A Nightmare on Elm Street (Two-Disc Infinifilm Special Edition) (1984)
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Wes Craven's 1984 horror film is a better movie than it is generally credited for being. Forget the tawdry sequels; this highly original, almost surrealist work stars Robert Englund as a mutilated monster who kills teenagers during their dreams. Craven, who only directed one Elm Street sequel (Wes Craven's New Nightmare), takes the Hitchcockian step of layering in psychological explanations for the terror and then proving them all irrelevant in the face of mindless evil. The horror in the film is emotionally raw, in contrast to the overimaginative set pieces of most of the sequels that followed; and the final scene is as deeply unsettling as anything Luis Buñuel ever committed to film. --Tom Keogh
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 6.1 EX), English (DTS 6.1 ES)
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
"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
Nightmare Fact Track
Exclusive "Infinifilm" ROM content
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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)
The film (as you all know) starts with 15-year-old Nancy Thompson (I think) suffering from violent nightmares about a badly burned man wearing a glove with knives on each finger. She quickly learns that this man -- a child murderer named Freddy Krueger is also terrorizing the dreams of her friend Tina, her boyfriend Rod and her (Nancy's) boyfriend, Glen. As they begin to die one by one in their sleep, Nancy learns from her mother, that years ago, the parents of Elm Street burned Krueger alive, by leaving a trial of gasoline to the his boiler room; also splashing the gas around the place. And now Freddy's ghost is back to claim their children's lives as revenge! So Nancy must save their lives and her own by bringing Freddy out of their dreams and back into the real world to destroy him forever.
The was film was a horror film success, that four sequels were made. But because of the negative reviews, I am not going to watch them. So my last word is that this film a excellent scare-fest, and I would advise you of naive nature like me NOT to watch it before bed (*evil laughter*).
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.
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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.
Most recent customer reviews
Old but still very good. The subject (interaction between dreams and reality) is well depicted. You get a fair dose of fear and stress. The end is rather confusing. Read morePublished 11 months ago by tornitons
This movie has the classic line- Whatever you do, don't fall asleep. Freddy Krueger statts to stalk the kids of Elm Street in their dreams and when they are killed in their... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jason Hutton
Such an amazing old school horror movie, gotta love Freddy Kruger! Perfect movie for a Halloween night!Published 20 months ago by Nicolas Prince
This is one of my favourite horror films! I watched it when I was 14 and it scared the pants off me...in the day time! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Paul Denis
Awesome version and the matte steelbook allowed for a very sweet autograph by Robert EnglundPublished 22 months ago by Sacha Anglarill