A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master [DVD] [1988]

The dreams of innocent children once again fall victim to everyone's favorite bogeyman Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. New Line has done a good job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. Also included on this disc is a pan-and-scan version of the film. The colors in the image tend to look very well saturated with only a small amount of bleeding in a few scenes. This is generally a very solid transfer with even flesh tones and dark black levels. The audio is presented in a newly remixed 5.1 soundtrack (as well as the original 2.0 soundtrack). This new mix is very good with some excellent surround sounds filtering out through both the front and rear speakers. All aspects of the dialogue, effects, and music are free of any excessive distortion or hiss. Also included on this disc are English captions. The only extra features available on this edition of A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master are some cast and crew bios, the original theatrical trailer, and some DVD-ROM content. While the video and audio portions of the disc are good, the box set of all seven films is recommended for true fans.
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Special Features

  • Widescreen and full-screen versions of the film
  • "Jump to a Nightmare" scene navigation
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Original animated menus
  • DVD-ROM:
  • Read the screenplay while you watch the film
  • New Dream World trivia game
  • Up-to-the-minute cast, crew, trivia info
  • www.NightmareOnElmStreet.com

Synopsis

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

Cast & Crew

  • Robert Englund
    Robert Englund - Freddy Krueger
  • Lisa Wilcox
    Lisa Wilcox - Alice
  • Rodney Eastman
    Rodney Eastman - Joey
  • Danny Hassel
    Danny Hassel - Danny
  • Andras Jones
    Andras Jones - Rick

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