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Product Description

Nightmare On Elm Street, A: Special Edition (Dbl DVD)

Additional Features

Though a barrage of inferior sequels and ceaseless marketing has somewhat dulled Freddy Krueger's menace, the subconscious-stalking slasher fiend was never more frightening than in writer-director Wes (Scream, The Hills Have Eyes) Craven's original Nightmare on Elm Street feature, which has been bolstered by fresh supplemental content in this new two-disc set. Played to the hilt by character actor Robert Englund (who's still enjoying his status as Hollywood's King Boogeyman in films like 2001 Maniacs), Krueger was a diabolically novel movie villain, a pitiless child murderer who pursued the offspring of the parents who killed him through their dreams, and butchering them with a horrific knife-fingered glove whose wounds would be inflicted in the waking world as well as in their sleep. Craven's mix of suspense, gore, and surrealism struck a major chord with audiences in 1984, which lead to a lengthy Freddy franchise and the elevation of parent company New Line Cinema from second-tier distribution house to major Hollywood studio. It also helped establish Craven as one of horror's most dependable (and profitable) filmmakers, and gave a first-time actor named Johnny Depp a memorable debut as the boyfriend of embattled heroine Nancy (Heather Langenkamp).

The Infinifilm Special Edition is not the definitive presentation of A Nightmare on Elm Street--minor deleted scenes that have been featured in other DVD releases are not present here, and the version presented in this set is the R-rated edit, which means that the few seconds of splatter trimmed from the picture by the MPAA prior to its theatrical release are still missing. But the new featurettes--on the making of the film, New Line's post-Nightmare horror efforts, and an interesting look at the science and philosophy of dreams--are all well-produced and informative, and offer interviews with most of the major players involved in the production, from Craven and Englund to producers/New Line heads Robert Shaye and Sara Risher. Two commentary tracks--one vintage, with Craven, star John Saxon, Langenkamp, and cinematographer Jacques Haitkin, and the other new, which adds Risher, Shaye, and co-stars Ronee Blakeley and Amanda Wyss to that line-up (but without Saxon)--are also included, as are three alternate endings, each with different impacts. The Infinifilm features allow viewers to access numerous clips (including bits from the featurettes and deleted scenes) as well as a text-only "fact track" and a trivia challenge. --Paul Gaita


Special Features

  • Newly remastered picture and sound restored from the original film negative
  • Commentary by director Wes Craven, stars Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon, and director of photography Jacques Haitkin
  • Alternate ending(s)
  • "Never Sleep Again: The Making of A Nightmare on Elm Street" featurette
  • "The House That Freddy Built: The Legacy of New Line Horror" featurette
  • "Night Terrors: The Origins of Wes Craven's Nightmares" featurette
  • Pop-up prompts
  • Nightmare fact track
  • Video clips
  • Exclusive "Infinifilm" ROM content

Product Details

  • Actors: John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss, Johnny Depp
  • Directors: Wes Craven
  • Writers: Wes Craven
  • Producers: Robert Shaye
  • Format: Dolby, Color, Limited Edition, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (DTS ES 6.1)
  • 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: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (557 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GETUDI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,686 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Nightmare on Elm Street (Infinifilm Edition)" on IMDb

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The effects are pretty good in this movie, as well as the acting.
Jason (KarateKidJ@AOL.com)
It's a matter of taste, I know, but that said I decided I really like this movie.
William
A Nightmare on Elm Street is possebly the best horror movie of all time.
jimmy

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55 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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73 of 87 people found the following review helpful By A reader on 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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By William on February 19, 2008
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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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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 4 posts
infinifilm or blu-ray??? Be the first to reply
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