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John Carpenter's Vampires (Special Edition) [Blu-ray] [Import]
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May 5 2017
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- Aspect Ratio : Unknown
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Parcel Dimensions : 18.03 x 13.76 x 1.48 cm; 83.16 Grams
- Director : John Carpenter
- Media Format : Import, Special Edition, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 48 minutes
- Release date : May 5 2017
- Actors : Sheryl Lee, Daniel Baldwin, Maximilian Schell, Thomas Ian Griffith, Tim Guinee
- Studio : Powehouse Films
- Producers : Sandy King
- ASIN : B01N1NR05K
- Country of origin : United Kingdom
- Number of discs : 1
- Customer Reviews:
Limited edition Import Blu-ray/Region Free pressing. Includes many bonus features. John Carpenter directs this horror based on the novel by John Steakley. When Jack Crow (James Woods)'s team of mercenary vampire hunters is slaughtered by the master vampire Valek (Thomas Ian Griffith), he teams up with Montoya (Daniel Baldwin) to fight back. Their only link to Valek is the beautiful, psychic prostitute Katrina (Sheryl Lee), and with her help they set out to confront the ultimate evil.
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I think both James Woods and Daniel Baldwin did a great job with honourable mention to Sheryl Lee for her performance.
I must say too the director John Carpenter has made some of my favourite movies like this one and The Thing.
Special effects were great.
I will watch this one again and would recommend it.
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Here a grizzled James Woods plays our heroic vampire slayer, along with an indeterminate Baldwin. When the rest of their team get butchered in a ‘routine’ slaying procedure, they smell a set-up and start their own investigation. So, if you know anything about vampires (and, face it… whether you’re a fan of the monster or not, you know the basic rules) you’ll see all the tropes here – the stakes, the bursting into flames in the sunlight and the general Gothic demeanour of the undead. Now, it’s by no way a high-budget affair. The sets are just regular places around the mid-west of America and what money went into the production must have gone into the sparsely interspersed gory moments. Therefore, if you casually watch part of it, you may be lured into thinking it’s just another low budget straight-to-DVD horror flick. However, what possibly raises this above every other similar film of the day is the setting. I’ve mentioned that there aren’t many fabulous and spectacular sets designed just for the film. It’s set basically in a modern day ‘Wild West.’ Therefore, if you came across this film and there wasn’t anyone sucking someone else’s blood, you may be tricked into assuming that it was a cowboy film. This does give it a bit of a look and feel of its own and probably went some way to save the film, but, the location is probably just a minor point, the star is James Woods – and he carries the film completely>
James Woods is at his grumpy best. Don’t expect a light-handed touch when dealing with everyone from the local priest to the highest vampire in the land. He’s basically an anti-hero who doesn’t let much stand in his way between him and his slaying activities. Woods star alongside Sheryl Lee (best known for dying a lot in TV’s ‘Twin Peaks’ and, as I said, some Baldwin or other, plus your typical tall, pale dude with long black hair for them to battle. But, it’s Woods all the way. Technically, there’s nothing special about this film and nothing that you haven’t seen before in any other vampire-related movie. However, if you like your horror gritty, realistic and not pulling any punches then you should get something out of this (either that or you’re just a fan of James Woods, then this should be at the top of your ‘to see’ list!).
Recovering from an ambush that killed his entire team, a vengeful vampire slayer must retrieve an ancient Catholic relic that should it be acquired by vampires will allow them to walk in sunlight.
This is yet another fantastic horror in John Carpenter's long list of awesome movies over the years, he tackles the vampire genre in his own way and gives us a cool classic horror, all the Carpenter touches are here, including a great music score, the cast is all good, James Woods and Daniel Baldwin lead the way and Sheryl Lee is sexy eye candy, there is plenty of bloody gore and violence, vampires on fire and some nudity, plenty of cool vampire slaying action, most part its good old school practical effects too which look great. This is certainly one of the coolest and fun vampire movies from over the years and don't take itself too seriously like some, make sure you check this out especially as it now looks so great on Blu-ray.
HD picture on the Blu-ray is great (certainly an improvement over the DVD version)
Features are good with a commentary by Carpenter, a making of (23-mins total) isolated score, trailer, Carpenter interview (38-mins)
REGION FREE ABC, DVD is region free 0 too, 108-mins, 1998.
Blu-ray is limited to 7000 copies and comes with DVD movie too and 20 page booklet.
English language only.
Perfect HD picture quality and great surround mix in a nice Collector's Edition. Also is included the DVD with the same menu and extra's.
As I have said this is not Carpenters best but it is certainly far from his worst ( check out Escape From L.A or Ghosts from Mars to experience rock bottom) and there is a lot of fun to be had in its 108 mins running time. This Blu Ray release from Indicator is a nice crisp transfer with a great little booklet complete with an essay and praise for the film by critic and horror buff Kim Newman.