While I understand the current problems facing the studios in releasing catalog product to the marketplace, I am kind of scratching my head as to why Sony abandoned their plans to release Fright Night on their own and instead license it to Twilight Time. After all, Fright Night has been one of the most highly requested 80s titles from the Sony catalog.
I think its rather fortunate that the rights to this film fell into the hands of Twilight Time. I have had the opportunity to view several of their initial Blu-ray and DVD releases and have been completely happy with the quality of their transfers.
Getting my hands on the Blu-ray of the original Fright Night could not have come at a better time. I just completed my review of the 2011 3D version of the film, and I have to admit, it was a rather difficult watch.
For those of you who have been patiently awaiting the December 13th Blu-ray release from Twilight Time, I have some extremely good news for you.....Fright Night looks INCREDIBLE.
I have seen this film on DVD too many times to know what it has looked like. If you could have only seen my face during the first several minutes of this film...I couldn't believe what I was watching....
The film no longer has an aged look with dull colors and muddy blacks. What I saw here was a total transformation where everything about the picture was now brighter, sharper and with colors that look more realistically balanced. Not a speck of dirt nor debris to be seen anywhere to make this transfer look dated. In fact, it would be very easy to mistake this as a film made within the past few years. It looks THAT amazing.
The Blu-ray DTS-MA track sounds quite pleasing, although I wasn't incredibly won over by its 5.1 separation. I barely noticed the surrounds were active as the rear channels do very little other than supporting the fantastic score by Brad Fiedel. And, if you so wish, there is an isolated audio music track that enables you to sit and just enjoy that score.
Fright Night is a true horror classic that hasn't lost an ounce of its appeal 26 years later. Watching Roddy McDowell in one of the most memorable roles of his career as the Peter Vincent "The Fearless Vampire Killer, " or the smoothness of Chris Sarandon in the starring role, seems like an entirely new experience thanks to this exceptional Blu-ray transfer.
I think the feedback from our members is going to be incredibly positive. You have never seen Fright Night look as good as this!
With only a limited 3,000 copies available (once they are gone - they are gone!) I would highly recommend you pick your copy up as soon as possible.