Anchor Bay announce Near Dark for August

Anchor Bay UK have announced their UK Region 2 DVD release of Near Dark for August 25th 2003 with a retail price of £19.99. This modern vampire tale will be given the two-disc special edition treatment and offers the following features (precise details are subject to change)...

  • Anamorphic Widescreen presentation
  • DD5.1 and DTS Audio
  • Feature-length audio commentary by Kathryn Bigelow
  • "Living In Darkness" 45-minute documentary featuring all-new interviews with director Kathryn Bigelow, stars Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Adrian Pasdar and Jenette Goldstein, producer Steven-Charles Jaffe, director of photography Adam Greenberg, and executive producer Edward S. Feldman
  • Behind-the-scenes stills gallery
  • Deleted scene with commentary by Kathryn Bigelow
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Talent biographies
  • Poster and stills gallery
  • Original storyboards
Here is a look at the DVD artwork and text from the Press Release...

An underground hit on its original theatrical release, NEAR DARK gained itself a massive cult following when it first appeared on video and is now regarded by many as the greatest vampire film of all time. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow (K-19: The Widowmaker; Strange Days; Point Break) and co-written with screenwriter Eric Red (The Hitcher), the film is the ultimate post-modern take on the age-old legend of the curse of the undead, combining the classic elements of the traditional western with the visceral thrills of the modern horror film to devastating effect. Its relentless scenes of violence led to it being banned outright in Sweden before a heavily edited and virtually bloodless version was finally released on video. To this day, the depiction of one character's bar-room initiation into the ways of the vampire remains one of the most tense and ferociously terrifying sequences in horror film history.

When country boy Caleb Colton (Adrian Pasdar) meets the pretty and enigmatic Mae (Jenny Wright) he immediately falls for her angelic charms. Equally enamoured, Mae agrees to go for a ride in Caleb's truck where, despite Mae's apparent apprehension and urgency to get back home before sunrise, the pair make out. During their romantic interlude, Mae gives Caleb a nip on the neck before mysteriously disappearing into the night. Alone and slightly confused, by the time dawn breaks, Caleb is suffering from severe stomach cramps and a serious aversion to sunlight. While struggling to make his way back to his father's farm, he is abducted by a group of strangers in a motorhome. The kidnappers turn out to be Mae's "family", a band of vampires who intend to feast on Caleb before he turns into one of them, the inevitable result of Mae's over-enthusiastic affections. Already desperately in love, Mae convinces her family to give Caleb the chance to prove himself as one of their own. Driven by his new-found bloodlust, but still retaining some vestige of humanity, Caleb is forced to make a terrible choice as the vampires blaze a bloody trail across the American Midwest.

An extraordinary and powerful shocker, NEAR DARK boasts a near-perfect cast that includes Bill Paxton (Titanic; Twister; Aliens; The Terminator), Lance Henriksen (Pumpkinhead; Aliens; The Terminator), Jenette Goldstein (Titanic; Terminator 2; Aliens), Adrian Pasdar (Carlito's Way; Top Gun), Jenny Wright (Twister; St. Elmo's Fire), Joshua John Miller (River's Edge; Halloween III: Season Of The Witch), Tim Thomerson (Air America; Trancers) and James LeGros (Point Break).

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