Near Dark is Near Perfect
Phil Davetas
12/27/2002 8:44:10 PM

Director Kathryn Bigelow is one of the few directors that can effectively bleed poetry out of the visual medium of cinema. Near Dark is no exception. In fact, if she hadn’t proved time and time again that she could craft a film, this wouldn’t be overlooked as a great film. One of the things that makes a good director great is their ability to handle the material with complete control and creativity, while still servicing the story and remaining true to character. Hence, the now famous bar sequence and highway chase climax.

Kathryn Bigelow’s commentary track can be found in the Audio Set-up menu of the Feature disk. What’s interesting about the commentary is that you feel a real sense of film school aesthetic. Not just technical banter, but the internal poetic creation of each character and why. Over the years people talked about what kind of film Near Dark is. Horror? Action? Western? Romance? If it were a comedy you would have a film called Sundowner. Near Dark is a film that sits patiently on the video shelves waiting for that one curious customer. You’ve passed it many times while on your way to your Freddy flicks. But now in a dual disk DVD package, hopefully you won’t miss it this time.

Living in Darkness: A 45-minute retro-documentary full of anecdotes with the cast and crew about making the flick: Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Adrian Pasdar, Jenette Goldstein, Kathryn Bigelow, Steven-Charles Jaffe and a couple of studio moguls.

The script is available (in PDF format) to download from the DVD along with some screensavers for your Mac or PC. There are also plenty of stills and story boards, as well as a deleted scene shot in infra red black and white.

Near Dark (Special Edition) (3 out of Four)
R, 1987, 94 min., Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein, Adrian Pasdar, Tim Thomerson, Jenny Wright, Music by Tangerine Dream, Written by Eric Red and Kathryn Bigelow, Produced by Steven-Charles Jaffe and Directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

Disk One:
The Feature and the feature with Kathryn Bigelow’s Commentary found in the audio set-up menu.

Disk Two:
Living In Darkness, Trailers, Deleted Scene with Commentary by Kathryn Bigelow, Original Story Boards, Still Galleries, Talent Bios, DVD-ROM Features.

Other Films by Kathryn Bigelow (As of 2002):

The Loveless, Blue Steel, Point Break, Strange Days, The Weight of Water and K-19: The Widowmaker.


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