US (dir. Mick Garris)
Cast: Brian Krause, Mädchen Amick, Alice Krige, Mark Hamill, Jim Haynie, Lyman Ward, Cindy Pickett, Ron Perlman, Glenn Shadix, Monty Bane, Stephen King, Joe Dante, John Landis, Clive Barker, Tobe Hooper, Joey Aresco, Karl Bakke, Lucy Boryer, Stuart Charno, Bojesse Christopher, Diane Delano, Cynthia Garris, Ernie Lively, Michael Reid Mackay, Dan Martin, Roger Nolan, Donald Petersen, Rusty Schwimmer, Karyn Sercelj, Hayden Victor, Judette Warren, O. Nicholas Brown, Frank Novak, Wendy Kurtzman
Synopsis: A mother-and-son team of strange supernatural creatures come to town to seek out a virgin to feed on.
Review: DVD Special Features Review (September 2010)
Is it any surprise that the special features on the DVD for “Sleepwalkers” are just as crappy as the actual movie itself? No, no it is not. The “special features” on this DVD include an option between viewing this Oscar winner in either Widescreen or Fullscreen. There is a “Talent Files” feature where you can view biographies and filmographies of some of the actors and actresses. There is also a mini biography of Stephen King which includes an abbreviated list of his written works, unfortunately abbreviated to include only those works that were turned into films. And of course, no DVD special features section is complete without the option for subtitles in fucking Thai. Seriously. It’s bad enough North Americans had to suffer through this film, do we really want to expose Asian audiences to it?
The DVD case mentions that “Production Notes” are included in the DVD, yet I cannot for the life of me, find these “Production Notes”. Where are they? Do they even exist? Why did I buy “Sleepwalkers” on DVD anyhow? I don’t know the answers to these questions, but I’m fairly sure the answer to that last question has something to do with me being an obsessive compulsive Stephen King reader.
Shockingly the most enjoyable feature on this DVD is the inclusion of trailers for upcoming, and already released films. By already released, I mean trailers for stuff that came out like decades ago (i.e. “The Tingler”). And no, it’s not a trailer for the re-mastered DVD release of anything, it’s the original theatrical trailer. Confused as to why this is a part of the special features? Me too.
Please don’t buy this movie on DVD. Thank you.
… Actually, you should be thanking me. I just saved you like $20.