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The movie itself is almost unwatchable at this point, thanks to the crappy soundtrack and the lame-o special effects. Whether the Blu-ray is to blame for the effects looking so horrendous or not, I canít really say as this was my first viewing of the film, but I will say that the slo-mo / fast-mo effects of the vampires jumping around and showing off their vampire skills were blurry and worse than most made-for-TV movies (then and now). The soundtrack plays a big part of the movie, since Lestat is a rock star now (WTF?), and all the original music is from KORNís Jonathan Davis. Back when this was released, he was kind of a big deal. NowÖ his presence in the movie just dates it to the late Ď90s, and thatís not a good thing. I was a fan of KORN back in high school, but itís one of those things when you look back and ask ďwhat the hell were you thinking?Ē.
Stuart Townsend as Lestat is a boring choice of casting, as he doesnít offer much except for a pretty face (I guess). Which brings me to my second point about it being totally unwatchable: because of his make-up and his hair, the dude is a spitting image of hottie Kiera Knightley. Seriously, she could have been his stand-in for half of the movieís close-up shots, and I wouldn't have been able to tell the difference. Weird.
This was the movie Aaliyah made before her untimely death, and itís a damn shame, as itís a movie that nobody should be remembered by. Sheís not an actor by trade, so her performance isnít all that hot here either, and honestlyÖ I know that the she is the title role of the film (the Queen of the Damned), but she felt more like a secondary character to everybody else. Again, weird. What the hell were the filmmakers thinking? Anne Rice was hot shit after INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, so I get trying to bank off that gravy train, but QUEEN OF THE DAMNED lost everything INTERVIEW had going for it and replaced it with utter garbage.
Audio: Again, the sound is in 5.1 DTS Digital Surround, but it didnít feel or sound as crisp or as epic as DTS should. It felt flat and one dimensional, just as you would expect from its DVD copy.
Commentary by Michael Rymer, Jorge Saralegui, and Richard Gibbs: Listen to the director and the producers talk about the film in this by-the-books commentary, one that should be seen/heard by only those who absolutely love this movie.
The Music of Lestat: Making the Soundtrack: This little featurette goes into detail about how Jonathan Davis et al. went into making the music as seen in the movie. Marilyn Manson and other big rocker names of the era are interviewed and if you're into the music, you might dig this.
Creating the Vampires: Stuart Townsend and the rest of the cast and crew talk about what it was like filming all the flying scenes in the movie, using wires, a team of stuntment, and green screen. Special effects are also explored here... too bad it's all a bit dated and not very exciting...
Aaliyah Remembered: A tribute to Aaliyah, who died before the film's release.
Slept So Long: The song "Slept So Long", as it's featured in the film during the big concert scene.
Not Meant for Me: The song "Not Meant for Me", as it's featured in the film during the big concert scene.
Deleted Scenes: A number of scenes, deleted or extended (13 in all), are presented along with little blurbs/excerpts as to why the scene was cut from the final film. This is kind of cool, but there's no option to Play All, which is a damn shame since there are so many.
Gag Reel: Outtakes and goofs from the filming of QUEEN OF THE DAMNED with goofy showtunes music playing in the background. Ah yes, this is what DVDs used to provide back when a ton of effort was given to DVD special features. Silly stuff, but kind of fun too.
Music: Four key music videos as seen in the movie are presented here. If you're a fan of the soundtrack, the late 90s goth scene, or KORN's Jonathan Davis, then this is the featurette for you!
Theatrical Trailer: Yay! The film's original theatrical trailer!