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The Nightmare On Elm Street Collection

by David Foucher
EDGE Publisher
Friday Mar 15, 2013
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Holy shoulderpads! If you forgot how ridiculous 80’s hair and clothing was, you’re in for a treat when Freddy comes to your big screen on Blu-Ray. This new collection - a remastering of the existing DVD groupings already on the market - is a respectable uptick in video and audio quality, which for many fans will render the set a must-own. We’re talking 15 hours of half-naked, sleepless, horny teenagers being systematically cut down by a man with unnaturally long fingernails: what’s not to love?

Warner Bros. brings Wes Craven’s brilliantly suspenseful original to new life with 7:1 surround sound on its own disc - the rest double up on three. Fans will recall that each subsequent film largely waters down the horror of its predecessors, until you’re rooting for Freddy to dispatch the increasingly less interesting heroes in increasingly more gruesome ways. They’re tons of fun - particularly film #2, which offers an extraordinary amount of homoeroticism, including an S&M play, shower scenes and more pectorals than you could swing a jockstrap at.

For the most part, the transfers won’t wow - let’s be honest, these weren’t films known for technical quality anyway. Special features are immense - they include three hours of fun content on Disc 5 including documentaries, interviews, trailers and featurettes.

Included Special Features ::

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Audio Commentary: Craven, DoP Jacques Haitkin, Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon
Audio Commentary: Assorted cast and crew
Never Sleep Again: 50-minute HD documentary
The House that Freddy Built: 23-minute HD documentary
Night Terrors
Focus Points
Alternate Endings
Fact Track

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

Heroes & Villains
Psycho Sexual Circus
The Male Witch
Freddy on 8th Street
Theatrical Trailer

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Onward Christian Soldiers
Trading 8’s
Snakes and Ladders
Burn Out
That’s Showbiz
The House that Freddy Built
Fan Mail
Music Video
Theatrical Trailer

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

Krueger, Freddy Krueger
Hopeless Chest
Let’s Make Up
The Finnish Line
Theatrical Trailer

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

Womb Raiders
The Sticky Floor
Hopkins Directs
Take the Stairs
A Slight Miscalculation
Music Videos
Theatrical Trailer

Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare

Rachel’s Dream
3D Demise
86’d
Hell Raiser
Theatrical Trailer

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare

Audio Commentary with Wes Craven
Becoming a Filmmaker
Craven Interview
The Problem with Sequels
An Insane Troupe
Two Worlds
Theatrical Trailer

Bonus Disc

Fear Himself - The Life and Crimes of Freddy Krueger: 30-minute retrospective
Two Freddy’s Nightmares TV episodes
Conclusions: 20-minutes of interviews
Welcome to Prime Time: an additional 50-minutes of materials

David Foucher is the CEO of the EDGE Media Network and Pride Labs LLC, a member of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalist Association, and is accredited with the Online Society of Film Critics. David lives with his husband and daughter in Dedham MA.

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