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A Nightmare on Elm Street [Special Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1984]

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  • Release Date: 01/06/2015
  • Rating: R

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (112 out of 113)

    Special Features

    • All-Access Pass: Never sleep again - the making of A Nightmare On Elm Street
    • Beyond The Movie:
    • The house that freddy built: the legacy of New Line Horror
    • Night Terrors: the origins of Wes Craven's Nightmares
    • Interactive Features:
    • Pop-up prompts
    • Nightmare fact track and video clips
    • Additional Features:
    • Audio commentary with Wes Craven, Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon and cinematographer Jacques Haitkin
    • Alternate ending(s)
    • Closed Captioned


    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

    Cast & Crew

    • John Saxon
      John Saxon - Lt. Thompson
    • Ronee Blakley
      Ronee Blakley - Marge Thompson
    • Heather Langenkamp
      Heather Langenkamp - Nancy Thompson
    • Amanda Wyss
      Amanda Wyss - Tina Gray
    • Johnny Depp
      Johnny Depp - Glen Lantz

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 113 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The film that revolutionized the horror genre


      It is a true testament to writer-director Wes Craven's genius that many people now first think of Scream rather than A Nightmare on Elm Street upon hearing his name. While Scream certainly re-energized the horror movie genre, A Nightmare on Elm Street revolutionized it entirely when it was released in 1984. Twenty years after the fact, the movie doesn't seem quite as scary as it did originally, but this movie has truly shocked and frightened many a moviegoer over the years, resonated with untold numbers of men and women in a new and undeniably powerful way, drawn in many viewers that had never cared about horror before, and introduced one of the greatest, most popular horror icons of past, present, and future in Freddy Krueger. When you really look at the genesis of this movie, its incredible success is truly mind-boggling. Wes Craven had already made waves in the business with such horror classics as Last House on the Left, but the script for A Nightmare on Elm Street made the rounds of Hollywood for three years before the relatively unknown New Line Cinema stepped up to make the movie a reality. The total budget for the film was well under two million dollars, and the filmmakers basically worked miracles to make the film as viscerally shocking and beautifully gory as it is. A tremendous cast was assembled: veteran actor John Saxon and newcomer Johnny Depp (in his very first role) are terrific, Robert Englund needs no introduction for his unforgettable portrayal of Freddy Krueger, and a young and innocent Heather Langenkamp delivers a dazzling performance as Nancy Thompson. (Ronee Blakley's performance as Nancy's mother is over-the-top and rather poor in general, but this is essentially the movie's only weakness.) Many people think that Englund carries this film with his brilliant portrayal of the nightmarish killer, and in a sense he does, but for me it is Langenkamp's performance that absolutely makes this movie something way beyond special. I have always been a big Langenkamp fan; she brings to Nancy a mesmerizing sense of innocence, charm, and natural beauty that wins the audience over completely. Freddy is a dark and menacing presence, but he really doesn't get that much camera time in this first film; Nancy is the essential conduit that connects the audience to the horror. I don't think much is required in terms of explanations or plot summaries here. Freddy Krueger was a murderer of children who was hunted down and burned to death by local parents. He still exists, though, in the world of dreams, and now the teenaged children of the men and women who destroyed him are his targets. Nancy and her friends all begin to see this strange burnt man in an old fedora and a dirty red and olive green sweater in their dreams; Nancy soon learns that whatever happens in these awful dreams also happens in real life. The first victim dies a spectacular death, one that surely poured heaps of shock value on 1984 audiences and which still works wonderfully today. Several other notable deaths follow, and Nancy knows that she alone must face Freddy and somehow engineer a trap with which to snag him. It's not easy killing a dead man who lives in dreams, of course, but Wes Craven built a really beautiful logic into the story that makes it work convincingly. The special effects of this film are remarkable, especially given the tight budget restraints. The death scenes are powerful and bloody, the atmosphere and look of the boiler room sets in particular are dark and malevolent, everything about Freddy's look and performance are perfect, and even really cheap effects such as the phone tongue and melted stairs work beautifully. The special features included on the DVD are nothing short of superb, especially the commentary by Wes Craven, Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon, and director of photography Jacques Haitkin - I learned so much from this commentary (including the fascinating true-life facts that helped give birth to the original idea in Craven's mind), all of which made me all the more impressed with this seminal horror classic. A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of the most enjoyable, powerful, and influential horror films ever made, and the transfer to DVD makes this film look better than ever.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the best horror movies of all time


      Wes Craven's arguably best (and best-known) slasher monster piece "A Nightmare on Elm Street" is one of the longest-lived pieces of slasher genre fiction in film history. It did not create the genre (Halloween did in 1978) and as far as I know the genre has never really been revolutionized, but Nightmare has an undeniable appeal, which comes largely from its creepy dream-killer narrative and one of the most memorable movie killers in history, Freddy Krueger, a disfigured maniac with a razor-claw glove that he uses to gruesomely violent ends. This is the story of young Nancy, who, after the horrific death of a friend in her sleep, begins to find her nightmares plagued by a disfigured monster/man, whom she eventually learns is Freddy Krueger, who was a child serial killer during his lifetime. After Freddy was released from prison, a group of parents from the neighborhood got together a good-old-fashioned posse and burned the killer alive, but before his death he swore that he would avenge himself on their children. As it turns out, he kept his promise, and has returned to claim them in their dreams. There is plenty of lasting appeal to the film. It's not art by most means, but it has a definite style to it, thanks to a very competent direction from horror legend Wes Craven, who does some of his best work ever here. The film is also helped greatly by an unforgettable turn from Robert Englund, who will always be best remembered for this character, and who is at the scariest he's ever been here. After this film, Freddy became a somewhat lighter character, often spouting out one-liners before slashing his victims to ribbons. There are also a few very memorable, classic horror scenes here. My personal favorites are the scene where Nancy falls asleep in class and dreams of being stalked in an abandoned factory of sorts. Freddy gives his best line here ("Come to Freddy"), and the framing of the shots, which keeps Freddy's identity obscure and mostly shows just bits and pieces of him is very effective. The other great scene is one in which one of the characters is layng one his bed and suddenly Freddy's hand comes out and pulls him into the bed, and all of his blood shoots out toward the ceiling. As far as horror movies go, that's downright art. This is a classic, and has mostlly survived the test of time. The special effects quality is high by mid-80's standards, and it's not too laughable even today. If you like the genre, this is one to see.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Very Worthy of a Double Dip


      While its commonplace for movies to get money-milking "deluxe" and "ultimate" rereleases on DVD, this Platinum Series issue of the classic "A Nightmare on Elm Street" is worthy of such a title. Far supassing the original 1999 single disc release, this expansive two disc set has almost everything a fan would want. Remastered audio and video, a comprehensive and lengthy documentary featuring all new interviews with creator Wes Craven, stars Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp and Amanda Wyss (for starters), two commentary tracks (one all new for this release and a great one ported from the previous disc), and a great featurette with other horror masters talking about Freddy and the phenomeon. The movie itself is a classic. Before he was watered down in the endless sequel parade, Freddy Krueger was a truly frightening horror figure. Watching just the opening scene is particularing jolting and commands your dramatic attention. Say goodbye to the one liners after each murder... the cartoonish gore and violence of "Nightmares" 4 and 5... this Freddy is dark, menacing, and he means business. The only drawback is the set is missing standalone deleted scenes and production footage that was featured on the 1995 2-VHS set released by Anchor Bay. Although some such footage is in the documentary, it would have been nice to see these as a branching feature, or by themselves as a special feature. Overall, this is really giving a horror classic the respect and treatment it deserves.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      "Don't fall asleep


      Since the NOES series is my favorite horror series of all time, I thought I'd write out reviews for all the movies. Nightmare On Elm instant classic. How you can you beat an idea like falling asleep, being chased by someone like Freddy Krueger, killed in your dream, and dying for real while you sleep? It probably has to be one of the most innovative ideas in horror, ever! The pace in this movie is great. Doesn't go too fast, doesn't go to slow where you lose interest. It's nice to be able to follow Nancy on her downward spiral into insanity. And how could you not get freaked out at how Tina was thrashed around the room? And how much blood shot up out of Glen's bed? This movie is a masterpeice.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      THE scariest Nightmare you'll ever experience!

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      One two Freddy's coming for you! Especially if you own this gem! One of the few films that still scares me all these years later. I've owned multiple copies of this film. From VHS to the DVD box set. However, it's never been seen in this kind of pristine condition until now. The detail from the Hi-Def remaster is astonishing! You can see such detail as never before. I noticed detail in Freddy's burn makeup I could never see in standard def. There are a bevy of bonus features to keep you busy. Also for the price you can't beat this release of this truely legendary Horror classic!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Freddy Krueger is my dream man ! :P


      A Nightmare On Elm Street came out when i was about 17 years old and let me tell you it scared the living stuff outta me. Once i found out this movie was coming out in high definition it was a must to get. And i found one on the internet on e-bay and i purchased it for around 40 something dollars! (which is really good considering it is an OOP at the moment) And i just wanted to let everyone know that they are not making a bad choice at all by purchasing this classic film that is always an enjoyable one.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      HORROR at its best!

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      Nancy is having nightmares about a frightening, badly-scarred figure who wears a glove with razor-sharp "finger knives". She soon discovers that her friends are having similar dreams. When the kids begin to die, Nancy realizes that she must stay awake to survive. Uncovering the secret identity of the dream killer and his connection with the children of Elm Street, the girl plots to draw him out into the real world.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A Nightmare on Elm Street secret...

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      This classic horror movie holds a secret that may not be a secret to some, but for many they will likely be surprised... How many out there are fans of Johnny Depp and all the movies he has been in? Well A Nightmare on Elm Street is where Johnny Depp got his movie start! He was one of the teenagers having the nightmares, where Freddy Krueger comes to do his worst... Enjoy watching and reliving the horror classic.

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