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(Jun 26, 2018)
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The mid-nineties were a fertile period for the vampire movie. Big-name stars such as Tom Cruise and Eddie Murphy flocked to genre, as did high-caliber filmmakers like Francis Ford Coppola, veterans Wes Craven and John Landis, independents Michael Almereyda and Jeffrey Arsenault, and up-and-comers Quentin Tarantino and Guillermo del Toro. Amid the fangs and crucifixes, Abel Ferrara reunited with his King of New York star Christopher Walken for The Addiction, a distinctly personal take on creatures of the night.
Philosophy student Kathleen (Lili Taylor, The Conjuring) is dragged into an alleyway on her way home from class by Casanova (Annabella Sciorra, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle) and bitten on the neck. She quickly falls ill but realises this isn t any ordinary disease when she develops an aversion to daylight and a thirst for human blood...
Having made a big-budget foray into science fiction two years earlier with Body Snatchers, Ferrara s approach to the vampire movie is in a lower key. Shot on the streets of New York, like so many of his major works including The Driller Killer, Ms. 45 and Bad Lieutenant¬ ¬ and beautifully filmed in black and white, The Addiction sees the filmmaker on his own terms and at his very best: raw, shocking, intense, intelligent, masterful.
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The company that produced this transfer seems to be living in a twentieth century world, In a world of square TV's and even squarer corporate bosses. According to IMDb, the original aspect ratio of The Addiction is 1:85:1, widescreen. This transfer, however, has been chopped down to 1:33:1, the ratio of a TV show until the advent of wide screen TV's. Why these morons produced a product in the wrong aspect ratio in a widescreen TV world is a mystery to me. But then so are those who want to turn every film 1:33:1 film into a widescreen "epic". Go figure.
As to why Amazon doesn't mandate important information like the oar on their website, that isn't surprising. Professional Amazon is not.
I was so glad when this item was dleivered so fast.
The video image seems a little blur but it's ok since it's B/W.
I always liked the film.
It's not romantically juvenile like Twilight, it's not over dramatic like Dracula with Winona Rider and it's not fancy.
But, if vampires really did exist this is as close to what that reality probably would be like. Trying to get the closing song (and usually I hate rap & hip hop) but the music fits in so well with this and Christopher Walken (as usual) gives a stellar performance, lending a credibility to a otherwise fanciful genre.
Many people criticize this movie because again, it's not fancy or romantic, like life, at times, it can be brutal and harsh.
This is a vampire movie for a more mature and intellectual crowd.
If there were such a thing as vampires, it would be a hellish existence, like Dante's Paradise Lost, a existence of eternal damnation.
Not glamorous, not romantic but a existence of being aware you are dead and rotting without peace or soul progression.
Lili Taylor and Edie Falco also give good performances and added to the over all dark moodiness.
The Addiction, to me, was a very interesting modern take on a ancient legend.
And Yes! Amazon now has this puppy for sale on DVD. :)