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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
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...
Published on 19 Dec. 2006 by mxd10

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3.0 out of 5 stars don't know what the fuss is about?
A Nightmare on Elm Street blurs the boundaries between dreams and reality in this artery-slashing piece of mid-Eighties horror. Much of the key action takes place in a variety of dreamscapes that any child would do best to avoid. Of course, no one does this, and most characters are picked off one by one in a selection of horrific ways.

In between the murders...
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17 of 19 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, Early Eighties Horror Pic, 1 Mar. 2015
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William Mason (England) - See all my reviews
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This is an extremely famous, early eighties horror movie.
Robert Englund plays Freddy Krueger, a horribly disfigured serial killer of children, who's startling weapon of choice is an old leather glove adorned with long knives attached to the fingers. Freddy was killed by the parents of his teenage victims, but he comes back to haunt the dreams of other children. If he kills you in your sleep, you die.
A group of teenage friends, Tina and Rod, Glen and Nancy, become Freddy's latest targets. Johnny Depp, in a very early role in his career, plays Glen, whilst Heather Langenkamp plays his girlfriend Nancy. After the death of the first child, Tina, suspicion immediately falls upon her boyfriend Rod.
John Saxon plays Nancy's father, a police lieutenant who leads the resulting hunt for the killer. As the teens figure out what's happening to them, they fight to stay awake in order to avoid meeting Freddy in their dreams...
This is a very well crafted and hugely successful horror movie. The film score is brilliant, one of the best ever for a horror flick. The teenage cast give excellent performances. Freddie Krueger is a stand out maniac, campy and creepy, vile, sadistic, and physically loathsome, he's a killer who really gets off on what he does. The first death scene is chilling, very imaginative and skilfully executed. The film isn't overburdened with special effects, but when they're used its done judiciously and effectively. Although the film isn't particularly scary, it has a healthy level of tension from start to finish, and it's very well paced.
The very wide influence of this horror movie, and it's concept of linking the unconscious mind to acts of terror, can been seen in many other films, including The Cell (Jennifer Lopez), which is a first rate chiller - Cell [Blu-ray] [2000] [Region A] [US Import], and the wonderful Inception - Inception [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free].
Another very good eighties film, which similarly harnesses the idea that if you're killed in your sleep, you die, is Dreamscape (Dennis Quaid) - Dreamscape [Blu-ray] [1984] [US Import]. Dreamscape and A Nightmare On Elm Street actually make for a very enjoyable double bill of dream filled terrors.
Thank you for taking the time to read this review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Are You Ready For FREDDY?, 19 Aug. 2013
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Timelord-007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
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A Nightmare On Elm Street ( Blu-Ray).

Blu Ray Info.
Running time 87 minutes
Region Free
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 / 16:9
Audio: English HDTS-HD 7.1, Engish 1.0, French 1.0, German 1.0, Italian 1.0
Subtitles: English, English HoH, Chinese (Traditional), Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian
Certificate 18
Running time 87 minutes

Extras.
2 Audio commentaries
"Focus Points" picture-in-picture feature
"Never Sleep Again" documentary (49:55)
"The House That Freddy Built" featurette (22:47)
"Night Terrors" Featurette (15:58)
3 Alternate Endings (5 mins.)

Cast.
Heather Langenkamp as Nancy Thompson
Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger
John Saxon as Lt. Don Thompson
Johnny Depp as Glen Lantz
Ronee Blakley as Marge Thompson
Amanda Wyss as Tina Gray
Jsu Garcia as Rod Lane
Joe Unger as Sgt. Garcia
Charles Fleischer as Dr. King

Positive.
1)A classic Horror movie by the master of horror Wes Craven.
2)Robert Engulnds terrifying portrayal of Freddy Krueger that is one of the most iconic horror icons in movie history.

Negative.
1)Special effects have aged quite badly.

Trivia.
1)This was Johnny Depp first movie role.
2)On trying on the razor glove for the first time actor Robert Englund cut himself.
3)Shot in 30 days.
4)Jennifer Grey, Demi Moore & Courtney Cox all auditioned for the part of Nancy.
5)David Warner was slated to play Freddy Krueger even going so far as to have make up tests done but scheduling conflicts meant Warner had to pull out of the Movie.
6)Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland & Nicholas Cage were all considered for the part of Glenn.

Review.
Can it be nearly 30 years since this was released, I remember being at school when this came out & it was always being talked about in the playground.

Robert Englund is quite simply THE ultimate Boogeyman he's terrifying, Just his walk or scratching the pipes with his razor sharp gloves & when he does THAT laugh it sends chills down my spine even to this day.

Johnny Depp debuts in this movie & even here you can see a star in the making he holds your attention when he's on the screen.

Heather Langenkamp is also good as Nancy Freddys latest prey, After he brutally,murdered her friend Tina & other teenagers start seeing Freddy in their dreams, Nancy makes a heroic choice in confronting Freddy hoping to end his reign of terror forever.

The theme here is The sins of our parents have great repercussions on our children as the parents of Elm Street set about murdering Freddy as he got away with murdering there children, But like all horrors he didn't die banished due to a demon deal which is explained in Freddys Dead The Final Nightmare, He returns to live in the dream world enticing the remaining children of Elm Street to his Dreamworld to claim there soul's.

This movie is a classic, Genuinely frightening movie, This is mostly down to one man Robert Englund whom is genuinely terrifying in this his iconic role here he brings a genuine menace to Freddy to what could just have been another slasher flick.

The restored picture quality is stunning & the sound is much improved over it's original DVD release.

Highly Recommended horror.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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8 of 9 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Horror..especially something made for 1984, 18 Feb. 2011
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Nightmare on Elm Street was indeed for most people what started it all. I grew up hearing about it, fearing the name Fred Krueger and those razor-fingers. But I had never watched it. So, up till that time I had watched my far share of horror films and thus had a lot to compare with > not to mentioned new stuff that should easily surpass it. But, I admit, i was kept holding on right through this film. Fred Krueger is a monster who comes to kill you in your dreams. Going after all the children who's parents were the cause for Freddy's death, one by one he picks them off as revenge. It is a killer film, & I Give it top score based on how old the film actually is and still packs a kick.
The Blu-Ray transfer is fantastic, no broaden footage or trailing imagery. Quality is superb. The sound, however, as smooth as it is, sometimes sounds a bit muffled. The Sound is the only standard inconsistancy that reminds you that the movie is in fact old. One minute you need to up the volume to hear what the character's are saying and then it is way too loud when the action starts and Fred's on the prowl.

Either way, see for yourself. The transfer makes it worth it.

This song will become all too familiar to you:
'One, two, Freddy's coming for you.
Three, four, better lock your door.
Five, six, grab your crucifix.
Seven, eight, gotta stay up late.
Nine, ten, never sleep again.'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream Attack., 3 May 2015
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Nightmare On Elm Street [DVD] [1984] (DVD)
The kids of Elm Street appear to be having the same bad dream, one in which a scarred faced bogeyman in a stripy jumper hunts them with knives attached to his fingers. When the dream becomes a reality for one of the kids, and the worst happens, Nancy Thompson risks all to bring the bogeyman into the open.

Stupendous horror movie, one that not even the ream of sequels, spin- offs and cartoons could ever diminish. Wes Craven creates a film of utter terror, unleashing one of the genres most famous monsters on the unsuspecting film loving public, with Robert Englund as the hideous Fred Krueger having the time of his life slashing away and delivering oral venom.

A number of scenes and sequences are staggeringly memorable, in the process shifting into horror movie folklore. The youthful cast are sensibly written (Craven's screenplay that took inspiration from a true story he read about Cambodian refugees literally dying of nightmares!), they are not dumb these kids, just vulnerable, but led by Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) there may be hope of some survivors?

The blurry line between dreams and reality gets a bloody make-over here, creating biblical snoots in the process. In short, essential horror movie for those inclined. 9/10
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best!, 7 Dec. 2010
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So a Nightmare On Elm Street, say what you will about what became of it and the villain of the piece, but here in the original is where it's at. None of your Funny Freddy comedy capers here, no this is more Fred Krueger disgusting pervert dreamstalker and the movie is deadly serious about being a horror movie as opposed to a popular franchise which became of it.

Nightmare On Elm Street, for me, is the scariest film of all time. To this day you combine Friday the 13th, Halloween and all the others and still I find this iteration of Nightmare On Elm Street (and villain) much scarier than the rest. The reason for this is I find Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers to be bland, by design of course, but bland all the same. Fred Krueger in this film had a swagger and frightening presence plus the fact that the dream realm is his playground and he can affect it and you how he pleases and of course everyone has to sleep and dream sometime meant that this movie had much more imagination and creativity than most other horror movies I've ever seen, the one exception I would say is The Exorcist which I also own on blu ray (which is also a fantastic horror film).

Onto the blu ray itself and the video and audio transfer are both very good upgrades, the movie certainly looks better than ever as one would expect from the format. There are quite a few bonus materials here, featuring 2 commentary tracks. Though I believe these were lifted from previous DVD releases. There's also a Making Of documentary chronicling New Line Cinema's troubles getting this movie off the ground with regards to funding plus the fact that most companies in Hollywood turned their noses up at this film. Figures. There's also 3 alternate endings in the bonus features (none of which I'd seen anywhere!) and they're not wildly different from each other or the actual ending they went with, more slight changes here and there.

One thing to note if it bothers you is that the print press on the actual disc is a picture of Freddy Krueger from Wes Craven's New Nightmare iteration, not the version seen in this film which strikes me as odd but I'm not fussy about things like this - some are though.

Nevertheless this is a cracking blu ray release, and should be in anyone's blu ray collection. Unless you're not a fan of creativity and flair in a proper horror film.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE HORROR? LOVE BLU RAY? GET THIS!, 7 Oct. 2010
OH YES,
This is the Horror movie that started it all off for me and i suspect millions of others.
This is the movie that introduced us to that child killer Freddy Krueger and how he inhabits teenagers minds to stalk and kill them in a particular grizzly fashion.
I have owned this movie on VHS, DVD and now BLU and they have definatly done a good job putting this together to be honest they have all of the special features that the 2 disc DVD had when that was released a few years back but they have defintaly even put the special features in HIGH DEF.
Back to the movie though and for its age the effects look dated and rightly so considering it was made on a shoe string budget and was made in 1984 but its the whole down and dirty film making that wes craven does best that makes it timeless.
Robert Englund does a fantastic job as Freddy in this but this is how freddy was envisioned in the first place so there are no one liners or quips as Freddy progressed through the sequels into a comedian but this is the one to own on blu ray, i must point out the supporting cast including Johnny Depps very first movie there are some solid performances for example Heather Langenkamp who plays Nancy and who we really follow the whole film through her, she really does a good job as the heroine and is nice eye candy too (Especially bath tub scene).
So if you dont own it on Blu ray already definatly get it you wont be dissapointed however i would say HALLOWEEN is slightly better on the picture quality side than Nightmare but there both classics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different,the First is always the best!, 2 May 2014
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This review is from: A Nightmare On Elm Street [DVD] [1984] (DVD)
The ground breaking original,great idea from Wes Craven,easily a hit. For horror fans a must have. Fred Krueger is a child murderer that gets off prison on some technicality. So all the parents in the area of Elm Street, gang together and burn him to death alive! He returns,but only in the dreams of teenagers,with some pretty gory results,with his lethal bladed hand. Trouble is, he is hard to kill off in dreams,as the dreams prove fatal in reality.Great eerie start with Tina. Buy this one! Now for the others..
Nightmare 2) Not a bad follow up,this time with some comic moments. Three stars.
" 3) Great to see the original cast again on this. Three stars.
" 4) Like this one,great special effects,and a terrific ending. This is where the series should have ended. It seemed like the perfect ending for Freddy. Four stars.
Nightmare 5) Stupid. Two stars
Nightmate 6) Stupid again,to the bounds of sillyness. Equal to a 12 certificate. (Swearing edited). One star.
Then 'Wes Craven's new nightmare' 1994. Nancy back again,only as actress Heather Langenkamp,and the rest of the crew playing THEMSELVES! This time Heather visits Wes Craven,that is writing a new end to Freddy,in the real world,but only Freddy can be really finished off if Heather plays 'Nancy' one more time. Not bad this one,but should not have used Heather's son 'Dylan' in the film..far too young,silly really. Should have brought back Tina,from Nightmare One, She was the first to die in her dream,would have been perfect. Three stars.
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