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The Lost Boys

4K Ultra HD

Blu Ray

  • Score
    90
    from 5 reviewers
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  • The Lost Boys shines in 4K, a beloved, cool teen vampire classic, expertly restored and packed with extras.

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  • Video
    94
  • The Lost Boys' 4K restoration excels in visual quality, vivid colors, and detailed imagery, offering a significant upgrade with its anamorphically shot 35mm film on a Panavision Panaflex Gold camera, presented in HDR10 with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio.

  • Audio
    89
  • The Lost Boys' Blu-ray features a rich, front-heavy DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack with vibrant music and balanced sound effects, offering subtle improvements over previous releases.

  • Extra
    84
  • The Lost Boys UHD edition mirrors Warner's 2008 Blu-ray in bonus features, including a 4K remastered film with no new extras but ensures collector’s content is intact. Packaging adopts a standard, dual-hub keepcase.

  • Movie
    88
  • The Lost Boys, an 80s classic, masterfully combines Schumacher's visual style & Donner's knack for iconic characters, resonating with the angst and allure of teenage life across generations with its timeless appeal.

    Video: 94

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray release of "The Lost Boys" presents a visually arresting upgrade that far surpasses previous home video incarnations, thanks to a new 4K restoration from the original 35mm negatives. Utilizing the Panavision Panaflex Gold camera and E-series Lenses for its original shoot, the film’s transfer to 3840 x 2160p resolution at a 2.40:1 aspect ratio not only matches its theatrical presentation but elevates it with a 10-bit video depth, HDR10 for enriched high dynamic range, all embraced by the HEVC (H.265) codec. Notable immediately are the improved black levels, striking color depth—thanks to the UHD's wider color gamut—and an enriched sense of detail throughout. Daylight scenes shine with a lush vibrancy, and nighttime sequences dazzle with deep, immersive blacks and vivid colors, particularly in scenes awash with neon on the Santa Carla boardwalk or the suspenseful vampire lair.

    The film's inherent grain structure is maintained, offering a consistent, filmic quality that aficionados will appreciate, signifying no overt digital noise reduction and keeping the visual texture authentic to its cinematic roots. This results in a pristine image where fine details, such as facial textures, clothing nuances, and the diverse Santa Carla setting, are brought to life with remarkable clarity. The specular highlights and shadow delineation benefit significantly from HDR10, delivering more nuanced visuals that heighten the atmospheric and dynamic lighting choices emblematic of the 1980s style. However, a minor critique notes occasional imperfections in extremely bright whites exhibiting slight blooming, a small caveat in an otherwise stellar presentation.

    Despite these minor issues, the overall transfer impresses with its fidelity to the original look and feel of the film while taking full advantage of modern home theater technology. Colors are more robust and true-to-life, especially noticeable in the film’s various iconic locations and set pieces that now burst with energy and depth previously unseen. This release is a testament to how well "The Lost Boys" has been treated in its transition to 4K, with an average high bitrate maintaining stability and avoiding compression artifacts, ensuring that both fans and newcomers alike will experience the film in the best possible quality available today.

    Audio: 89

    The Lost Boys 4K UHD Blu-ray release boasts a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack that provides an impactful yet nuanced audio experience, remarkable for a film of its age. The soundtrack efficiently handles the distinct layers of dialogue, music, and sound effects, showcasing a well-balanced front stage, where dialogue is clean and clear, extending well into the listening space. The mix maintains a pleasing balance between a solid low end and a crisp high end, with music benefiting significantly from this balance, exhibiting vibrancy and a well-defined mid-range that keeps the upper and lower ends of the sonic spectrum intact without muffling.

    Subtle use of the rear channels adds to the ambiance, providing discreet but effective sound extensions that enhance the overall envelopment of the soundfield, without overshadowing the front-loaded mix. Although the dynamic range may not impress when compared to modern soundtracks, the balance of background activity across the front channels, alongside the occasional but notable use of Auro-3D up-mixing functionality for atmospheric expansion into the top heights and surrounds, creates a more engaging presence. The bass response from the subwoofer is solid and weighty, lending ample support to both visuals and musical scores, making for a rich home listening experience.

    Despite similarities with its Dolby TrueHD predecessor and a potentially missed opportunity in not including an object-based audio mix, this soundtrack does not feel like a compromise. Technical details such as optional subtitles in multiple languages (including English SDH), show attention to inclusivity. The film's timeless appeal is supported by this audio presentation which, although front and music-focused, successfully brings The Lost Boys into contemporary home theaters with clarity, balance, and an immersive soundstage that belies its original mix limitations.

    Extra: 84

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray release of "The Lost Boys" maintains a solid roster of extras, all of which have been carried over from its previous releases, ensuring that collectors do not need to retain older editions for completeness. Among these features, the audio commentary with director Joel Schumacher stands out, offered on both the 4K and Blu-ray discs, alongside a comprehensive retrospective documentary that offers deep insights into Schumacher's direction and The Doors' influence on the film. Interviews, including the engaging session with Greg Cannom, and featurettes on vampires and the movie's legacy, round out a package that, while not offering new material, still presents a valuable compilation of content for fans. The presentation is housed in a dual-hubbed keepcase with a digital copy code included, paralleling Warner Bros.' packaging approach seen in releases like "Poltergeist."

    Extras included in this disc:

    AUDIO COMMENTARY BY DIRECTOR JOEL SCHUMACHER: Available on both 4K and Blu-ray discs.

    THE LOST BOYS: A RETROSPECTIVE: Provides an in-depth look at the making of the film.

    INSIDE THE VAMPIRE'S CAVE: Various aspects discussed in detail.

    A DIRECTOR'S VISION

    COMEDY VS. HORROR

    FRESH BLOOD: A NEW LOOK AT VAMPIRES

    THE LOST BOYS SEQUEL?: Discussion on potential continuations.

    VAMPING OUT: THE UNDEAD CREATIONS OF GREG CANNOM: Focuses on special effects and makeup.

    HAIMSTER & FELDOG: THE STORY OF THE 2 COREYS

    MULTI-ANGLE VIDEO COMMENTARY: Featuring Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, and Jamison Newlander.

    A WORLD OF VAMPIRES

    THE LOST SCENES: A collection of deleted scenes.

    LOST IN THE SHADOWS MUSIC VIDEO

    THEATRICAL TRAILER

    Movie: 88

    Joel Schumacher’s “The Lost Boys,” a definitive 1987 teen vampire flick, combines Schumacher's unique baroque and garish 80’s visual flair, later seen in “Flatliners,” with Richard Donner’s knack for creating iconic performances and memorable characters evident in “The Goonies.” This blend captures the essence of teenage life in the 1980s, making it a classic that effortlessly speaks to the shared experience of adolescence. The story follows Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) as they, alongside their mother (Dianne Wiest), move to Santa Carla, a town teeming with comic book lore and vampire myths. Michael’s descent into the vampire gang led by the magnetic David (Kiefer Sutherland) contrasts with Sam's alliance with the Frog Brothers, amateur vampire hunters. This duality explores themes of siblinghood, rebellion, and the search for belonging, encapsulated within a visually striking and culturally iconic setting.

    The film ingeniously balances horror elements with a strong undercurrent of teenage angst and familial disintegration, all while maintaining a veneer of coolness through its soundtrack and stylistic choices, emblematic of the era. “The Lost Boys” stands out for its clever nods to classic vampire lore, injecting fresh twists that honor traditional narratives, paired with a teen appeal that spans generations. Schumacher’s direction explores the alluring freedom and identity crises emblematic of the Lost Boys' lifestyle through a lens that both critiques and revels in its excesses. Despite its quintessentially 80’s tone, the movie transcends era-boundaries, delivering timeless themes of youth, rebellion, and the quest for immortality—symbolized through the vampire myth.

    Celebrating its 35th anniversary with a new 4K UHD Blu-ray release, "The Lost Boys" retains its impact without major audio upgrades but through a visual restoration that enhances its gothic disco aesthetics. Despite lacking new content or significant bonus features, this edition reaffirms the film's status as a multi-generational classic. Its cultural footprint remains evident as it continues to resonate with both those who grew up with the film and newer audiences discovering its allure. The preservation of technical and thematic elements in this release ensures "The Lost Boys" endures as a testament to Schumacher’s vision and the film’s beloved place within vampire cinema lore.

    Total: 90

    The Lost Boys, a seminal piece of 80s cinema that effortlessly blends horror with teenage angst, celebrates its enduring appeal with a stunning 4K UHD Blu-ray release by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. This edition not only pays homage to Joel Schumacher’s unique vision but elevates the film’s audio-visual experience to modern standards. The HDR10 presentation breathes new life into the visuals, ensuring each frame pops with vibrant colors and deeper blacks, capturing the film's iconic aesthetic with remarkable clarity. Accompanied by a pristine DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack, every note of the eclectic score and every spine-tingling sound effect is delivered with crisp precision, enhancing the film’s atmospheric tension. While some might long for new extras or a refreshed soundtrack, the meticulous restoration effort and the preservation of beloved legacy features validate this release as a significant upgrade over previous iterations.

    Warner Bros.' dedication to this release is further evidenced by their commitment to retaining the extensive array of original bonus content, thereby offering fans a comprehensive dive into the film’s creation and enduring legacy. This release demonstrates an understanding of what makes The Lost Boys a cult classic; it's more than just a film, it's a cultural touchstone that encapsulates the zeitgeist of its era while remaining timeless in its exploration of youth, belonging, and transformation. Despite noting a minor playback issue that could be an isolated defect rather than a widespread problem, it's clear the studio has invested considerable effort to ensure this edition stands as the definitive version for both long-time admirers and newcomers.

    In conclusion, The Lost Boys 4K UHD Blu-ray is an essential addition to the libraries of horror enthusiasts and collectors alike. This release not only showcases Warner Bros.' commitment to excellence but also reinforces the film's status as a beloved classic. With its superior video and audio quality, along with a treasure trove of special features, this edition celebrates the film’s lasting impact and ensures its place in the pantheon of genre-defining cinema for years to come.