Blu-ray Review: A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET COLLECTION
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Mar 16, 2013, 9:59 AM

It would be impossible to discuss the horror genre and not bring up A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET.  Arguably one of, if not the most notable horror franchise of the modern era this series of films has fascinated and entertained audiences for decades and until this release collectors had to kind of piece together a complete collection from various labels and sources.

 

Warner Brothers has taken care of that with this wonderful 5 disc, 7 film spanning Blu-ray collection of all the original Robert Englund starring films, the only missing Englund/Kruger work is Freddy vs. Jason.  Starting with the ground breaking Wes Craven game changer and ending with the his final installment in the franchise Wes Craven’s New Nightmare we are given a tour de force of all things Freddy.

 

The particular franchise, at least for this fan, has been an interesting journey.  Several of the installments are nothing short of groundbreaking pieces of work while others are a mere shell, almost comical, barely recognizable installments.  I’ll let you all figure out which ones are which.

 

At the end of this review I’ll post up the specs that list the individual films and all the special features included but needless to say, this is exhaustive collection.  The 7 films are crammed onto four discs with the fifth disc being reserved for a band new retrospective and a couple episodes of Freddy’s Nightmares, the short lived TV series.

 

While the films stand on their own merits, or lack there of, the true meat and potatoes and the reason to rush out and pick up this collection is that fifth disc.  The retrospective FEAR HIMSELF:  The Life and Crimes of Freddy Krueger is a wonderfully entertaining look at the films and all that went into bringing Freddy to us through the years.  Of late there has been a glut of NIGHTMARE related documentaries, most all quite excellent.  From NEVER SLEEP AGAIN to I AM NANCY they all have been wonderful, well made looks in the world of Freddy but FEAR HIMSELF focuses not so much on the world of Freddy, but Freddy himself.  It’s interesting to watch how even though the look and make-ups changed through the years, Englund never swayed from the persona he created and always remained true to the character even when the stories started to sway a little out of control.

 

The films all look great on Blu, I won’t get into the technical mumbo jumbo, just know they look and sound great and if you’re a horror fan, a Freddy fan or just a film fan you must own this collection.

 

Here’s all that technical mumbo jumbo, if you’re interested:

 

The collection includes Wes Craven's original A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), as well as its six sequels: Freddy's Revenge (1985), Dream Warriors (1987), The Dream Master (1988), The Dream Child (1989), Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) and Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994). Every Elm Street film to date, except that is for producer Michael Bay and director Samuel Bayer's 2010 remake. Only the first three films are available for separate purchase on Blu-ray; the fourth through seventh entries have yet to receive standalone or double feature releases.

Each film features a DTS-HD Master Audio track and a number of special features. The set's fifth disc also includes a number of additional extras:

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

To get your copy now CLICK HERE and head on over to the WBShop and they’ll be happy to get one in your hot, razor gloved little hands.


 

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