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An American Werewolf in London (Full Moon Edition) (1981)

Griffin Dunne , David Naughton , John Landis  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Griffin Dunne, David Naughton, Jenny Agutter
  • Directors: John Landis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (524 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0024FADD8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,195 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "An American Werewolf in London (Full Moon Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • I Walked With A Werewolf
  • Making An American Werewolf in London, An Original Featurette
  • Feature Commentary wtih Cast Members David Naughton and Griffin Dunne
  • An Interview with John Landis
  • Makeup Artist Rick Baker on An American Werewolf in London
  • Casting of the Hand
  • Outtakes
  • Storyboards
  • Photograph Montage
  • Beware The Moon Feature Length Documentary

  • Editorial Reviews

    Re-discover one of the most gripping horror films of all-time with the cult classic An American Werewolf in London. Blending the macabre with a wicked sense of humor, director John Landis (National Lampoon’s Animal House) delivers a contemporary take on the classic werewolf tale in this story of two American tourists who, while traveling in London, find their lives changed forever when a viscious wolf attacks them during a full moon. Featuring groundbreaking, Academy Award-winning make-up by Rick Baker (The Wolfman), this digitally remastered Full Moon Edition also includes the new feature-length documentary Beware the Moon.

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    105 of 113 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest Werewolf film ever! July 13, 2004
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    1981 was The Year of the Werewolves...the furry fiends leaped onto movie screens in three major films: "The Howling," "Wolfen," and the classic of the genre, "An American Werewolf in London." There has never been a greater werewolf film, there has never been a better transformation scene, and few horror movies can match the entertaining mixture of humor and scares that writer/direction John Landis ("Animal House," "The Blues Brothers") achieved here.
    Although there had been humor in horror films before this movie, "An American Werewolf in London" showed once and for all that having comedy in a horror film didn't mean that the film would lose out in the scare department. Landis makes it clear that the film is NOT a comedy -- the horror scenes are carried with dead-seriousness and shocking impact -- but there is so much quirky humor surrounding these scenes that the film becomes incredibly likable and buoyant. Most of the laughs come from seeing the old movie werewolf premise dropped into the modern day and watching the characters try to deal with it.
    Actors Griffin Dunne and David Naughton, neither of whom had been in a movie before, create a wonderful 'ordinary guy' feeling to their characters of two young American boys backpacking through Europe. In rural England, they have a nasty encounter with a legendary monster, and Naughton faces the consequences of being bitten when he returns to London and takes up living with a pretty nurse (Jenny Agutter).
    The transformation scene is justly famous and a milestone in visual effects. Make-up wizard Rick Baker lets the viewers watch a real-time twisting of a human body into a wolf shape: limbs stretch, snouts pop, hair grows, the body contorts...it's amazing to watch.
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    55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars "Beware the Moon" AWIL Blu-review September 22, 2009
    Format:Blu-ray
    An American Werewolf in London is probably the best Werewolf flick since Lon Chaney Jr originally transformed under the full moon. Sure, the film is almost 30 years old, but with the new high def transfer it's hard to tell.

    As an avid DVD buyer my transition to the Blu-ray media has been a little slow to say the least. I'm generally only buying new titles and am very stubborn when it comes to double dipping on titles I already own. Some companies take the cheap route and just slap an upscaled transfer onto a Blu-ray in order to make some fast cash. This however, is completely worth re buying.

    I'll be honest, the first time I saw this film was when it was originally released on DVD back in the late 90's . I instantly fell in love with the movie. Everything about it was perfect, the humor, the scares, the sfx, the amazing soundtrack. It's very rare to find a movie that so perfectly combines horror and comedy, a film with characters you truly care for. This is a movie that sticks with you, one of the better horror comedies, one of the best werewolf films.

    The transfer is great, crystal clear. It's as if it was filmed a few years ago. The audio has great as well, the film has never looked or sounded this good.

    The extras for the most part were transfered over from the original 2001 DVD, but the best extra comes in the form of a feature length documentary called "Beware the Moon." The documentary covers everything from conception, to filming, to the somewhat negative reception it got when it was originally released.

    It's a pity more movies don't get the kind of treatment.

    Buy this disc immediately!
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    73 of 83 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE SCARIEST MOVIES EVER MADE!!! January 17, 2004
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    This is one of the few movies that have consistently given me nightmares since I was a child. It is at least a decade ahead of its time. Most of the negative criticisms that I have read use the word "uneven" a lot. Even Roger Ebert, whom I admire, claimed that the humor and the horror were an uneasy mix. This was years before he gave the movie Scream a positive review. Now I LIKE the movie Scream, but there is no way that one can claim that it gets the balance right whereas Werewolf gets it wrong. Scream simply benefits from occurring in the cynical nineties - Werewolf suffers from being avant guard. .
    The new DVD has a few good extras on it - especially a new interview with Landis. Even after all these years, the film still holds up. Unlike most films, I see more things in it the more I look. What, for instance, is up with the townsfolk of East Proctor and what is their relationship with the original werewolf? My guess - they brought it on themselves somehow. Maybe one of their own ran over a gypsy and was cursed. Instead of killing the bloke, they all decide to hide beneath the pentangle in The Slaughtered Lamb every full moon.
    I am recently returned from England and this movie is listed in Fodor's as one of the films that best showcases London. I heartily agree. I visited the infamous tube stop at Tottenham Court Road and it still looks much the same as when the David made his kill there. And as I walked, alone in the countryside, beneath the light of the full moon, I had to ask myself, "Am I crazy?" Fortunately, I made it to the pub. There I waited, beneath the pentangle, for my friends to walk me home.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    A classic cult film! It's forever on my DVD shelf!
    Published 1 day ago by Ordinary Consumer
    5.0 out of 5 stars great visuals, and an excellent soundtrack
    A horror classic that adeptly mixes dark humor, great visuals, and an excellent soundtrack. The transformation sequence is a benchmark that has YET to be topped.
    Published 1 day ago by Rafal Wojcik
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    Okay.
    Published 1 day ago by Opto Tips
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    nice movie l live it great seller
    Published 2 days ago by tico
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    classic movie...a must see.
    Published 2 days ago by racin jason
    5.0 out of 5 stars Still one of my favorite, all-time
    Still one of my favorite, all-time, best movies across all genres, along with Star Wars, the original Dracula, Gone With the Wind, and E.T.
    Published 4 days ago by Joseph McCabe
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    perfect cheesy halloween movie!
    Published 4 days ago by Cathy Intuvisankul
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fond memories from college viewings drove me towatch this and I'd...
    Fond memories from college viewings drove me to watch this and I'd forgotten two things: fantastic use of music (can we ever hear those opening chords from CCR the same way... Read more
    Published 4 days ago by Norm Al
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Has become one of Universal's classic movies. Holds its own really well.
    Published 5 days ago by jondibrit
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best werewolf movies of all time
    One of the best werewolf movies of all time, the story was awesome, the special effects were great, just a good movie!
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