The Wolf Man [DVD] [1941]

  • SKU: 3764876
  • Release Date: 11/02/1999
  • Rating: NR
The transfer for this Universal Studios fright feature has a few minor nicks here and there, but represents the several foggy set pieces in perfect fashion. The full-screen (standard) transfer has an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and the audio track is in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. The commentary track is by Tom Weaver and, as with the track he provided for Creature From The Black Lagoon, it is full of humor and great background information on everything from the actors to comparisons between the original script and the final onscreen version. Included as a supplement is a half-hour documentary entitled "Monster by Moonlight," which is hosted by John Landis and includes interviews with makeup wizard Rick Baker and screenplay author Curt Siodmak. The "Wolf Man Archives" contains a six-and-a-half-minute slide show set to music featuring stills, posters, and lobby cards. There is a "Production Notes" section and a "Cast and Filmmakers" section that contains succinct bios and filmographies for the film's stars and director. A theatrical trailer is included; it's rough shape is a perfect contrast to the nearly flawless state of the main-feature transfer. The "Language Selections" include English, with captions for the hearing-impaired, and French subtitles. Yet another disc in the Universal Studios Classic Monster Collection that will give this particular monster something to howl about.
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Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (78 out of 80)

Special Features


  • "Monster by Moonlight," original documentary on the making of "The Wolf Man"
  • Feature commentary with film historian Tom Weaver
  • "The Wolf Man" Archives
  • Production notes
  • Cast and filmmakers
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Universal web links

Synopsis


The Wolf Man
"Even a man who is pure at heart/And says his prayers by night/May become a wolf when the wolf-bane blooms/And the moon is full and bright." Upon first hearing these words, Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney) dismisses them as childish folderol. After all, this is the 20th Century; how can a human being turn into a werewolf? Talbot soon learns how when he attempts to rescue Jenny Williams (Fay Helm) from a nocturnal attack by a wolf. Collapsing, Talbot discovers upon reviving that Jenny is dead-and, lying by her side, is not the body of a beast, but of a gypsy named Bela (Bela Lugosi). The son of fortune teller Maleva (Maria Ouspenskaya), Bela was a lycanthrope, or "wolf man." And now that he has been bitten by Bela, Talbot is cursed to suffer the torments of the damned whenever the moon is full. Arguably the best of the "original" Universal horrors (original in the sense that it was not based on an existing literary property, a la Frankenstein, Dracula and The Invisible Man), The Wolf Man boasts one of the most stellar casts ever to grace a "B" picture: Lon Chaney Jr., Claude Rains, Evelyn Ankers, Ralph Bellamy, Warren William, Patric Knowles, Maria Ouspenskaya and Bela Lugosi. The man-to-wolf transformation sequences -- one of which took a full 24 hours to film -- are thoroughly convincing, thanks to the cosmetic genius of Jack P. Pierce (Chaney had wanted to emulate his father by developing his own werewolf makeup, but existing union rules would not permit this). Alas, after this powerhouse opening volley, the Wolf Man character was relegated to a series of cheap sequels, teaming him with other Universal shock stars: Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943), House of Frankenstein (1944) and House of Dracula (1945). The final ignominy was Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1945), in which Lawrence Talbot (Chaney again), having been cured of lycanthropy in House of Dracula, reverts to his werewolf status -- and has to endure the one-liners of Lou Costello to boot! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


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    Lon Chaney, Jr. - Wolfman/Larry Talbot
  • Claude Rains
    Claude Rains - Sir John Talbot
  • Warren William
    Warren William - Dr. Lloyd
  • Evelyn Ankers
    Evelyn Ankers - Gwen Conliffe
  • Ralph Bellamy
    Ralph Bellamy - Capt. Paul Montford



Overall customer rating

4.7
98%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Is Third Time Really The Charm?

    Posted
    ChrisK

    I love The Wolf Man. It's my favorite of the Universal Monsters movies. However, having owned two other versions of this movie on DVD, I see no need to revisit these just for a Blu-Ray treatment. This marks the third dip into the well for the classic Universal Monsters series and they're really not offering up anything new across the board except for Blu-Ray treatment. I'm sure the film looks great on Blu-Ray. Having purchased the remastered versions with all of the sequels included (for a steal of a price at Best Buy at $20 a pop) over five years ago, now putting these out as single-disc titles without a boatload of extras to go with them is kind of a cheat to the fans. Not only that, but any good Blu-Ray player will up-convert DVD to an incredible picture. I'm surprised Universal trotted this stuff out again without anything new to add to even make it curious to look into. Didn't anyone learn a lesson from George Lucas' five or six trips down the Star Wars memory lane already?

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Wolf Man represents another leap forward...

    Posted
    Rockinrobin
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    The Wolf Man represents another leap forward in the evolution of the classic Universal horror canon. It isn't as essential as some of the studio's earlier efforts, as ahead of its time as The Bride of Frankenstein, or as strong when it comes to the creature makeup and effects (The Mummy and The Invisible Man being the respective highlights in the collection). But as one of Universal's Big Three Horror Icons -- the other two being Dracula and Frankenstein -- it still delivers, thanks especially to Lon Chaney, Jr.'s performance. The Blu-ray edition delivers too, with a commendable restoration and video transfer, a capable DTS-HD Master Audio Mono mix and a solid selection of special features (even if one documentary is a carryover from The Mummy disc). The Essentials Collection is worth the price of admission from almost every angle, but if you choose to wait for individual releases, you won't have to worry when it comes to The Wolf Man.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    classic horror

    Posted
    prlwctd

    Perhaps my favorite werewolf film. Lawrence Talbot (Lon Chaney, Jr.) reunites with his father (Claude Rains) in England after spending several years in America. Not long afterward, he befriends a beautiful jewelry store worker (Evelyn Ankers) with whom he goes out with one night. After their brief encounter with gypsies (Maria Ouspenskaya & Bela Lugosi), Talbot is attacked by a wolf. If you have seen any other werewolf film, you probably know what happens next, but those 'cliches' started here. Chaney deservedly became a star with his instantly likeable performance (with great Jack Pierce makeup to go with it). There is also the terrific musical score by Frank Skinner, Hans Salter, and Charles Previn, which Universal would reuse in many other horror pics.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Classic Monster Movie

    Posted
    Terry50
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    I grew up with these Universal horror films, as they were constantly on TV, and I collected a few of them on VHS. They've become an annual tradition on halloween night. It's nice to be able to watch them in High Definition. The picture quality is great, the only complaint I have, which isn't that big, is I wish the Extras were a bit more robust considering the short running time of the film, but other than that this is a great release and I look forward to watching again next Halloween!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Original movie

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    Classic1
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    It was fun sharing this original black & white Wolfman movie with my daughter. She had never seen it and was thrilled. To me this reminded me of my childhood, staying up late on the weekend to watch scary movies. This was great cinema before things got super bloody and gory. I enjoyed reliving the original characters and stories of the big monsters from days of old.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A classic from a wonderful era of movie making

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    Brokebrain
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    Another of my favorite horror classics I saw as a child. He's not an alien under the bed or a clown in the closet but when I first saw this film I was alone on the farm with my younger siblings, lightening flashing and huge raindrops pounding against the windows. We were told not to watch but of course we did anyway.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Art for the Wolf Man Steelbook

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    Alan
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    Alex Ross’s art for the cover of this steelbook is a masterpiece. It perfectly captures the mood and tone of the film. Great restoration of the classic film with fun features about the history of the film and its creature and even info on Universal Studios.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wolfman forever

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    Xdagninox
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    Alex Ross is one of the most acclaimed artists out there. The Universal monsters are some of the most celebrated characters in pop culture history.. this is both in one! Loaded with special features on the disc and out; this is a must buy Best Buy!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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