- Enhanced extended interviews
- 4-hour filmmaker commentary with Daniel Farrands (co-director/producer) Andrew Kasch (co-director/editor), Thommy Hutson (writer/producer) and Buz "Danger" Wallick (cinematographer)
- New Stereo 2.0 Mix
- All-New "O-ring" Slip-Sleeve Cover in Full Color with Metallic Highlights
- Limited Commemorative poster (12x18) featuring original artwork by Matthew Joseph Peak, who created the poster art for "A Nightmare on Elm Street Parts I-V"
The Final Word -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In the time it'd take to fully explore Never Sleep Again's two discs, you could just about watch all eight of the original Nightmare on Elm St. flicks. Seriously, between the documentary itself, its audio commentary, and all of the other extras, Never Sleep Again runs just shy of twelve hours. ...and I loved every last minute of it. Not a moment is wasted. Never Sleep Again is exhaustive but never exhausting. With contributions from more than a hundred members of the cast and crew, no stone is left unturned. There's a frankness to it all that's often lacking in the retrospectives on studio-issued DVD releases, and my interest never waned, not even when delving into the sequels I really didn't like that much. There's just a passion and enthusiasm -- from the filmmakers behind this documentary and its interviewees alike -- that sears its way into every last frame of Never Sleep Again, and it's infectious. When I finished watching the four hour doc, I craved more. Turns out nearly four more hours are waiting on disc two. After that, I was intensely curious how a project of this scale was put together. Turns out that's answered in the commentary. Never Sleep Again feels like such a satisfyingly complete experience. It's not just the most amazing Nightmare on Elm St. documentary I could ever have hoped to see. It's not just the most insightful, most engaging, and most unrelentingly entertaining retrospective of a film franchise that's ever been produced. You don't need to qualify it by mentioning a genre or even the fact that it's a film-about-films at all: Never Sleep Again is an amazing documentary, period. Watching Never Sleep Again made me want to run out and grab the Nightmare DVDs I'm missing. Hell, it compelled me to order their Friday the 13th retrospective too. This is a desert island disc. It doesn't even matter if you haven't seen any of the Elm St. flicks in ages: if you ever considered yourself a fan, Never Sleep Again is essential viewing. DVD Talk Collector Series. --DVDTalk.com
By: Ryan Daley Full disclosure: I'm not really that big of a Freddy fan. When comparing and contrasting the most influential horror franchises of the 1980s (Friday the 13th, Alien, Halloween, Evil Dead, Child's Play, et al), the Nightmare franchise has a tendency to rank pretty low on my list of personal faves. The fact that I'm bestowing Never Sleep Again with a perfect 5-Skull rating should serve as a testament to the talent of Daniel Farrands and Andrew Kasch, the filmmaking duo behind this brilliant Nightmare on Elm Street documentary. Even for the casual fan, this is one hell of an educational film. I settled down to watch Never Sleep Again, my review notebook close at hand, not quite knowing what to expect. After the doc had spent an engaging 40 minutes dissecting Wes Craven's original A Nightmare on Elm Street, I found myself genuinely enraptured, but also disappointed that a feature length running time wouldn't be enough to properly discuss the sequels. It was at that point that I checked the time display. Holy..., Never Sleep Again is four hours long! Granting each Nightmare film a generous 30-40 minutes of coverage, the running time of Never Sleep Again flies by. It's an ingeniously edited film consisting primarily of recent interview segments, some snippets of archival footage from the franchise, and a few deleted scenes. A good portion of those involved with the series simply heap praise on their co-stars, no matter which film they starred in (with Robert Englund, the biggest praise-shoveler of them all, even daring to refer to Nightmare 4's flaming-dog-pee-resurrection scene as mythic ), but if you take the time to read between the lines, it s obvious that tensions still lurk beneath the surface. From director Jack Sholder (Part 2, Freddy s Revenge) admitting that he was never a fan of the first film, to Wes Craven openly mocking the more ludicrous aspects of the non-Wes directed sequels, Never Sleep Again is packed with plenty of behind-the-scenes finger-pointing. But even with the differences in opinion, most at New Line seem to agree on which films most undermined the franchise. And there's more than mere gossip going on in Never Sleep Again. The doc also serves as a Where Are They Now? of even the most minor players in the Nightmare series. (Even with its extremely thorough approach to cast interviews, super-celebs like Johnny Depp and Patricia Arquette are conspicuous in their absence.) Some ex-cast-members look drug-addled, some are still unbelievably attractive, some have faces that are swollen and shiny with facial injections, and one ex-cast-member sports a fake-bloody-goth face and what appears to be a lesbian S&M slave by her side. It s an extended cast reunion as bizarre as it is train-wreck compelling. Frankly, there are so many good parts in Never Sleep Again, it would be too time-consuming to cite them all. But it s worth mentioning that I cackled throughout two segments in particular: one covering the ill-advised syndicated television series Freddy s Nightmares and one exploring the not-so-hidden gayness of Freddy s Revenge. Oh man, what were they thinking? There s a lot to love about Never Sleep Again, and virtually nothing to hate. It s not only an expertly crafted film about a beloved horror franchise, it s also a film about the legacy of New Line Cinema, and ultimately, a film about the horror genre as a whole. Frankly, you won t find a horror documentary better than this one. Score: 10 / 10 --Bloody-Disgusting.com