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Fright Night Part II [Import]
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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
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.
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.
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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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
If the idea of an evil killer transvestite vampire on rollerskates really does it for you, this is your movie. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2003 by Duane Thomas
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 morePublished on Sept. 9 2003
After seeing the first "Fright Night" countless times, when I saw part 2 was coming to DVD, I had to get it. Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2003 by Alan Soyars
William Ragsdale as "Charlie" and Roddy McDowall as "Mr. Vincent" are back in this sequel to Fright Night (1985). Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2003 by James P. McDonald
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 morePublished on Sept. 8 2003 by Mikezike
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 morePublished on Aug. 30 2003
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 morePublished on Aug. 23 2003 by MN