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Little Vampire, The

Genre: Family

Reviewed In Issue 47 (April 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Jonathan Lipnicki, Richard E. Grant, Jim Carter, Alice Krige, Pamela Gidley, Tommy Hinkley, Rollo Weeks & John Wood

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
The Little Vampire is another great example of a disc with extras that are truly geared toward the audience of the film. The disc offers three games: Find The Amulet, a difficult maze game; Mix & Match, where you switch around hair and clothes on three characters; and my favorite, Graveyard Golf

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): N5163
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 95
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2000
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/06/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Uli Edel
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the novels by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg, The Little Vampire stars that little scene stealer from Jerry Maguire, Jonathan Lipnicki as nine-year-old Tony Thompson who feels thoroughly out of place when he and his parents move to Scotland. He begins to have strange dreams about vampires, but he then discovers that his dreams are real, and finds himself helping a group of kindly vampires who want to turn back into humans before the vampire hunter can get them. But they have to find a missing piece of a magic amulet. (Laurie Sevano)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a detailed picture, though images are very

This 5.1 Dolby

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DVD-ROM Enhancements Rating:

DVD-ROM Review:
From the PCFriendly compatible DVD-ROM main menu, you are given the options Script to Screen, Original Website, Hot Spot, and Play Movie. The Script to Screen is poorly presented, with half of the screen all white with black font, and the other half black with white font. This script viewer gives you the options to print (by chapter or in its entirety) and the option to view the scene full screen. The Original Website is divided into three sections: Movie Bites, The Crypt, and Mansion. In Movie Bites, you can find story notes, the trailer, cast and crew biographies, and production notes. The Crypt is where you can play two games, cow bop and monster match. Cow bop puts you in a car, where you must flash your headlights (by clicking with the mouse) at the cows before they hit your windshield. The monster match game is a simple memory game. Also here is a listing of a ton of Vampire jokes (classic jokes, like: What is Dracula's position in baseball? Batboy). You can also find templates for creating shadow lampshades, shadow lanterns, swinging bats, and tissue ghosts. In the Mansion, there are five coloring book images, five downloadable trading cards, three screensavers, and three desktop wallpapers. When playing the movie from the PCFriendly software, it loads to the DVD-Video main menu, which works well on the computer using your mouse. Here is yet another of the New Line releases that I could have created (maybe). I really do hope that they will start putting a little more work into their DVD-ROM releases, because I am starting to get aggravated with the effort, or lack there of, being put into these titles. (Danny Richelieu)