- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
- Resolution: 1080p/24
- Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1
- Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
- Rating: Not Rated
- Region: A
- Discs: 2 (1 x Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
- Studio: 20th Century Fox
- Blu-ray Release Date: November 30, 2010
- List Price: $39.99
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With vampires nearly ubiquitous in popular culture today, you’d have to be living under a rock or in a cave somewhere not to notice the inescapable amounts of vampire product available for consumption, from books, to television and movies. Therefore it was probably inevitable that we would see the obligatory “spoof” film rear its head.
Vampires Suck comes along and joins the legion of spoof films behind it that latch on to the latest trends in popular culture and mock them relentlessly, with varying degrees of success. Scary Movie, Not Another Teen Movie, Disaster Movie, etc. they’ve all been down the same road — and the road has been trampled thin by now.
Ironically, in its effort to spoof the day’s biggest “vampire” drama, Twilight, Vampires Suck stays so close to parodying the original’s plot that it rarely escapes the same ho-hum dullness that the original drama maintains. Of course, being a parody, we are treated to the usual jabs at contemporary pop culture thrown in seemingly at random. There are pokes at Lady Gaga, pop groups The Black Eyed Peas and The Jonas Brothers, and even the other big vampire dramas, The Vampire Diaries and True Blood. If only any of this stuff in Vampires Suck were actually FUNNY rather than just predictable and banal, Vampires Suck might be pleasurable to watch, but it’ll probably have you running for the next Twilight sequel and thanking your True Blood that you don’t have to sit through it ever again.
The AVC/MPEG-4 1080p encoding for Vampires Suck comes framed at 1.85:1 and is a surprisingly strong and detailed effort for this sort of film. The source is clean, textures are strong, detail is sharp and blacks are deep.
There’s nothing special about the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack offered up on this disc. The surround channels are underutilized carrying mainly lots of low-level ambience. The soundstage seems wide enough with clean dialogue and good dynamics. Low frequencies are relatively low and tight, but nothing booming.
Aside from providing both the Theatrical Edition and Extended Unrated Editions here, the supplements are rather light, pat-on-the-back fare hardly worthy of going through.
The supplements provided with this release are:
- Deleted Scenes (1.78:1; 1080p/24)
- Gag Reel (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:03.51)
- Theatrical Trailer (1.85:1; 1080p/24; Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Live Extras:
- Exclusive: Who Makes a Better Lover? Vampires of Werewolves? (1.78:1; 720p/24)
- Digital Copy
The Definitive Word
Vampires may indeed suck, but this particular spoof of vampire culture isn’t too far from hopelessly sucking either. Despite looking really good on Blu-ray, I don’t know that this one is even worth renting.
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