier, more impressive haunts. Most of the movies in this vein I haven't really cared for (although "The Forsaken" - heavily influenced by the movie I'm now writing about, was a pretty good watch) But one movie in this vein - and I believe it was the first of its kind - really stands out, and that's "Near Dark".

Basically, a farm kid (played by Adrian Pasdar) of about - what, maybe 18 or so? - falls in love with a girl (Jenny Wright) of his own physical age, before learning she's a vampire. Wanting to be free of the vampiric curse, the pair is aided by the boyfriend's father in an attempt to become human again, which leads them into conflict with her 'coven' - a clan of not particularly awe-inspiring, but scary, believable and highly dangerous vampires led by Lance Henrikson in one of his best roles.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "He's Been Bit But He Ain't Been Bled..." July 7, 2004
"Near Dark" is one of those obscure cult movies that was overshadowed by a bigger budget, better looking cast, & special effects - the likes of the blockbuster film "Lost Boys".
However, this is one of the few vampire movies, save for Romero's "Martin" not to use the word "vampire" nor have any fangs, mirrors, crosses, garlic and the ordinary lot.
Young Caleb (Adrian Pasdar) meets Mae ( a young, Jenny Wright from "St. Elmos Fire" and "Garp"). Passion ensues and Mae "nips" Caleb.
Uh oh! As Caleb starts to "turn" in the sunlight of early morning, he is hijacked in a rickety Winnebago by vamp family, Mae, Jesse (Lance Henriksen), Jesse's woman for eternity, Diamondback (Jenette Goldstein), their little pseudo-son, Homer & savage & sadistic vampire, Severen, played perfectly and to the hilt, by Bill Paxton.
Caleb tries to fit in but just can't seem to get the "killin' part down".
His father, Loy (Tim Thomerson) and little sister, Sarah (Marcie Leeds from "Beaches") are searching for Caleb. Will they find him in time? Watch for yourself and find out!
Another cool thing that I noticed is when Caleb staggers through town, before he goes to the bus stop to try and get home, the cinema behind him is showing "Aliens" which also featured Paxton, Henriksen and Goldstein.
If you like vampire movies like Lost Boys or Bill Paxton, this is highly recommended!
Happy Watching and Unpleasant Dreams!
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4.0 out of 5 stars ... movie collector I had to have this and very good movie
since I am a movie collector I had to have this and very good movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Liked this movie
Liked this movie , Parts of it was filmed in my home town back in the early 90s. I believe
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1.0 out of 5 stars There's a Reason Why You Have Never Heard of this Film!
I wanted to see this film for a long time based on all of the positive reviews. I believe these positive reviews come from people who saw this film when it first came out and have... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre and clumsy movie
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Every vampire film is not twilight!
It also should be said that those films were not made specifically for a teen girl audience either. There are very few comparisons with the "Twilight" films. Films such as "Fright Night"(original) and "Near Dark" have more substance and appeal to a larger audience.... Read More
May 1, 2012 by Metalhead Jay |  See all 2 posts
Near Dark Bluray: Extras?
The Blu-Ray includes:
Commentary with Katheryn Bigelow
Living in Darkness: Making of..
Deleted Scenes with Commentary
5.1 DTS-HD
Nov 11, 2009 by J. Burgos |  See all 3 posts
Anyone else getting "Profit" as the bonus disc?
Hi, That just happened to me! The 2nd disc is the Profit disc (which is a series I remember by the way). I'm glad you posted this. Because now I'll contact Anchor Bay and hopefully I can get the 2nd disc with the Near Dark extras. Thanks!
May 12, 2008 by Hellion |  See all 4 posts
Terrible cover
Boy, is the "Twilight" crowd gonna be surprised if they get lured in by that abysmal cover! This, my friends, is a REAL vampire movie.
May 26, 2009 by J. Hall |  See all 6 posts
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