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An American Werewolf in London [Blu-ray] [1981]

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    An American Werewolf in London [Blu-ray] [1981]
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    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (336 out of 341)

    Special Features


    • A Feature Length Documentary with Cast and Crew
    • An Interview with John Landis
    • Beware the Moon
    • Casting of the Hand
    • Feature Commentary with Cast Members David Naughton & Griffin Dunne
    • I Walked with a Werewolf
    • Makeup Artist Rick Baker on An American Werewolf in London
    • Making An American Werewolf in London
    • Outtakes
    • Photograph Montage
    • Storyboards

    Synopsis


    An American Werewolf in London
    While wandering the English moors on vacation, college yanks David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) happen upon a quaint pub with a mysterious patronage who warn them not to leave the road when walking after dark. Irreverent of such advice as characters in horror films always are, the two decide to find a short cut....David wakes up in the hospital with a nasty bite wound to his shoulder; the freshly deceased, and rapidly decomposing, Jack arrives soon after to deliver the grim news that, unless he commits suicide, David will become a werewolf when the moon is full. David dismisses the encounter as a hallucination, but all indicators point to lycanthrope; evenings of barking and bloodletting follow closely behind. While the story is thin and much of the tongue-in-cheek humor is overdone, there are plenty of genuine jolts thanks to makeup guru Rick Baker's eye-popping special effects. The werewolf, resembling a cross between a bear and a wolverine, appears frighteningly real, and, given the fantastic premise, the gore is most convincing (although surprisingly and refreshingly scant). The hospital dream sequences are creative, and the scenes in which the werewolf runs rampant through downtown London are particularly good. In all, An American Werewolf in London is an original, atmospheric film that manages both to scare and amuse. While dismissed by most American critics upon its release, the film managed to secure a place in the annals of American cinema when Baker won an Academy Award for his amazing effects and creature designs. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • David Naughton
      David Naughton - David Kessler
    • Jenny Agutter
      Jenny Agutter - Alex Price
    • Griffin Dunne
      Griffin Dunne - Jack Goodman
    • John Woodvine
      John Woodvine - Dr. Hirsch
    • Brian Glover
      Brian Glover - Chess player



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    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 342 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Finally a restored version of a classic werewolf.

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      Tranceboi1
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      The movie made its hi-def debut on the defunct HD-DVD format in 2006. Universal would then recycle that transfer for its initial bluray release a couple of years later in 2008 as the Full Moon Edition. While a definite improvement over previous DVD editions of the film, the first bluray left room for improvement. The picture quality was often noisy with poorly resolved & clumpy grain structures which robbed the film of its visual potential. Colors and skin tones were also a little bit washed out looking too while black levels suffered a bit. Flash forward to 2016 and Universal decided to do a new 6K scan/restoration of the film for another bluray release in time for the film's 35 anniversary that same year. It was released in a new bluray dubbed the "restored edition". The picture quality on the restored edition disc has proven to be quite controversial with a lot of people. Some say it is a big improvement over the initial disc while others claim Universal went overboard with DNR (Digital Noise Reduction). I did direct comparisons with the Full Moon Edition and can safely say that the Restored Edition blows it away in terms of picture quality. Film grain is still there, it is just much better resolved than the previous bluray. The detail is far superior on the new transfer too as I can now make out all kinds of details in the background of shots that were imperceptible on the old disc. I think what is happening is that some people upon seeing the first images of the new transfer are taken aback by how much cleaner and smoother the image looks. This is due to how noisy and bad in comparison the old bluray looked. What people were mistakenly pointing to as film grain on the old disc was actually digital noise which obscured detail. Claims that the new transfer is artificially sharpened are false too. At no point did I feel that the new transfer looked too waxy or smooth. The movie now looks amazing! Detail is immaculate. Colors are better along with improved black levels and contrast. As I previously mentioned, I did direct comparisons between the two and the new disc smokes the old transfer in my eyes. Sadly no new extras are present but all of the previous extras which were informative were ported over. Audio seems to be as good as it was before. I am very picky when it comes to bluray transfers of classic films and can say that the Restored Edition represents a very noticeable improvement in terms of picture quality. Highly recommended!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Remastered Blu-ray worth Howling for

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      KaijuKid
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      Blu-ray re-issues. You hate them, I hate them. Commonly called "double-dips" by collectors because movie studios love to put out a bare bones version of a movie then re-issue a better collectors version down the line. In essence, they get you to buy the movie twice when you upgrade. I almost did that when I decided I wanted to buy An American Werewolf in London the Full Moon edition. But as luck would have it, I caught wind that a newer better version was just around the corner. Not having owned the older "Full Moon" version, I cannot speak to how good that version looks, but I can assure you that it probably doesn't look as good as this version. The movie has been fully restored, cleaned, and looks absolutely gorgeous on high definition televisions. The movie looks like it could have been filmed recently, it looks so good. There's also a good ton of behind the scenes bonus material such as interviews with the director and special effects guru Rick Baker. Do yourself a favor and pick-up this newer version if you're on the fence about upgrading from a previous version. It'll have you howling with joy.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Werewolf Flick!

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      eckoe
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      An American Werewolf in London is a 1981 British-American horror comedy film written and directed by John Landis, and starring David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, and Griffin Dunne. The film's plot concerns two young American men, David Kessler (played by Naughton) and Jack Goodman (played by Dunne), attacked by a werewolf on a backpacking holiday in England. With Jack killed, David is taken to a London hospital, where his disturbing apparitions of his deceased friend informs him that he is a werewolf and will transform at the next full moon. Filming took place in London, Surrey, and Wales. It was released in the United States on August 21, 1981, and grossed $30.56 million at the box office. The film received positive reviews from critics. who praised Rick Baker's make-up special effects. The film won the 1981 Saturn Award for Best Horror Film and the inaugural Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup. The film was one of three high-profile wolf-themed horror films released in 1981, alongside The Howling and Wolfen. Over the years, the film has accumulated a cult following and has become a cult classic.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      CLASSIC, CONTEMPORARY WOLFMAN TALE!

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      moviefanatic
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      This modern re-telling of the well-known 'Wolfman' tale takes place in modern day London. Two college students 'on break' find themselves walking the Moors, unfortunately . . . its at the wrong time of night and during a full moon. From this point the tale turns completely different then anything you have ever seen in 'Wolfman' storytelling! As movie critic Leonard Maltin commented, "A . . .horror film that happens to have a sharp sense of Humor!" The 'transition' of the title character from college student to Wolfman is a modern day miracle of make-up and cinematography and that's only the beginning of this, would you believe it, FUN horror movie. It's well-worth the reasonable Best Buy pricing. Get it, watch it, enjoy the twists and turns from the original tale. PS: David Naughton, Griffin Dunne and especially Jenny Agutter, are the delightful cast members.This movie will not disappoint you.

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    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Very boring werewolf movie

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      scsa316tt

      I decided to buy this movie on bluray because it was on sale for $9.99 thinking that it would be great to watch it again since it was a classic but when I was watching it on my PS3 I got very bored and fell asleep during the movie. I think it would have been better if they showed the werewolf more and less talking in the movie that is what a werewolf movie is suppose to be alot of blood, gore, violence but they barely showed the werewolf in the movie and the funniest scene was at the end where the girl tells the werewolf that she wants to help him because she loves him do you really think a werewolf will understand love lol I really don't think so I think I should have bought something else instead of this movie what a waste of a trip and money

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A Classic Horror Comedy from the Director of Anima

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      mjo1
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      I saw this movie way back when and remember enjoying it very much, so when I saw it offered as a Deal of the Day--and in a steelbook edition, no less--I had to get it. It holds up fairly well. The special effects seem a bit quaint these days in an endearingly cheesy way, but this was before the advent of computer graphics. David Naughton (whatever happened to him?) is an adequate lead, but his partner Griffin Dunne steals the movie. Some good laughs and ghoulish humor. It's too bad director John Landis' career would soon run off the rails with the "Twilight Zone" debacle.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One scary punim

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      Iamapunimface

      All I have to say is..."A naked American man stole my balloonknot"...(boy in the zoo) This is a classic horror movie...still scary as heck 25 years later. Great effects for the time and still impressive. Give me Rick Baker over CGI any day...(we'll see how he does with the new Wolf Man). A considerable gripe however...when David is trying to get the Constable (who's responstable) to arrest him he gives up too easliy. He simply confesses to the murders and then makes a few disparaging comments about the Royal Family (albeit probably accurate). He then gives up on trying to get arrested??? Why not slug the Bobby in the kisser?!? Anything to get arrested, steal a car...etc...??? That notwithstanding, great movie!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An American Classic

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      MattH
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      John Landis' "An American Werewolf in London" is a hilarious, horrifying, ingenious take on the werewolf genre, and its legacy will likely stand the test of time. Originally intended to star John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, Landis' good friends, budget concerns due to the film's very unique tone led to a different cast that greatly benefited the final film, which maintains laughs while bringing honest scares along with the killer soundtrack and amazing special effects work by the legendary Rick Baker. The amount of extras included on this release make it worth just about anything they'd want to charge for it, but it's almost always under $10. A fantastic release.

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