The Lost Boys 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 263, September/October 2022

WSR Score4.5
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"The Lost Boys" takes place in a California town nicknamed "The Murder Capital of the World." When their parents divorce, Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam Emerson (Corey Haim) move to the town. Soon after arriving, Michael gets involved with a hell raising motorcycle gang of vampires with a charismatic leader (Kiefer Sutherland). When Sam becomes involved with the Frog Brothers Z(Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander), who confess to being undercover Vampire hunters, he realizes it's up to them to save Michael and the rest of the town from the vampire gang. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary by Director Joel Schumacher; eight featurettes: "The Lost Boys: A Retrospective" (HD 24:00), "Inside The Vampire's Cave: A Director's Vision" (HD 06:58), "Inside The Vampire's Cave: Comedy vs. Horror" (HD 04:44), "Inside The Vampire's Cave: Fresh Blood––A New Look At Vampires" (HD 04:23), "Inside The Vampire Cave: The Lost Boys Sequel?" (HD 02:25), "Vamping Out: The Undead Creations Of Greg Cannon" (HD 14:02), "The Return Of Sam And The Frog Brothers: Haimster & Feldog––The Story Of The Two Coreys" HD 04:30) and "The Return Of Sam And The Frog Brothers: Multi-Angle Video Commentary By Corey Haim, Corey Feldmand and Jamison Newlander" (HD 18:23), the lost scenes (HD 15:16), Lou Gramm "Lost In The Shadows" music video (HD 04:35), trailer, and a Movies Anywhere digital copy.

The 2.39.1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD Dolby Vision/HDR10 picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed on film in anamorphic Panavision® and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture is very filmic with warm and rich color palette. The imagery is stylistic with a visual style that incorporates lots of atmospheric settings that create mysterious moods. The boardwalk scenes are wonderful. Other scenes such as in the video and comic stores as well as other shops are also striking. The Lost Boys' underground murky cave is creepy. And the lighting design highlights colorful signs and neon lighting and object and character features. Colors are purely natural. Flesh tones are realistic, HDR contrast is excellent with natural black levels, dark shadow delineation, and natural white levels. Resolution is excellent with fine facial features that reveal skin pores and lines and hair distinction. Clothing is well defined. There is plenty of objects which are realistically defined. This is a colorfully rich presentation that is terrifically cinematic. The Lost Boys also includes a remastered Blu-ray disc that is not available separately. As such, it shares many of the same source-related qualities of the 4K Ultra HD edition. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack is likely to have been derived from the 70mm blow-up that includes a six-track mix. The previous 2008 Warner Bros. Blu-ray came with a Dolby TrueHD 5.1, but this new 4K Ultra HD edition comes with repurposed 5.1-channel DTS-HD Master Audio. The track delivers an aggressive enveloping surround field that is spatially dimensional. Dynamics are wide with good bass extension. Atmospherics are realistic, such as the amusement park dynamics, and sound effects are effectively strong. The music score is powerful with a wide and deep soundstage that aggressively extends to the surrounds. At times, the music is strident and very forwardly loud. Dialogue is intelligible with generally good spatial integration. This is a well-crafted holosonic® presentation that delivers the trills. (Gary Reber)