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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    The artwork alone! Classic 80s werewolf horror.

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    Owned for 11 months when reviewed.

    -Pros- Great werewolf horror. Beautiful artwork. 1080 quality especially on an OLED 4k upscale. 5.1 surround. Cons: No slipcover. No digital copy.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Wonderful Release

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    As I stated in an earlier review, the 80s featured a glut of vampire and werewolf films. While most simply attempted to cash in on the popularity, that decade didn't produce just several great films in each sub-genre, they brought us two of each (okay, a third in vampire sub-genre if you include the overhyped, already within weeks of feeling dated Lost Boys,) that can arguably be considered among the very best of all-time within their categories. While Fright Night and Near Dark take the two spots on the vampire side, American Werewolf in London and this, The Howling, take top spots on the werewolf side. There's an amazing similarity between this pair of twos in how they're presented. One of each (Fright Night, American Werewolf,) opting to add generous doses of humor, while Near Dark and The Howling play straight to the hardcore horror crowd. Boy, does The Howling get it right. Not only does it offer up one of, if not THE best lycanthrope tales on film, it gives us a great trauma survivor story, as well. If you're here for the werewolves, you're in for a real treat. Here we are, almost a full 40 years later, and the upright, eight-foot tall, perfect hybrids have yet to be topped. Amazing that they haven't just stood the test of time, but have proven to be out of reach for four decades from FX people of both the practical and CGI sides. (There is one, and only one instance in The Howling where the FX drops off the shelf, becoming almost a parody of itself, probably due to a budget/ time constraint issue where, in its climax, in silhouette against a moon, a full body werewolf rears back and howls. Inexplicably, this scene was done as an animation, and stands in stark contrast to the rest of the film, and with it being a quick shot, easily could have been edited out altogether rather than remain so laughably bad. It's worth mentioning that this is the excellent Scream Factory release, packed to the gills with extras after a superb remaster. Two audio commentaries, two featurettes, 4 interviews, deleted scenes (with or without commentary,) outtakes, still, trailers, and an episode of "Horror's Hallowed Grounds," where the host revisits many of the shooting locations of the film today. As a bonus, watch for Star Trek: Voyager's straight-laced Holo-doctor, Robert Picardo (also on one of the commentary tracks,) as DECIDEDLY different (and with long locks!) Character, Eddie Quist here.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great for the BRD Quality, but...

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    I'll begin with the following: I'm biased. The Howling is my favorite werewolf film of all-time. Sure, American Werewolf in London is right alongside it, but I prefer my Wolves to be more "human-wolf" on two legs than "large wolf" plodding around on all fours. The Howling set the standard for my preference of 'Wolf, and outside of Neil Marshall's Dog Soldiers, no other film has come close in the 35 years since. (And if you say Underworld's Rogaine-needing CGI 'Wolves are anywhere near this, you should actually order The Howling now and watch the movie, because it's the only assumption that can be made). Despite one horrendous choice in attempting to pass off animation (not claymation, actual animation,) as the film, (the quality was bad then, and one has to wonder why they didn't edit it out or film it differently. It's a simple 2 second shot, and over the past 35 years, it's become charming, in a way, I suppose,) The Howling set a standard for 'Wolf effects that are amazing; hardly surprising as Rob Bottin, who provided the stunning practical effects of The Thing, holds down the same position here. And, also unsurprisingly, Scream Factory provides a visually beautiful blu ray quality image. Contrast is nearly perfect here, and that's important in this film. As expected, the 'Wolves come out at night, and with the numerous practical effects shots used, ensuring the proper lighting throughout is achieved is important. While the practical effects are better than even those of today, they are still 35 years old, and making sure things that need to stay in the shadows remain there while giving us clear views and appreciation of the beautiful beasts is achieved masterfully. Now, with all that said, I have my first issue EVER with a Scream Factory release. Every Collector's Edition I've gotten from them, (quite a few,) has always brought SEVERAL new extras to the table outside of a better image. Not so with The Howling, which is just a "port" of the extras from the MGM Collector's Edition on DVD from years ago, along with one new item: "Horror's Hallowed Grounds," in which a host who believes he's more amusing than he actually is, revisits famous locations used in The Howling. No question that this extra is very cool, but the host is rather grating when he tries to be funny. Thankfully, he doesn't overdo it, and seeing Eddie's cabin, still standing, still recognizable, (along with many other stops along the way,) FAR outweighs any annoyances with attempted humor. (Honestly, now knowing where it is, that it's accessible to the public, if you know where to look, has made me want to visit it!) The Howling is one of my favorites; I had zero issue double-dipping for this one. If you own the MGM DVD Collector's Edition, it may not be worth it for others, even with the better quality picture and one extra. If you don't own The Howling or have a bare bones copy, Scream Factory has issued the best looking version thus far.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great purchase!

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    Owned for 3 months when reviewed.

    Great movie and excellent Blu-ray release with loads of bonus content. Highly recommended purchase for all. 5 stars!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Werewolf Classic in Beautiful HD!

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    Owned for more than 2 years when reviewed.

    This is a very satisfying release of a Joe Dante werewolf classic! The archival documentary covers so much, but the additional NEW material enriches the development and production of this horror film so much! The transfer is really nice showing off the vibrant use of color while maintaining the mood and atmosphere that Dante intended. I can't recommend the film or this Blu-Ray Collector's Edition enough!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    VERY GOOD, BUT NOT GREAT

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    The Best werewolf film of the modern area is DOG SOLDIERS. That being said this film is almost very good. It came out with An American Werewolf in London. That film gets more respect, but I like this more. I do. Werewolf films are a hard sell. Everything depends on the transformation; the effects, etc etc. That is why Dog Soldiers wins. No CGI. I know. I am reviewing THE HOWLING. This is 7.5/10. It is a great Blu-ray Steelbook at a fab price. I recommend it. Avoid Sequels.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great movie, great disc

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    One of the best werewolf movies ever made. Anybody who enjoys 70's horror will enjoy this movie. It stars Dee Wallace, one of the original scream queens. The transfer is also very good. Picture quality is a big step up from DVD or VHS.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Breakout FX Movie for its time

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    This isn't a great movie, but for its time it had amazing special effects!!! The werewolf transformation scenes weren't spliced at all. You witness the entire transformation (as opposed to seeing scene after scene of different stages of one transformation) from human to werewolf in only a few camera shots/angles as opposed to 10 (exaggerating a bit) shots/angles/cut aways like in previous werewolf movies. It's a classic, and it was groundbreaking.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good release

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    The howling is the second best modern werewolf film after American werewolf in London. The special effects are very good for their time. The story line is interesting as it is not a single werewolf but many. The scream factory release in this steelbook form is essential. Regular bluray edition is $13 but why not a little more for a steelbook. Although, this scream factory steelbook design format is kinda getting old. Love the art but I wish the steelbooks looked a little different from each other.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    My Favorite

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    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

    Possibly my favorite werewolf movie. Love the small inclusions of humor.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    One of the best werewolf films

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    Owned for more than 2 years when reviewed.

    During this patch in the 80's when werewolf films were on the menu one stood out as one of the best and to me it was dante's howling that took the crown.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Fantastic packaging! A wonderful addition!

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    Fantastic packaging! A wonderful addition! I would strongly recommend that you take a vantage of the still work as soon as possible, as it is a limited edition items presented by scream factory. Overall, artwork, paint, and other features make a wonderful addition to any collector shelf. Well the special features are somewhat dated, they still are very entertaining. Additionally, the price is just right!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Vintage Werewolf movie!!

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    Ok ok. So we have 2 big movies come out dealing with werewolves. This and American werewolf in London. These 2 films are cornerstones and helped set that full moon rising on future great films. FX like this was made for this movie, designed and evolved over the years from this very film. Solid movie before the sequels went a bit different. Movie holds it's own to this day. Great cast, great director and story.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A Great Horror Film, with a twist

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    There is no question that "The Howling" has the greatest transformation scene. It is truly scary and beautifully conceived. The basic framing story is well written, played and directed. Great cast with wonderful character actors. The original critics knew it was a special genre film. This Blue-ray has great extras. Several commentaries. If you like werewolf films, this is probably on your radar. If not, what are you waiting for?

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    The other werewolf movie.

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    I'm not a huge fan of this movie. I've always preferred the masterpiece that is An American Werewolf in London. But I couldn't help but pick up this Shout Factory Steelbook if for no other reason than the artwork. It doesn't really hold a candle to their Army Of Darkness release but it's beautiful none the less. If you're a Steelbook collector or if you like movies about werewolves in California then you should definitely pick this up.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Ultimate Experience

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    If you love werewolf movies, this classic is the ultimate. I highly recommend buying this version since it's put out by Scream Factory. You get your money's worth because of the touched up picture quality and sound, but also they pack a lot of extras and behind the scenes stuff onto their products. This did not include the cardboard slip case. Those are no longer in print unfortunately.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Nice release for Joe Dante's gem

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    The Howling series went on and on and on...until the Howling 7 was so bad it killed franchise. Though it all goes back to the first one, Joe Dante's early film, and thankfully companies like Scream Factory give films like this the due that a normal studio wouldn't in this age of streaming taking precedence (quantity over quality!) over physical media.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    WEREWOLVES!

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    Owned for 6 months when reviewed.

    if your a fan of werewolf movies I recommend this one

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    The Howling Steelbook

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    This is a really good movie I actually wasn’t even looking for it when I was inside bestbuy but I saw it next to a movie I was getting so I grabbed it to. I like that it comes inside a Steelbook but a sticker on the front said only 10,000 manufactured so I would get it if you can.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    one of the few good werewolf movies

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    An earlier Joe Dante movie it has its flaws but it's still provides solid entertainment I wish the steelbook had a booklet or something inside though it's just empty but it's all good (just a word of advice don't throw acid in a werewolf's face that's not gonna stop it)

    I would recommend this to a friend