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The ending of the movie has always been slightly confusing(especially when you discover the book has a vastly different ending and offers no answers). Thankfully this DVD has an excellent commentary from director Tony Scott, and actress Susan Sarandon. The ending IS explained!!
The extras on the DVD, while not exceptional, are good. The commentary, as mentioned above is interesting and quite amusing in places, with lots of information on not just the scenes you are watching but on the process of film making, and some of the off screen problems and fun. The Stills gallery is quite nice too.
If you're a fan of the movie, or indeed any of the actors involved then you'll love this DVD. It loses one star as I hoped there might be a few more little extras on the DVD...but that's being REALLY picky!
The plot centers around a couple, they're immortal vampires living in New York in the early 1980's, they're very chic and their house is filled with an atmosphere like a mausoleum for the rich. This film captured the superficial edge of the decade with a glitering vision of fashion and style, all mixed in with the desire to never age. However, it isn't self indulgent with the topic, and it never favours any of the characters, instead it shows how lonely and detached they have become over the centurys. The plot moves slow, and some people have criticized it because of this, but if it were fast the whole atmosphere wouldn't work.
I won't spoil any of the plot, but you will be suprised by it and the twists it takes before the end...
Bowies acting is usually at it's best when he plays himself. And who could be better suited to playing a 400 year old 20th century Vampire than a pre 'Lets Dance' Bowie. Along with Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon Bowie shines as the modern day blood sucker who's blood sucking days are coming to an end. A semi-plausible story line sees Bowies character struggling to sleep, an all too familiar sign that his immortality may not be as immortal as he thought.
The most outstanding scenes are those where Bowies character ages almost 80 years in a few hours - Bowie aged 90 is a very scary sight. For me, waiting in a doctors surgery has never been the same again.
Deneuve and Sarandon are excellent together, with a love scene that makes the blood boil (and spill). A beautiful soundtrack of Ravel piano music accompanies many scenes.
Music by Bauhaus and Ravel - who could ever ask for more.