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Nightmare on Elm Street (Widescreen/Full Screen)

Heather Langenkamp , Johnny Depp , Wes Craven    R (Restricted)   DVD
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Dans le grand succès de Wes Craven, Scream, un des personnages, une passionnée de cinéma, déclare que le premier film de la série des Freddy était génial, mais que les autres étaient vraiment nuls. Et elle avait complètement raison. Les Griffes de la nuit est un chef-d'oeuvre de l'horreur, un monument du genre, qui serait reconnu comme tel s'il n'y avait eu toutes ses suites affligeantes (dont Wes Craven n'a réalisé que la troisième et dernière). Les Griffes de la nuit est certainement le film le plus effrayant des années quatre- vingt (seulement Shining de Stanley Kubrick et peut-être certaines conférences de presse de Ronald Reagan atteignent son niveau). Ce film est également un des voyages les plus profonds du cinéma grand public américain dans le monde illogique du rêve. C'est également un grand film sur les peurs de l'adolescence : lorsque la jeune Nancy (Heather Langencamp) se met à faire des cauchemars dans lesquels elle voit un homme défiguré dont les mains ont des lames à la place des doigts, les gens commencent à mourir dans son entourage. C'est comme si le tueur de ses rêves était devenu réalité, sorti de son subconscient. Et c'est bien évidemment ce qui se passe... Les Griffes de la nuit doit autant à Répulsion de Roman Polanski qu'au premier Halloween de John Carpenter. C'est un film aussi intelligent que terrifiant, où les personnages (et le public) sont traités avec respect, à la différence de beaucoup de ses rejetons, moqués par la suite dans les Scream. Vous remarquerez Johnny Depp dans le rôle d'un copain de Nancy, qui subit une fin particulièrement atroce. --Jim Emerson

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A Nightmare On Elm Street

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4.0 out of 5 stars Alliance Atlantis keeps on impressing!! Oct. 15 2008
By C. Denison TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
****UPDATE**** This review was for the Nightmare on Elm Street blu-ray that was released back on September 2nd, 2008. Since then a new release of the movie has come out on blu ray (released on April 13th, 2010) that includes special features (audio commentaries, multiple featurettes, etc) and 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound.

A Nightmare on Elm Street hits blu-ray in terrific form.

The video quality is fantastic. The image is completely cleaned up. No scratches, no dirt, etc. No noticeable edge enhancement to the image as well. The daytime scenes look great; a nice amount of depth and detail in them and the image really pops out at you at times which is a really nice surprise. There were night-time and dream sequence parts which looked a bit on the softer side, but still doesn't look that bad at all, especially when you consider that the film is almost 25 years old. 4 outta 5

Two audio tracks: English Dolby 5.1 and English Dolby TrueHD 5.1. Just like the video, the audio never ceases to amaze me. Surround sound use is fantastic. Bass is good. Dialogue is crisp and clear. I didn't really find anything wrong with this track. 4.5 outta 5

Only downfall to this package is no special features. No commentaries, no featurettes, not even a trailer.

For what it's worth though, this blu-ray release is well worth the money. A terrific high definition transfer. Keep it up Alliance!!!

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Subtitled in both english and in french (both SDH)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary Modern Classic July 1 2004
Director Wes Craven was inspired by a series of newspaper articles to create "A Nightmare on Elm Street." Children were suffering terrible dreams and in desperation, told their parents they were frightened of dying. Then, one by one, the kids started inexplicably dropping away.
And what better foundation to create a horror film? Craven decided that his generation's horror films weren't up to snuff, and tended toward the "slasher" genre that was becoming very popular after the release of "Halloween." He upped the ante by attacking vulnerable young people the only place they felt safe: asleep.
This is an effective and unsettling idea, and is executed with masterly precision. Craven knows how to create suspense while building strong, endearing characters the audience will actually care for. The dream sequences are put together very well, and while the special effects seem dated as compared to today's high-budget Hollywood standards, it is perhaps their gritty, slimy quality that enhances the fright factor.
Overall, the acting is fairly decent. Johnny Depp isn't quite the Johnny Depp we know and love yet, so don't get moist in the panties when you see his name. Heather Langenkamp is convincing as the innocent, virginal girl caught in a web of parental lies and secret cover-ups. But it's Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger who steals the show. Later in the "Nightmare" series, Freddy became a comedic character, and all the scariness was lost. Sure, his face became more mangled, and his style of slaughter grew sophisticated and detailed, but the true allure of the Freddy character is portrayed only in this film.
"Nightmare" revolutionized the modern horror film, and brought science fiction and horror one step closer to each other.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but not too "Nightmare"-ish June 23 2004
After catching-- and, to my surprise, enjoying-- "Freddy vs. Jason" at a friend's place a while back, I decided to delve into the titular combatants' previous cinematic outings. I started with the original "Nightmare", and was shocked. I wasn't really shocked by how scary & bloody it was, but by how scary & bloody it wasn't. Having seen a handful of horror flicks done in a similar vein as this, I found the scary parts rather predictable and a lot less gory than I'd expected them to be. Of course, when you're a fan of the over-the-top violence that the likes of Paul Verhoeven, Quentin Tarantino and John McTiernan put in their films, it's kinda hard to be too shocked by the relatively toned-down blood and guts moments depicted in other cinematic fare...
On the upside, I got a vicarious thrill outta seein' a few glamorous and popular teenagers get taken out in such grisly manners. Ain't nothin' like a nice puree of Johnny Depp to have me makin' like the pathetic still-bitter-over-bein'-picked-on-in-high-school loser that I am! Yeah, that's what'cha get for makin' fun of me and my fellow geeks, you hunky, buff, and painstakingly-moussed slabs o' beefcake! AH-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA-HAAAAHH!!!
Also included with this DVD is the obligatory theatrical trailer, and a secondary commentary track featuring director Wes Craven, star Heather Langenkamp, and John Saxon (Heather Langenkamp's "dad" in the movie). As you'd expect, this trio gives the viewer the usual mix of amusing on-set anecdotes and technical info as the movie plays on. Well, at least I THINK that's what they were talkin' about; I sorta zoned 'em out about halfway through the feature, paying more attention to the English subtitles I'd turned on...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The first, the best. March 19 2004
By A Customer
We all have nightmares, right? Every once in a while, we have a nightmare and wake up. We then comfort ourselves by telling us that it's not real and that it cannot hurt us. But what if your nightmares could hurt you? That idea was the central idea for Wes Craven's 1984 classic A Nightmare on Elm Street. The reason that this scared so many people is because Wes Craven directs his idea into our dreams and it plays with your mind. Everybody has to sleep, right? Well, this plays with the idea that if you go to sleep and have a nightmare, you will not wake up.
What truly makes the movie, though, is the two main performances by Heather Langenkamp as Nancy (who is HOT by the way), and Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger. Robert Englund's screen time is so little that he really doesn't get much credit, but what time he has on screen really counts in the movie. He has almost no lines and is menacing, which really helps the fear of him. He is not always on screen, so you don't see him, but you hear him, so you know he is there.
Sorry to say, but the only reason I knew about Wes Craven before this was for Scream. But now, everyone who only knows him for Scream will have a new reason for knowing Wes Craving: for creating the masterpiece horror movie that was truly unique and broke the mold of regular horror movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time to take a walk on Elm Street
This is where we first met him, the man with the hat, the gloves and that unmistakable sweater, one of the most famous horror icon, forever etched in pop culture: Freddy Krueger. Read more
Published on Aug. 18 2012 by Tommy Skylar
5.0 out of 5 stars ÇOME TO FREDDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
a nightmare on elm street is a film abovt teens get hunhted by a man in there dreams a man named freddy { aka } fred. Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2012 by godzilla_fan
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic ... no other words
This is a MUST have in your collection... this blu-ray is a little jewel ... the picture quality is almost perfect and the sound too... Read more
Published on July 24 2012 by Lewis-the-Quebecois
2.0 out of 5 stars worst Freddy ever!
I didn't like this movie at all. The story isn't the same, and the guy playing Freddy sucks. Also, the make up artists got creative and totally ruined the look of Freddy. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2011 by Katastrophic
5.0 out of 5 stars A film you shouldn't watch before bed
I had never heard or seen this film before, except for The Simpsons' spoof of it. I find information on the film and finally watched on YouTube and I couldn't take my eyes off it. Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2009 by Frances L. Arsenault
4.0 out of 5 stars NICE !!
Just buy this now. you know you want it.
its a classic.

I cant wait to see 3-4 on bluray !!
Published on March 3 2009 by Pol
4.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie!!!
I love this movie so much that I dressed up as Freddy Krueger for Halloween
Published on Nov. 1 2008 by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Good night, Sleep tight, Don't let Freddy Kreuger bite!
I must say that this is by far the most...Incredible thing I have ever seen!!! A lot of people didn't approve of it(when I was 6 I didn't approve of it but more on that later. Read more
Published on July 14 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Is This Really That Great?
Ok, let me get this straight right now. I am 15 years old. While I do know that the film had a small budget, and I tell you I was impressed with a lot of the special effects... Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by Chris Borden
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most terrifying horror movies in a long time.
This was the very first Horror movie I ever saw. This is one of the classics that will never die!
Published on June 15 2004 by "goddess2005"
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