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The Wolf Man (1941)

Jr. Lon Chaney , Bela Lugosi , George Waggner  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jr. Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi, Claude Rains, Warren William, Ralph Bellamy
  • Directors: George Waggner
  • Writers: Curt Siodmak
  • Producers: George Waggner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 1999
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00001TZ6Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,891 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Wolf Man" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Monster by Moonlight
  • Feature Commentary with Tom Weaver
  • The Wolf Man Archives
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Theatrical Trailer

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    The original horror classic that introduced one of the screen's most infamous monsters! Lon Chaney, Jr. portrays Larry Talbot, who returns to his father's (Claude Rains) castle in Wales and meets a beautiful woman (Evelyn Ankers). One fateful night, Talbot escorts her to a local carnival where Jenny's fate is revealed by a mysterious gypsy fortune teller. The dreamlike atmospheres and elaborate settings combined with a chilling musical score make The Wolf Man a masterpiece not only of the genre, but for all time!

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    96 of 98 people found the following review helpful
    Format:DVD
    If you've been keeping up with the DVD releases of Universal Monsters, you might already know this is the 3rd time The Wolf Man has been released in the past 10 years. But this new deluxe 2-disc edition should prove to be the definitive release. In addition to a spectacular restoration (which is still not quite perfect, but probably the best the film will ever look on home video), there is an exhaustive array of bonus features. Actually, only two of them are new, but when added to the already excellent extras carried over from previous releases, this is simply a must-have for anyone with even a slight interest in the film.

    But let's take a quick look at the film itself. The Wolf Man has always been my favorite Universal Monster. I think it's the combination of Curt Siodmak's poetic and gothically romantic screenplay, and the Everyman performance of Lon Chaney Jr. as Larry Talbot. Chaney will perhaps forever reside in the shadow of contemporaries like Karloff and Lugosi, but it's difficult to imagine either of those horror superstars bringing the same authenticity to the role of Talbot.

    Chaney also gets winning support from Claude Rains, Patrick Knowles and Evelyn Ankers (whose well-documented dislike of Chaney also serves as a testament to her acting abilities...the two are charming together on-screen). Maria Ouspenskaya also appears in her signature roles as the gypsy Maleva, while Bela Lugosi has a too-brief but equally-memorable role as her son.

    As for the bonus features, the two new ones are a brief (10 min.) overview of werewolf movies featuring the likes of John Landis, Rick Baker and several film critics, and a 36-minute documentary on Chaney's career. As a long-time fan of this fan and Lon Chaney Jr.
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    27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    Format:DVD
    Among the pantheon of classic Universal monsters, only Dracula and Frankenstein's monster stand taller than The Wolf Man. This 1941 classic starring Lon Chaney, Jr., is a must-see for anyone claiming any interest in horror movies. The film has exerted a huge influence on the art of bringing horror to life for over six decades now, thanks to the heralded make-up prowess of Jack Pierce, the tight and powerful script of Curt Siodmak, some impressive photography work, and wonderful performances from a truly stellar cast of actors and actresses.
    There is just something different about The Wolf Man; I have a hard time viewing him as a monster Larry Talbot is a thoroughly sympathetic and tragic character. Dracula loves being a vampire, Frankenstein's monster is just an unfortunate victim of circumstance whose various body parts have already lived full lives, but Larry Talbot desperately hates the monster he has become. He's already a sympathetic character, coming home after eighteen years following the death of his older brother, trying to fit in among the folks he said goodbye to long ago. Then, when he hears a fateful howl accompanied by a scream, he races off in heroic fashion, taking on a wolf in order to try and save a woman's life, killing the doggoned creature. And what does he get for his noble, self-less act? First of all, suspicion, because instead of the wolf he described, the authorities find the body of a gypsy fortune teller (played by Bela Lugosi, who gets all of seven lines in the film) clubbed to death by Talbot's cane. Then, tragically, he finds himself inflicted with the curse of the werewolf, thanks to the bite he suffered in the struggle. Chaney's performance also adds to his tragic status.
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    23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Universal Fans Drop Everything and GET DVD ALREADY! November 4, 1999
    Format:DVD
    When Universal started putting out the classic monsters on DVD this fall, I just knew I'd have to wait a long time for the underappreciated Wolf Man. But no! On the heels of the OUTSTANDING discs of Frankenstein, The Bride & The Mummy comes another first-class offering. Like the others, THE WOLF MAN contains an excellent documentary as well as the trailer and a commentary track by a film historian. The print of the film is gorgeous. I don't care what your age is or when you first saw this amazing film, if you're a horror fan you simply must own this one.
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    25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Movie With Plenty Of Bite ! July 16, 2000
    By Jesmat
    Format:DVD
    Firstly, apologies for the corny title of my review. Now the DVD. Universal has pulled out all the stops for its Classic Monster Collection DVDs and 'The Wolf Man' is a contender for best of the series. The DVD boasts several special features including an informative documentary, cast/crew notes and trailer. In keeping with the other Classic Monster DVDs, the real bonus is the incredible picture quality. Not just better than VHS, not just better than a revival cinema print, this print is better than I ever recall seeing on TV! 'The Wolf Man' also features the best commentary of any of these Universal DVDs. Tom Weaver provides an exceptional degree of insight into the movie in a very fast but conversational manner - you'll need to listen to the commentary more than once in order to gain full benefit. Like all good 'horrors' the emphasis is on suspense and mystery, not mindless gore. In fact, the image of Lon Chaney Jr in full werewolf make-up could easily overshadow the fact that this is also a superb psychological thriller - until you watch the DVD. This impressive package is an essential purchase for all vintage horror fans. When Leonard Maltin describes 'The Wolf Man' as 'one of the finest horror films ever made' you know you're not going to be disappointed!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Im glad lon chaney jr got the film over karloff. He solidified the wolfman character.
    Published 4 days ago by john thomas Dustin
    4.0 out of 5 stars The print is excellent and the additional material is interesting
    The print is excellent and the additional material is interesting, particularly Jack Pierce's make-up techniques. A very interesting look at one of Chaney's two best roles. Read more
    Published 18 days ago by Robert Butterfield
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great!
    Published 20 days ago by Joanna Martin
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful transfer to digital!
    I purchased the single DVD version of this movie classic and was knocked out at how clear and sharp the viewing is. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by B. C. Flippo
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Wolf Man
    What else is there to but classic. Plain and simple. Lon Chaney was the one and only. We were lucky enough to see this genre of movies and they will forever be a part of us
    Published 1 month ago by Debbie
    5.0 out of 5 stars Best Wolfman
    This was my first werewolf movie that my mother took me to see at a very young age. It's nice to watch an old classic without all the blood and gore!
    Published 2 months ago by Susie Murphy
    4.0 out of 5 stars The Wolf Man
    I was surprised at this film...I did not expect LarryTalbot to have such a problem with being the Wolf Man!
    Published 2 months ago by Richard M.
    4.0 out of 5 stars Lon Chaney at his best.
    Enjoy the old films. Too bad Hollywood can't make decent movies anymore. Another movie fit for the whole family to enjoy.
    Published 3 months ago by Robert S. Winters
    5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
    This a great classic. The entire movie is just awesome. Great for the home library. Especially the scenes of the old gypsy woman and also a brief showing of Bela Lugosi. Wonderful.
    Published 4 months ago by Nancy N.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wolfman
    A full Moon eh? Always made me look @ myself to see if I was turning into the Wolfman. Super film.
    Published 4 months ago by spywholuvsu
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