When it comes to buying horror movies on Blu-ray, we have one issue; we already own so many horror movies on DVD, that upgrading them all to Blu-ray would cost a small fortune. There are some titles that we have to own in the best format available however, and so we open to you our Blu-ray Archives, which consist of what we consider to be Must Own Horror & Genre Blu-ray's.
The Howling (1981)
Scream Factory (Shout! Factory)
Price: $18.58-$24.99 (Amazon)
Discs: 1 50 GB Blu-ray Disc
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/2.0
Werewolf movies ever made*, that's why. *Sure, that's all subject to debate, but come on... truly great Werewolf flicks are a rare, rare bird, and you know this.
To finally have this classic Joe Dante flick on Blu-ray is a truly wonderful thing. Along with An American Werewolf in London, The Howling is widely regarded (and rightly so) as one of the best Lycanthrope movies ever made. It's full of dark humor, boasts some of the best Werewolf transformation effects ever filmed, and it's a great, nostalgia-filled trip back to the 80's, when Horror flicks felt like more of an art form than just simple movies.
What really made this movie for me, was Robert Picardo's portrayal of Eddie Quist; the troubled Werewolf that gets the lions share of awesome on screen gags. The "Come on, bright boy!" scene is one of my all-time faves, Horror flick or otherwise.
|I've seen him in tons of things since The Howling, and never realized that he was the man behind Eddie Quist.|
Scream Factory has given us here. It's not only clear and sharp in most parts, but to hear a bunch of creepy howls in the night coming from different speakers all at once, really adds to the feel of the movie. The transformation scenes sound particularly sharp here too, rips, tears, cracks and all. Overall, the movie sounds great.
Shout Factory excels at jamming their Collector's Edition's full of extras, and this disc is no exception. The Howlings Eternal documentary and the commentary track with Joe Dante and his cast were our faves. It's all great stuff, especially for die hard fans of this flick.
- Howlings Eternal with Steven A. Lane (1080p; 18:49)
- Cut to Shreds with Editor Mark Goldblatt (1080p; 11:20)
- Interview with Co-writer Terrence Winkless (1080i; 12:32)
- Horror's Hallowed Ground: A Look at the Film's Locations (1080p; 12:15)
- Making a Monster Movie: Inside The Howling (1080p; 8:01)
- Interview with Stop Motion Animator David Allen (1080i; 8:48)
- Unleashing the Beast - The Making of The Howling (480p; 48:33)
- Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary (1080i; 11:29)
- Outtakes (1080p; 7:03)
- Theatrical Trailer (1080p; 1:28)
- Photo Gallery (1080p; 7:02)
- Audio Commentary with Director Joe Dante, Actors Dee Wallace, Christopher Stone and Robert Picardo.
- Audio Commentary with Author Gary Brandner
|I never realized that she was such a goody-goody until watching/listening to these special features.|
Get it, y'all.
|4 out of 5 Blu Masters.|