Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston play modern-day vampires living in Tangier and Detroit, respectively, in Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive,” which debuts on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on Aug. 19
Written and directed by Jarmusch, the vampires in “Only Lovers Left Alive” are not the same ones found in popular movies and TV shows today. Swinton’s Eve is elegant and serene. Hiddleston’s Adam is a reclusive musician who is constantly depressed, so much so that he’s been mostly composing funeral dirges in his home studio.
Having lived multiple centuries. the lovers spend their days sleeping and their nights not doing much else. The movie’s languid pacing is it’s greatest weakness. Stylistically it’s a feast for the eyes, but the stellar production design by Marco Bittner Rosser only takes the movie so far.
The main conflict is the lack of untainted blood available for Adam and Eve to consume. The human race, which they refer to without irony as “zombies,” have polluted themselves as much as the planet and it’s made fresh blood very difficult to obtain.
They do get by, but it’s a fragile existence and because Jarmusch portrays them as a dying breed it’s hard not to empathize with their situation. Jarmusch makes you root for these vampires that they’ll be OK.
“Only Lovers Left Alive” also stars Mia Wasikowska as Eve’s unpredictable sister, Ava; Anton Yelchin as Adam’s friend and confidante; and John Hurt as a fellow vampire.
Blu-ray & DVD bonus features:
“Traveling at Night with Jim Jarmusch” — A portrait of the director at work on the set of “Only Lovers Left Alive”
Deleted and extended scenes
An extended version of the Yasmine Hamdan “Hal” music video