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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably Craven's best!!!
Ok, so this is never going to be recognised as one of the greatest films of all time but it certainly is probably one of the best and original horror films of the last 20 years. With Freddy Krueger, Wes Craven created the most famous film "Boogeyman" of modern times, with the infamous red and green sweater, the hat and of course, not forgetting THAT glove! The film itself...
Published on 17 Mar 2005

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1.0 out of 5 stars Sloppy transfer - Avoid and Wait for a Better Release
Generally, the picture and sound quality are pretty good but there are areas where the sound slips very noticably out of sync with the video. This can be traced back to the original film prints and it's annoying that it wasn't corrected here (it has been previously for DVD releases).

How can film companies be surprised by the slow uptake of Blu-ray when they...
Published on 24 Feb 2011 by M. R. Murray


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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably Craven's best!!!, 17 Mar 2005
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Ok, so this is never going to be recognised as one of the greatest films of all time but it certainly is probably one of the best and original horror films of the last 20 years. With Freddy Krueger, Wes Craven created the most famous film "Boogeyman" of modern times, with the infamous red and green sweater, the hat and of course, not forgetting THAT glove! The film itself centres around a group of teens who all begin to have the same nightmare about being stalked by a horrificaly burned man, with a glove with long sharp razors on the end. Then, in real life, dead bodies begin piling up. Before long, one of the teens realises she must confront this night demon before she ends up the next victim! Very, very dark, genuinly scary and very gory and violent, this is probably Craven's finest hour and while the acting isn't always first rate(apart from Robert Englund who is excellent as the demonic Freddy Krueger), the film is fast paced and really exciting. Watch out for the film debut role of Johnny Depp, as one of the nightmare plagued teens.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A genre landing movie, 10 Oct 2004
Nightmare on Elm Street - a true horror movie. Not only is this film a masterpiece but it introduces the infamous horror icon Freddy Kreuger. Freddy is a vile, disgusting, horrible, nasty, piece of work, which Craven has simply hit the nail on the head with. Freddy is a child murderer who was killed by the parents of Elm street but has came back to terrorise the children in the form of their dreams - or in this case, nightmares. The film scares the audience but leaves them wanting more, something which horror movies to date fail to achieve. Scences such as the tounge phone call and the bottomless bathtub have chilled audiences world wide. And the film has also probably one of the most best death scenes in horror to date. I'll let you find out that yourself. However, when it gets to something like Nightmare on Elm Street 37 the film becomes a pardoy of itself. And when you have got Freddy Kreuger rapping with three enormously obese black guys it becomes slightly less effective. However, Craven only directed the first and the last so he gets clear recognition for this work of horror art that has been terrorising our minds for years.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 19 Dec 2006
I already own both the Region 1 and Region 2 boxsets of the NOES series. So naturally, I was a little apprehensive about getting a third copy of this film on DVD. But it's a 2 disc special edition, and one of my favourite films of all time, so why not?

It was worth it. Not only are the picture quality and sound the best they have ever been, but the bonus features are amazing. There are a whole bunch of new interesting interviews and documentaries, featuring much of the cast and crew. There are lots of wonderfully insightful alternate scenes, including some nicely polished alternate endings. These are much better than the shabby black and white alternate endings from the Region 1 boxset. There are also some cool bloopers and behind the scenes shots.

There's also a nice new commentary track, FINALLY featuring Robert Englund. However, it's not a "real" commentary track, it's a bunch of interviews spliced over the top of the film. Sadly, this doesn't allow for any rapport between the various voices, they're not always talking about what is specifically happening, and it can be rather boring at times. Luckily, the original commentary is also included, so it redeems itself there.

There are some things missing, so this is not quite the "definitive" release. The deleted scenes from the trailer that didn't make it into the film, for one. But all in all, it's a very good release, and well worth getting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Reviews!, 6 Sep 2011
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In 1984 Wes Craven redefined the horror movie forever, bringing his own rules to the game, avoiding the clichés that had gone before, making an exciting, inventive, gory, wickedly clever, and above all-scary film. A Nightmare On Elm Street, spawner of sequels, influencer of crap is the movie horror fans hoped for in the early eighties, but is also an effective satire on small town life, our fascination with serial killers, our fear of the unknown, and the sins of our forefathers.

Nancy is a 14 year old. She has a cute boyfriend who would do anything for her, and two friends who mock them by being...experienced. Nancy lives with her alcoholic mother in a large house, her father is the local Sheriff, they divorced a while ago. One night when the four friends are staying together, Tina is brutally murdered by a hideously disfigured man, seemingly in her dreams. Her boyfriend watches on, horrified, while Nancy hears the screams from outside. Rod flees, and the cops look for him believing he is the only possible killer. However, once caught Nancy becomes convinced that someone else killed Tina, a man named Fred Krueger. Later Rod dies in his cell, it is believed to be suicide but Nancy knows differently. Her mother becomes increasingly estranged, as Nancy does all she can to stay awake, knowing that if she sleeps she may die. Her mother takes her to psychiatrists as she doesn't know what to do, not knowing that everything she is doing is wrong. She goes so far as barring Nancy inside the house, and she can't see Glen her boyfriend. Nancy believes Glen is next. Upon investigation Nancy finds out Krueger's story- he was a child murderer who stalked the town a few years ago. He was caught but escaped unpunished by some loophole, so the residents took the law into their own hands, burning and killing Fred. However, now he is back for revenge by killing the children of Elm Street once again in their dreams, where they should be safe. Nancy thinks that she can bring Fred into the real world and stop him, but needs Glen to stay awake. However, Glen's parents think she is a maniac and take the phone off the hook. Glen is killed and his parents are clueless. It is up to Nancy to stop Krueger, hoping her father will be ready when she screams for him. So she lets herself sleep, and looks for Fred.

This is one of the most imaginative horror movies ever, blending dreams with reality so the viewer never knows whether a character is asleep or not, giving a sense of tension throughout. Craven uses all the force which caused his previous films to be censored and banned, but makes his themes more subtle, and substitutes the realistic and grim visuals of The Last House on the Left for the fantastical sights here. For the most part it is the fault of the parents that their kids are killed- they created the monster by trying to kill the monster, but more importantly they then feel like their job has been completed, not realising when their kids are in danger. There is a total lack of understanding between the two generations, and little trust in the abilities of the youth. It is not only a tale for those reaching adulthood to be afraid of the world, that in the end we have to rely on ourselves rather than those who have protected us, but it is a story about the older generation's fear of the next generation. They want to be leaders but have their own insecurities, they want to be respected but show little in return, they want to protect but cannot see when something is really wrong.

The young cast is good, particularly Langenkamp. Garcia and Wyss have little to do, Depp has a bigger role and shows some of what would make him a legend. It is Langenkamp who carries the film, and she is excellent in her portrayal of fear, paranoia and helplessness, all the things we face when we are teens. We forget though that these things rarely leave us. She screams, but thinks, and is not the typical stupid teen, making an assertive step towards saving herself and her friends, while trying to hold her family together. Indeed she proves to be the strongest character in the film, preceding Ripley by a few years. She knows her survival is down to herself. The older members are also very good. Blakley is brilliant as Marge who cannot cope with Nancy and with her break-up, giving in to booze like so many others. Saxon is also good as the father trying to get on with his life and work, and forget the evils of his past while trying to understand his daughter. And of course, Englund steals every scene he is in. He is terrifyingly believable, the perfect example of what lurks in our nightmares, waking and dreaming. His one-liners are comic to himself as he takes sadistic joy in following and killing kids. In later films they become silly, but here we get the sense that these are the exact words that would come from a paedophile and serial killer.

The effects here also standout, with the famous bloodbath bed scene and Tina being torn all over the ceiling becoming some of the most famous images in horror history. Kreuger looks scary, those blades will be heard in our dreams, and the dream world is filmed with care so that we can tell that there is something not quite right about the surroundings, unsettling us. A highly effective film, scary and at times funny, but thought-provoking and unnerving with one of the most frightening villains ever committed to film. This inspired many clones, but this is still the king and continues to influence many films, horror and beyond. And count the number of Simpsons references.

If you don't have a Blu-Ray player then this is the version of the DVD you want. I also have the film included in the 7 film Box Set, but it pales in comparison. We have 2 commentaries from cast and crew which are excellent, some great docu-shorts, alternate scenes, and some other slices of goodness. The picture transfer and soundtrack are also top notch, presumably the Blue Ray goes even further.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost A Definitive Release, 5 Nov 2008
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Though listed on Amazon as a single DVD, this is actually a 2 DVD set, though i reccomend you check with the market place sellers first to see if they have the right edition.

This 2 set DVD is amazing with tons of bonus content, from deleted scenes, alternate takes and the 3 alternate endings, including the fabulous "Freddy ending".

However, the famous much talked about scene, where Glen (johnny depp) raises from the bed after the blood fountain, is not included, strangely. A small snippet of Tina's drop to the bed (an alternate bloodier version), that was removed, is shown during the Making Of documntary.
All the deleted and alternate scenes are in fantastic quality. Disc one features the film, plus the option for commentry, deleted scenes and trailer. Disc two has alternate endings, trivia game and The making of which features more alternate takes.

As a huge fan of the ANOES series, I can certainly say this is a definitive DVD for any fellow fan.

Bonus features aside, the film is presented here in stunning remastered quality, looking lush.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of americanized fear, 17 Jan 2007
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A classic that will have a long line of descendants. All the necessary elements are there to make a blockbusting horror film, a phenomenal scary movie. It concerns teenagers that are definitely in between desire and sex, both creating and nourishing in them fear and insecurity. The main characters are girls who are even more insecure and more fragile in their sexual fantasms and fears. Then the film systematically blurs the limits between reality and dream, reality and nightmare. It is one fundamental human fear that has been with humanity since the first homo sapiens ever appeared on this earth : the fear that what you imagine or just plain see in your mind may be just as real, even if virtual, as reality. Virtual reality is the other side of the living coin and it is so simple to toss it over. Then you get into smaller elements like underground airless and lightless corridors. Nerverending furnaces that leak and steam around. Snakes, bugs and other creepy crawly monsters. Then the film can center its focusing eye onto the essential element that is going to shine bright on the background of fearful and frightening people and objects. It is the four long razor sharp metallic claws or nails that this Fred Krueger wears on his right hand. This handful of claws, this handful of expanded and deadly nails is the ultimate fear in itself : the hand that can crush you, choke you, strangle you, seize you, grab you, etc. The claws that can tear, cut, scratch, perforate, and do so many other actions. Then you just have to add some blood, some metallic shine, some rust, and some sharp sound and the trap is ready and your soul can fall in the hole and it does at the bottom of a bathtub or in the middle of a bed. Then the film is a neverending story. It is when you think you have vanquished and gotten rid of your worst fear that it reappears and promises you a new episode round the corner of the very first street you will cross. And you may find out that your own mother, with a little help of her friend, the hard liquor bottle, is the very accomplice of this frightening monster, boogeyman, tommyknocker that will come back, that's a promise. This first film in this long series of seven is the very archetype of what a nightmare fantasy can be. It is a masterpiece and you will be shaking with anticipation till you can watch the next one.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University of Paris Dauphine & University of Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scares, gore and humour, what more could you want?!, 17 Mar 2004
The nightmare on elm street is a very good movie. I have to say it's not the goriest movie in the world, but enough to satisfy. The scares are pretty good too, like when tina shows up at nancy's school in her body bag. The first murder (the notorious 'ceiling' murder) is the best out of the 3 (yeah, only 3) and probably the goriest. The second murder is when the suspect of Tina's murder is hanged by a bed sheet in his cell, and the last one is where Nancy's boyfriend is sucked into his bed (played by Johnny Depp) whilst watching t.v. Freddy is pretty funny in the noises he makes and the way he laughs, but it also adds abit of freakiness to the movie. Overall a very good and exciting watch!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Nightmare on Elm Street, 16 Mar 2004
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Lambros Panayi (Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This, the film that introduced the world to Freddy Krueger, one of the most, if not the most, famous characters in the history horror, is a very scary affair.
It starts off with a group of 4 youths, who all share a common nightmare. The nightmare involves a man in a dirty red and green sweater, who has razors on his right hand and who is horribly disfigured, trying to kill them. The only problem is that if they die in their dreams, their dead for real. Which is exactly what happens to three of them, leaving the heroine, Nancy, to fend off the maniac by herself.
Wes Craven does a great job at building subspence. He has that ability to take something that's not very scary, like having stones thrown at your window, and making you stain your pants.
What's great about this film is that you don't know what's real and what's a dream. That's why you can have a lot of fun with a film like this. You can try and make your own little theory's. Was the whole film a dream? Was the ending a dream? Did that really happen? You know, stuff like that.
The acting is pretty standard for a horror film. It mainly revolves around the teenagers, who all do quite a good job.
I also like the way that all the deaths in the 'dreamworld' are all quite surreal. The girl who is being cut to shreds and dragged across her ceiling by an invisible Freddy. The boy who is hung by his bed sheets, and the boy who is dragged 'in' his bed, only to have a foutain of blood springing forth. It all makes you look at violence in a diffent light.
Another thing that is brilliant about this film is that Freddy is actually very evil and dark here. Something you don't really see in any of the sequals (except 2 and 7). He's always in the shadows and he doesn't really say much. The performance by Robert Englund in this film is, in my opinion, one of the most scariest performances ever. His body language, his face. The way he's tall and lanky. Very creepy, indeed.
So, I'm not saying that this film will horrify you, but it will certainly scare you. Enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Freddie Krueger's coming to get you Nancy...and your friends, 20 Jan 2003
By A Customer
When I watched "A Nightmare on Elm Street" on DVD it was the second time I had seen the first Freddie Krueger film and I was rather surprised to see the film was not as good as I thought it remember. However, I think that has something to do with the way horror films, not to mention all films, have become more sophisticated. What works here is the story and the way Wes Craven sets up the rules of the game (which are totally abandoned in the first sequel). There is a unique logic to Freddie's rule and the fun is how Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) and Glen (Johnny Depp) try to use them to turn the tables on the boogey man. Certainly the acting does not hold up to scrutiny with Ronee Blakley particularly hitting rock bottom after the heights of "Nashville." The special effects have their moments, both high (when Amanda gets disemboweled on the ceiling) and low (like when mom gets sucked back into the house at the end), but "Nightmare" works best when it is the power of suggestion. There are not a lot of extras on this DVD but the commentary track with Craven, Langenkamp, John Saxon and the Director of Photography (Jacques Haitkin) is above average. Obviously there are a lot of pleasant memories for these people and Craven especially takes pleasure in explaining the hows and whys of the film. We can all debate the merits of the various sequels, but certainly "A Nightmare on Elm Street" was the most innovative splatter flick to come down the road after "Halloween" revitalized the genre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Proper Horror Film, 15 Nov 2001
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With so many dire, slasher type films around, this one still shows how it should be done. Relying on it's horror not on the amount of blood (though there is plenty!), but on the mind games. Ever felt like you're running through syrup in a nightmare trying to flee a monster? It's in here. The ideas are unsettling in a way that gallons of blood and body parts simply aren't in much the same way as classics like The Omen.
Absolutely recommended, unlike the numerous sequels!
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