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Vampires [Blu-ray] [Region B French Import]


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Product details

  • Actors: James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Format: Import
  • Language: French, English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Z421BO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,029 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

French release, contains original English audio.

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Jan 2004
Format: DVD
John Carpenter proves he hasn't lost his mojo with this darkly intriguing film featuring two of the most frightful creatures on Earth: vampires and one of the Baldwin brothers. I love traditional vampire stories with suave and debonair Dracula types, but sometimes you just want to get down and dirty with the creatures of darkness and bring an edgier type of horror to the banquet. Jack Crow (James Woods) and his crew of modern-day vampire slayers don't mess around, a fact which is made clear in the most vivid of ways in the opening scenes of the film. We join the fun at an old abandoned house somewhere in the Southwest U.S., a location that has been identified as a probable nest of bloodsuckers. The guys load up, move in, and find themselves in a personal war as these vampires tend to subscribe to the old "the best defense is a good offense" strategy. While the gore is not excessive by any means, there's blood enough to somewhat sate the avaricious desires of the horror-loving viewer, and I could have watched vampires being hauled out into the sun to spontaneously combust all day long. Crow is a little bothered by the fact that the "master" he expected to find in the nest was a no-show, but he doesn't let that stop the party the boys throw back at the hotel. Cheap booze and cheap women are the main attractions, and even the team's priest (none other than Julio from Sanford and Son) ties one on. Crow himself is on the verge of a little excitement with a hot little number named Katrina (Sheryl Lee) when the master he was looking for earlier decides to crash the party.
Crow escapes with his right-hand man Montoya (Daniel Baldwin) and Katrina, a vampire in the making.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Priyan Meewella VINE VOICE on 30 Aug 2003
Format: DVD
This is not so much a vampire film by John Carpenter as it is a John Carpenter film that just happens to have vampires in it. Carpenter returns to the vampire western setting immediately reminiscent of Near Dark, but this is a very different movie, not least because it focuses on the "other side".
Jack Crow [James Woods] is out for revenge after the vampire master Valek [Thomas Ian Griffith] kills off all but one of his slaying team (which was in itself an act of revenge...nevermind). To track him down, Woods uses a prostitute, Katrina [Sheryl Lee], who has developed a psychic link with Valek after being bitten. Also with him are his remaining slayer pal Montoya and naive priest Father Adam. Once Valek is revealed to be the first vampire on a mission for omnipotence, Crow certainly has his work cut out...
Crow is a standard hardened cynical hero, tough and efficient, happy to use threats to get results. He works for the establishment but plays by his own rules (becoming a habit with these modern slayers...). Much like all the major Carpenter leads, he finds himself set up and has a job to do. This flawed crusader role fits James Wood perfectly, and he delivers the cycnicism cuttingly, especially as regards the church he works for.
Valek is a scary presence, supremely powerful, ruthless and swift in his killings. In fact, he is much like an evil Crow. Griffith's presence resonates whenever he is onscreen, monstrously tall with faint veins running along his pale cheeks. However, after his initial attack upon the slayers, there is very little for him to do other than be chased down by Crow.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MRS J A GLENISTER on 28 Aug 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Hee Hee! I really liked this film. I've always loved John Carpenter's stuff anyway ("The Thing" - ooh!) but found a lot of his more recent stuff just a little too sick/gory. This film is a welcome return to his tamer work which has that tongue in cheek feel to it without distracting from a superb horror element.
James Woods is superbly cast as the head vampire hunter and really makes the film his own. Daniel Baldwin is an endearing sidekick, but it is the vampire-butt-kicking priest that often steals the scene.
It's one of those films (which is common right now in the vampire arena) that offers yet another explanation for the creation of The Vampire and alternatives to the common myths of crucifixes and garlic etc. It's not your typical "stake 'em and we all live happily ever after" vampire film, but instead ends rather sadly with one of Wood's character's good friends being "turned" and many vampires left un-defeated.
Woods and his team have a rather odd technique to killing their vampires which is indicitive of Carpenter's style. It's a kind of quirky film with it's serious moments as well. The head vampire is rather more realistic that the traditional sexy vampires you'll find in films like Fright Night, Dracula 2001 etc. (altho they too are fab films). Instead, this vampire is rather pale, veiny and cold and pretty brutal. That said,
the vampires aren't scary as such and this is not a particularly scary movie. It is however fun, intreging and a must for Carpenter and vampire fans.
If you don't take it too seriously (which I don't think you're meant to), you'll not be disappointed.
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