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Interview with the Vampire: 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray
Posted July 21, 2014 02:34 PM by Webmaster
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is re-releasing director Neil Jordan's Interview with the Vampire on Blu-ray in celebration of the film's 20th anniversary. The new edition features an exclusive featurette, along with the 2008 edition's supplemental content. Street date is September 30th.
Official Synopsis: When grieving 18th century mortal Louis (Brad Pitt) accepts an offer of everlasting life from charismatic vampire Lestat (Tom Cruise), he quickly realizes that his dark gift is also a curse that requires him to kill to survive. An eternity of blood, lust and torment awaits in this thrilling and visually stunning film that redefined the vampire genre.
Warner Bros. has yet to detail tech specs. Special features include:
NEW - Lestat, Louis, and the Vampire Phenomenon: A conversation with author Anne Rice about her influence on the new wave of vampires as heroes and anti-heroes.
Director's Commentary with Neil Jordan
In the Shadow of the Vampire
Introduction by Anne Rice, Neil Jordan and Antonio Banderas
I Love this movie since the first time I saw it, and considering that I never been fond of the Original Poster I reckon it is an improvement... I keep my finger crossed for a Steelbook Edition (and of course for a remastering of the movie itself, I read it was not the best one could get, even though I am not the best person with whom you discuss a technical presentation in details)
Warner Brothers are really pushin the limits when it comes to double dippin with only the "double" part and no juicy "dippin". If this is another re-packaging + new amateur photoshop editon cover + 1 new extra..I must say that Warner Brothers you're customers know that you're screwing them!
The original BD back in 2008 wasn't up to snuff even then, murky looking, low bitrate, weak contrast and poor delineation. It's freakin 2014!
Companies like Criterion, Arrow, BFI and Eureka give us beautiful catalog video trasfers from fresh scans in either 2k or 4k, one relase after another. Even big companies like Sony, Paramount and Fox treat their catalog releases with more respect, not only trying to squeeze as much dollars and cents as possible out of movie fans.
While the current edition isn't upconverted, I'd have to echo everyone else in that this'll be extremely disappointing, if after all these years since the original BD (since the film was mastered for the original dvd release for that matter), and for the films 20th anniversary, they still couldn't muster giving the movie itself its due. I sold my original BD after watching it, knowing WB could do better and expecting they would. If this is more of their status quo it'll remain absent from our collection. WB's HD mastering has significantly improved now that they've lightened up on the filtering they used to do for dvd. The nature of this films photography demands their best effort for a HD release.
Bought the 1st release day 1 and was disappointed by the picture quality. I was told by other Blu-ray.com forum members that the lighting used during the film was to blame and it would probably never look any better. If that's true, I see no reason to double dip.
Does anybody out there have he phone number of WB ? So I can tell them to fire the marketing chief with his, or hers Cover art.
Please WB use original art covers. Its one bad cover after cover. Remember Vacation?
Old release was reviewed here with a 4/5 for PQ. It did get a bad review for the lossy audio. So, far the re-relase has only 1 new feature.
It will be interesting to see if the re-release gets lossless audio & to read about the comparative PQ if it is remastered. I'm not planing to upgrade my old BD.
Thank You Dannalexcon," I couldn't have said it better myself.
Now that we've seen re-releases with "Remastering" such as Enter the Dragon, The Fugitive, Patton, Predator, Rocky, Robocop, The Terminator, and Wall Street, just to name a few, I've been really interested to see a "Remastered" version of current and future catalog titles from all the studios.
48 Hrs., Above the Law, Clear and Present Danger, Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Die Hard with A Vengeance, Dirty Dancing, The Dirty Dozen, Edward Scissorhands, Fletch, Footloose (1984), Gremlins, Grumpy Old Men, Grumpier Old Men, The Jewel of the Nile, Lethal Weapon 1 & 2, Major League, Mission: Impossible 1 & 2, National Lampoon's Vacation / European Vacation, Out for Justice, Patriot Games, Romancing the Stone, The Silence of the Lambs, Sleepy Hollow, Superman: The Movie, Superman II, Tommy Boy, True Romance, Under Siege, and believe it or not, Wayne's World.
The cover on this anniversary edition is not as good as the original release. I don't know why Warner Bros. loves white background covers with washed out characters. They do this for almost all the new collections. James Dean, Clint Eastwood, etc... it needs to stop. It doesn't make releases look or feel "deluxe" or whatever they're aiming at.