The Howling [Collector's Edition] [DVD] [1981]

  • SKU: 21176027
  • Release Date: 06/18/2013
  • Rating: R
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (44 out of 44)

Special Features


  • Audio commentary with director Joe Dante and actors Dee Wallace, Christopher Stone and Robert Picardo
  • Unleashing the beast: the making of The Howling Multi-part documentary
  • Deleted scenes and outtakes
  • making of a monster: inside The Howling documentary
  • Horror's hallowed grounds - a look at the film's locations
  • Photo gallery
  • Theatrical trailers

Synopsis


The Howling

Cast & Crew


  • Dee Wallace
    Dee Wallace - Karen White
  • Patrick Macnee
    Patrick Macnee - Dr. George Waggner
  • Dennis Dugan
    Dennis Dugan - Chris
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    Christopher Stone - R. William "Bill" Neill
  • Belinda Balaski
    Belinda Balaski - Terry Fisher



Overall customer rating

4.6
100%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for the BRD Quality, but...

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    doc8998
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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: 2 out of 5 stars

    Let’s see here...

    Posted
    Psychomaniac13
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    I started digging into Warewolf movies a few months ago and I started enjoying what I was watching. I read and heard from a friend that this howling movie was THE werewolf movie of all time. I jumped in and wellp long story short, I was not impressed. Not one bit. I was a bit disappointed in it. I really don’t even know how to describe it. This movie isn’t even close to being as good as An American Warewolf in London. Now THAT is a masterpiece!!!!!!. It’s still worth a watch but just don’t expect much. Who knows? You might actually enjoy it more than I did. I am just recommending this because of the transformation and visual effects

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Horror's forgotten Wolf gem

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    DarkTemplar
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    Though not as good as I remember it being from my youth, I am still happy that Scream Factory finally dedicated this film to Blu-Ray. I initially thought that the length of the ears of the wolves made them look like were-rabbits. The story is a bit thin, but the performances especially Dee Wallace and Robert Picardo is great. Though I do wish they had upscaled the BD Bonus Features, I am thankful they did implement them. I know Scream Factory works on a tight budget with these projects and their effort is appreciated. There's over an hour of specials and they give a unique perspective into the film as well as the mind of director Joe Dante. The thought of descending upon a lake shore retreat inhabited by werewolves is an intriguing premise. I've grown to have an appreciation for the appearance for the werewolves as they look uniquely "Howling".

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great werewolf pic

    Posted
    prlwctd

    Released the same year as An American Werewolf in London, this tongue-very-much-in-cheek werewolf film (many of the characters are named for people who directed werewolf movies) deals with news anchor Karen White (Dee Wallace) who goes to a mountain retreat (called simply "The Colony") with her husband (Christopher Stone) to recover from a recent trauma. Not long after arriving, she discovers that the inhabitants are werewolves. Unlike their cinematic brethern, though, these lycanthropes can change from wolf to human at will-& it doesn't take long for the sexiest of this group (Elizabeth Brooks) to convert Karen's hubby. Joe Dante directs this the same flair and with a few of the same players as he did with Piranha.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Ultimate Experience

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    dwill
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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.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The Warewolf that broke the mold

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    isamudyson
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    This movie hasn’t looked any better. The special effects may be dated by today’s standards, but it is still a blast to watch. Although the story is a fairly simple formula, it still entertains. Really nice transfer with clear audio. The special features give more insight to the story’s origin and how it eventually came together and how the first film spawned several sequels afterwards.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Blind Buy

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    itobandito
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    Have heard of this cult classic for some time. while an earlier work, it's directed by Joe Dante, the same director from Gremlins. The special effects in this one are great even to this day, what they were able to pull off is simply amazing. Great sale price as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My Favorite Werewolf Flick

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    EliteJoe
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    The movie never gets old for me. Entertaining with a ton of nods to past movies of the genre. My favorite werewolf design of all time. You can skip the sequels. This one is as good as it gets. And the Scream Factory special treatment to boot.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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