A Nightmare on Elm Street 1-4: 4 Film Favorites [2 Discs] [DVD]

  • SKU: 9022611
  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • Rating: R
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (24 out of 25)

Special Features


  • A Nightmare On Elm Street:
  • Commentary by writer/director Wes Craven, director of photography Jacques Haitkin and actors Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon
  • Cast/crew biographies
  • A Nightmare On Elm Street 2:
  • Theatrical trailer
  • A Nightmare On Elm Street 3:
  • A Nightmare On Elm Street 4:
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge
Several years after the events of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Jesse Walsh and his family moved into the home of Nancy Thompson, the only survivor of supernatural killer Freddie's reign of terror. Haunted by dreams of the disfigured child-killer, the lonely Jesse has trouble sleeping, falls asleep often in school and quarrels with his picture-perfect family. Lisa, his prospective girlfriend, discovers Nancy's diary in Jesse's closet, and slowly he learns of his predecessor's ordeal. When his sadistic gym teacher catches Jesse blowing off steam at a leather bar, he attempts to exact punishment of an unsavory nature. Freddie intervenes, savagely murdering the coach in the school shower room, and Jesse must flee the crime scene naked, terrified that he's going insane. His parents become convinced he's on drugs, but Jesse knows that Freddie is trying to possess him. Bereft of sleep, alienated, and frightened of what he might do to his sister or Lisa -- especially if he responds to her sexual advances -- the youth attempts to sequester himself in his friend Ron's bedroom; Freddie emerges though, killing Ron and sending Jesse on the lam. Mayhem erupts when Freddie/Jesse crashes Lisa's pool party, leading to a showdown at the abandoned factory where the madman first preyed on the children of Springwood. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
This fourth trip down Freddy Lane was the most successful at the box-office, but although it has some impressive visuals, it is mostly an empty film. Credit must go to the effects team for some fine work, but otherwise, this entry from the director of Cutthroat Island (Renny Harlin) is extremely weak. Roland Kincaid falls asleep and awakens in the Springwood junkyard, where his dog -- named "Jason" in a sad foreshadowing of the film's giggly tone -- pees fire on Freddy's grave. The pyro-urinary baptism causes Krueger (Robert Englund) to reassemble from bones outward in an admittedly impressive sequence. Predictably, Freddy guts Kincaid, then appears in Joey's waterbed as a naked pinup girl (Hope-Marie Carlton) before slicing him to ribbons. And so it goes. The film has a few interesting ideas kicking around, but no real identification points. This is a video game, not a movie, and the characters seem to exist only in order to move the film from one effects sequence to another. There is a lot to be said for special effects, and the ones here are extraordinary and vivid. However, the wonderfully grim mood and subtle performances of Chuck Russell's outstanding third entry in the series are gone, abandoned by Harlin in favor of a splashy, comic book approach which would, unfortunately, dominate the series' later installments. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

A Nightmare on Elm Street
Teenagers in a small town are dropping like flies, apparently in the grip of mass hysteria causing their suicides. A cop's daughter (Heather Langenkamp) traces the cause to child molester Fred Krueger (Robert Englund), who was burned alive by angry parents many years before. Krueger has now come back in the dreams of his killers' children, claiming their lives as his revenge. With a supporting cast that includes horror veterans like John Saxon and Ronee Blakley, director Wes Craven creates moments of real dread by examining the line between nightmares and reality, as well as the "sins of the parents" theme. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
The best of the Elm Street sequels, this creepy, surreal fantasy features terrific effects, a fine young cast, and an air of grim fatalism that sets it apart from its giggly successors. Patricia Arquette stars as Kristen, whose nightmare leads to a slashed wrist which looks suspiciously like a suicide attempt. She is placed in a hospital psychiatric ward with a group of six other troubled teens who all dream about the same horribly burned man (Robert Englund) trying to kill them. Perhaps the most unusual thing about this picture, however, is the unexpected depth of sadness running through it. There are some achingly sweet moments in this otherwise frightening film which, though not disruptive, are impossible to analyze. The first and most bizarre of these is Heather Langenkamp's entrance, which inexplicably causes most viewers to get misty-eyed, and there are several similar scenes throughout the film. One answer can be found in the sensitive direction of Chuck Russell, who emphasizes the tragedy and utter hopelessness in these kids' lives and manages to wring some unexpectedly perceptive turns from his cast. This is a film in which a great deal of care was obviously lavished on individual scenes (the sets are outstanding) and performances. The results are well worth repeated viewings, and prove that sequels don't necessarily have to be inferior films. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Mark Patton
    Mark Patton - Jesse Walsh
  • Kim Myers
    Kim Myers - Lisa Webber
  • Robert Rusler
    Robert Rusler - Ron Grady
  • Clu Gulager
    Clu Gulager - Mr. Walsh
  • Hope Lange
    Hope Lange - Mrs. Walsh



Overall customer rating

4.7
96%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Classic & Iconic American Horror Films

    Posted
    MoviesAreHistory
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    Films 1 - 3 are the good ones. The idea of someone causing actual inflictions by making your dreams real is intuitive. Beginning with film 2 deaths creatively play out based on a characters fear or something that character does, or has turned away from. The only thing that sucks here is that the picture is kinda poor on the newer and bigger TVs like my SAMSUNG 55" 3D LED HD TV. Looks like regular DVDs are just going out of style and quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Poor packaging

    Posted
    Chartmeister
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    Poor packaging. All four discs are stacked on each other with no protective dividers. This is not evident until you remove the outer packaging. You will need to acquire additional storage cases to house the individual volumes to protect from scratching.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great set of movies

    Posted
    Thomas
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    i love the elm street movies I had all of them on VHS and I decided to upgrade and this was on sale

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    a must have, PERFECT for any Nightmare Fan

    Posted
    mlf200811

    a must have, the films are great on this release. the price is great, like $3.00 per feature on the set, and a great thing for any fan.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Horror Movies

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    Momof4
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    These are some of the greatest horror movies made- Freddy is a classic! Halloween wouldn't be the same without him.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love Freddy Kreuger

    Posted
    nytink81
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    Freddy is the best. He's my all-time favorite horror killer and he is very entertaining and funny, but can be scary at times.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Freddy

    Posted
    DASoCal
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    Bought this for the kids. The older kids. Whats not to like about this classic? Movies all played and packaging was good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Buy it for the original alone

    Posted
    LoganScott
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    The three sequels aren't terrible but the first movie is one of the best. Great bargain for the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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