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30 Days Of Night [DVD]


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  • Actors: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Ben Foster, Mark Boone Jr
  • Directors: David Slade
  • Producers: Sam Raimi
  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 April 2008
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001563I3O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,682 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Josh Hartnett and Melissa George star in this big-screen adaptation of the vampire comic books by Steve Niles. In the sleepy, secluded Alaska town of Barrow, the sun sets and doesn't rise for over 30 consecutive days and nights. From the darkness, across the frozen wasteland, an evil is on its way that will bring the residents of Barrow to their knees. The only hope for the town is the Sheriff and Deputy, a husband and wife team who are torn between their own survival and saving the town they love.

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The problem with vampires is that, usually, they can't go out in daylight. That means that, however menacing they might be after sunset, when morning rolls around again, the heroes can just dig 'em up and stick a stake in them. 30 Days of Night sidesteps the whole daylight problem by setting its story in Barrow, Alaska, a town which is so far north that during the winter, the sun doesn't rise for a month at a stretch. It's such a perfect setting for vampires that it's almost shocking no-one's thought of it before now.

30 Days of Night has another trick up its sleeve, too. Its vampires aren't gothic hedonists who enjoy their claret out of jewelled goblets. Nope, these are vicious, nasty, brutal creatures who'd snap your neck as soon as look at you. They look terrifying, all misshapen foreheads and far too many teeth, and the creepy shrieking noise they make only makes it worse; they seem entirely inhuman. Barrow's isolated, blizzard-stricken location makes for a literally chilling atmosphere even before the monsters show up.

The plot loses its way towards the end, and the inevitable triumph of the heroes stretches logic to its limits, but the setting is original enough to make up for that. 30 Days of Night isn't a film you'll forget in a hurry. --Catherine Haskins --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Mason TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
This is a so so vampire movie, not a patch on the best in the genre, such as Near Dark and The Fearless Vampire Hunters, but better than some. Barrow is a quiet, remote town in the middle of nowhere in Alaska, population 152. Each and every Winter it gets plunged into darkness for 30 days and nights. The setting of the movie is a snowbound wasteland, but paradoxically, this doesn't really add to the atmosphere of the film.
Some films use the weather to add feeling to the movie, John Carpenter's The Thing being a prime example of how to use snow and ice to add atmosphere, or conversely, Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing showing how to use heat and sunlight to create a certain mood.
Here, I didn't find that the setting really added anything to the movie. What follows is a tale of marauding vampires who happen across Barrow, and decide to use the 30 days of night to go on a feeding spree in the town. It is left to the town sheriff, played by Josh Hartnett, and his estranged wife, played by Melissa George, to fend off the bloodsuckers, assisted by the townsfolk. Josh Hartnett is quite wooden (compare his performance with Kurt Russell's in The Thing and you'll understand what I mean).
Melissa George, who is making quite a name for herself as a modern day scream queen, is much better. The vampires don't speak English and I think that this handicaps the movie. Subtitles are used whenever the vampires speak, which is a clumsy technique, reminding you that you are watching a film and shattering the small modicum of tension which the film occasionally achieves. In the movie Near Dark, which is a brilliant example of how to make a vampire film, the vampires can speak, so you get to know their characters, which adds to the movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Jun 2013
Format: DVD
30 Days of Night is directed by David Slade and written by Steve Niles, Stuart Beattie and Brian Nelson. It stars Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Mark Boone Junior and Ben Foster. Music is by Brian Reitzell and cinematography by Jo Willems.

Every year for thirty days the town of Barrow, North Alaska goes without sunlight. This year Barrow has visitors, Vampires...

Based on Steve Niles' own graphic comic, 30 Days of Night strips the vampire characterisation down to the core and triumphs because of it. There is nothing dandy or sexy about the vampires who have come to Barrow to feed for a month, these are ugly feral, insect like beasts who speak in their own language. The backdrop is a cold and snowy small town where no daylight is due for weeks, the population small, is about to become smaller with every passing hour. The set-up and execution is well handled by Slade (Hard Candy), antagonists and protagonists introductions are smooth, then the carnage unfolds and we shift into a tense game of cat and mouse as Hartnett, his estranged wife (George) and a few hardy souls try and survive until the 30 days of night have passed. And of course kick some vampire ass where possible.

Problems arise with the fact that it never once feels like more than one night of horror, so the questions of sleep, eat and toilet habits don't come into until you start to realise this is spread over 30 days! Is that picky? Well no not really, especially since there is little to no depth of characterisations to feed off either, back story is minimal and only reserved for Hartnett and George to let us know they are separated but love each other, thus our hero has something extra to fight for! For a story spread over 30 days it sure does lack, erm, story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray
A grisly, violent and rip roaring horror B-movie, 30 Days of Night is a real gem of a movie. Injecting some much needed life into the vampire genre 30 DON is action packed and horrifying in equal measure.

A remote Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for one month every year. Many residents leave town for this period of time. The local Sheriff, Josh Harnett, looks after the remaining residents. This year things are a little different with some new visitors that are not particularly welcome.

These vampires are nasty to the extreme. Possessing speed, strength and agility the remaining towns folk don't stand a chance. The film kicks off quickly. Introducing you to the main circle of characters and then wasting no time in letting the blood spill. Once it starts it doesn't stop and is relentless in its pursuit to make the audience cower behind their seats.

The whole film has an air of John Carpenter about it. It has a foreboding atmosphere and reminds you of The Thing or possibly The Fog. A small town ravished by impossible odds.

There are some superb action set pieces and the ending is nicely bleak. Overall a pleasingly refreshing film that gives the vampire genre some new juice and something to be proud of. A film with real bite!
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By All of them Witches TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Oct 2014
Format: Blu-ray
If allowed I would have given this 3 and a half stars. I liked elements of it but it's not a stone cold classic. A small town in Alaska, winter setting in, 30 days of night as per the title and a large group of ferral bloodsuckers let loose on the locals.
The good points; some of the despatching of vampires/victims was done very well with some nice axe work in particular on display. The vamps themselves looked rather good and the lead vampire was a very strong presence in particular. I rather liked that they spoke their own language, a nice touch I thought and I certainly dont mind subtitles.
The downsides were, well, it was all a tad samey. Townsfolk holing up then making a break for it through the streets to another house, encountering vampires etc. It wasn't clear as to why they continually took such huge risks, trusting to luck running through the streets in the dark with lots of superhuman vampires leaping across rooftops looking for them. On one occasion they were in a general store with enough provisions to last the 30 days required but left it anyway. It was refered to that the vamps were searching buildings for them by way of them leaving one place which leads to the next flaw. The large band of vampires could have found them easily in such a small town; they could smell their blood, it wouldn't have taken much effort.
I didn't think it resolved things very well either and there were some scenarios lifted straight out of other films, one of the group being infected, how it ended etc.
It's a reasonably good watch, again to reiterate the point elsewhere it's not as good or original as 'Near Dark' but for all that I still quite liked it.
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