Fright Night has been somewhat of a coveted title among Blu-ray collectors. It was one of the first major horror Blu-ray releases that Twilight Time released, that grabbed the attention of horror aficionados. Due to its extremely limited run, the first Blu-ray released skyrocketed to prices upwards of two-to-four hundred dollars on the secondary market. When it was announced that Twilight Time would be reissuing the Blu-ray in the form of a ’30th Anniversary Edition’ with added bonus content, every person within the know quickly pre-ordered the release, selling it out long before the actual release date. But is it a good release?
If you have at least seen their last Blu-ray release in motion, you will immediately notice that this is the same transfer, with a few slight level tweaks. The truth of the matter is, for ninety percent of us that collect these things, you will be extremely satisfied with the end product. It looks and sounds gorgeous, and the bonus content is just enough to give you a lot of information surrounding the production of the film. It’s a little hard to review a title that I can’t recommend for you to run out and purchase, nor would I recommend giving the scalpers what they want and paying that ridiculously inflated secondary market price. But if you can find a way to acquire this Blu-ray for a price that you are comfortable paying for it, I can’t see you being disappointed.
I’m three paragraphs into this review, and I’ve barely mentioned the movie itself. I’d seen Fright Night on numerous occasions, and I enjoyed it, but something about the tongue-in-cheek nature of the movie caused me to favor films such as Near Dark, and others with a more serious tone. I didn’t realize until much later what a rabid fanbase Fright Night had. After Twilight Time’s first Blu-ray release sold out, I made a vow that I would never watch the film again, unless it was on Blu-ray, new or old. The 30th Anniversary Fright Night Blu-ray caused me to have a newfound respect for the film. Whereas before, I only kinda liked it a little bit. Sure, it’s more of a humorous outing than something that takes itself a little more seriously, but it wasn’t nearly as cheesy as I recalled.
A new Blu-ray release was all it took to win me over. It isn’t stuffed with extras to the point that they’re falling out of the case when you crack the seal, but there are some really cool behind-the-scenes stories from Tom Holland himself, which enhanced my revisit of everybody else’s favorite vampire film. I still feel like there are at least two vampire films from the same era that are superior in every way, but Fright Night is no schlub. I feel as if now that this release is on my shelf, I’ll likely revisit the film(and hopefully its sequel some day) on an annual basis. It’s clever, it’s sexy, and it’s oh, so Eighties. The picture quality is excellent, as is the quality of the audio track, and the bonus content that wasn’t available on the previous release. As I said, this Blu-ray is sold out. If you feel it is worth the money being charged on the secondary market, then by all means seek it out. If not, you can either try and find a kind soul with an extra to sell to you at cost, or wait another few years for the inevitable 3rd Blu-ray release of the film within North America.