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  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, Stephen Rea, Antonio Banderas
  • Directors: Neil Jordan
  • Producers: Stephen Woolley, David Geffen
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English, Spanish, Japanese
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Oct. 2008
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CD3PN8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,440 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In 1790 the evil Lestat (Tom Cruise), a 200-year old vampire, decides he wants a buddy and chooses Louis (Brad Pitt). However, despite Louis' desire for death after his young wife's demise, Lestat hasn't banked on Louis being so guilt-ridden when it comes to sucking blood from humans. So whilst Lestat continues to feast upon human flesh, Louis sticks to rats and chickens. That is, until he meets the young Claudia (Kirstan Dunst). Two hundred years later, Louis tells his story to a young reporter (Christian Slater).

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When it was announced that Tom Cruise would play the vampire Lestat in Interview with a Vampire, the film adaptation of Anne Rice's bestselling novel, even Rice chimed in with a highly publicised objection. The author wisely and justifiably recanted her negative opinion when she saw Cruise's excellent performance, which perceptively addresses the pain and chronic melancholy that plagues anyone cursed with immortal blood lust. Brad Pitt and Kirsten Dunst are equally good at maintaining the dark and brooding tone of Rice's novel. And in this rare mainstream project for a major studio, director Neil Jordan compensates for a lumbering plot by honouring the literate, Romantic qualities of Rice's screenplay. Considered a disappointment while being embraced by Rice's loyal followers, Interview is too slow to be a satisfying thriller, but it is definitely one of the most lavish, intelligent horror films ever made. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "thelittlegreyartist" on 19 Sept. 2002
Format: DVD
Having never read Ann Rice's novel I cannot comment on the accuracy of the film. What I will say is that, on its own strengths, this film is essential viewing. Those seeking thrills and frights should turn away now, those interested in depth and character development should buy this instantly. Tom Cruise turns in a great performance as the lonely, malicious vampire Lestat, with Brad Pitt as his brooding, conscience-stricken protege. Despite the fact that the leads are all vampires and drink blood, at times quite graphically, you cannot help but feel sympathy for them as prisoners of eternal darkness. This is partly because of the phenomenal acting on offer and partly because of the screenplay. Some very intense issues are dealt with in the course of the film, Louis struggles with his morality over killing people for a large chunk of the film until eventually he resigns himself to his fate, biting a young girl (Kirsten Dunst). The scope of the film expands from just Lestat and Louis in America to a whole secret society in Paris, along the way revealing some of the vampire laws and customs. The plot also spans a huge time period, ending in the modern day with Louis telling his tale to a journalist (Christian Slater). After watching this film I remember thinking to myself "yeah... if vampires existed I could see them being exactly like that," Rice's vampires are still human, they just become resigned to the fact that they have to drink blood to survive.
My advice is if you like the sound of my review go out and buy the film. If you are not sure definitely rent it, you never know, it might surprise you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary R on 1 Jan. 2006
Format: DVD
When you normally read that a film is being made of a book you like, your thinking of all the things they won't be able to show or what will be cut out or changed. Although slightly varying from the original book by Anne Rice, this first film adaptation of the first of Rice's Vampire Chronicles, Interview is quite good! Tom Cruise isn't who most would say best characterises the character of Lestat but as you watch he really gets across what Lestat was like. Interview centres around Louis, played by Brad Pitt, a vampire made by Lestat, "whining" Louis tells us of his life shortly before he was given the blood. Louis and Lestat, joined later by a young Kirsten Dunst as Claudia (based on Anne Rices own deceased child) travel and hunt together in America ... Some funny moments in the film like the draining of the rat's blood into a goblet scene (Cruise and Pitt trying in vain not to smirk!).
I won't tell you all the story - most already know from the book but with appearances of Stephen Rea, Antonio Banderas (great in his role - wouldn't mind him biting my neck!) and some fantastic music you will be drawn to it if you love the genre. Not a terror inducing film but a dark gothic feeling movie all the same. It's a pity the original cast did not continue with the chronicles - Queen of the Damned should never have been made - was a poor attempt at Rice's work. Love watching this film every now and then.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By brainleek007 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Feb. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I remember going to see Interview with the Vampire nearly 20 years ago at the cinema. I came out really feeling I had been on a great journey helped no doubt by the the characters were believable and they weren't simple Hammer House of Horror Vampires but deep and multi-dimensional vampires.

I remember all the publicity at the time about Cruise and Pitt and it's kind of 'homo-erotic' overtones, and yes these are here, but somehow it all works. Pitt is a bit wooden at the best of times but personally and despite his shortcomings I actually find him quite watchable too and here I thought he did a decent job. Cruise really steals it with his Lestat though, as villains often do!

If you're not familiar with the story here it is in brief: Louis, a wealthy plantation owner in New Orleans loses his wife and child during childbirth and gives up on life. Giving himself over to drunken brawls and gambling in taverns he crosses paths with Lestat who is intrigued by Louis' lack of respect for his own life. Lestat turns Louis in an effort to create a partner who he can share the tribulations of vampirehood with. However, Louis doesn't take to the necessities of being a vampire with the same vigour as Lestat instead he constantly questions the morality of taking human life and questions the very nature of what he has become. That's just the start of it, and I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't seen it, but the film is worth seeing for Kirsten Dunst's performance alone.

The film tackles pretty heavy themes and the pacing is deliberately slow. If you're expecting any kind of fast paced action forget it. This is a drama plain and simple and it takes its time.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By P. Morgan on 21 Jan. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Good solid film - but disappointing blu ray transfer. That said, this is a dark film - as in it's mostly set in a dark environment - and it was never what you'd call a pretty film to look at to start with. It's a little frustrating that people compare it to, say The Dark Knight, in terms of transfer quality. This is a much older film. That a film is 'grainy' is often the intended look of the film by the director and not necessarily a slight on the transfer itself. That said, even by the blu ray standard set for some older films where there is an obvious and sometimes considerable improvement; this is by contrast little better than it's DVD counterpart. Those expecting a pristine, re mastered version of this film will be very disappointed. My advice is buy only if you don't already own this on DVD. Simply put, not worth the upgrade as good as the film may otherwise be. The Star Rating reflects the blu ray quality rather than the film, which is easily worthy of 4 stars.
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