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A Nightmare on Elm Street (Digitally Remastered) (1984)

Heather Langenkamp , Johnny Depp , Wes Craven  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (508 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, John Saxon, Ronee Blakley
  • Directors: Wes Craven
  • Writers: Wes Craven
  • Producers: John H. Burrows, Joseph Wolf, Robert Shaye, Sara Risher, Stanley Dudelson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Widescreen, Digital Sound, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2001
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (508 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JQTT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,658 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Nightmare on Elm Street (Digitally Remastered)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1

Editorial Reviews

Digitally remastered, this is the original Nightmare film that started it all. Written and directed by Wes Craven and starring Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger, A Nightmare on Elm Street remains an innovative and shocking horror-fantasy.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary
Production Notes
Theatrical Trailer


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73 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not complete or definitive October 1, 2006
Format:DVD
Overall this two-set disc DVD is great. It includes many deleted scenes and the sound and picture is great as well.

Although this is certainly not definitive/complete. There are out takes, extended scenes, FX shots, TV spots, etc., that are not included. Such as a dialog between Lt. Thompson and Sgt. Garcia in the police station, more scenes of Nancy getting ready to battle Freddy (like pouring gasoline in that glass bottle she threw at him in the basement), another take of Glen's body rising out of the bed, an extended dialog between Marge and Mr. Thompson at the cemetery, a dialog between Lt. Thompson and Mr. Lantz (Glen's father), etc. These others were released in 1996 on laserdisc by Elite Entertainment and a two-cassette VHS by Anchor Bay. There is also trivia missing from the movie like, for example, the guy who was reading Hamlet aloud in English class is Daryl Hannah's brother. Although there is a discussion of the different types and ways of doing Freddy's makeup, there's no mention of what Wes Craven originally wanted (such as the teeth showing through the flesh above the jaws, which ironically was used on the "demon" version of Freddy when he jumps out of the lake in Jason vs. Freddy). Nor mention of all the actresses Heather Langenkamp beat out such as Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing), Demi Moore, Courteney Cox (Ave Ventura, Scream, Friends), and Tracey Gold (Growing Pains).

But this is as close to complete as currently available on DVD. Now that we have the infinifilm special edition, hopefully a special edition director's cut/uncut will appear one day with (if possible) the extended scenes placed back in the movie itself and not as special features to be viewed separately along with all the goodies in this and the VHS/laserdisc versions.
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52 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The film that revolutionized the horror genre January 17, 2004
Format:DVD
It is a true testament to writer-director Wes Craven's genius that many people now first think of Scream rather than A Nightmare on Elm Street upon hearing his name. While Scream certainly re-energized the horror movie genre, A Nightmare on Elm Street revolutionized it entirely when it was released in 1984. Twenty years after the fact, the movie doesn't seem quite as scary as it did originally, but this movie has truly shocked and frightened many a moviegoer over the years, resonated with untold numbers of men and women in a new and undeniably powerful way, drawn in many viewers that had never cared about horror before, and introduced one of the greatest, most popular horror icons of past, present, and future in Freddy Krueger.
When you really look at the genesis of this movie, its incredible success is truly mind-boggling. Wes Craven had already made waves in the business with such horror classics as Last House on the Left, but the script for A Nightmare on Elm Street made the rounds of Hollywood for three years before the relatively unknown New Line Cinema stepped up to make the movie a reality. The total budget for the film was well under two million dollars, and the filmmakers basically worked miracles to make the film as viscerally shocking and beautifully gory as it is. A tremendous cast was assembled: veteran actor John Saxon and newcomer Johnny Depp (in his very first role) are terrific, Robert Englund needs no introduction for his unforgettable portrayal of Freddy Krueger, and a young and innocent Heather Langenkamp delivers a dazzling performance as Nancy Thompson. (Ronee Blakley's performance as Nancy's mother is over-the-top and rather poor in general, but this is essentially the movie's only weakness.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet Fred Krueger February 19, 2008
By William
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Freddy Krueger is something else. Robert Englund plays the slasher/boogeyman with the relish of a Batman villian without sacrificing his menace. Compared to Jason or Michael Meyers, Freddy is the life of the party...or the death of it if he catches you asleep. Not that this first installment of the Nightmare series is full of laughs. In his first appearance Freddy is truly scary. But he enjoys being scary and as audience members we enjoy being scared by him. As a horror personality Freddy is unequaled and seeing how he was introduced to audiences you can see that he was both a charismatic monster and a terrifying threat from the start.
But I need to admit something: I generally think less is more where blood is concerned. It's a matter of taste, I know, but that said I decided I really like this movie.
This is an unabashadly bloody slasher movie but one cannot deny that it is an imaginative one. I have been more terrified by other horror movies But few horror movies stay with you like A Nightmare on Elm Street. You'll likely be dreaming of Freddy Krueger yourself afterwards.
I recall one horror movie historian saying that horror movies are our way of making friends with the monsters of our imagination. I think he's right. And I think therein lies the appeal of Freddy. He's a sick killer but we also want to make friends with him.
Finally, I think the extras on this two disc set are what really make it special. If it were the movie by itself I might subtract a star or two, but I really liked the making of video and extra documentaries. Wes Craven tells you about the origins of Freddy down to the reasons for the color selections for his stripped sweater. (That particular shade of red and green were said to be the most distressing color combination to the human psyche).
So if your a horror fan, get A Nightmare on Elm Street (if you don't already have it).
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic
This movie is a classic. A villain that kills you in your dreams? What a great idea. Wes Craven is the master.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Childhood classic!
Published 11 days ago by st4gger
5.0 out of 5 stars ... in the 80's all in all it had a great story plot to it I loved it
It was a little cheesy but I expected knowing it was a low budget film in the 80's all in all it had a great story plot to it I loved it!
Published 19 days ago by Juan Reyna
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie :)
I have this movie on DVD but for some reason it want play anymore and it don't have a scratch on it so I got it off amazon :)
Published 24 days ago by Pen Name
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
great
Published 27 days ago by Ann Marie Hepting
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't fall asleep
This is my favorite horror movie, it made me afraid to go to sleep after seeing it for the first time back in the day. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tim Line
3.0 out of 5 stars Nightmare on Elm Street
Another of those horror movies that has us wondering how it's done. It doesn't have all that much to offer apart from that. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Clive Beilby
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best
Published 1 month ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars I still can very much enjoy it after all those years and horror movies...
I still can very much enjoy it after all those years and horror movies I've seen since I saw this for the first time in my early teens
Published 2 months ago by Reka Furedi
5.0 out of 5 stars *****
I didn't think I would like this movie. I am just now getting into scary movies. I like how Freddy really isn't shown that much in the movie. Read more
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Separate the blu ray reviews from the standard already amazon
i agree 100%, but people have been asking this for years now. i find it helpful to click on "newest first", and then mostly BLU reviews come up first as few people buy DVD any more.
Dec 27, 2011 by ANDREW H. |  See all 3 posts
Is this worth buying again?
they did a great job on this blu ray. i am watching it right now and i have a question. i remember tina landing in a pool of blood when she fell from the ceiling, now it seems shorter. any comments on this. ? i have the trivia track turned on and it says the scene was trimmed due to pressure from... Read More
Apr 26, 2010 by donnie bonn |  See all 9 posts
Does the Blu Ray Include a Ticket for the Remake?
According to an official review posted at the DVD Talk website, the Blu-Ray includes a $7.50 Hollywood Movie Cash ticket to see the remake.
Apr 4, 2010 by J. Allen |  See all 10 posts
whole series?
The whole series has been released in a box set on DVD. I own it so that is definately worth looking into.
Oct 15, 2007 by Matthew D. Davis |  See all 2 posts
Sound issues
Hello,

Yes, there is what is known as a "clocking" issue; dialogue/audio out of sync with the video. Nobody bothered to check before these went out. The problem is on every copy, accept for the bonus features as far as I could tell.
Jul 13, 2014 by Frank Marsden |  See all 2 posts
infinifilm or blu-ray??? Be the first to reply
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