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Meet Jerry Dandridge. He's sweet, sexy, and he likes to sleep in late. You might think he's the perfect neighbor. But before inviting Jerry in for a nightcap, there's just one thing you should know. Jerry prefers his drinks warm, red and straight from the jugular! It's Fright Night, a horrific howl starring Chris Sarandon as the seductive vampire and William Ragsdale as the frantic teenager struggling to keep Jerry's deadly fangs out of his neck. Only 17-year-old Charley Brewster (Ragsdale) knows Jerry's bloodcurdling secret. When Charley can't get anybody to believe him, he turns to TV horror host Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall), who used to be the "Great Vampire Killer" of the movies. Can these mortals save Charley and his sweetheart Amy (Amanda Bearse) from the wrathful bloodsucker's toothy embrace? If you love being scared, Fright Night...will give you the nightmare of your life.
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THOUGHTS: I have loved this movie ever since first catching it on cable decades ago. It is one of those movies that you never get tired of, the kind where if you come across it on TV you'll settle in and watch it, no matter how far along into the film it is. Writer/director Tom Holland crafts a full-blooded film that takes many of the time-honored vampire tropes and embraces them, while at the same time adding new wrinkles, all without smudging the trappings we've come to know and love about the genre. Every actor here is putting in A+ work, with only Charlie's mom coming across as over the top/farcical in her performance, (though it's still not too far-out and, thankfully, her needed presence is brief). Chris Sarandon as new pain-in-the-neck neighbor Jerry Dandridge is smooth & suave yet also frighteningly threatening... yet still a little sad. Young William Ragsdale makes for a wholesomely good all-American boy next door as our hero, Charlie Brewster. Amanda Bearse, as Charlie's girlfriend Amy, is both a quirky cutie pie and a smoldering seductress (post neck-bite). Stephen Geoffreys is hilarious and appropriately scatterbrained as Charlie's dorky monster nerd pal, 'Evil' Ed. And rounding out the main cast, is legendary thesp Roddy McDowell, playing an in-joke former sort-of 'star' as Peter Vincent. Vincent is on his last legs; eking out a living milking his tarnished status as a former horror film icon to host a chintzy local late night creature feature TV show (which, much to his bitter disappointment, has just been cancelled). He lives in the rose-colored past, pompously clinging to his former (not so glorious) glory days. The character arc for Peter is wonderful, and lifelong yeoman actor McDowell masterfully exploits his character's hidden strengths and abundant weaknesses to their fullest. His transformation from bitter, self-important fop to fearless slayer of all things evil is a joy to behold. (And his quiet monologue in his apartment when Amy & Ed come to visit him is unexpectedly touching.) Truthfully, the man should've gotten the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance, or at the very least a nomination. He did however win the Saturn Award in that category that year, so his work in FRIGHT NIGHT wasn't completely ignored.
THE BLU-RAY/DVD COMBO SET: I wasn't sure about ordering this, as it was a non-US release, but took a chance based on the recommendations of other Amazon customers. Shouldn't have worried. This Blu plays just fine in Region 1 machines. The picture & sound jump in quality from the old DVD release is like day & night. A 4k restoration results in a super-sharp picture, with little in the way of dirt & debris not much artifacting, pixelation, edge-enhancement nor crush to spoil it. Vibrant color palette, without accursed over-saturation, bleeding or the villainous use of DNR to ruin the original vision of the cinematographer & the director. Likewise, the soundtrack & audiomix are worlds improved. The mix is properly balanced here now, allowing you to fully enjoy composer Brad Fidel's haunting, sensual score, without it overpowering the dialogue scenes. The BIG bonus for fans of the film is the wealth of fantastic bonus features, the best of which is a thoroughly exhaustive 'Making of...' piece that's almost two and half hours long!!! Lots of other great stuff is included as well. This Blu-ray/DVD combo will likely be THE definitive edition to own for some time to come. Do yourself a favor and buy this! (Score some brownie points with a friend who doesn't yet have a Blu-ray player and give them the DVD .)
This is a Christmas wish come true as Fright Night Blu-ray has been the most elusive Blu-ray commodity in the past 10 years. There are many other Blu-ray versions, there is a German Blu-ray version, I believe there is also a Blu-ray Australian version none of which were playable on American Blu-ray players. Then there was the 30th anniversary Blu-ray edition that was released in 2015 that was sold out quickly. Now, finally there is a Fright Night Blu-ray version UK import that plays on American Blu-ray players.
Picture and audio quality is excellent. They did a fantastic job with the transfer. I watch it on LG OLED 55C7 TV. Make sure you go to audio settings and select 5.1 surround sound (if you have surround sound system) because the audio setting is default to stereo selection.
There are tons of special features all of which are listed on the product description - not inconsistency there. They are all on the Blu-ray disc. If you love this movie and concerned about the Blu-ray format, you should not have any fears. You should definitely add this to your collection, turn off your lights and enjoy Fright Night on Blu-ray....for real :)
A teen discovers that his new neighbor is a vampire. This is one of my favorite horror films featuring
a good cast, good score and great make-up effects. I recently had the dvd version of the film which
had pretty good picture and sound quality plus the theatrical trailer. This Blu-ray slightly improves
upon it, but unfortunately has no bonus supplements. I still recommend this if you're a fan of the
film or horror in general.
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I've gotten to meet the cast twice.
both times i have to say a highlight of my life.