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Fright Night Part II [Import]

William Ragsdale , Roddy McDowall , Tommy Lee Wallace    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is DVD quality? April 6 2004
I have bought a few cheapie $3.99 DVD movies. Though the picture was far from great, thery were no worse than VHS picture quality. I recently bought Fight Night Part II on DVD for $10.99 and the picture quality is atually worse than the VHS that I have! What the hell happened! Don't get me wrong, I'm glad that Artisan Entertainment is digging and releasing some old classics from their vaults, but if your going to release them like this then don't bother! This is by for the worst from Artisan. Bride of Re-Animator, Waxwork, and Lair of the White Worm were disappointents because of the poor picture quality, no widescreen formats, and lack of supplemental material, but Fright Night Part II takes the cake as their worst release! MGM may be getting lazy too and only releasing their titles only in Full Screen format, but at least their movies have good picture quality! Artisan needs to shape up or get out! Artisan should sell the rights of their older movies to Anchor Bay Entertainment so they could be properly released!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, awful presentation Aug. 22 2003
Fright Night Part II is, IMO, very nearly the equal of the first movie, which itself is my favorite horror film of all time. That said, I have been waiting for a few years (ever since the release of the first FN film by Columbia TriStar in '99) for Part II to become available on DVD.
I'm not disappointed that the presentation is full-frame, 1.33:1, as from what I understand, the film was originally shot in this aspect ratio. I'm not even disappointed that there aren't any extras to speak of (extras being rare for any sequel DVD, really).
No, the problem lies with the ABOMINABLE transfer. The movie seems to have been mastered directly from whatever print Vista had lying around--it's very grainy and looks about the same, or perhaps slightly worse than, an SP speed VHS copy. For DVD, it's absolutely hideous. Artisan should know better than to release such product without at least attempting a remastering which would have tightened up the picture and made it worth the DVD release (look at the 2 films' DVD releases side-by-side...nothing to compare!).
If you're a Fright Night completist or just really really like the movie, buy this DVD. It'll keep your VHS copy (you know you have one!) from withering away. Don't buy the disc looking to be wowed by the digital format, you'll disappoint yourself (I did).
The movie: 4 stars (out of 5)
The DVD: 1 star
Average rating: 2.5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, lousy DVD Aug. 20 2003
I actually really like this film and thought it was every bit as good as its predecessor. I have anxiously been awaiting it to come out on DVD ever since I heard it was coming to the format this August. And what do I and I am sure countless others get? A joke of a DVD from Artisan worthy of using as the throne for your favorite cold beverage.
The transfer looks as if the master for this DVD was an old VHS rental circa 1989. Not only that but the film is presented in 1.33:1 pan & scan. Artisan states on the back of the case that the 1.33:1 aspect ratio is what the film was actually shot in. What a joke...the film was shot at a 2.35:1 aspect ratio and anyone can tell just by watching how many of the shots in the DVD presentation are framed that this is the case. Add to this absolutely NO special features and meak 2.0 Dolby Digital sound transfer and this is a DVD you should just pass by.
If I could give DVD film '0' stars, I would. I have never been unsatisfied with any of Artisan's DVDs until now; I am wholey disappointed in this purchase and I suggest you stay away...it [is not good]. No pun intended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It's Been Reformatted Aug. 17 2003
Okay, so this sequel wasn't the best, but for completists such as myself I appreciate transfers that aren't so lazy. The picture is grainy and it's been reformatted to fit your TV screen-NO WIDESCREEN transfer. Very surprising coming from Artisan. I guess that accounts for the low cost all the dealers are selling this for. Do yourselves a BIG favor and save your money.
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By C. Law
FRIGHT NIGHT II picks up a few years after the first film and finds Brewster (William Ragsdale) in college and in therapy where his therapist has convinced him that vampires don't exist. Brewster ends up believing again soon enough though when Jerry Dandridge's sister (Julie Carmen) comes after him seeking blood. So, Brewster enlists the help of fearless vampire killer Peter Vincent (the late-great Roddy McDowal) land they're off to do battle once gain.
While not nearly as good as the original, FRIGHT NIGHT II is a lot of fun. As a matter of fact this maybe the only horror sequel not totally trashed by director Tommy Lee Wallace who trashed HALLOWEEN III years earlier and VAMPIRES: LOS MUERTOS years later. This sequel is full of effective humor and horror none of which however live up to anything in the first movie. That's understandable though. The first FRIGHT NIGHT is a classic as far as vampire genre pictures go and it's always hard to follow in the footsteps of that. So if you're a fan of the first movie or just a fan of the good old fashioned horror comedy then give FRIGHT NIGHT II a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The suckers are back Sept. 2 2003
Fright Night is back, and so is Charlie Brewster, Peter Vincent, and a host of new frightful characters. As sequels go, this one isn't too bad. It did manage to retain some of the the charm of the original, but the surprises are a little worn. The introduction of new creatures is welcome, along with a new vampire, but they seemed a little too Euro-trashy and not as menacing to me. The story is fairly the same, with some minor changes, which was a little disappointing as I was hoping for a little more originality, being the optimist that I am....
As far as the presentation of the movie on this DVD, it is very poor. I am unsure if there was a widescreen version of this movie, but I did notice some cropping, panning and scanning which may suggest that this was originally released in a different format. The picture is at times fuzzy, grainy, and generally pretty poor all around. The sound is a little better. There are no extras, not even a token trailer. If you own this movie on VHS, do not bother buying this release, as it's virtually the same quality. Didn't appear if any effort what so ever was put into this release, which is too bad, as it deserved better. While not every release needs an extra disc of supplemental information, I was hoping for atleast a nice, clean copy of the movie presented in it's original format.
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1.0 out of 5 stars For cryin' out loud...
Stop posting more than once for a movie, it's very annoying and unfairly tips the balance of the review ratings.
Published on March 2 2004 by Andrew J. Paris
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad, Boring, Stupid Sequel
If the idea of an evil killer transvestite vampire on rollerskates really does it for you, this is your movie. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2003 by Duane Thomas
1.0 out of 5 stars Total DVD Disappointment
This is by far the worst DVD I have ever bought. The quality is worse than a VHS and this is a pan and scan version of a movie that was clearly shot in widescreen! Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Kind of a disappointment
After seeing the first "Fright Night" countless times, when I saw part 2 was coming to DVD, I had to get it. Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2003 by Alan Soyars
3.0 out of 5 stars William Ragsdale and Roddy McDowall are back .
William Ragsdale as "Charlie" and Roddy McDowall as "Mr. Vincent" are back in this sequel to Fright Night (1985). Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2003 by James McDonald
2.0 out of 5 stars Decent Sequel, Poor Quality Dvd
Far from being as good as the original, Fright Night 2 sitll remains worthy of watching. But be warned about the horrible picture quality of this Dvd. Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2003 by Mikezike
1.0 out of 5 stars presentation=miserable
WHY WHY WHY don't companies like Artisan recognize that horror movie fans, being basically nerds (like me), are more fanatical about video and sound than anyone else? Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Worthy sequel, medicore DVD presentation
I loved FRIGHT NIGHT PART II upon its original release in '89. Having picked it up again in its first DVD incarnation, I can't help but feel disappointed. Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2003 by Gogmagog
2.0 out of 5 stars Why Even Bother?
If I rated the movie alone, I'd give it five stars. Unfortunately, I have to warn anyone who wants to buy this DVD format from Artisan. Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2003 by John Doe
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