Release Date: Available on Blu-Ray Combo Pack & DVD October 1
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 5/10
Disc Rating: 9/10
By day Gerri Dandridge is a sexy professor, but by night she transforms into a real-life vampire with an unquenchable thirst for human blood. So when a group of high school students travel abroad to study in Romania, they find themselves ensnared in Gerri’s chilling web of lust and terror. Charley and “Evil” Ed must stop Gerri from drinking and bathing in the blood of a “new moon virgin,” which just so happens to be Charley’s ex-girlfriend, Amy. They enlist help from Peter Vincent, the vampire hunting host of a reality show called “Fright Night,” to drive a stake through Gerri’s plan and save Amy from a fate far worse than death.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Fright Night 2 New Blood’ marked my second viewing of the film. You may have read my previous review of the film itself, now that the Blu-Ray showed up, I have watched the film again (and in a sufficient upgrade of quality), and please note that some elements of my previous review will be included (the third and fourth paragraph to be specific) in order to cover the film itself for those who missed my previous review, but will otherwise focus more on the Blu-Ray release as opposed to the film itself.
Let’s note the specifics of the releases here for a moment as I’m sure some are wondering what exactly is included on each release of the film. The Blu-Ray release is a Blu-Ray Combo pack featuring the Blu-Ray, DVD and digital copy of the film. The Blu-Ray disc features the unrated cut of the film only, while the DVD release contains solely the R-Rated cut. While I have personally only viewed the unrated cut both times now, I did look into the specifics as far as time differences are concerned, and the difference in time between the unrated and rated cut is a bit under a minute, with the rated cut clocking in at just over 99 minutes, while the unrated cut clocks in at just less than 100 minutes.
Unfortunately, ‘Fright Night 2 New Blood’ is a pretty huge disappointment when compared to its predecessor which was unexpectedly wonderful. The plot is simply a tired rehash of the first, and the acting is pretty laughable at times. The performances are certainly far better than a lot that I have seen in some TV or straight to video releases, but they are not anything to write home about either. They are overbearing at times and you can’t help but giggle. On a positive note, there were some mildly interesting elements of the film such as a concept with vampires using some kind of internal sonar device in order to track people. While it may be a bit of a farfetched idea, it was refreshing to see something new and original implemented here. There were also at least one or two pretty gnarly gore sequences that I’ll admit impressed me and kept things at least somewhat fun. The most impressive performance would likely have to be that of Peter Vincent, who this time around is portrayed by Sean Power (who I am unfamiliar with otherwise) who pulled off the role fairly competently.
While ‘Fright Night 2 New Blood’ is probably something you don’t need to rush out and get your hands on immediately, it might be a fun one to watch with a group of friends and have a good time and a few laughs. It is a far step down from the fantastic 2011 ‘Fright Night’ but it’s certainly superior to a number of straight to video sequels we’ve seen over the course of the past few decades.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Fright Night 2 New Blood’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks quite impressive on this release, especially for a straight to video sequel. I noticed this time around that there were actually some fairly decent effects and scenery in this film at times. The Blu-Ray release is detailed, sharp, and smooth. Everything looks pretty nice as is usually the case with 20th Century Fox’s Blu-Ray releases. There should be no complaints about the video quality on this one.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack which actually hits quite hard and gets far more of a workout than I would have imagined it would based on my first viewing of the film in stereo. The bass on the explosions really kicks and shakes the room, and the rear speakers are frequently utilized in nice and immersive ways, especially during action scenes, and a number of scenes that occur underground in dank and wet areas. Audiophiles such as me should be satisfied with the lossless soundtrack on this release.
For a straight to video sequel, I was quite impressed with the amount of extras included on this Blu-Ray release. The special features include an audio commentary track with the director and producers, a collection of Vincent Price focused ‘Fright Night Webisodes’, ‘ Dracula Revealed’ a behind the scenes look at what inspired the filmmakers to take the route they did with the story, which features interviews and insights from a number of the cast and crew.
Film Rating: 5/10
Disc Rating: 9/10
‘Fright Night 2 New Blood’ will be available to own on Blu-Ray Combo Pack & DVD Tuesday, October 1 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.